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One Bike, Two Riders, 3000 Miles


Breeze-Guy Tandem Tour


From Wende Cragg: Newspaper article regarding Joe Breeze and Otis Guy's second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for crossing the United States by bicycle. Their second attempt occurred in June of 1979 on a custom-built tandem bike. The pair did not finish their tour, aborting the attempt early due to a problem with Breeze's knees. By George Draper. San Francisco Chronicle. Friday, June 8, 1979.


Wende Cragg


San Francisco Chronicle



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San Francisco, CA

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Title: "One Bike, Two Riders, 3000 Miles"
Byline: "By George Draper"

Text: "Two young men driven by a big idea have been streaking around the Bay Area lately on a $3500 custom-built tandem racing bicycle.

Sometimes they burst out of the fog on Mt. Tamalpais, zipping past autos at 50 miles per hour and flying into the tight curves. Sometimes they are glimpsed along the coast highwy, driving hard as though time were running out.

Wherever they are, whether whizzing through San Jose on a 155-mile training jaunt around the bay or pulling the Old Corte Mardera grade, they are always going flat out.

What is so remarkable about Otis Guy and Joe Breeze, however, is their big idea.

They are out to smash the existing transcontinental bicycle record of 13 days, one hour and 40 minutes that was set last August by a vegetarian named John Marino.

At 4 a.m. on Tuesday Guy and Breeze will leave the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza and, if everything holds together, they will arrive at New York's city hall 12 days later.

In order to cover the 3000 miles in 12 days they will have to pedal hard for 14 to 16 hours a day. They hope to reach Reno -- 260 miles out of San Francisco and on the far side of the High Sierra -- at the end of their first day.

Veteran bicycle racers agree that what Guy and Breeze are undertaking is a feat of excruciating human endurance and will power.

They tried the San Francisco-New York run once before in 1976 but had to quit after six days when Breeze developed problems in one of his knee muscles. They managed to get half way across the country that time in six days.

They made the 260 miles to Reno the first day on that trip, bucked headwinds the second day and made only 218 miles to Carlin, Nev., then jumped 310 miles on the third day to Salt Lake City.

Guy and Breeze are both 25, both were reared in Marin County and both are certified by the United States Cycling Federation as Category One racers.

They have been riding tandems together for several years and have won the David [sic] Double Century 200 mile race for the past five years. Last year they ticked off the Davis 200 miler in eight hours and 59 minutes and last month they made the same distance in nine hours and ten minutes.

The two racers expect to drink at least a pint of water, fruit juice or tea each hour while they're on the road and they will be constantly nibbling oranges, bananas and dried fruits.

According to Alan Wulzen, himself a bicycle racer and head of their support team, Guy and Breeze will sleep about six hours each night, usually in a motel.

They will start out each morning with a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, pancakes, toast and jelly. At noon they will stop wherever they are and shower and change clothes in the support team's motor home.

The stop, according to Guy, will only last about 20 minutes and, while they are munching peanut butter or tuna sandwiches, they will get medical advice and massages from physical therapist Sandi Davidson of San Rafael.

"Saddle sores, sore feet, sore knees and sore hands can be a problem," said Wulzen.

The support team will also drive a van filled with spare parts, 30 spare tires, two extra rear wheels with gear clusters and three extra front wheels.

The van will be driven by Wulzen and Sausalito bike shop operator Tony Tom and will closely follow the cyclists.

The expedition is being sponsored by the Anchor Brewing Co. of San Francisco, makers of Anchor Steam Beer.

Millionaire Fritz Maytag, owner of the brewery, said he rode alone from San Francisco to Quebec on a bicycle in 1962 and "when you see a person biking cross-country, you have a special place for them."

Last year, Maytag said, Breeze, who is a machinist, built a special bicycle for him and told him about his and Guy's ambition to break the transcontinental record on a tandem.

"I fell in love with the idea. Also, they're great guys," Maytag said."

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