Author Topic: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end  (Read 6438 times)

her_welshness

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #50 on: August 04, 2009, 09:26:38 am »
They are just north of Lockerbie  :)

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #51 on: August 04, 2009, 09:32:24 am »
I must take issue with the earlier comment that Cracknell is a better bike handler than Romero. I was the start timekeeper and observer in the first following vehicle till Preston.Romero started on the front and they changed tandems about every 3 hours.It was very apparent that she was a very good bike handler taking a better line through corners,a straighter line generally and a better choice of gear.As the ride progressed Cracknell seemed to improve in his ability to ride in a straight line.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #52 on: August 04, 2009, 09:43:26 am »
I noticed they were alternating turns on the front. Are they using two tandems?
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clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #53 on: August 04, 2009, 09:46:00 am »
Talking to one of the RRA observers this evening. It seems they have two tandems set up so they can swap front to back. They swapped at Bodmin, and again just north of Exeter. ...

Seems so.
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #54 on: August 04, 2009, 09:57:13 am »
I noticed they were alternating turns on the front. Are they using two tandems?

'The pair will be using two custom built Dolan tandems for the attempt – one for Romero to stoke (pedal at the back) and one on which Cracknell can take care of stoking duties.' ..... according to a piece on Bikeradar

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #55 on: August 04, 2009, 09:58:17 am »
65.25 hours, including getting seriously lost on the final run-in.

He was stopping decent intervals at controls too.  Was he supported ? Not sure.

He wandered into Gamblingay on his own and stayed 15~20 minutes. Didn't seem to be in a hurry...

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #56 on: August 04, 2009, 10:38:38 am »
I must take issue with the earlier comment that Cracknell is a better bike handler than Romero. I was the start timekeeper and observer in the first following vehicle till Preston.Romero started on the front and they changed tandems about every 3 hours.It was very apparent that she was a very good bike handler taking a better line through corners,a straighter line generally and a better choice of gear.As the ride progressed Cracknell seemed to improve in his ability to ride in a straight line.

Dunno whether that was me or my informant misremembering.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2009, 11:22:28 am »
Reports around that they have abandoned for medical reasons


Albert_Herring #cracknell #romero have abandoned the attempt for medical reasons at Johnsonbridge nr Moffatt 0955, says ttforum #lejog
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clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #58 on: August 04, 2009, 11:29:13 am »
It's all over twitter, but is it verified?

Blackburnrod, you're probably our most reliable source for this sort of information - any news?
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her_welshness

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #59 on: August 04, 2009, 12:13:50 pm »
Cycling Plus have verified that its all over - Rebecca has a bad knee.  :'(

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #60 on: August 04, 2009, 12:14:05 pm »
It's all over twitter, but is it verified?

Blackburnrod, you're probably our most reliable source for this sort of information - any news?

It's confirmed on the Telegraph (sponsors) site that they've abandoned - James Cracknell begins Land's End to John O' Groats cycling challenge - Telegraph

clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #61 on: August 04, 2009, 12:25:56 pm »
Is this a symptom of their poor preparation?

Telegraph report on end to attempt

Sounds like they're prepared to have another crack at it.  I hope they do.  They reached Johnstonebridge before having to abandon because of Rebecca's knee. :(
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2009, 01:36:38 pm »
Oh, rotten luck.
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2009, 01:45:05 pm »
That's a shame. Just shows how tough a record this will be to break, but well done to both for getting that far.

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2009, 01:57:40 pm »
Is this a symptom of their poor preparation?
You might say they should have done some tests at similar distances and found this out already. I don't know if other records attempters do though. Maybe they were using too big a gear for too long, maybe she just has a dodgy knee which isn't up to this about of exercise with no break. Shes an Olympian but still human.  Hard to say if it could have been prevented.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #65 on: August 04, 2009, 02:29:00 pm »
Oh poo.  I honestly thought that Crackers and Romero were going to pull it off.
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clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #66 on: August 04, 2009, 02:30:30 pm »
They were definitely on for it earlier.  I'd been sceptical, but was getting to believe...
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