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They asked kindly, was it comfortable? How comfortable should a mask be that is strapped to your face so tightly no air could escape?


It was the second part of the lab tests being undertaken by the MSc students in Applied Sports Science at the University of Winchester. The fi rst was to establish my lactate threshold, and once this information was known they could then work out the power level at which I needed to start


before riding myself into the ground in order to measure my V02 max (ability to utilise oxygen).


After an hour of prodding, poking, measuring and subjecting to me to testing at insane levels of effort I ended up with three useful numbers. Firstly how fat I am – 7% they reckon. Secondly the level of effort if I can keep below I should be able to keep going all day – 325watts seemingly (this has dropped from my peak before the summer


due to spending most of the year on a single speed including riding London Edinburgh London). And fi nally my V02 max. This is the baseline data against which we will be measuring an improvement in performance. I’ve also been asked by the students to keep a sleep log – apparently there is some interesting research associated with sleep and performance. Over the last month I’m averaging a shade over 6 hours sleep a night. Next they wish me to take my


Giving It Air A Note


from the Skipper


DOMINIC IRVINE ON PERFORMANCE, PAIN AND PUNISHMENT, ALL IN AID OF A LEJOG WORLD RECORD


IMAGE COURTESY OF JOOLZE DYMOND


DUNCAN FAULKES GIVES SOME HINTS ON FLYING WITH YOUR TANDEM


It was with some trepidation that we watched our tandem disappear in its two suitcases on to the luggage conveyor at Bristol Airport. What condition would it arrive in and would both bags arrive or would we be left with half a tandem?


This was the fi rst time we had travelled by plane with the tandem and our destination was Mallorca. I had been twice before with my solo bike. but Nicki, my wife, hadn’t joined me because she thought the cycling would be too hard. This time we had the tandem so we couldn’t get separated on the hills (unless I forgot to do up the frame couplings properly) and we were going to stay in a villa in Porto


Pollenca so we could enjoy the restaurants and bars in the town after cycling. Our tandem is a Co-Motion with no lateral so with four couplings installed the frame separates into three main parts. Co-Motion supply two suitcases with the tandem each roughly the size of a wheel; that is about 26” by 26” and 10” deep. These apparently fi t a specifi cation for the maximum airline transportable case. What it means is that with careful packing the bike can be stowed in two suitcases that can be wheeled around airports. The packing process takes about 2 hours, the fi rst step is to wrap the frame in padding


with a Velcro closure. Then the frame is separated into three parts, and handlebars, saddles, mudguards, wheels, pedals, pilot chainring and cranks removed. We bought the bike with a belt drive which means we don’t have to work with an oily timing chain. The rear transmission stays in place. The front frame section goes in fi rst, followed by the rear frame. The parts are separated by padding and spaces can be fi lled with suitably wrapped components. There is room for much of your cycling gear to be packed around the bike in the cases. At £15 per bag, the weight of the bags was not an issue at check in. However we are not


Incredible a tandem packed into just two suitcases


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First suitcase with front part of frame


First suitcase with rear part of frame packed


Second suitcase with middle section of frame


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