On May 18, 1869, R.L. Cope, Esq., set the Doylestown velocipede record covering the distance from Cowell House to the cemetery on East Court Street and back in a time of "five minutes and some seconds." This afternoon, Dan Turner shattered Cope’s 147 year old mark in a blistering time of two minutes and fifteen seconds.
Members of the community lined the course to watch Dan pedal furiously atop the high wheel bike, the likes of which rose to popularity in the late 1800s. This was Dan’s last training run before he heads to Frederick, Maryland, this weekend to compete in The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race.
Dan returns to Doylestown on September 11 where he will once again mount the record-setting penny-farthing to compete in the inaugural Thompson Bucks County Classic “Lenape Scorcher.”
(Click the arrows on the image below to see photographs from Dan's record-setting day.)