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

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

Dan Pink

“You could read this book to profit from the management lessons Len Forkas has gleaned from riding in Race Across America. Or you could read it for its insight into a little-understood endurance sport. But the real reason to read it is for its message of dedication, resilience, and hope. You are sure to learn something from What Spins The Wheel.”
Daniel Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE

Thomas Murphy

“Always, whether in business, politics or life, when a person tries to do something new, there are those giving a hundred reasons why it won’t work or you shouldn’t even try…  Len Forkas’ book captures  the essential ingredients necessary to succeed in the face of  timidity. Regardless of what you do now, it is a read that will change your perceptive about what you CAN do!”
Thomas Murphy Jr., Senior Fellow, The Urban Land Institute and Past Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA

Robert Meyer

Just a quick Thank You for hosting and inviting me to your breakfast this week. It was an outstanding presentation by Len Forkas. I am telling people it was one of the best I have ever heard, and I have heard many over my long years, The message itself, his delivery, and his modest demeanor rated the talk an A+. As opportunities present themselves, I will recommend him as an inspirational and motivational speaker..”
— Robert Meyer

Chris Warner

“Hard things are not put in our way to stop us, but to call out our courage and strengths. -Anonymous.”
Len Forkas, turns adversity into opportunity, teaching us that every challenge can lead to growth. We all need to be reminded that ordinary people can overcome extra-ordinary challenges. “What Spins the Wheel” offers a road map for embracing the extra-ordinary.
— Chris Warner, co-author High Altitude Leadership