Events: Valley Preferred Cycling Center Golden Wheel hosted by Doylestown Bike Works
All photos are courtesy of Mike Maney Photography. Be sure to check out his work; he is a fellow cyclist in the Bucks County cycling community with multiple KOMs to his name.
The Golden Wheel Race is the last World Series of Bicycling event at the Trexlertown velodrome in Lehigh Valley this Friday. While it has been a racy year at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (VPCC) full of carbon bike and fighter pilot visors, the velodrome will also take a step back in time to open the doors of a bygone era.
The racing docket for professional and amateur riders begins at 7 pm this Friday. The night is sponsored by Doylestown Bike Works bike shop, which has several riders racing in the World Series of Bicycling across the season. And speaking of Doylestown Bike Works, they will be returning Pennyfarthing bicycles to the banked track with a handful of races. In their attempt to hosting this event last year, Dan, one of the penny-farthing riders stated he could see quite a bit from way up on the saddle. It is quite a sight to have the big wheels rolling around the banked track.
The gates open at 5:30 Friday and feature a trackside Happy Hour until 7 pm. The track’s brewing sponsor, Funk Brewing from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, provides the libations. One of the finer things to do in the summer is sit trackside and watch the action under the lights. Slotted into the schedule are Pennyfarthing races, that alone is worth the admission and the trackside seats.
As the summer racing calendar winds down at the VPCC, the Golden Wheel will deliver the heat for a night of entertainment. Funks Brewing will cool the spectators down and maybe even relax the fans watching the Pennyfarthing/ high wheel races. Last year’s event was canceled on account of severe weather; expect two years’ worth of fury to circle the track five feet high under the lights. The turn-of-the-century racing will be worth every penny.