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TANDEM TIMES ❘


MARCH 2015


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The LEJOG men’s tandem record has stood for 50 years, why do you think


no one has broken it before when the solo record has been beaten so many times?


Tandem riding is so much more than being great cyclists. It’s also about being


a great team. There have been many great teams and many teams of great cyclists who have attempted the record but as yet the right team has not had the right conditions to crack it. This will be my third attempt and with each go I have an increasing admiration for the staggering record that was set.


How much does the weather play a part in the success of the attempt?


It’s massive. The record will not be broken without a tail wind. It’s as simple


as that. The trouble is you need a low pressure off Ireland and then to time it just right to make the most of it. The challenge is low pressures are fickle beasts and the promise of a healthy 20mph tail wind can end up a 15mph cross wind.


If you are successful in beating the record then what’s next?


Later in the summer it’s a busman’s holiday leading a group of friends on a


ride from Grenoble to Nice. Then I thought it would be fun to do the three peaks and ride in between with some mates – on Tandems of course! After that I do have some plans, but I have to keep these close to my chest.


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