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TANDEM TIMES ❘


MARCH 2015


An Interview with ultra distance cyclist, Dominic Irvine


photos by Joolze Dymond


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When did you get into cycling long distances?


I was inspired originally by an article I read on setting awesome and ridiculous goals. Not being able to swim and only having a bike for popping to the shops, an Ironman triathlon seemed like a good starting point. This introduced me to long bike rides. Epically hard at first I grew to love the sensation of travelling through the countryside by bike – and this still remains my primary pleasure.


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Was there a reason you chose endurance over other forms of competitive cycling?


There are so many reasons. Firstly the training involves travelling over vast distances of countryside and seeing lots of this beautiful country in which we live. Secondly, endurance involves so much more than physical fitness. It’s a state of mind. I love the journey of discovery as one goes ever further. There’s also the teamwork. Ultra distance often means having a support team and there’s all the fun of working together with others to achieve an objective. Despite what you may think – ultra distance is a team game. And anyway, shorter distance racing is too intense for me.


Q A


What bikes do you ride?


I am very privileged to ride a custom made Orbit Lightning Tandem. This is a gloriously comfortable machine that munches miles like they don’t exist, all the while being supremely comfortable. My two other favourite bikes are a custom made single speed titanium road bike on which I completed London Edinburgh London last year and my rigid steel single speed MTB on which I completed the Transpyr – a multi stage off road ride along the length of the Pyrenees.


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What advice would you give our readers who wish to get into long distance


cycling? 102 www.cyclingworldmag.com


DOMINIC AND HIS TANDEM PARTNER CHARLIE MITCHELL WILL ATTEMPT TO BEAT THE LEJOG MEN’S TANDEM RECORD IN 2 MONTHS TIME, THIS IS DOM’S 3RD ATTEMPT AT THIS RECORD.


interesting places. Build up a bit at a time. Pace yourself. Going long is all about a nice steady constant effort up hill and down dale. Do it on a tandem, it’s far more fun with company.


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Q A


What’s your favourite food to eat whilst cycling?


This changes all the time. Currently I’m really enjoying Christmas cake, cheese


Ride a comfortable bike! Get it fitted properly. Plan your routes to explore


sandwiches and Liquorice Allsorts! But not altogether! Whilst expensive sweet and sickly sports nutrition is the preferred food of some, I find proper food gets me a lot further down the road.


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What has been your favourite event so far?


Without a shadow of a doubt, the first Ultra I did, Race Across The Alps. This takes in a ridiculous number of Alpine passes in 525km in under 30 hours. The


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