Jointly sponsored by Bentley and Bonhams

Sunday 5th September 2010

In support of the charity shelterbox

The Knutsford Great Race is a totally unique event held once every ten years, featuring Original Dandy Horse Machines, Bone-Shakers and Penny Farthing Cycles dating from the middle of the 19th Century. You will not see anything else like this, with riders from all over the world entering. We have received entries from New Zealand, Germany, The USA, Austraiia, The Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland and England. including the likes of World circumnavigator Joff Somerfield.

Having now reached 50 teams, further race entries are now suspended. We are only accepting reserve list entries – please email or phone for further information.

If for any reason you or you know of riders who have entered the race, and for whatever reason, are no longer wanting or able to take part in the race please do let us know so that we can look to include entrants off the reserve list?



Cycle racing is dangerous and high wheel cycling even more so. Cross the circuit with care and preferably where there is a marshal – always expect the unexpected.

All competitors in the High Wheel competition must wear a helmet.

Learn to Ride

So you Want to Learn to Ride a Penny Farthing Machine?

The first session was held on Wednesday 23rd September 09. Click here for a report by the Knutsford Times on Youtube.

We are holding another training session on Sunday 7th February 2010, in Goostry.

E-mail Stephen West or phone 01565 755219 – for further information and to book your place.

Cartoon by John Holder

Past races

Sunday 7th Sept 1980 3 Solo entries 15 Teams
Sunday 9th Sept 1990 9 Solo entries 16 Teams
Sunday 24th Sept 2000 16 Solo entries 16 Teams*

Poster for 2000 race

*The 2000 race featured at

Have a look at a video clip of the 2000 race as featured in



The Main Event – The Knutsford Great Race 2010

3 HOUR “HIGH WHEEL RACE” Only Run Every 10 Years

Is to be an Open Invitation Event for Penny Farthing ( Ordinary or High Wheel) Cycles consisting of a maximum of 50 teams,whether a solo rider or a combined team of up to 4 riders.
The winning team,will be the team that completes the most complete circuits of the one kilometre Moorside Circuit,within the three hours from 2.00pm – 5.00pm, as decided by the Chief Race Marshall
A riding team may consist of between one and up to a maximum of four riders. Each team will be riding a Penny Farthing Cycle, reproduction machines will be allowed.
The riding team may have a small team of mechanics and support staff.

Will the solo riders be able to pace themselves over the three hours and take advantage of the team riders pit stops and rider change overs?