RTTC 100 miles, mixed record on Tandem Tricycle
What follows is the message that I sent to Keith at the RTTC, and to Snowdons Sports Editorial. I was rather cautious about telling the world, as one year earlier we'd done an even faster ride, only to find that the course was 100 yards short.
Keith & Graham
Well, I've learned my lesson from last year, and won't announce to the entire world that Marina and I have broken another record.
However, we believe that we probably have, and so we would be most grateful if you (Keith) could send us a claim form.
The race? Well, conditions were definitely harder than last year, with quite a stiff breeze making westbound travel quite a bit slower than eastbound. After 25 miles, we were caught by eventual winners Jon Jennings & Judith Swallow. Although they drifted out of sight, we recaught them at around 60 miles. I think we must've surprised them, as they then went away again. However, we then recaught them with about 15 miles remaining, and kept them 100 yards behind for much of the rest of the way.
We were also quite surprised to take 80 miles to catch the third tandem (for one minute). In the end, the tandems were excitingly closely packed.
Our final time of 4: 3:12 is 18m 17s faster than the 1995 record held by Colin Knapp and Ursula Betterton. If ratified, it will be our first RTTC record as pairing.