On Saturday, August 18th, twenty-five high wheel cyclists are set to race through downtown Frederick in the Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Bicycle racing event.
CONTACT: Susan Harding, Public Information Officer, 301-600-1385
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 17, 2012
Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Bicycle Race Day
Temporary Road Closures
Frederick, MD -- On Saturday, August 18th, twenty-five high wheel cyclists are set to race through downtown Frederick in the Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Bicycle racing event. The race is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM and will feature riders of antique or replicas of the high wheel bicycle, a bicycle popular in the late 19th century. Among these riders will be three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond. The race will begin in front of Brewers Alley located on North Market Street.
North Market Street, West 2nd Street, North Court Street, West Church Street, Record Street will be closed on Saturday, August 18th between 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM to accommodate the Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race. Motorist will be directed around the route. See attached map.
Mayor McClement presented a proclamation to Eric and Jeanne Rhodes, Race Directors of The Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, declaring August 18, 2012 as “Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Bicycle Race Day” at a press conference on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
Riders from across the United States, from as far away as Texas and Arizona, will be participating in what is being hailed as "The One and Only Penny Farthing race in the United States." The race will be a one-hour multi-lap race of high-wheels along a half-mile circuit in historic downtown Frederick, MD. It will be one of the only four known high wheel races in the world.
The event is organized by the Potomac Wheelmen and supported by the City of Frederick Bicycle Ad Hoc Committee and is being held in conjunction with the third annual Tour de Frederick Bicycle Event scheduled for August 17th through August 19th. Frederick's Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Bar is the race's proud main sponsor, and other local businesses including Frederick County Bank, Frederick Gorilla Magazine, Frederick Memorial Hospital, Riot Creative Imaging and the Gullo Law Firm have pledged their support for this event whose proceeds will benefit the Frederick Bicycle Coalition.
For more information, visit cshighwheelrace.blogspot.com.