These penny farthing riders will deal with spectators at The Bend Motorsport Park to a wheelie good present.
Native lovers Daniel Rosser and Suzie Grey are readying themselves to compete in opposition to a small however passionate cohort of riders within the SA Penny Farthing Championship at Tailem Bend at this time. The championship would be the curtain-raiser to the Coorong Group Journey after which Revolve24 Australia, an endurance biking problem comprising 24-hour, 12-hour or six-hour races.
Revolve24 Australia director David Fell mentioned as much as 25 penny-farthing riders would compete in a 30-minute dash race, reaching speeds of as much as 50km/h.
However Mr Rosser, of Strathalbyn, mentioned he might not go that quick.
“I think the highest I can get up to is 35-40km/h … they can get along at a pretty good click,” he mentioned.
Mr Rosser, who completed second within the SA championships final yr, has been using a penny farthing for simply three years.
“My brother is competing with me for the first time this year,” he mentioned. “I don’t care the place I end so long as I can beat him.
“Driving on knowledgeable racetrack with a penny farthing is absolutely good; a completely new expertise.
“A penny farthing has no stable rubber tyres or suspension, so you are feeling each bump when using, so using and competing on such a easy floor is superb.”
Mr Rosser inspired everybody to present penny farthings a go. “When you’re up on it and riding, it is like riding a normal bike … it is just a matter of getting on it and getting off it,” he mentioned.
“The first time you get on them, you do get a bit scared – it just seems like a long way up but you get used to it.”
The penny farthings race at 9.30am.