National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race

Come to see America's only high wheel bicycle race

The only race of its in the nation, this high wheel (penny farthing) bike race features racers from all over the world speeding through the streets of Downtown Frederick. Watch these dare-devils riding antique or replica 19th-century bikes as they compete for the national title. 

The 9th Annual National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race 

July 15, 2023

High Wheel Bike Race Poster 2023

Learn more about the event and the (fascinating) history of high-wheel bicycle

Watch the 2023 High Wheel Race from the grounds of Frederick's City Hall. Head to the "Lawn Party at the High Wheel Race" hosted by the Downtown Frederick Partnership. Enjoy music, food trucks, adult beverages, and more while enjoying the spectacle of America's only high-wheel bicycle race. 

More information on the Lawn Party


Full Schedule of Events

High Wheel Race 23 Schedule

While the view from a high wheel bike is second to none, there are many ways to enjoy cycling in Frederick County!

Discover the emergence of a unique cycling culture in Frederick County 

Make A Stop At These Unique Frederick Bike Shops

  • 15 E. 6th St.
  • 240-741-9524

Bicycle studio and Craft Coffee. Specializing in steel bikes for sale and bike and touring gear rentals. Our coffee is responsibly sourced and craft roasted. Artisan toast, lite fare and waffle weekends. Wednesday - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • 229 N. Market St.
  • 301-663-9288

Retail sales and service of bicycles - located in downtown Frederick for 26 years. Owned and run by experienced cyclists

  • 301-663-0007

The Bicycle Escape Mobile is a bike shop that offers you the convince of meeting you where you live, work, or ride. We offer a full range of repair and assembly services and sell both new and used bikes.