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Joe Breeze - Otis Guy Coast-to-Coast Tandem Bicycle Record Attempt sponsored by Anchor Steam Beer

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[Cover Page] Header: JUNE 1979 (Anchor Steam Beer logo) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANCHOR BREWING Co.
541 Eighth Street San Francisco California 94103 Telephone 415 * 863 * 1495

 

Joe Breeze -- Otis Guy
Coast-To-Coast Tandem Bicycle Record Attempt
San Francisco -- New York City

Tuesday, June 12th -- Saturday, June 23rd
1979

 

Sponsored By:                                                          
Anchor Steam Beer, San Francisco, California

Supported By:                                                            
The Cove Bike Shop, Tiburon, California

Sanctioned By:                                                            
The United States Cycling Federation

Please send copies of stories, pictures which appear about this event to:                                                                
Cove Bike Shop (logo) (415) 388-0800 Cove Shopping Center 1 Blackfield Drive Tiburon, California 94920

[Page 1] THE COAST-TO-COAST RECORD ATTEMPT Joe Breeze and Otis Guy, from Marin County, California, are riding across the United States, from West to East coast, on a tandem bicycle. They are attempting to break the existing record of 13 days, 1 hour, 40 minutes set in August, 1978, by John Marino, of Costa Mesa, California, on a single bicycle. Joe and Otis want to cross in less than 12 days.

Joe and Otis, with their support crew of five people and two vehicles, are leaving the toll plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco at 4 A.M. June 12th, and plan to arrive in New York City on or before Saturday, June 23rd.

The total distance ridden will be just over 3000 miles, with a daily average of 260 miles. The record time is based on the total time which elapses between starting and finishing points. Time spent eating and sleeping must be included in the final time.

If Joe and Otis realize their scheduled record time of under 12 days, this will be the fastest bicycle crossing of the American continent, and will earn them a place in the Guiness [sic] Book of Records. It will also be the longest, fastest record bicycle time-trail on the world's bicycle record books.

Joe and Otis will spend about 15 hours riding each day. They will not be paced at all by a motor vehicle or bicycle, and they will not ride in a motor vehicle. If they encounter obstructions such as road construction or bridges, where the tandem cannot be ridden, then they will walk.

Joe and Otis' support crew consists of:- Alan Wulzen, 33, Manager; Toni Tom, 28, Mechanic; Sandi Davisson, 32, Masseuse; Wende Cragg, 30, Photographer and Andrew Ritchie, 35, Publicity. All crew members will drive cook and look after Jow [sic] and Otis, allowing the two cyclists to concentrate their energies on riding, eating and sleeping. Over/

[Page 2] The record attempt, sponsored to the tune of about $10,000 by Fritz Maytag, the owner and president of the Anchor Steam Beer Company of San Francisco, will in fact cost about $15,000 in equipment and expenses.

JOE BREEZE AND OTIS GUY

Joe Breeze, 25, lives in Mill Valley, California and earns his living as a machinist, specializing in building custom bicycle frames. Otis Guy, also 25, lives near Jow [sic] in San Anselmo, California, and is a fireman with the San Anselmo F.D.

Joe and Otis have both been involved with bicycle racing for several years. Both are category I licensed riders with the United States Cycling Federation, the governing body of U.S. bicycle sport. They are among the best bicycle racers in this country. They have been riding a tandem competitively for 5 years and are the best U.S. tandem road riders.

Joe and Otis have made a name for themselves in California by winning 5 times the demanding Davis Double Century, a 200-mile single day race which takes in the windy flats of California's central valley and about 10,000 vertical feet of twisting mountain road. This year, they won for the 5th time, covering 207 miles in 9 hours 10 minutes.

In 1976, they attempted to break the cross*country record. By Nebraska, they were 24 hours ahead of schedule, but were forced to stop when Joe suffered a torn ligament in his knee.

Otis, who has the front seat on the tandem, steers. Joe sits behind as "Stoker". When they finally make it to New York, they will have been on the tandem for about 180-190 hours, riding at an average speed of about 20 m.p.h.

Joe and otis want the satisfaction of knowing they are the best in the

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[Page 3] gruelling sport of long-distance bicycle racing. But they have another purpose too. They want to publicize bicycling as a pleasurable, health-giving sport, and encourage others to ride. Says Joe:- "I want to show what it's possible to do on a bicycle. Here we are going across country on a bicycle. Maybe it'll encourage people to go to the store."

THE MACHINE

The tandem Otis and Joe are riding was assembled by Joe himself at home and cost about $3500. The frame was built by Tom Richey [sic], of Menlo Park, California and is an extremely sophisticated example of the custom bicycle builder's art. The frame was built exactly to the rider's specificatons so that it is precisely adapted to their individual physiologies. It is a machine which fits their bodies down to a fraction of an inch.

The tandem weighs 38 pounds, has 12-speed derailleur transmission, super light high pressure clincher tires inflated to 120 P.S.I. and mainly Campagnolo components. For the sake of bicycle buffs, it is worth mentioning that their top gear is 130 inches, with a 62-tooth chainwheel and a 13-tooth rear cog.

The back-up van will carry a spare tandem as well as spare wheels and parts and will be equipped for almost any mechanical failure likely to occur. The tires will be changed every few hundred miles.

Tandeming is a specialized branch of cycling which demands teamwork and cooperation between the riders. They must learn to think and work as one rider. Their effort has to be smooth, well-synchronized, well-sustained. If one rider weakens, the other will suffer. Otis, in front, has to steer, watch the road, change gear, operate the brakes. Joe, behind, has to respond to the changing conditions. He has an advantage in that he has less to think about, but when montony gets its grip on a long trip, that can also be a disadvantage.

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PREPARATION FOR THE RECORD ATTEMPT

Only very experienced athletes can hope to succeed in endurance bicycle racing. Years of training and many thousands of miles of cycling have been essential to give Joe and Otis the necessary physical strength to attempt this cross-country ride. An athlete preparing to take on the rigors of long distance, heat and mountains must be in the very best physical condition. His body must be able to maintain a very high level of energy output, during which his metabolism will be running at an extraordinarily high rate.

Throughout 1979, Joe and Otis have been gradually increasing the severity of their training, logging up to 400 miles a week. More recently, they have been riding up to 150 miles a day. They train fast, eating on the bicycle, only stopping when necessary. The climate and terrain of Marin County, California, where they live, has proven an ideal training ground.

This kind of event taps an athlete's psychological as well as his physical strength. The seemingly endless miles to be ridden each day, which must then be repeated the following day and then the day after that, are a terrible test of self-discipline and strength. The riders know, even before they set off, that sometimes during the trip their legs will ache so much that they will want to scream with pain, and that they will feel so tired that they seem unable to continue for another five minutes.

But they must find the strength to overcome these obstacles.

As far as diet is concerned, Joe and Otis have no special fads. They eat a normal athletic diet. Little meat, lots of fruit, vegetables, juices and whole wheat bread. Neither smokes or drinks more than an occasional beer. During the record ride, they will consume huge quantities of calories, relying mainly on bananas, oranges, peaches and other fruits, sandwiches, fruit and

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[Page 5] vegetable juices and hundreds of pints of water. They will also be taking vitamin and protein supplements.

THE ROUTE THEY CHOSE

In order to qualify for official recognition by United States Cycling Federation, a coast-to-coast record ride must be between either San Francisco and New York or Santa Monica and New York. The distance varies by only about 40 miles; though the southern route is less hilly, it is also hotter. What is very important in planning a record ride is crossing with the most favorable possible winds and finding the most direct roads. A rider may begin his ride either from West or East coast, but experience has proven that the prevailing westerly winds across the far west give a record breaker who starts in California a huge potential advantage.

Joe Breeze, who has done most of the route research for his own record attempt, decided to follow Interstate 80 to Omaha, Nebraska, and from there the most direct easterly route to New York (see the attached route sheet). Whereever necessary, permission has been obtained to ride on the freeway, although in some cases this has proved to be impossible. Joe has not substantially changed this year's route from the one he chose for the 1976 trip.

OTHER COAST-TO-COAST BICYCLE RECORDS

There has been increased interest recently in the United States in long-distance bicycle records. The cross-country ride is undoubtedly the "king" of long-distance rides, particularly since it is a test not just of athletic, but of organizational, skill.

Several fast rides have been done in recent years. In 1973, Paul Cornish crossed on a single bicycle, motor-paced, in 13 days 5 hours. In 1977, Kevin and Chris Kvale set an unpaced, two-man, time of 14 days 9 hours, which was

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[Page 6] bettered in August, 1978 by Earl Page and Paul Tibbetts, who crossed in 13 days 4 hours. Their record did not stand for long, however, for on August 26th, John Marino, the current record holder, arrived in New York City on a single bicycle with a time of 13 days 1 hour 40 minutes, which is the time Joe Breeze and Otis Guy must beat.

The latest information is that Pete Penseyres and Rob Templin, a tandem team from San Diego, will be leaving Santa Monica shortly after Joe and Otis leave San Francisco, and will therefore be well-placed to make an assault on Joe and Otis' time.

Care must be taken in comparing these various records, however. Two riders on single bicycles go faster than one rider alone. Two riders on a tandem go faster than either of the former. Any rider, or combination of riders, paced by a motor vehicle, can rather easily go faster than any unpaced rider or riders. Joe and Otis, on a tandem, have an intrinsic advantage over John Marino solo ride. If Joe and Otis establish a new record, it may be a very hard one for tandemists to beat, and a near impossibility for a single rider.

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Header: (Anchor Steam Beer logo)

ANCHOR BREWING Co.
541 Eighth Street San Francisco California 94103 Telephone 415 * 863 * 1495

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR

Anchor Steam Beer is the last of a famous tradition, said to be the only kind of beer actually created in the United States. Steam beer is neither a lager nor an ale but borrows a bit from both traditions. Steam beer is infusion mashed, all malt, highly hopped, bottom fermented in special shallow fermentors called "clarifiers", carbonated entirelt [sic] naturally through mixing about 15-20% of an unfermented batch with a fermented one, and then stored at cellar temperatures of 50-55 degrees F.

No one of these things was revolutionary in the 1850's, but all together they constituted a brewing method unlike any other.

The West coast supported hundreds of steam beer breweries in the 19th century. You could say it was the beer of the Pacific Coast until mechanical refrigeration made it possible to brew lager in these temperate zones.

The word "steam" is simply a nickname, started by the old brewers, which refers to the pressure building up in the barrels and tanks during the process of natural carbonation.

Anchor Steam Beer is proud to use only malted barley, whole hops, yeast and water in the manufacture of its beer. There are no additives or preservatives in anchor steam beer. The anchor brewery is the smallest commercial brewery in the United States and is committed to brewing in the most traditional manner, for beer drinkers who really care about what they drink.

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