When Joe Breeze and Otis Guy first rode tandem in the Davis Double Century in 1975, each had been racing solo for a long time and had just begun to play around with tandem bicycles. Although tandem bikes are generally faster than most other bikes (in certain conditions), tandem teams had not previously been top contenders in this particular race. Yet Breeze and Guy won the race, beating the established record by nearly an hour in spite of many obstacles along the way ("Cross country on a tandem bicycle," Richard Steven Street, Pacific Sun, 1979-06-08).
The brochure for the 10th Annual Davis Double Century Bicycle Tour (May 12, 1979) dedicated a section to describing Breeze and Guy's success as a tandem team in previous iterations of that race. When the 1979 race came around, the "dynamic duo" had won the Davis Double Century the previous four years and thus became the "honored cyclists" that year. According to the brochure, the team's "magic trick is compatibility and good physical conditioning." The pamphlet also contained a blurb about Breeze and Guy's upcoming second attempt at the transcontinental record -- "the challenge of a lifetime."
Fellow cyclist Gary Fischer declared in a newspaper article prior to their second attempt that Breeze and Guy "are the best tandem road riders in the world."