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Friday, October 2, 1998 Published at 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK


Tandem pair record attempt fails

The intrepid duo get into shape for the record attempt

Two cyclists failed to break a 61-year-old record of riding a tandem further in one hour than anyone else - by just half a mile.

The BBC's Ben Monro-Davies reports on the tireless twosome
Karl Williamson and Adam Hardy from Yorkshire rode 30.60 miles (49.245km) at Manchester Velodrome.

The record, set in 1936 by two British cyclists - Bill Paul and Ernie Mills - remains 31.06 miles (49.991km).

Mr Paul, 88, vowed to find a new partner to have another go at the record.

[ image: Mr Paul: 88 and still cycling]
Mr Paul: 88 and still cycling
He says he cannot understand why the record he and his late partner set so many years ago in Milan is still standing.

Mr Paul was confident before the attempt that the record would be broken.

"If they don't, then I'll find another partner and go again myself," he said.

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