Roger Davies Wins Knutsford
After almost killing himself in Belgium barely a week earlier in the European PF Championships, Roger Davies- an owner of the company who makes the most commercially successful Penny-Farthing the venerable UDC- came back and won what many consider to be the most prestigious race in the Penny-Farthing race world: The Knutsford Great Race. It’s a THREE HOUR RACE held only once every TEN YEARS and if you do badly, you have to wait a decade to redeem yourself. This is a MONSTER of a race and 2 hours was in stinky heat and the last hour in the rain. Roger broke a rib dumping on a sharp hill (many did) and still managed to win the biggest race in the PF race calendar.
Belgium PF Championships: Roger Davies Crashes into Steel barrier in Qualifier and wins Final
Some public works folks put a *YELLOW* rope between a barrier and a signpost on the course in Oudenburg to stop vehicle traffic. Even during the practice laps nobody saw it. Roger however managed to find it going at full tilt. In usual Roger style, he calmly recovered, won the qualifier and came back won the overall. The man is a bloody legend. And he managed this racing feat clipped-in when he wrecked. Utterly amazing. I actually managed to have my camera on and captured this epic racing feat; visit Videos > Racing to watch.
Terrence Houlahan Selected as Owayo Brand Ambassador:
20230127: German sportswear manufacturer Owayo- famous for their high-end performance, customisable cycling jerseys– appoints Penny-Farthing.org’s founder Terrence Houlahan one of their cycling Brand Ambassadors: https://www.penny-farthing.org/team-owayo/
Jeremy Vine Headover:
20220216: Keen Penny-Farthing cyclist and TV & Radio presenter Jeremy Vine did a headover after hitting as pothole. Although his head struck the ground the dumped on so was spared grievous injury. He was though knocked unconscious despite the soft landing on grass. The incident highlights the need to have 100% focus when riding a Penny-Farthing: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/17668888/jeremy-vine-rushed-hospital-brutal-bike-acciden
LE-JOG PENNY-FARTHING WORLD RECORD!
20191011: Richard Thoday– a true gentleman & a scholar– *SMASHES* the 1886 record of 5 days and 1 hour cycling a Penny-Farthing 874 miles between Land’s End to John O’Groats by nearly 12 hours! The new record Mr. Thoday set is now 4 days 11 hours and 52 minutes and is now the Guinness Book of World Record Holder for the distance on a Penny-Farthing! I suspect it might be another 133 years before it’s beaten. To put this challenge into perspective, I’ve done about 100 miles in a day on a Penny-Farthing and I had an ass like a baboon at the end of the day. Richard averaged 200 mils/day for over FOUR days. You da man dude; seriously that’s hard-core cycling. Chapeau!