Cycling commentator David Harmon and wilderness trail guide Jez Hastings will attempt to recreate one of cycling’s great traditions in their new venture: Team Wiggle Tandem.
Eurosport’s voice of cycling, Harmon, will team up with friend Hastings in a two-year project to attempt to break a number of long-distance records under the rules of the Road Records Association.
Starting in late March, the duo will aim to set a new benchmark of under 17 hours for the ‘Side-to-Side’ from Pembroke in West Wales to Yarmouth in East Anglia before attempts on the 12-hour record and Liverpool to Edinburgh.
An even more ambitious 2011 calendar could see the pairing mount assaults on the End-to-End record and venture oversees for the infamous Paris-Brest-Paris.
“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,” explained Harmon.
Some of these advances will see the twosome riding a development tandem built by the legendary Terry Dolan and some of the latest aero equipment.
Harmon and Hastings will head to Snowdonia for early-season training, followed by a week in the south of France with the Endura team.
You can follow the team’s progress on www.wiggleblog.com or at the team’s website www.teamwiggletandem.com
Harmon and Hastings could learn a thing or two from time-trialling legend, Michael Hutchinson (centre)