Basepoint Client Boosts James Cracknell’s Record Attempt
The most recent record attempt by James Cracknell OBE, British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist, was made possible with the help of IT company VOXIT Ltd, clients of the Gosport Business Centre.
James’ attempt was to cycle in tandem from Land’s End to John O’Groats with cycling partner and time trial specialist, Jerone Walters. The current tandem record of 50 hours 14 minutes dates back to 1966, when it was set by Pete Swinden and the late John Withers, and James first attempted to break it in 2009 with cycling partner and Olympic champion cyclist Rebecca Romero.
But it was not their year – as problems with Rebecca’s knee forced them to retire.
As James commented in his Telegraph column, he had “unfinished business” with the tandem record and “jumped at the chance” when Jerone suggested they pair up for the next attempt.
Armed with their highly efficient tandem bicycle ‘Rocket 2’, and following extensive preparation and training, the pair set off at 3am on Saturday 1st October on a strict route that was regulated by the Road Records Association, who followed and scrutinised the pair to make sure, as James put it, they weren’t “enjoying a cup of tea in a car with our bike on the roof”.
The record attempt started well, and the pair covered a massive 773 miles over 46 hours. But sadly, due to extreme mental fatigue and concerns over health and safety, the record attempt was called off with just 68 miles to go.
The pair still managed to raise over ┬ú5,600 for their chosen charity, the Headway Brain Injury Association, who gave James and his family invaluable support following his accident in 2010, in which he suffered serious injuries when a truck hit him during a cycling competition in Arizona.
IT company VOXIT, tenants at the Basepoint-operated Gosport Business Centre, built and maintained the website that documented the Land’s End to John O’Groats record attempt. Commenting on the brief, Operations Manager Barry Gorman said that the opportunity to work with James and his team on one of his challenges was “simply an honour and a privilege.”
He added: “The tension leading up to and during the event itself was thrilling. The support backing the pair’s attempt at the roadside and also on social media networks was incredible and inspiring.”
When the VOXIT team received the brief at 1am that the attempt had been abandoned, Barry explained how they were first concerned, then relieved to discover that the duo were safe and intact, adding that they will be able to “take on this long standing nemesis another day.”
Image courtesy of Steve Jackson