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  • So how fast can they go?

    • Ben

      The winning time for the Road Race on Sunday (James Fowler, who won the National Title on Saturday as well) was 1:07 for the 20 mile course. The Saturday course is pretty tight, so it’s hard to go flat out, but you can hit mid-40’s on the finishing straight. Absolute top speed would ultimately spend on how big the hill was, as descending involves taking your feet off the pedals and hoping for the best!

    • Darren Singline

      Hey there! ok max i can pedal down a slight hill was approx 50.4km/hr and soon as you release the pedals to ‘coast’ as such the drag from poor aero and a huge wheel catching the wind you immediately slow down. James mentioned about 43km/hr max on the flat in the Finals. I reckon in the late 1800’s the racing pennies would be spinning faster still at 55km/hr+
      I will throw on short cranks and go on a track someday and let you know whats possible! Thanks everyone for showing so much interest in these amazing machines and crazy riders! From the saddle everything seems quite normal :P Take care, see you next year!!!!!

      • Ben Greeve

        I met a guy in New Zealand that had done long distance riding on Penny Farthings. From his account the relaxing part was going up hill, as apparently there’s effectively no braking (you may have a brake but if you pull it you’ll be over the top quickly)

        He also mentioned footage of a crash where the tyre stretch enough to come off the rim.

        All up a very interesting talk.

        • Christinefgoodwin1

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        • Melissarmurphy

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  • Phillip Stones

    I road at Evandale for the first time this year. I felt I went back in time 100 years. The organisation of the event was wonderful and atmosphere electric with friendly welcoming people. Thankyou to all involved, committee, volunteers and all riders I had a blast also did my partner getting dressed up in period costume. Great article.
    Regards Phillip Stones

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