Cracknell and Romero abandon record attempt

Rebecca withdraws on medical advice due to injured knees

James Cracknell and Rebecca Romero have abandoned their attempt to break the Land's End to John O'Groats tandem record.

Following medical advice, Olympic individual pursuit champion Romero reluctantly decided to withdraw due to discomfort to her knees caused by the length of the ride.

The pair set off from Land’s End early on Monday 3 August and were ahead of their own schedule to beat the record – which stands at two days, three hours, 19 minutes and 23 seconds, and was set by Andy Wilkinson and Lynne Taylor in 2000 – by three hours. The end came at Johnstone Bridge, near Lockerbie in Scotland. 

Rebecca and James hope to try again, and would like to thank all the supporters who turned up along the route from before dawn in Land’s End through to their unexpected early finish.

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
Back to top