Known for riding off the front of group rides only to be caught in the first mile, CJ got back on a road bike and realized he must win the Donut Derby at least once in his life. Regularly pledging he's "not a climber," he can be found as a regular attendee of Trexlertown's Thursday Night Training Criterium or sitting on the couch watching Paris-Roubaix reruns. CJ has been a constant rider of the Hell of Hunterdon in New Jersey and races the Tour of the Battenkill before going into seasonal hiding on cross-country ski trails.

Events: Valley Preferred Cycling Center Golden Wheel hosted by Doylestown Bike Works

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.

This Friday another round of racing under the lights at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosted by Doylestown Bike Works. The Golden Wheel racing docket will also feature Pennyfarthing racing. Photo by    Mike Maney   .

This Friday another round of racing under the lights at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosted by Doylestown Bike Works. The Golden Wheel racing docket will also feature Pennyfarthing racing. Photo by Mike Maney.

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. 

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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. 

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