This is an ultra-cycling race over a 1350 mile lap of Ireland. In 2014 it is the European Ultra-Cycling Championship. Race Around Ireland is also one of a number of events which make up the world ultra-cycling series.
A tandem has never been entered in Race Around Ireland before. The event represents a step up from the Lands End to John O'Groats challenge and so a different bike is being used. Norman and James will be cycling an Orbit Lightening Pro. They still have their other tandem which will be on hand as the spare bike. The Race Around Ireland website will provide real time tracking of their progress. So get ready to watch the dot!
miles to ride(the eqivilant of cycling
days to completethe equivalent of cycling from Birmingham to Lands End each day
tandem to enterRace Around Ireland
feet of ascent(the equivalent of
Norman and James will be supported throughout the race by a brilliant race crew.
Crew Chief Looks like Sir Dave Brailsford. Jonathan is the Captain Phillips of cycling! Cool under pressure. Wise and good humoured. Awesome!
Navigation Advisor to NASA on astro navigation. Able to find his way home from any point on the planet using a magnetised needle, cork & dish of water! Brilliant!
Driver Some people say he was once a stunt double for the Stig. All we know is he is a top support car driver who never gets lost. Cosmic!
Physio & Chief Medical Officer Better than super glue, Laura can repair anyone or anything with a roll of physio tape! Magic!
Food Logistics & Head Cheer Leader More power than a Saturn 5 rocket! Classic motivational talks, big smiles & top positivity. Totally on it!
Race Control More organised than the Olympic Opening Ceremony, more helpful than Dr Who’s assistant. Steady and persistent, sorts the impossible. A real Lady Penelope. F.A.B.!
Tandem Pilot Allegedly turned down the part of Maverick in the Top Gun sequel. Has all the moves. Always comes up smiling. Unflappable. Amazing!
Stoker Main function - calorie munching and pedal spinning. Never gives up. Factory default setting - endurance. Stormin!
Driver The dictionary definition for team player is - Pat Menzies, The technical driving coach for films such as Speed, the remake of the Italian Job and Life on Mars, she has more wonder than Wonder Woman and is definitely our angel of the north. Why-aye man!