2024 Racer Bios

#1 - Chris Meecham - Perkasie, PA


Riding High Wheels:  Overall Race Champion of the 2023 National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race.

Achievements:  Formerly a pro cyclist in the AirGas program, a long time member of the Bike Works p/b Fred Beans Elite Cycling Team, and an ambassador for BMC-Switzerland. Raced road, track, gravel, and mountain bike disciplines. A finisher of the 2021 Leadville 100 MTB race, and returned to the "Race Across the Sky" in 2023. Have completed several Penny Farthing track races at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Trexlertown Velodrome). 



#2 - Gui Nelessen - Lambertville, NJ

Bike: Made in-house at Bikeworks in PA

Riding High WheelsThe guys at Bikeworks asked me if I would be interested in trying to make a few bikes with them. I said yes.

Riding now for a few years. We have had some fun racing high wheels at the velodrome in Trextlertown PA.

Inspiration: I aspire to ride all the bikes. Every last one of them.

Achievements: Team Captain of men's road program on the Bike Works p/b Fred Beans Elite Cycling Team. Former professional cyclist and rode on the United States National Track Cycling Team for five years. Four elite national championships, one masters national championship, and have fourteen national medals.

Job: Woodworker/bike racer

Misc I was (dressed as) the shark at Cross Vegas (an international Cyclo Cross Race). I am a 7 time national champion on the track. Currently helping to direct the Bikeworks road racing team.

#3- Per Olaf Kippel - Tomellila, Sweden

Bike: Standard High Wheel

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#4 - Eric Cameron - Frederick, MD 

Bike54” Standard High Wheel Racer named "Monsieur Mustache"

Riding High Wheels: I love riding in downtown Frederick. The love and support you get from the community makes you feel like a rockstar!


Achievements:  Rode 450 miles across the state of Iowa in the 2017 RAGBRAI on a high wheel bicycle.

-       2 time National Clustered Spires High Wheel Champion (2015 & 2016)

-       Other Penny Farthing Races: Sweeden 3 Day Race & Knutsford Great Race 3 Hour Race

Job: Supervisory Engineer overseeing the Operations & Maintenance for Fort Detrick, MD

Misc As the competition continues to stiffen, I am always looking to adopt steadfast principles that may give me a competitive edge over my fellow riders. This year, my research team has looked at incorporating Bernoulli’s principle of aerodynamics to enhance my performance. As modifying the bicycle to look like an aircraft wing would surely be illegal, I have decided to subtlety introduce this concept using facial hair. At first glance it may appear that one could not achieve “Lift” using the mustache alone, but if styled just right and with the appropriate level of enthusiasm, I assure you it can. If nothing else, I hope it may lift the spirits of the crowd. Please do your part and cheer on Monsieur Mustache!


#5 - Fidel Enrique - Rosario, Puerto Rico 

Bike: Titanium 54' 

Riding High Wheels: I first rode a Highwheel on 2016 and found the nut that was missing in My sports life.

Inspiration: I first rode a Highwheel on 2016 and found the nut that was missing in my sports life.

Achievements: Champion of the championship races held in Sedalia Missouri 2019, 4th place on The European Championships in Belgium 2022, have competed on very important races like Sweden 3 Days, Triathlons in Puerto Rico, and The National Clustered Highwheel Race on Frederick MD.

MiscActive Wheelmen member since 2019. Completed 2 Century rides. Rode around the Island of Puerto Rico in 4 days.

#6 - Martin Baechler - Winchester, VA

Bike: Penny Farthing Dan Bespoke

Riding High WheelsFreddie’s love for wheels began early with a rusty tricycle. On it, he mastered the figure eight before he could count to it. He then transitioned to a series of yard sale Big Wheels, their plastic wheels quickly succumbing to his reckless fishtails and skids. At eight, his uncle gifted him a used Stingray, which Freddie boldly painted orange and modified to BMX specs.  Freddie disassembled and reassembled his beloved Stingray repeatedly, and for no good reason. His wheels were the straightest thanks to a pair of pliers and his father’s life mantra, “righty tighty, Freddie.”

Freddie grew up and became Martin (though he remains Freddie to family and old friends). He is accidentally well-traveled, having spent twenty-six years in the Army, and rode bikes (and unicycles!) wherever he went. He delights in renting bikes to explore new cities, finding pure joy in it.

One fateful day in Frederick, he encountered the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race and knew in a heartbeat he had to participate. The combination of a big wheel and high center of gravity was irresistible.  Every year since, Martin has joyfully rode in the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race. He aspires to be one day the oldest high wheeler in the race, his only shot at winning a category!

Martin “Rides High” on a bespoke “Penny Farthing Dan” creation with a big red wheel. Cheer “Go Big Red” (or “Go Big Fred”) on race day!


Job: I retired from the Army in 2015 after 26 years of service. So now I just work for fun and pleasure as a hand doctor.

Misc: My younger daughter, Olivia, has caught the high wheel bug and will be racing this year!  Training up with her was such a joy! I am so, so proud of my children!

#7 - Rodney Brenneman - Manheim, PA

Bike: UDC 54" Penny

Riding High Wheels: Favorite place to ride is the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race! Such a fun and unique event.


Achievements: I am a regular at our local Girls On The Run 5k event to ride in front of the group.  I certainly enjoy being a part of such a great organization that encourages our kids to grow and develop in healthy ways!

Job: Orthopedic Surgeon

Misc: Aside from Penny riding and both mountain and road cycling, I am a regular marathoner/ultramarathoner.  I have at least 24 races of at least marathon distance, and counting.  As a joint replacement surgeon, I jokingly tell my patients that I'm running away from arthritis...

#8 - Nyle Blanck - Milford, CT

Bike: Penny Farthing Dan Custom Made 54”

Riding High Wheels: I grew up around my dad collecting and restoring antique cars from the early 1900s. As a teenager, unable to afford a brass car of my own, I wanted to collect something more financially attainable. I enjoyed riding bicycles and unicycles and found out many early car companies initially started as bicycle companies in the late 1800s. I began collecting car company related bicycles and it expanded to any bike from the 19th century that piqued my interest. It gradually turned into a full blown obsession that has become my identity in all aspects of who I am- from my personal through my professional life.

Inspiration: My 3 year old son Stanley inspires me to be the best high wheel racer and human I can be.

Achievements: The first time I participated the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, I competed on an 1886 Columbia Expert. I was very proud to be riding an original bike compared to the people around me on modern replicas. As the competitive riders lapped me, that pride quickly dissipated. I had my order in for my own Penny Farthing Dan high wheel not long after that and I have not looked back. I still ride my original bikes around town and for Wheelmen events, but I am now proud to be representing Dan Bolwell

Job: Orthodontist

Misc: I am Vice Commander of the The Wheelmen national antique bicycle group. I have completed several century rides (100 miles), on both modern and antique bikes, including high wheels.

#9 - Thomas Hawkins - Wallingford, PA 

Bike: Standard High Wheel 54' Racer

Riding High Wheels: I blame Nick Ackermann for lending me his Penny Farthing to ride in the 2016 Clustered Spires race. I broke ten spokes, the handlebars and the seat post, and I was totally hooked.

Inspiration: TEAM TOAD !

Achievements: Rode the RAGBRAI ride across Iowa a couple of times on the Penny Farthing, and accidentally, down some stairs in Frederick.

Job: Retired Gardener

MiscOther death wish hobbies  include playing the banjo and cave exploration.  As the oldest, weakest and creakiest rider in the Clustered Spires Highwheel Race I am determined to win the Superanuatted Old Geezer category before I die.



#10- Daniel Gohlke - Frederick, MD 

Bike: Standard Highwheel Tourer 52"

Riding High Wheels: I first became interested in high wheel bicycles after moving to Frederick in 2012 and spectating the high wheel race. I started by volunteering as a course marshal and competed in every race since 2017, finishing 3rd in both 2022 and 2017. 

Achievements: My favorite thing to do on my high wheel is to just take it around town and watch people's reactions. The kids love it and I get a lot of funny reactions.

Job: I work in the transportation field as a software engineer for a bike share organization. 

Misc: I am an avid cyclist and bicycle enthusiast.  I raced mountain bike, road, crit, and cyclocross and am an emeritus member of the Bike Doctor Frederick cycling team.  I enjoy mountain biking in the watershed and taking my two boys - ages 8 & 6 - mountain biking with a local youth mtb club, sMOREs. 

#11- Steve Weddles - Greencastle, PA 

Bike: TBD, possibly custom built by Steve Weddles Cycles

Riding High Wheels: First rode a 48" RBR at Eric's house three days before the first Clustered Spires race.

Inspiration: The whole crazy group is an inspiration. Lots of exceptional souls.

Achievements: I've built five bikes from scratch to date and have raced three of those. More on the drawing board to be constructed as time allows.

Job: I make stuff.

Misc:  Two time JFK 50mi finisher. Lots of competitive bike stuff- BMX racing / freestyle contests, mountain bike racing....

Sometimes I build (and play in) race cars. I like stuff with wheels. I once stood where Robbie Knievel rolled his bike through the crowd on his way to jump, and said "hi" to him. My favorite cookies are fig newtons.

#12- Sheryl Kennedy - Hagerstown, MD

Bike: Standard High Wheel 54' Racer

Riding High WheelsMy husband inspired me to try it and Eric Rhodes challenged me with "if I start the race, will you ride?" Been riding ever since.

InspirationAngie Long inspired me when she was still racing, and Tomas Hawkins and I have had a friendly competition going for several years since.  But there are many, Jeanne Rhodes and her husband Eric who have putting this race on for many years now are inspiring in their perseverance to provide a quality event for all involved.  And a quality event it is.

Achievements: I have won the women's division of the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race all but one year they have held the race.  Came in third overall once as well, although officially I tied for third, with two others, as the 0.4 mile laps are counted to provide placement, unfortunately I missed another lap by less than 50 feet.

JobI am a retired Army Environmental Health Officer and currently work as an analyst.

Misc: In 2023 I joined a team that participated in Sweden four day race.


#13 - Melissa Eisdell - London, England 

Bike: Trott and Sons 50"

Riding High Wheels: I  have been riding Penny Farthings since 2019 when I joined the Penny Farthing Club in London. As a keen horse women since childhood, I discovered it was much like riding a horse, but one without a temperament. It is also a great way to experience the UK's urban and countryside landscapes, and indeed further afield, whereon it is important to remember the modern bicycles origins.

Achievements: I have 4 international caps playing Penny Farthing Polo at Ham Polo Club in London for the Penny Farthing Club, where I am a proficient striker. I am is also the current UK and European Female Penny Farthing Racing Champion. In 2013, I competed the Sweden3Days Championships (Sweden), the UK Penny Farthing Championships, Trott and Sons Beachy Head World Hill Climb Championships, the European Championships Belgium, Pickwick Bicycle Club's Grand Ordinary Penny Farthing Race and the Knutsford Great Race in the UK.


Misc: I completed the Connemara Marathon in Ireland in April 2023, and the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland in October 2023.

#14- Hakan Rhoten - Charles Town, WV 

Bike: High wheel built by father using metal from discarded Ikea furniture, a livestock hay ring, a purchased wheel and other old bicycles. 

Riding High Wheels: He has raced in the National Clustered Spires race in the past with his father. He has also raced Cyclocross, motocross and won several Jujitsu tournaments. He mountain bikes and swims a mile in the river regularly.

Achievements: Youngest racer to have participated in the race; was 9 years old in the 2014 race. He is very excited to get back to riding high wheels. 


MiscHakan grew up in the area living at old factory near Harpers Ferry WV ,on an island in the Potomac river and a house in Frizzleburg Md with electricity, running water and everything. 

#15 - Brian Caron - Hagerstown, MD 

Bike: 2019 Standard Highwheel  54" known as "my other high wheel"

Riding High Wheels Jean and I ride all around Hagerstown several times a week and always get great reactions.     I'm into all sorts of vintage bicycles but these bikes always garner the most attention and questions. We enjoy taking longer rides around the rolling hills and farmlands around Washington County.  The simplicity of these bikes are part of the appeal without the fear of a chain breaking or getting a flat tire! 

Achievements:   I rode in the very first Frederick race with the hopes of just finishing.   With some training and dedication I was able to actually win the race two years back to back in 2013/1014!   My claim to fame is that I've been the only racer to win the race on an original 1882 Columbia bicycle.    With the trend leaning toward faster racers and more exotic equipment I feel certain that I will continue to hold that honor for many years to come.   In addition to racing, I have participated in other high wheel exhibitions including riding on the Atlantic City Boardwalk for the Miss America parade in 2018 and 2019. I ride in local parades and love to share the history of the antique bikes at local events as well.  Most recently I ventured to Sweden in the summer of 2023 and raced the grueling SWEDEN3DAYS.  It's been quite a wild ride!I have raced every National Clustered Spires High Wheel race since its inception and have had opportunities each year to meet the most interesting and unique people associated with the race.   It has always been more of a social event for the most part, where you can meet people from other parts of the country (and even other countries) that share a similar interest in cycling and its roots.   One of the most memorable has been Bill Soloway, who raced (and continues to) with a donor heart from a transplant operation he had in 2015!

Job:  Production Manager at Tri-State Printing in Hagerstown MD

Misc: I have been a bicycle enthusiast all of my life.  As a teenager I was heavily into BMX Freestyle where I competed for several years on the East Coast earning State Championship Titles  in Flatland and ramp riding through 1987!    In the late 1990s I began working with a local group of BMX families to establish Hagerstown BMX Track in the summer of 1999.  I have ridden many disciplines of cycling from BMX, Mountain Bike, Dual Slalom, etc.    My other hobby is vintage Volkswagen Buses.  I have owned and driven them all over the country since I was 16.    Between the bicycles and Volkswagens I have met so many great people from all over the world that I have forged great relationships with that continue to this day. (Photo credit: Sir James Photography)


#16 - James Hodges - Purcellville, VA

Bike: Standard High Wheel, named "Penny"

Riding High Wheels: Started in 2014.  I registered for the NATIONAL CLUSTERED SPIRES RACE and thought I better get a high wheel to train on about a month before the race. My favorite place to ride is on the C&O canal because of great views and no cars.

Inspiration: It's a great workout.

Achievements:  I got a penny farthing about a month before the race in 2014, practiced, and have ridden ever since. It's a great workout.

Job: Retired public school teacher and currently a bike mechanic with a mobile bike repair business named Mobile Bike Repair in VA.

Misc: Participated in the Clustered Spires High Wheel Race for several years.  I have raced each year the Clustered Spires Race has been held since 2014, added Sweden3Days and Knutsford Race in 2023.   I competed several times in the Tour Divide Race from Canada to Mexico.  Also, the Invitational Iditarod Trail Race through Alaska. I have raced across Northern Georgia. 

#17 - Eric Norris - Columbus, OH

Bike: Standard High Wheel 54" Tourer

Riding High WheelsFirst and foremost favorite place to ride my high wheel would be in parades. I have participated in the Bexley Ohio 4th of July Parade for 52 years. Have also done Memorial Day parade, the Pro Football Hall of Fame parade, Cleveland Ohio Saint Patrick's Day parade, with The Wheelmen and multiple Rides of Silence rides. My secondary riding is around Columbus Ohio's many paved trails.

Inspiration: The bikes themselves inspire me to ride because they are so unique to ride. No flats, no chains, no derailleurs to worry about, just pedal on peacefully.

Job: Retired from Nationwide Insurance. And cycling of all sorts is now my playtime.

Achievements: Most interesting achievements would be learning new tricks while riding in the Bexley Parade. Either making them up or copying other performers that road with me. Most gratifying would be that my son-in-law and now Grandson participate and do tricks with me in the parade

 Misc I have been riding bikes my whole life. I've participated in skills competitions, criterium, cyclocross, mountain bike, and fat bike races the winter. I have thousands of road miles, most of which on the 210-mile 2 day Tour of The Scioto River (TOSRV) which this will be my 33rd year!

#18 - Bill Smead - Berwyn, PA

Bike: UDC (Unicycle.com) 50"

Riding High Wheels: On a whim, purchased a UDC Penny Farthing (sight-unseen) in June 2020.  Although an uncontrolled dismount on the inaugural ride caused me to take 6 months off, I've been riding ever since.  I've ridden in 4 states and Washington, DC, usually on paved trails.  I've also ridden in 4 parades.  My other bikes get jealous.

Inspiration: I ride for the fun of it.  I am racing to try something new.  Thanks to my family for supporting this unique hobby.  If you hear cheering for "Crazy Uncle Bill", that's me.

Achievements: I recently logged my 1000th mile, mostly injury free. Mostly. I enjoy being a member of the Pennsylvania chapter of The Wheelmen.

Job: I work for a company which creates software for computer forensics and eDiscovery.

Misc: There is a rumor that I am the guy who dresses as the Moon Man for an MTV tribute band's shows.

#19 - Paul Norris - Redington Beach, FL 

Bike: Pennyfarthing Dan 56"

Riding High Wheels: I have been riding Penny Farthings for about 8 years. 

Inspiration: Saw a post on Facebook with a photo of a Penny Farthing which prompted me to research and ultimately purchase my first machine

Achievements: Rode across Florida and visit schools to talk about the high wheel

Job: Retired high wheel rider

Misc: Discovered High Wheel on FB which prompted researching the history of the bicycle. Eight years ago I bought my first High Wheel and to this day I enjoy riding around St. Petersburg, FL. I enjoy the genuine excitement, smiles and thumbs up when people see me riding around town.  I rode Florida coast to coast from Redington Beach to St Augustine. I am excited to participate in my third race in Frederick, which is a favorite for the community involvement, the race directors Eric and Jeanne and camaraderie amongst racers!

#20 - Riley Hinegardner - Frederick, MD


Riding High Wheels:  Started high wheeling summer of 2021 and participated in my first race the summer of 2022 after encouragement from Sheryl Kennedy. I am now hooked and can’t wait to race again this year!





#21- Jill Cameron - Frederick, MD

Bike: Standard High Wheel named "Blanche'

Riding High Wheels: My favorite place to ride is in Frederick's Olivet Cemetery! It is safe, quiet, and challenging enough!

Achievements: Last year a group of us went to Sweden for the Sweden Three Day! It was awesome! We are hoping to take part in the Belgium race next year! 

Job: Assistant Principal at Monocacy Middle School (the best school!!)

Misc My bike is Golden, so she is named after a Golden Girl (Blanche)! To all of the Highwheel Bike Riders: Thanks for being a friend!



#22 - Nick Ackermann - Middletown, MD

Bike: Standard High Wheel 52"

Riding High WheelsI first tried one in 2005, and finally bought one in 2010. They were commonly referred to during my childhood in England, but I never got near one until I was nearly fifty (although I've ridden both short and tall unicycles since my teenage years, and my lifetime safety bicycle mileage is nearing 92,000).

InspirationI am inspired more and more by my fellow riders as I continue to get to know them better. They are driven overachievers in a wide variety of ways, and the most wondrous thing about this event is that it brought us all together in a stroke of good fortune that might never have happened otherwise.

Achievements: Really only that I've been in all the races except one year where I lent my cycle to Tom Hawkins and got him hooked on this event. The only noteworthy thing I've done in connection with the race is to design a few T-shirts celebrating our little collaboration, Team Toad. On safety bicycle and unicycle I've ridden down Mount Washington nonstop, and on safety bicycle I've ridden in 27 U.S. states.

Job: Milking cows, editing for a publisher, chauffeuring in antique Rolls Royces, driving 18-wheelers long-haul, drafting and design, and currently computer modeling. 

MiscApart from a few odd tidbits like once being tossed in the air by a bull, and riding a 6-foot unicycle in and out among the tables at a British Embassy reception dinner, a bit of skydiving, and a lot of caving, the main thing I'd want known about me is that I've kept a personal journal without missing a day for over 19,000 days (53 years; over 5 million words and about 2,000 illustrations). It fills 27 bound volumes (so far).

#23 - Olivia Baechler - Sandy Spring, MD

Bike: 48" named "Funny Bone"

Riding High Wheels: Love to ride anywhere with my dad!

Achievements: This seems to be a common story among some of the racers but I hopped on a highwheel for the first time with T minus 3 weeks to race day. While I may not have much highwheelin’ experience, I’m excited to make my racing debut! I’m just happy to be here.

Job: I am a bioengineer and I make gene therapy. One day I will infiltrate big pharma and make all medicines free!! Don’t tell my company I said that.

MiscThis year I am riding with my father, Martin Baechler (see rider #6!) , but did you know my sister Camille is a National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race veteran too? After watching the race for many years and seeing just how much fun my family was having on the big wheel stage, I decided I wanted that experience for myself. Together we will ride into the sunset as a family posse of highwheelers!


#24 - Dan Bernoske - Washington, DC  

Bike: Standard High Wheel 54" 

Riding High Wheels: I watched the 2016 National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race and knew I had to race the next year.  in 2017 I purchased a high wheel bicycle on Craig's List and learned how to ride a month before my first race.

Inspiration: I race for my dad.  He always encouraged me to get on my bike a ride.

Achievements: A resident of Capitol Hill, I enjoy the annual Tweed Ride.  The route brings me in front of the US Capitol Building, which is always enjoyable.

Job: I am a management consultant focused on sales & marketing solutions for my clients.

Misc: I grew up in Frederick, Maryland and spent my youth riding through the streets and country roads of the city and county.  My first organized rides were with the Wheel Base Bike Shop where I eventually trained and competed in low-level local USCF races.  My most recent cycling accomplishment was a 4-day, 200 mile ride through the Colorado Rockies.  I'll be happy to make it around the course without falling.

#25 - Brian Birkner - Chester, VA

Bike: Penny Farthing Dan

Riding High Wheels My High Wheel Journey began as a child. I loved old bikes when I was young and collected and tinkered throughout my years to adulthood. As I got older, my taste in bikes grew progressively older which led me to my first High Wheel bike that I bought in 2011. With that being said my High Wheel adventure has been running for 12 years, and I hope for many years to come.

InspirationAs a child, there was a Wheelman who rode in Christmas parades and also ran a bicycle shop that we used often. He turned into a great friend, mentor, and inspiration. Philip Eckman pushed me into being active in The Wheelmen. Phil was a great friend, and father, that gave many years of service to our country. He held great values, told wonderful stories, and cared for many. His time in the Military earned him 2 Silver Stars, and 1 Bronze Star, which earned him a final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery. If it wasn't for Phil, my path in life would have been much different. I still find him an inspiration after his passing.

Job: I am the Operations Lead for Additive Manufacturing for a company involved in the transportation industry. Or better known as 3D printing.

Achievements: Riding a high wheel has brought great pleasure to my life, like many. The joy of creating smiles, and sharing smiles is a great gift among the hobby.  Attending different events to engage and share with people has been a great opportunity as well. If you have an interest in riding "high", I would "highly" recommend you get on a High Wheel bicycle!


#26 - Shayne Boucher - Frederick, MD

Bike:  Standard High Wheel 52"

Riding High WheelsWith three month's riding under my belt before racing in my first high wheel race in 2018, I have since ridden the high wheel in many places, met many fascinating people and starred in many impromptu videos! 

InspirationOrdinary riders from around the world are inspiring and it is fun to be part of a very small and unique group of Penny Farthing riders globally. Many Ordinary riders have a pretty unique streak of independence and derring-do and, more often than not, are of an engineering mindset, which I greatly appreciate given my scientific background.

Achievements: I am the Potomac Wheelmen State Captain with 40+ members and we participate in several bike events including the DC 4th of July parade, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival parade and Kris Kringle Christmas parade. I have ridden two century (100 mile) rides on my Penny Farthing. I have also ridden club rides (32 miles) in the Tour de Frederick and Lifeline 100 in Annapolis. 

My most memorable ride was when Robin and I flew to Puerto Rico, stayed a week with Fidel and his wife Finnie and rode around PR on high wheels. We also enjoyed traveling to Sweden in 2023 and participating in the Sweden 3 Days high wheel race.

For vacation, my wife and I like to do multi-day adventure bike trips on our tandem bike and we have ridden on Erie Canal Towpath, Great Allegheny Passage, C&O Canal Towpath, Michelson Trail, Tampa Bay and more to come.

Job: Staff R&D scientist with 20+ years of experience and Gold Bicycle Friendly Business Bike Coordinator at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Frederick.

Misc: I have a doctorate in neuroscience with extensive cell biology experience, author of research articles and book chapters, and launched a multitude of commercialized life science products. Currently serve as a subject matter expert helping to launch new state-of-the-art research tools that enable researchers and clinicians to develop innovative cell and gene therapy treatments. Since 2015, I have become a highly engaged local, state and federal bike advocate, a certified cycling instructor and local bike educator. I helped secure approval of Frederick County Bikeways & Trails Plan and successfully petitioned to have bike lanes installed on New Design Road. I have taught bike classes in local elementary schools, churches, businesses and government agencies. In addition, I have conducted high wheel riding workshops with over 20 people successfully learning to ride a high wheel.


#27 - Eric Knight - Berwyn, PA

Bike: Victory (Reproduction) 54"

Riding High WheelsMy grandfather rode a high wheeler so I became familiar with the hobby early on. Growing up I was lucky to have the founder of the Wheelmen, Bob McNair, as a neighbor down the street. When I was around 11 or 12 he taught me to ride emphasizing, "safety first".  So, I have been riding high wheelers for a life time, about 40 years.

InspirationI am inspired by fellow wheelmen who have recreated the glory days of early cycling.

Achievements I have completed a few high wheel century rides (100 miles in a day). I do my best to keep my rides uneventful and I am a big advocate for knowing the emergency dismount. On one ride my 130 something year old handle bar snapped off while I was pulling up for leverage to climb a hill-That didn't end well, but fortunately I wasn't moving very fast. I have participated in every one of the Frederick races except one. I am the first person to recreate Thomas Stevens' 1886 journey across Japan. Last year I made the ride on a high wheel bicycle over 900 miles from Nagasaki to Yokohama. Stevens was the first person to ride a bicycle around the world with Japan the final leg of his journey. Twenty eight people in the modern era have recreated the US Transcontinental ride as the first leg of Stevens' journey, but I am the only one yet to complete the Japan leg.

JobProperty Manager

Misc Served as Commander (president) of the Wheelmen antique bicycle club for four years from 2019- 2022. In 55 years the only other person to serve a 4 year term was my friend and mentor, Bob McNair, the original founder of the club. In 2017 I ran the 50th anniversary National Meet for the Wheelmen. One of my other hobbies is Curling, so I have a few unusual hobbies. Co-led the 2024 Wheelmen National Meet in Cape May NJ.


#28 - Eric Leon Bradley - Anthony, NM 

Bike: Rideable Bicycle Replicas "Superior"

Riding High Wheels: Favorite place to ride is just around my neighborhood.  It is safe, flat, and I know the roads and the people well. I traveled to the U.K. to learn to ride the penny farthing from their Penny Farthing Club and returned seven months later to practice polo and watch their annual England verses Scotland penny farthing polo match

Achievements:  I flew scout helicopters for the U.S. Army; I flew aeroplanes for Sky Dive El Paso; I climbed Mounts Fuji, Kilimanjaro, and Rainier among others, and taught motorcycle instruction.

Job: Retired U.S. Army

Misc: Currently live in southern New Mexico, six miles from the Mexican border

#29 - David Bryant - Aiken, SC


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#30 - Andreas Carduck - Mönchengladbach, Germany

Bike: Standard High Wheel

Riding High Wheels: There is a tv show in Germany, called cash or trash. In the background you can always see a beautiful old penny farthing and one day i decided that i want to have one like this. So i found SHW and started high cycling in 2020. Experienced maybe the first body front flip in my life, unintentionally and without water below.

Inspiration: Always looking for adventure, sports and nice community. The highwheel thing combines all perfectly.


Job: Construction worker, mainly scaffolding


#31 - Ron English, Frederick MD

Bike: 2023 (#499) Standard High Wheel, named "Penny"

Riding High Wheels: Favorite place to ride is around my neighborhood along Butterfly Lane and down Jefferson Pike (love them hills) to Tractor Supply.

Achievements:  Just completed the club (31 miles) ride during the Tour de Frederick on my Penny Farthing.  Coming across the line first ahead of the "Pirate" only because Shayne was involved in many photo Ops & being a social butterfly.

Job: Retired Army Military Police and approaching another 20 years as a Department of the Army Civilian.

Misc: I’ve jumped out of a high performance aircraft while in flight 30 times.  Repelled out of a helicopter.  Ruck marched 100 miles in four days. Ran a marathon. Completed a century (100 miles) ride. BUT nothing can compare to my first meeting with a high wheel and as they say the rest is history. I’ve been riding high ever since.

#32 - Bill Soloway - Yardley, PA

Bike: Standard High Wheel - 56" Tourer

Riding High Wheels I always wanted to ride a High Wheel as a kid after seeing The Wheelmen ride in my hometown parade. After a life saving heart transplant in June of 2015, I was able to ride a bicycle again, something I never dreamt would be possible after living in Congestive Heart Failure for 2 years prior.  Walking 3 feet was a challenge, riding a bicycle was impossible. Ten weeks after transplant I was back to riding so I wanted to take my bicycle in to a “higher” level so I bought my first High Wheel bike and joined The Wheelmen. I have been riding 7 years now.

AchievementsI am the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Captain for The Wheelmen antique bicycle club. I have ridden 3 Century rides on my High Wheel bicycle. I have ridden my High Wheel in the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, the oldest Baby Parade in Ocean City, NJ and the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. 

Job: I am the Executive Director of the Masonic Blood+Organ Donor Program of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. I organize blood drives throughout the Commonwealth and help members and their family members in need of life saving organ transplants.

InspirationAfter a life saving heart transplant in June of 2015, I was able to ride a bicycle again thanks to my heart donor James. I race to honor James and show that organ donation works. I hope to inspire others to become organ donors.


MiscBroke my arm learning to ride a High Wheel bicycle. Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Captain of The Wheelmen antique bicycle club. Have completed 3 Century rides on my High Wheel Bike. Have 8 High Wheel bicycles including an American Star which has the small wheel up front. My oldest bike is 1883.

#33 - Hellen Frank - Smithburg, MD  

BikeStandard Touring 50” named "Penny"

Riding High Wheels: I enjoy riding in my neighborhood. I hope to inspire others to get interested in high wheel bikes.

Achievements:  I’ve been riding a high wheel bike since 2014 and attending the race since 2016. 

Job I am a registered nurse for Meritus Medical Center. Shout out to my girls on 2 South!

Misc: I also enjoy participating In the low wheel bike race. I have quite the collection of mini bikes including a tandem.

#34 - Jean Weddles - Hagerstown, MD 

Bike: Standard Highwheel  48"  named "Julius Victoria"

Riding High Wheels: Favorite place to ride is my hometown. People say the craziest things!

Achievements: I had a blast in Sweden with the most amazing group of riders last year to somehow complete the Sweden 3 Days race!

Job: Elementary Physical Education teacher at Emma K. Doub Elementary. 

MiscAfter several years of watching my brother and fiancé race Pennys , my fiancé gave me one for Christmas. I love getting to race with them both in this awesome event!  My first race was in 2019 on my 40" Victory high wheel. I then, updated to my 48" Standard High Wheel. I've been known to wear a self designed victorian hat over my helmet lol. I ride several different bikes and the Penny is my favorite. I name them all: Deborah, Chevy, Beatrice, Ruby, Rose Elizabeth...This year,  I will be racing Julius Victoria.


#35 - Bruce Gerson - Middletown, MD

Bike: Rideable Replica Boneshaker named "Penny"

Riding High Wheels: My favorite place to ride Penny is in and around Frederick. Something about the cities history, and neighborhoods  and people just feels welcoming.

Achievements: Unlike any other bicycle I own and ride. This is the only one that drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists stop and wave me along or past a turn. They either just want to know where I am going on this crazy bike or maybe they just don’t want to be the cause of an accident while riding! :)

Job:  I am a school bus driver for Frederick County Public Schools.

Misc I started riding a Penny Farthing after my wife and I saw our first race. Being afraid of heights, I still was in so much awe of the racers that I HAD to find a bike. The year after we watched I was participating. I have a high wheel and Frederick inspired tattoo on my left calf.

#36 - Matt Goodwin - Ashburn, VA 

Bike: Standard High Wheel Tourer 54", named "Higher Love"

Riding High Wheels:  My personal velodrome is our local elementary school running track. I usually have it all to myself, but sometimes it's fun to run into families we know, as my daughters are students there. I also love to ride the nice, flat C & O canal path around Point of Rocks and have explored other paved trails in my area.


JobGovernment Contracting/Program Management

Misc: In my town of Ashburn, VA, high wheel bikes are a less common sight than Frederick, Maryland. Perhaps so much so that - despite still being a novice at this - the local magazine ran an article on my riding and participation in the race last year. It was exciting to relive and share the details of that amazing day! Was a first-timer last year for the 9th annual race - excited to be back again this year and have my family cheering me on!

#37 - John Heffernan - Katy, TX 

Bike: Standard Highwheel - 54" Racer, named “Eunice”

Riding High Wheels: My favorite place to ride is my hometown of Katy, Texas.


Job: Unfortunately its not riding a high wheel

Misc:  I used to ride bulls in my youth, and high wheelers are way better. The landing may be a little harder when you get bucked off a high wheeler but once you are on the ground they don’t come after you! 

#38 - Oliver King - Frederick, MD

Bike: Standard High Wheel Racer, 54"

Riding High Wheels:  My wife and I live on the race course at the corner of 2nd and Record Streets. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get involved. I ride around my neighborhood in Old Town Frederick to hear what my neighbors have to say about it. One invited me to look at an MRI of his separated shoulder. My now retired dentist neighbor showed me a photo of him riding a high wheel as a teenager to promote an ice cream parlor. Two others vowed to get bikes and join me in the race, but so far have no end of excuses.

I go to the Frederick High School parking lot to do lap training. And down the C&O canal for endurance rides.

Achievements: I'm a newbie. No accomplishments other than not breaking anything the first time I fell off.

Job: I am an optical engineer working in the aerospace industry.

Misc:   I used to ride horses in the equestrian sport of eventing at a reasonably high level and won a couple of awards for amateur riders at the national level. Now that I am retired from eventing, I have taken up high wheel riding as a substitute, providing a physical challenge and the adrenaline rush that comes from doing something that you know could hurt if it goes badly!

#39 - Todd Boyer - Manchester, PA

Bike: 50” Handmade - Inspired by the “Standard High Wheels” design with some fabrication limitation adjustments.

Riding High Wheels: Less than 2 year ride time – Inspired by this race – long time bicycle enthusiast.

Achievements: Inventors and Fabricators of the world. People who make things with their hands are amazing. You can watch all the YouTube videos you want but YOU must make the part. Mine took more than 2.5 years from concept design to a ridable prototype. As a local fabricator and velocipede expert, I helped restore a nineteenth century velocipede built and operated by celebrated Lancaster balloonist John Wise which will soon join President James Buchanan’s 1853 Rockaway Carriage in the Ware Commons in Lancaster, PA. The two-wheeled velocipede and four-wheeled carriage represent two modes of nineteenth-century transportation utilized by individuals in the age before the invention of the automobile. 

Job: Electrical Panel Shop Manager

Misc: Beard - How long did it take? – 7 years and then some…

#40 - Christopher Koch - Frederick, MD

Bike: RBR Excelsior standard 52"

Riding High Wheels: Favorite place to ride so far just my neighborhood. I enjoy all the smiles, waves, and photos. I’ve even had a couple delivery truck drivers stop to get out and watch. Additionally, a couple kids have raced me on their bikes when they see me out riding my practice loop.


Job: Professional Engineer practicing Fire Protection. In my spare time I am a volunteer firefighter/paramedic.

Misc:  I was once dubbed the "Bavarian Doughboy" for my love of pretzels and German bier. I love to celebrate my German heritage and sporting my lederhosen seemed only fitting for such a “well dressed” event. During the 2023 race my handlebars came completely dislodged. Unable to steer as I was approaching the first turn, I was able to hop off. I ran alongside my high wheel to grab tools to repair. During the first attempt to repair, I tightened the handle bars back in place upside down, making it extremely difficult to pedal. I had to dismount and do it all again. DOh!

#41 - Nathan Latimer - Edinboro, PA

Bike:  Standard High Wheel Boneshaker 48"

Riding High Wheels: A customer came in and asked if we would sell the bike at my shop.  I said yes, as long as I was allowed to try and ride it.  That was about a year and a half ago.

Inspiration: My customers definitely inspired me to do this race.  I love when somebody comes in and wants to get set up for their first triathlon or other big bike event.  Its a great experience to be able to help the customer address some of their fears or concerns prior to the event, but its an even greater experience when that customer comes back to share the feeling of accomplishment and excitement back to the shop! My wife would be my biggest inspiration, her discipline/drive/pain-tolerance is incredible.  I have a blast watching her strive to achieve her goals....Plus she's an incredibly kind/pretty/amazing woman that tolerates me.

Achievements: Not really, I haven't been riding that long!! I have done one time trial and 2 parades and had a bunch of fun!!

Job:    I own/operate 814 Outdoor Sports in Edinboro, PA since 2020.  Prior to that, I was a drug and alcohol prevention specialist.

Misc2003 Times Magazine "Person of the Year"(US Army National Guard 2000-2008). One of  the most decorated competitive pie eaters in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Have held numerous positions in local government.

#42 - Zach Lloyd - Mt. Airy, MD 

Bike:  Boneshaker

Riding High Wheels I bought my bike at the race last year after spotting it for sale in the bed of a pickup truck! I once rode it out the back door of a brewery and straight into a spent grain bin promptly going over the bars.


Job: Brewer

Misc: Cat dad, jeep enthusiast, and avid record collector.

#43 - Brian Mantooth - Bridgeton, NJ 


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#44 - Kyle Morris - Bordentown, NJ


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#45 - James O'Donnell - Powell, OH 

Bike: Penny Farthing Dan 2020, named "Night Wing"

Riding High Wheels:  Favorite place to ride is around the small town I live in, in central Ohio, there are trails of all difficulties and lengths that you can find. People are always smiling and waving when they see me.

Achievements:  Competed in the Great Knutsford Race in 2023; completed 57 miles for a cancer fundraiser

Job: Database Administrator

MiscBoth of my children have ridden with my father in law and I in several parades, very happy to know that my children will carry on the tradition


#46 - Kirk Palermo - Doylestown, PA


Riding High Wheels: Kirk was raised on the wind-swept plains of the Mongolian steppe. Born in a yurt, his formative years were spent engaged in animal husbandry and learning the ancient art of fermenting yak milk. Always impetuous, Kirk enjoyed the freedom of the saddle as his tribe defiled and pillaged their way from the Great Wall to the fertile river valleys of the Blue Danube. After finding his way to Pennsylvania, Kirk transferred this love of movement to the bicycle. While many miles from the land of his youth, Kirk’s spirit is often expressed by blood-curdling war whoops from the saddle.

Achievements: 2023 Leadville 100 MTB finisher.  



Photo Credit: Simon Eisenbach

#47 - Scott Paris - Frederick, MD 

Bike: Hoppely 36 in, named "The Broadfield Beauty"

Riding High Wheels: I am still learning to ride and currently ride around my new  development - as I new to the area, the bike is a great conversation starter!

Achievements:  I am a six time Boston Marathoner and have also cycled the Mt. Washington Auto road in New Hampshire twice.

Job:I am a retired Federal Economist- I worked in Washington for 35 years and riding a Penny farthing has opened a new door for me in Frederick.


#48 - Mark Pope - New Ellington, SC

Bike: Standard High Wheel 50"

Riding High WheelsAs an adult, I resumed bicycle riding in 2007 while working at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From time to time, I would see a video of someone riding a Penny Farthing. "Wow, that looks like fun," I would tell myself. Then, in 2018, I finally placed an order for one of Mr. Kippel's bikes. In August, that year, I came up from South Carolina for the 7th Race, picked up my new bike, stayed to watch, and decided on the spot, that I'd return to race in 2019. I had no idea that I would have to wait until 2022 for my first chance. But it was worth the wait.

Inspiration: I am inspired by the pure joy of riding and thank God above that I am blessed with the good health to ride and share this wonderful Time Machine with so many people.  Some measure performance in miles per hour, and some in miles per gallon. But we measure performance in smiles per mile. And no other machine on Earth does that better than a Penny Farthing.

Achievements: My favorite story is from August 11, 2018, the day of the 7th Race. A good friend, David Bryant, came with me to collect my bicycle. Neither of us had any idea what to expect. The whole day was magical. The City of Frederick, the local citizens, the visitors, and the races combined to make the best first impression of any place that I have ever experienced. Everyone we met treated us like we were old friends. I hope that I may help make this year's newcomers feel just as welcomed.

Job: Civil Design Engineer


#49 - Dawn Preske - Chesapeake City, VA 


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#50 - Rocco Porreco - Frederick, MD

Bike:  Vintage 1970s 48” heavy steel bike previously owned and customized by race organizer Eric Rhodes and ridden by many before as a gateway into high wheel riding.

Riding High Wheels:  I live downtown and love to ride all over Frederick.  I also ride the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD and all through West Ocean City.  The overwhelming reaction from people is that seeing a High Wheel pass by brings expressions of happiness.  What could be better than a slightly daft hobby that is so fun, great exercise and makes other people smile?

Achievements: I have always loved riding bikes and especially love exploring Frederick, a truly beautiful and bike-friendly city, but it is a totally better experience seeing the world from so high up.  I watched the very first race and was immediately fascinated with the bikes, the riders and the spectacle of it all.   It is by far the best event in Frederick.  After watching a few more races I knew I had to try it.  In 2016 I took my maiden voyage.  Of course I was immediately hooked and bought the bike. 

Job: Attorney, litigator

Misc: On July 4, 2017 I shared a beautiful morning ride through Frederick with 4 or 5 other high wheel riders.  I was struck by the freedom, joy and uniqueness of our outing- thinking this is not happening anywhere else in the USA, and how fortunate we are to get to do this.  I am proud to ride again wearing the stars and stripes, and I pedal harder when I hear the USA chants from the crowd. About 2 weeks before the 2017 race, I went over my handlebars and took a fall, sidelining me with a pretty bad leg injury.  The organizers dedicated that race to me while I lay recovering in a hospital bed.  I was always determined to ride in the race, but I first had to overcome some trepidation and get back on the horse. 

After a 6-year hiatus from riding I finally completed my race debut last summer.  Scratch that off the bucket list.
I appreciate the support of my amazing wife Donna, our Boston Terrier Gia, and our family and friends.  I am also eternally grateful for the doctors and health care providers who contributed to my healing and recovery from my bike accident.

#51 - William Preske - Chesapeake City, VA 


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#52 - Christopher Rhoten - Charles Town, WV 


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#53 - Andrew Sanderson - Bethesda, MD 


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#54 - Mike Schutta - Herndon, VA

Bike:   50" Standard High Wheel

Riding High WheelsFavorite place to ride is the neighborhood where I live which has many straight aways, hills, cul de sacs, links through other neighborhoods, that I can easily get routes of up to 20 miles with some looping back (or not)!  People (adults and kids), always smile (love those smiles!), wave, ask about the bike, give encouragement, expect to see me go by from time to time (I have probably become something of a "fixture" for the neighbors along my routes I've stopped to talk with many over the years - was recently stopped and was asked why they hadn't seen me ride by recently!!). Good feeling! I also ride several stretches of the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail from time to time (works best between breweries)!

Achievements: Most recently I signed up for and completed the American Heart Association Ride 100 miles in June fundraiser. Raised a little over $100and rode 102.64 miles all on the Penny! Another good feeling! Early on learning how to ride got sporting at times. The center of gravity thing took a little while to figure out. Found out my nose sticks out further than the front edge of a regular bicycle helmet (and the asphalt rises to meet your face very, very fast)! I wear a mountain bike helmet with chin guard.  Haven't had a serious fall since 2018 when I broke my ankle for the first time ever!

Job: Retired Military; Management Consultant

Misc: Have always enjoyed bicycling! Read a history of bicycling and decided I wanted to try to ride a high wheel in 2017. Bought my first high wheel that year. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Family thought I was nuts and would kill myself (they still do).  Spouse is resigned (always asks if my life insurance is current before I go out for a ride!?). This will be my third race. I ride in the "senior-senior” division (the very slow division!).  :-)

#55 - David Skidmore - Charlotte, MI

Bike: RBR Boneshaker

Riding High WheelsI grew up on a bicycle. I still have the Schwinn Super Sport I got for my 18th birthday. I got a taste for unusual bicycles in the 90’s, and came across a Coker Wheelman and had to have it. I took over operations at the local bicycle shop in 2005 and purchased the Boneshaker.

InspirationI race for the sheer enjoyment I receive competing with these world-class cyclists!


Job: I work for Spartan Fire Chassis in Charlotte (pronounced shar-lot), Michigan. We are a manufacturer of custom fire apparatus chassis.  I have been employed there for 43 years and I currently work as an inside sales trainer and consultant.

 Misc: Got married July 14th, 2023, to Wendy Copenhaver in beautiful Frederick MD!



#56 - Paul Smith - Minneapolis, MN

Bike: Custom 55” Dan Bolwell, Melbourne Australia, named "Danny Boy"

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Achievements: I rode my high wheel at the Centennial Celebration of what was called the “League of American Wheelmen” that was held in Rhode Island in 1980.

Job: (Retired) Inspector, City of Minneapolis

Misc: Also known as "Professor Purple"

#57 - Tom Fritshaw - Ontario, Canada

Bike: RBR 52" Excelsior Standard

Riding High Wheels: Favorite place to ride is around my neighborhood.


Job: Happily retired

Misc:  Bought my high wheeler in March 2023. Came to Frederick in April 2023 and took instruction from racer Shayne Boucher. Shayne was very helpful and got me riding. Came home and practiced and got my confidence up. My wife and I try to ride as much as we can. My wife rides her regular bike with me and has been a great help with her encouragement. Looking forward to coming to Frederick for the race.  My hobbies are flying,  riding motorcycles and bicycles. And most importantly spending time with my grandchildren.

#58 - Howard Taylor - Frederick, MD 

Bike: Standard High Wheel

Riding High Wheels: Started after seeing the event four times then made the decision to ride.  Been riding all around Frederick for the past 6 years.  On my second bike now.


Achievements: Had three bikes at one time a couple years back and took them to display in Gettysburg for the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a veterans organization honoring those who served in the Union during the American Civil War. Was very interesting how well it was received at the historical encampment. Even taught someone of the guard to ride that day!

Job: I am with a company that built most of the wireless infrastructure for Verizon in the mid-Atlantic region.  I operate heavy equipment. Drive tractor trailer.  And now doing some specialty concrete work at the national zoo

Misc I had open heart surgery in 2000 so now this is my exercise.  Plus it leads to a lot of conversations with strangers.


#59 - Matt Thomas - Tuttle, OK

Bike: RBR excelsior standard

Riding High Wheels: Been riding about 10 years now.  I'm told it's because I refuse to grow up.  I had always found high wheels an interesting piece of machinery and history.  After reading about the Great Knutsford race and the race in Tasmania and reading about the inaugural National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race in 2012, I simply had to get a bike.  The rest, as they say, is history.


Job: International man of mystery.


#60 - Dan Turner - Ottsville, PA

Bike: Bike Works custom high wheel; handbuilt the wheels

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Achievements: Previously placed 4th at the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, was second at the 2018 Lenape Scorcher High Wheel Race, and has raced Pennys on the velodrome at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA. 

Job: Partner at Bike Works, LLC and UCI Pro Mechanic for the Bike Works p/b Fred Beans Cycling Team



#61 - Dirk Vervacke - Lievegem, Belgium

Bike: Standard Highwheel 52" Tourer (Black)

Riding High Wheels:  In 2018, I had to propose a business team building event for the team I was leading. I wanted to take the team through a quick and steep learning curve and considered a unicycling initiation. Given that this was not practically achievable at the time, I went for an advanced driving course instead. But... on the website of the unicycling company, I also saw a Penny Farthing and immediately knew this would be something for me to do. No brainer! I prefer evening strolls with my daughter, going through the countryside.

Achievements: I once ate some M&M's without finishing the whole bag.  Finished the Sweden3Days three times already.

Job:  Interim Manager who does projects of change and improvement in various industries and across the world. Chance often determines where I end up. People are people everywhere and believe me, the frustration is all mine... I'm working on plan B: studying evenings to become a cobbler. A data savvy material expert with high tech tools to reimagine shoe repair; I wonder where that will lead me.

Misc: Studying my 7th language (Swedish). Would like to get into the cooking chapter, but my wife fears for our kitchenware. 

#62 - Maité Vervacke - Lievegem, Belgium

Bike:  Standard Highwheel 48" Tourer (Light blue)

Riding High Wheels:  Together with my dad on a beautiful summer evening through our neighborhood.

Achievements: Riding the Sweden3Days and not giving up when things got tough, because that is just not an option.

Job: Student in Health Care Management

Misc: Have fun because you never know when it will be the last time.

#63 - Jeff Warner - Seymour, WI


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#64 - Richard Wilbur III - Frederick, MD

Bike: Standard High Wheel  52”

Riding High Wheels: In 2023, I moved to downtown Frederick, and the race happened right at my doorstep. We had a blast watching it and were blown away by the excitement. My neighbor, Oliver, bought a high-wheel bike, and I decided to get one too.

Achievements: 4 incredible kids and wife

Job: Advantage.Tech

Misc:  Most of my injuries have occurred on two wheels. I've owned dirt bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, gravel bikes, a Harley, a scooter, and now a high-wheel bike. It was love at first sight; within the first 10 minutes on my high-wheel bike, I crashed and thought I had shattered my elbow.