7th September 1996

Tandem speed record broken

THE world record for the fastest ride on a tandem cycle was smashed yesterday at more than 200 mph.
Bruce Bursford, 38, and Cefyn Lloyd, 34, from Dereham, Norfolk, reached 205 mph, more than doubling the 100 mph record which has stood for 30 years.
But within seconds the two record breakers were saying they were disappointed at their speed and would have another go.
“We can go faster than that,” said Bruce.
And Cefyn added: “To double the old record has taken a lot of hard work but we are slightly disappointed.”


The two men set the record on their hi-tech bike, which weighs just under 13 pounds, at the Farnborough Air-show, Hampshire.
There to lend them support was their mind trainer, Uri Geller, who appealed for onlookers to shout their support and “send your powers to them.”
Uri said he had been training the two to overpower their physical limitations mentally and said: “I will try and get my psychic power into them.”
There was a burning smell as the thin wheels of the streamlined black space age bike hummed over rollers as the men pounded at the pedals.


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