2018. Week 8. National Pennyfarthing Championships

Each State holds a State Championship and then the winners congregate in Evandale, Tasmania for the Nationals – and that’s today.

The weather is not with us though.  Overnight it poured and the day of the racing is showery.  The organisers decided to race between showers.  It proved a poor day for photography with my camera as it needs a fair bit of light around to take a picture of bicycles at speed.

03 Evandale Whats that

“What’s that?” said the stately Lady

There were 54 racers – male, female, boys and girls.  They included a guy from Japan, one from the US and another from the Czech Republic – even though it isn’t a World Championship.

The Organisers rushed things through between cloud bursts and by the time we left all major races had been run.

01 Evandale gathering at the start

So, first you check your name is on the list

Some Pennyfarthings are old, some are old but with new wheels and some are completely new – they can be ordered from at least one mainland business and feature an ever growing use of technology to make improved forks, pedals, wheels – well, anything.

The largest wheel here today was 58 inches.  The owner said it was good down the straight – more speed.  The problem was it didn’t like pulling up out of a corner and acceleration was down.

04 Evandale mounting is a bit tricky

Then you mount up

05 Evandale Racing 1

And then you race

06 Evandale Racing 2

Between events the roadway is taken over by an assortment of people on bicycles.  Here is a short video showing some of them: Street Machines

The week is just about over.  I covered a whole 2 kilometers on each bike when I got home in order to hit the 100 for the week.  I suspect there will be little riding tomorrow as we will be attending the old LAGS Japanese lunch.  It has been interesting sourcing Japanese recipes but all going have nutted something out so it will be interesting and probably Saki-fied.

Total for week :  100k            Total for year :  850k

Vivente :  50 k                          Brompton :  50 k





Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

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