Awesome. I like how there's a big crash in the background of one of the illustrations. Hard to believe those guys would ride to the limits on those unwieldy bikes. There must've been some not insignificant money and promotion in it for them, sorta like the guy in picture 1.
Yeah, there were often cash incentives, but a surprising number were dandies with time and money on their hands.
A few years back a Brit completed a trip around the world on a penny farthing.http://www.pennyfarthingworldtour.com/