A crazy UK first: 24 hours tandem mountain biking!***We did it!!***
Thanks for the great response and support from the fellow riders and everyone who cheered us on!
We went through two wheels and broke the chain four times but we didnt need to roll out our backup tandem.Also thanks to Matt's wife Jackie for supporting us throughout and to Mark Farrington for fixing our freewheel enabling bike #1 to carry on. Also, check out Vin in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records with his Record-breaking round the world cycle! Out now at amazon etc! Click here to read more about Vin's round the world cycle. This insane challenge will raise money for charity and take teamwork to a new level. Captain Vin Cox and Rear Admiral Matt Parsons will be supported by Matt's Wife and a crew including most of their co-workers whilst they lap the circuit of the TwentyFour12 event at Newnham near Plymouth on 23rd/24th July. Hundreds of other mountain bikers will be in the event, mainly riding in relay teams and all riding on solo mountain bikes. Only Vin and Matt will stick out the whole event together on one bike, something which has never been attempted anywhere in the world before. Adventurer and Guinness World Record Holder, Vin Cox has been mountain biking for over 20 years. He represented Great Britain at 2 World Championships in the 1990's. He treks through jungles and up mountains in his spare time, and circumnavigated the world by bicycle in 2010 raising huge amounts of money for charity. In 2012 he'll organise the worlds longest ever cycle race (also around the world!). Tandem cycling is something Vin originally took to with his wife, who's far to sensible and busy with her own adventures to do this 24 hour challenge. You can follow Vin as @greatbikeride on twitter, on Facebook, or via the www.greatbikeride.com website. Matt Parsons has been mountain biking since the 1980's and should really know better. Luckily his Wife does know better and will be keeping the camp fires burning. He teamed up with Vin thanks to working together since 2004 at Tellonline. Matt brings tandem experience from kayaking as well as from cycling with his wife, and he's also been in relay teams for past 24 hour challenges. Matt will be filming and tweeting from the back of the tandem as @tandemists during the challenge! Vin is an old hand at 24 hour MTB racing having been one of the 5 British riders to take part in the first solo race in the country 11 years ago and being the MC at events like Mountain Mayhem and Sleepless in the Saddle. He has researched tandem involvement and is sure that no-one in the world has ever attempted 24 hours off-road racing on one before.
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