What Spins The Wheel

What Spins the Wheel book cover

Entrepreneur. Endurance Athlete. Author. Speaker, Philanthropist. Len Forkas.

In his book, What Spins the Wheel, Len Forkas shares team-building lessons such as the power of forgiveness and gratitude, knowing your limits, and honoring roles. So acclaimed is the book, that Len has been asked to share these lessons in speeches across the United States.

Len has appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Fox 5- WTTG, Fox & Friends, and WJLA ABC7.

It all started years ago, when Len Forkas learned that his son Matt had leukemia. Forkas immediately began searching for a way to help Matt, now an adult, cope with the debilitating loneliness and isolation that occurs to all children during treatment. At a time when webcam technology was still in its infancy, he pioneered a way for his son to connect digitally to his classmates. In 2003, he founded Hopecam, a non-profit dedicated to providing the same for cancer-stricken children around the world.

Len Forkas speakingLen’s unrelenting dedication to Hopecam compelled him to accept a daunting fundraising challenge. In 2012, he competed in one of the world’s toughest endurance events: Race Across America, a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast solo bicycle race that participants must finish in 12 days. Len finished in 11. In What Spins the Wheel, Len describes the management challenges and what he learned as he fought through the scorch of deserts and the joint-wrenching cold of 11,000-foot mountain elevations, propelled by an effective all-volunteer team that supported him around the clock.

In the News

Fox and Friends Interview

Anderson Cooper 360 Interview

What People Are Saying

Ned Overend

“What Spins the Wheel is an inspirational account of Len’s journey to promote awareness for childhood cancer. Len speaks to the power of what can be accomplished with a positive, motivated team. This book is filled with gems of wisdom about uniting people towards a common goal.”
— Ned OverendWorld Mountain Biking Champion

Steve Gladis

“You don’t have to be a cyclist to get a lot out of What Spins the Wheel. Established and aspiring business leaders and athletes of all stripes will come away with many useful lessons. It’s also the kind of book you’ll want to give to a new high school or college graduate, or to someone who wants to embark on a hero’s journey. That someone may even be you.”
Steve Gladis, Ph.D, CEO, Steve Gladis Leadership Partners

Gina Patterson

Len definitely met our expectations! His presentation gave insight on the timely topic of teamwork. His material was useful to our school boards business needs. His presentation style was interactive, engaging, and thorough. He was friendly, focused, exceptionally knowledgeable, and relaxed. He inspired and motivated our members and guests.
— Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association

Robert S. Marshall

“In his book What Spins the Wheel, entrepreneur, father and extreme cyclist Len Forkas shows us that leadership is a journey involving teamwork, personal growth and untiring determination under intense emotional and even physical pressure. Len’s story will resonate with athletes and members of the business community – as well as anyone determined to embrace enormous challenges and come out ahead.”
Robert S. Marshall, co-founder and CEO Earth Networks – WeatherBug

Tim Naughton

“Fathers and business leaders alike will find inspiration in Len’s story. He takes us along on his journey from worst day to best, from Pacific to Atlantic, calling upon his skills as a leader and motivator, while using every bit of his physical strength and courage. What Spins the Wheel compels us to use our own gifts toward a meaningful goal—a happy family, a successful business—and Len shows us how. I plan to give this book to my son and daughter, as well as my closest colleagues.”

Tim Naughton, Chairman & CEO, AvalonBay Communities