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

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

Jack Dale

“While What Spins the Wheel was gleaned from an amazing, exhaustive bike ride across America, the leadership story is timeless and universal in its application.  As a leader of a large United States school system, Len’s message applies to the important work of the leadership team, the school board and all the businesses serving the community.  Len’s message to us all is an inspiration. Thanks Len for sharing your insights on leading.”
Jack Dale, former Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County, Virginia

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

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