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Fight About RTW Motorcycle Record

19
August
2005
  Posted at 09:08:15 AM
  File under  Celebrities Records
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Nick Sanders and his Yamaha R1 Motorcycle
Nick Sanders (c) www.motochallenge.com
So far, the RTW (Round The World) motorcycle riders have been doing their thing more or less without bothering each other. That has now changed !

The Round The World world record attempts has now reached a stage where two of the participants are having it out.... a war of words and press releases. Both are English, and both are named Sanders (but not related). Here's what is happening:

Nick Sanders
{link} claims a RTW record of 19 days and 3 hours on his Yamaha R1 motorcycle (his attempt is being made in a mini TV series).

Kevin and Julia Sanders
({link} the current Guinness World record holders) claim 19 days and 8 hours on their BMW R1150GS motorcycle.

So, in theory Nick should have the record. But now the fight has really started. Kevin and Julia claim that their ride was without breaks (ie consecutive days), while Nick's attempt was over a period of 2 months, broken up in chunks.


Kevin and Julia Sanders
Julia and Kevin  Sanders
To me, I'd say Kevin and Julia are in the right. Part of a world record attempt in long distance riding is the ability to stay focussed on your motorcycle over long periods. If you stop and rest for a few weeks, while stopping the stopwatch, that doesn't really count.....

Via: MCN Motorcycle News



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