Author Topic: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end  (Read 6523 times)

clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2009, 10:31:44 am »
I thought they might have had an opportunity to practice a bit more...
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2009, 10:40:33 am »
In case anybody hasn't found it http://twitter.com/cyclingplus is following the ride.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2009, 02:47:11 pm »
More of an update from here:

Romero - Cracknell off to flying start on RRA End to End tandem record | News | Cycling Weekly

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2009, 03:23:18 pm »
In case anybody hasn't found it http://twitter.com/cyclingplus is following the ride.

Just now:

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5 min stop to tend to blisters and grab an energy bar and jc and rr are back on a38 into bristol

Blisters on the first day?  Blimey - that's some poorly fitted footwear.  Probably brand new, I suppose.

OTOH, if they're on the A38 into Bristol, they're doing well.  That was the morning of Day 2 for TRAT.
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2009, 03:45:30 pm »
Maybe not foot blisters ?

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #30 on: August 03, 2009, 03:57:29 pm »
Weatherwise, it looks like they will be hit with a belt of rain tonight.  The wind is predicted to be a nice solid 15mph tailwind for the duration!

So it just depends if their support crew have got a supply of 5 dozen pairs of gloves and socks.  Usually people from a "sport" background don't geddit with stuff like that, but Cracknell has done a few long rides so hopefully commonsense will prevail
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #31 on: August 03, 2009, 04:51:37 pm »
I found I got blisters on my hands on long tours. That may be the problem.

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clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #32 on: August 03, 2009, 04:52:07 pm »
On the first day?
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2009, 04:53:18 pm »
On the first day?

When the first day is 200 miles, I don't see why not.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2009, 04:57:36 pm »
On the first day?

When the first day is 200 miles, I don't see why not.

..d

It would imply a lack of preparation.  It's quite possible to ride 200 miles in a day without a blister.

clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2009, 05:00:17 pm »
I'd be worried about the next 650 or so miles if the first 200 create blisters. But then, I'm not an iron-willed, if underprepared, sportsperson. 
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2009, 05:02:50 pm »
On the first day?

When the first day is 200 miles, I don't see why not.

..d

It would imply a lack of preparation.  It's quite possible to ride 200 miles in a day without a blister.

Why would it imply a lack of preparation? Not having a go M-V, just curious!  :)

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2009, 05:04:24 pm »
On the first day?

When the first day is 200 miles, I don't see why not.

..d

It would imply a lack of preparation.  It's quite possible to ride 200 miles in a day without a blister.
Certainly is. I did it last week !! They should have come on here and asked for training tips for long distance riding, bloody amateurs, it's only a bike ride, not the Olympics.


A prepared rider would know what shoes, gloves, pants to use through trying things first. Their bike would fit properly.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #38 on: August 03, 2009, 05:10:26 pm »
Why would it imply a lack of preparation? Not having a go M-V, just curious!  :)

What MSeries says, really.

200 miles a day, for several days, is a scenario that's familiar to many of us, and we've all made damn sure that we're not going to have bike/clothing comfort issues before the off.

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2009, 05:16:33 pm »
To be fair though they are going at about twice the pace you needed to for LEL. It's about the same distance (800 to 900 miles) but the existing record is 2 days, 3 hours and 19 minutes.
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #40 on: August 03, 2009, 06:21:16 pm »
To be fair though they are going at about twice the pace you needed to for LEL. It's about the same distance (800 to 900 miles) but the existing record is 2 days, 3 hours and 19 minutes.

all the more reason to make sure all aspects are tried and tested.  Seems a curiously half-assed attitude, bet tehy wouldn't have gone into hte Olympics with so little preparation and practice -  but then as noted above it's only a bike ride 
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #41 on: August 03, 2009, 06:39:03 pm »
To be fair though they are going at about twice the pace you needed to for LEL. It's about the same distance (800 to 900 miles) but the existing record is 2 days, 3 hours and 19 minutes.
Does anyone know when the superhuman German actually finished LEL?  He was back at Thorne 10am Tuesday so I doubt their target's more than about 12 hours faster than his ride.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2009, 06:57:54 pm »
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.

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2009, 10:47:39 pm »
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. One comment was that they'll end up doing more than 900 miles because they're weaving all over the road, especially when Romero's on the front. There's some scepticism about whether they'll do it, but we shall see.

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #44 on: August 04, 2009, 12:44:12 am »
On the first day?

When the first day is 200 miles, I don't see why not.

..d

It would imply a lack of preparation.  It's quite possible to ride 200 miles in a day without a blister.
Certainly is. I did it last week !! They should have come on here and asked for training tips for long distance riding, bloody amateurs, it's only a bike ride, not the Olympics.


A prepared rider would know what shoes, gloves, pants to use through trying things first. Their bike would fit properly.

Aye.

I rode 200 miles on Thursday, and another 200 miles on Saturday.  No problems at all as the kit is well used and practised.



Mind you, I don't know that I'd be so silly as to try something as strenuous as these two are.



Blisters on day one - implies to me a lack of preparation.  Blisters on day three onwards, at their pace, is excusable.

Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #45 on: August 04, 2009, 06:34:15 am »
Just over Shap now, it seems.
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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #46 on: August 04, 2009, 07:16:22 am »
Not bad for 24 hours.

Haven't got their trye route but even google map shows 439 m LE to Shap.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #47 on: August 04, 2009, 08:13:24 am »
Do we know how they are doing compared to their schedule? ::-)

Just over Shap now, it seems.

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #48 on: August 04, 2009, 08:18:15 am »
Do we know how they are doing compared to their schedule? ::-)

Just over Shap now, it seems.
copy of their schedule here:
http://www.rra.org.uk/Files/CracknellRomero3.pdf
It's a bit weird, but actually quite wonderful.

clarion

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Re: Romero/Cracknell tandem RRA end to end
« Reply #49 on: August 04, 2009, 09:21:18 am »
Sounds like that was about on schedule, then.  Should be at Gretna now.
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