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Photos from the FORTH Race
Four-corner Ordinary Race for Three Hours
September 5, 2010 near Archbold, Ohio
This race was created this year to complement the Great Knutsford Race held in England. As opposed to the Knutsford race (which is held every ten years), it is planned that the FORTH race will be an annual event. A major race will be held in 2012 in conjunction with the National Meet of The Wheelmen at Sauder Village in the summer of 2012.
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The three staunch high wheel riders assembled at the race course start for last minute instructions and course cautionary notes. A fine morning, cool but bright sunshine abounded.
The two main contenders for a first place finish are neck-and-neck early in the first lap.
Carson was the winner of the inaugural FORTH Race on September 5, 2010. Carson is from Louisville, Kentucky.
The race director presented Carson with the OHIO CUP, a significant trophy featuring symbols of Ohio, including Ohio's state bird, the cardinal. As luck would have it, the Cardinal is Kentucky's state bird also! How fitting.
A closeup view of the magnificent OHIO CUP awarded each year to the first place finisher of the three hour FORTH race.
The OHIO BAD BOY medallion was presented to Alison for her last-place finish. This medallion is given each year to the high wheel rider who perseveres and finishes the three hour race still riding but with the shortest distance.
A closeup photo of the inimitable OHIO BAD BOY medallion. It is destined to be a treasure that will be passed down through the family.
The words in the race title say it all. Four corners. The main riding obstacles were a level-grade railroad crossing and descent into and out of the Valley of the Railroad Underpass. The start and finish is the little "bump" just east of the northwest corner and the riders rode in a clockwise direction.
These data were obtained using a 19th century GPS receiver and was analyzed with a period computing device. Various features of the race course and the efforts put forth by the second-place finisher may be clearly seen. The tail wind portion of a lap (going east) is easily seen as is the headwind portion (going west).
Video of the first place finisher cruising along on lap eight (of ten laps).
Video of the seond place finisher cruising along on lap eight (of ten laps).
Stay tuned for
FORTH in 2011.
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