In a two-year project Eurosport cycling commentator David Harmon and wilderness trail guide Jez Hastings will attempt to use cutting edge cycling technology to take on a series of long distance record attempts under the rules of the Road Records Association.
“We are painfully aware that neither Jez or I could hold a candle physically to some of the great record holders of the past but we feel that using advances in training and equipment we have a realistic chance of success,” commented Harmon when asked about the team’s chances during the official Team Wiggle Tandem launch at London’s Charlotte St Hotel.
Beginning in late March the pairing will aim at setting a new benchmark of under 17 hours for the ‘Side to Side’ from Pembroke in West Wales to Yarmouth in East Anglia before at-tempts on the 12-hour record and Liverpool to Edinburgh. An even more ambitious 2011 calendar could see Team Wiggle Tandem mount assaults on the End-to-End record and venture abroad to the legendary Paris-Brest-Paris.
“Breaking records is something that needs a well organised structure.” Points out Project Manager Richard Gorman from Project 7 Racing. “I was previously involved with Team CSC and this is a fascinating venture to bring my management skills to.”
Team Wiggle Tandem will ride ‘Rocket 1’ a development tandem built by framebuilder Terry Dolan, and help to develop and test new tandem technology including Rotor Q rings, electronics and Hope disc braking systems for an all carbon framed Rocket 2 for 2011.
Team Wiggle Tandem starts its season in Snowdonia, North Wales for early season training, following that up with a week riding with Team Endura in Southern France before putting the finally touches to their attempt to set a new standard for the Side to Side in late March 2010.