If you went along the creek during First Saturday this past weekend, you may have noticed the penny-farthing bicycles. Stopping to watch a woman climb up on it, I started talking to another woman about the first ever Clustered Spires High Wheel Race on August 18th as part of the Tour de Frederick festivities.
This will be a unique racing event set to take the streets of historic downtown Frederick, Maryland on August 18, 2012. Join cyclists in a ‘high wheel race’ featuring riders with original or replica penny farthing bicycles dating from the late 19th Century. Riders are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to dress in vintage clothing to impress spectators and celebrate these historic machines.
This race will be one-hour criterium (multi-lap) race of high-wheels along a 0.4 mile route through historic downtown Frederick, MD.
The race is a one-hour event with riders staying on one loop for the whole time and the winner being the one who goes the farthest in that hour. The loop starts at Market and Church, north on Market to west on 2nd Street, south on Record Street and east on W. Church Street (map here).
Registration for riders closes June 1st so if interested, click here for details.