Penny Farthing bike race returns to Maryland

STORY: Location: Frederick, Maryland

Over 40 ‘Penny Farthing’ enthusiasts raced through Maryland

at the annual National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race

[Steven Wetdles, Participant]

“I am a lifelong cyclist so anything on bicycles is fun. The primary appeal to this, to me for this race is just the group of people that it brings together. I can’t imagine any other event that brings this group of people together. “

Some of these bikes date back to the 19th century

The Penny Farthing was popular in the 1870s and 80s

and nicknamed after its unique design

The front wheel resembles the British penny coin

while the smaller farthing coin represents the back

[David Skidmore, Participant]

“It is a lot of work, this is a young man’s sport. Boy, these guys were lapping me like I was standing still. And yeah, I’m just happy I just survived my heat, and I’m good.”

Per-Olof Kippel from Sweden took home the 2022 trophy

[Per-Olof Kippel, Participant and champion]

“I am really, really happy to be here again and try to do my best in the final. It’s a fantastic atmosphere. And just a great, great experience. It’s worth the travel from Sweden”