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RETURN OF

Antique bike club descends on Sedalia
the bicycle world speed record of 152.2 mph in
1985. He will speak about a new movie he is
hen vintage cyclist James Allen working on about Marshall Major Taylor, the
needs a doctor to mend his broken first black world champion cyclist.
There also will be members of the Thomas
parts he heads to Sedalia instead of
using one closer to his Springfield Stephens family, another famous cyclist with
home. "People ask James, 'Why do Missouri connections. "Thomas Stephens was
you go to Sedalia? We have doctors in Spring- the first man to ride across America in 1884,
field,' " says his wife, Billie. "Why? Well James and then on around the world," says James.
"Since then there's been 26 of us follow in his
has to talk about bikes."
His doctor is Doug Kiburz, a Sedalia orthope- path across America on a high-wheel bicycle."
Rounding out the history presentations will
dic surgeon and another collector and rider of
vintage bikes. Together the two cyclists spear- be a talk about Henry Meyer, a Kansas City bike
headed the effort that will bring hundreds of racer who competed from 1933 into the 1980s.
members of The Wheelmen to Sedalia on July All of these events are free and open to the public. Other activities will have a western theme
24-28 for the group's 52nd National Meet.
in a nod to Sedalia's role in the great catThe Wheelmen is a national
tle drives. There will be cow-chip tossing,
organization that promotes the
bicycle steer roping and cowboy-bicycle
history of the bicycle from its
poetry reading.
start in Europe to around 1932.
With 48 members, Missouri is
Its members gather to learn lost
moving up the ranks in Wheelmen
skills, share stories, swap parts and
Sedalia
membership. Both James and
relive the golden era of the bike.
Doug came into the hobby in
Many members of the group
interesting ways.
ride the high-wheeled bikes once
"I just went and bought one one
common along Sedalia's Victorian
day," James says of the addiction
streets. "It's an 1860s town, and that
that led to him creating a cycling
was the major rush of the bicycle evolution,"
says Doug. "We have some nice connections. For museum in Springfield. "I went looking for a litinstance, the Wright Brothers flew their biplane tle bike for my daughter when she was 5 years
over the Missouri State Fairgrounds in 1910, old and ended up bringing home a 1939 bike.
just seven years after the first flight at Kitty She wasn't impressed."
Doug got his introduction to antique bikes
Hawk. Well they, of course, were bicycle repairfrom a patient. "He had one of these old bikes
men and had their own line of bicycles."
The co-chairs say they are working on and by the time he had two total knee replacerecreating the fly-over. James, captain of the ments and a rotator cuff he said, 'this is way
Missouri Wheelmen chapter, also plans to bring too dangerous for me, you better take it,' " Doug
an original Wright Brothers bike and many oth- recalls. "So I took it and started riding in a few
parades. It's no fun riding by yourself so I got a
ers from his extensive collection.
Sedalia's location along the Katy Trail, the few locals to ride."
The bicycle proved to be popular over its
nation's longest rails-to-trails project, also made
it a natural to host the event. Those attending 200 years of existence. The co-chairs expect a
will use the trail for group rides on vintage bikes. big crowd of bikes and an equally large crowd
"Those people are coming from 40 states coast watching as vintage bikes return to Sedalia.
to coast, and a few foreign countries," Doug
For more information, visit The Wheelmen's
says. He adds that this event marks the first
time cyclists racing antique and modern bikes website at www.thewheelmen.com.
will compete in the same location. The races will
take place on Saturday downtown and
Sunday at the state fairgrounds.
For this year's meet the organizers planned lots of free activities the public can attend, starting
with a recreation of Mark Twain's
story, "Taming the Bicycle."
There will be a bicycle fashion show, with costumes made
to match vintage bike ads. John
Howard, a Springfield cyclist who
James calls "the most famous Missouri athlete no one has ever heard
of," will speak at the event. John, an
Olympic cyclist from Springfield, set
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Left: Members of The Wheelmen show off their vintage
bikes in front of Sedalia's historic depot. Above: Kevin
Daniel rides a vintage high-wheel bike, one of many coming to the event.


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