Get ready for a race like no other! 

 

On July 13, 2024, the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Bike Race returns to Frederick, Maryland, for its 10th exhilarating year. This race, among the largest high wheel bicycle races in the world, is always an unforgettable spectacle, bringing together 65 racers from around the country and across the globe.

 

 

High Wheel Race

The race runs a .4-mile square course through the heart of historic Downtown Frederick, with the start-finish line at North Market Street in front of Brewer's Alley. Spectators are in for a treat as they watch riders on their penny-farthings navigate the challenging course. This is a FREE event for spectators! 

 

Downtown Frederick Images Bill Adkins 1


 

Event Schedule 

 

High Wheel Race

Don't miss out on the intermission events between the Qualifying Heats and the High Wheel Race Championship. 

This year's intermission includes a slow race featuring the high wheel racers, a low wheel runt bike race with special guests, and an antique bicycle parade. Make sure to stop by the antique bike display at at the corner of Church and Market streets as well. 


 

Why High Wheel Bikes? 

High wheel bicycles, or penny-farthings, date back to the late 19th century. These iconic bikes, characterized by their enormous front wheel and much smaller rear wheel, were a staple of the Victorian era. They symbolized a time of innovation and adventure, and seeing them in action today is a fascinating glimpse into the past.

 

Wheel Race Striped Outfit

The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Bike Race not only celebrates this unique piece of cycling history but also brings it roaring into the present with the modern-day thrill and excitement of a professional cycling event. 

 

 

The race is a celebration of both history and community here in Frederick, attracting riders and spectators from far and wide.

The festive atmosphere is palpable as the riders, many dressed in period-appropriate outfits and costumes, compete for high wheel glory. This is Frederick's "Pennyfarthing Preakness," blending the charms of a bygone era of cycling with the lively spirit of modern-day fun.

 

Penny Farthing 01

 

The Lawn Party

The excitement doesn’t stop with the racing action. The Lawn Party at the High Wheel Race, hosted by the Downtown Frederick Partnership at City Hall Park, is the perfect place to enjoy the event.

You’ll find craft beverages, food trucks, and entertainment, making it an ideal spot to watch the race unfold. Enjoy a refreshing drink, savor delicious bites, and soak in the colorful atmosphere as the penny-farthings whiz by at top speed.

 

Lawn Party

 

Frederick’s Unique Culture and History 

The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Bike Race is more than just a race; it’s a celebration of Frederick’s rich cycling culture.

The city’s 50-block historic district comes alive with the buzz of excitement for this annual event. Visitors are encouraged to explore the local shops and restaurants that make Downtown Frederick so special before, during, and after the event. From boutique shopping to exquisite dining, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Gravel and Grind in Downtown FrederickVisit Grave & Grind before the race for a coffee at this bike/coffee shop combo on East 6th Street! 

So mark your calendars for July 13, 2024, and join us for a day of high-wheeled fun in Frederick, Maryland. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an avid cyclist, or just looking for a unique, entertaining, and family-friendly experience, the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Bike Race is an event you won’t want to miss. 


Getting Here and Parking Information 


 

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