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Monday, November 24, 2008

Penny Farthing Championships 

It seems that the Australians have a thing about big wheels. The quiet village of Evandale in northern Tasmania, has incorporated a Penny Farthing Championship in its annual village fair, which is held annually in February.

Last year, British cyclist Jonathan Summerfield competed in the championship, while riding around the world on a handmade penny farthing. Jonathan visited 23 countries during his 35,367km (21,976-mile) circumnavigation of the globe, replicating the feat of fellow Briton Thomas Stevens, who rode around the world on a penny farthing bicycle back in 1887.

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