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Breeze-Guy Tandem Tour


From Wende Cragg: Newspaper article regarding Joe Breeze and Otis Guy's second attempt to break the world record for crossing the United States on a bicycle, specifically on a tandem bicycle. By Ralph Chatoian. Independent Journal, 57, Sports Section. (publication location unknown). Friday, June 8, 1979.

Accompanying photograph by Fred Arn, captioned "Otis Guy (front) and Joe Breeze hit the road".


Wende Cragg


Independent Journal



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Section: Sports
Title: "Two Marinites gun for record
Across the U.S. on a bike in 12 days"

Byline: By Ralph Chatoian

Text: "Otis Guy, a San Anselmo fireman, and Joe Breeze, a Mill Valley machinist, will make their second attempt at a cross-country tandem bicycle ride starting Tuesday from the Golden Gate Bridge.

They hope to reach New York City in 12 days, breaking the bicycle record of 13 days, one hour and 40 minutes, held by John Marino of Los Angeles. Marino's record trip began at Santa Monica, and was a solo job. The tandem record is 18 days, but the Marin pair is shooting for the overall record.

Guy and Breeze attempted the trip three years ago but got only half way when Breeze suffered severe knee muscle problems and the ride had to be aborted at Lincoln, Neb. after six and one-half days.

"I had a problem with our bike. . .when I stood I kept hitting my knees on the handlebars," Breeze said. "Our new bike is a couple of inches longer in the back so I won't have that problem this time."

Guy and Breeze estimate that it would cost $3,500 if their 12-speed tandem bicycle were purchased as is in a bike shop. But the bicyclists purchased their bike in bits and pieces and did most of the assembly themselves. The frame is made of chromium molybdenum steel, with aluminum parts. It weighs 38 pounds, is light but strong.

Both bicyclists are 25. Guy has been road racing since the age of 16 and Breeze has been into road bicycles since age 14. They met in 1972.

Guy will be riding in front for the entire trip, while Breeze rides behind. The bike is desiged [sic] especially for the two men, and Guy is 6-foot-5 and Breeze 5-10. That seven-inch difference in heights is a good reason there is no switching around.

The riders will be accompanied the entire trip by a crew of five, riding in a motor home and a mechanics van. There will also be a motorcycle along if needed by any of the backup crew to follow Breeze and Guy in tight places. The crew consists of manager Alan Wulzen of Fairfax; Andrew Ritchie of Berkeley, in charge of publicity; Sandy Davisson, a physical therapist from San Rafael; Wende Cragg, a Fairfax photographer, and Tony Tom, a San Francisco mechanic.

In addition to their specialties, the crew members will have to double up as drivers and cooks. They will drive the motor home ahead and at pre-arranged locations will be waiting with meals cooked.

Since the Marin duo plans to pedal the bicycle 14 to 16 hours per day, there will be no time to look for places to eat. They are planning on fast meals and six hours of sleep a night.

"We need an efficient crew that will have our meals ready for us when we arrive," said Breeze. "That way we will get more sleep."

"We won't have time for restaurants," said Guy. "The food will have to be made for us. We'll get maybe six hours a sleep a night. Efficiency will be the thing."

The cost of the supporting crew and vehicles is being underwritten by Fritz Maytag of Mill Valley, president of the Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco. The Cove Bike Shop in Tiburon is donating time as coordinator, keeping in touch with bicycle shops and clubs on the route as well as chambers of commerce.

Maytag is a bicyclist enthusiast who offered his sponsorship when he purchased a bicycle built by Breeze and became interested in the plan to try for the cross-country record.

"Hopefully this will make cycling more well known in this country as a means of transportation," said Breeze. "I think of this as a good advertisement for bicycling."

Breeze and Guy have won the Davis Double Century, a 200-mile race in Davis, four of the last five years.

"They are the best tandem road riders in the world," says Gary Fischer, a fellow club member in Velo-Club Tamalpais. He says their matched styles give them an advantage in the hills where tandems usually fall behind a single bike. This year at the Davis 200-miler they won by four minutes. They also hold the U.S. 12-hour record at 254 miles.

Breeze and Guy will beat the sunrise Tuesday in starting their journey. Scheduled start on the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge is 4 a.m."

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