Bristol here we come: End to end tandem duo on schedule

Cracknell and Romero put Cornwall, Devon and Somerset behind them as Bristol looms

The latest word from the record chasers' support team:

"It was a 2.30am start for Cracknell and Romero in preparation for a 5am departure. Wrapped up warm to protect from the chilly sea breeze and fuelled by a hearty breakfast, James'  humour remained in tact and spirits high in the minutes before 'pedal-off': "Our medic's got swine flu, the navigator got lost and our timekeeper overslept" he said with his enthusiastic smile.

After a countdown by the RRA timekeeper, at 05:00 precisely the cycling duo set off to cheers of onlookers and with the wind blowing the right direction behind them.

With Rebecca steering, the tandem tackled the A30 at some pace, manipulating the hills with just a couple of wobbles. This cracking speed helps keep them ahead of schedule as they head towards Exeter. With 5 minute stops every 1.5 hours Cracknell and Romero are kept fuelled with energy drinks, snacks and bananas.

The rain eases off and sun begins to come out as we approach Exeter and the pair start to have to navigate their way through congested roads, followed by their support team. Groups of well wishers come out to clap and photograph the Olympians on their way.

Heading out of Exeter and on to Taunton on the A38, the riders maintain more than a steady pace. Through Taunton and Bridgwater the record attempt is keeping well on schedule as they fly along at 20mph, enjoying some slightly flatter roads through countryside, heading towards Bristol. Whether they can maintain this speed remains to be seen."

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