Riding a tandem bicycle isn't the fastest way to travel from Southern California to New York City, but it is one of the most challenging. Debbie Rocker and Cherie Moore will begin their journey May 30, but they won't be satisfied with just getting there.
They will attempt to break the women's tandem record of 10 days, 22 hours and 48 minutes, set by Cheryl Marek and Estelle Gray in 1984. Their ride will begin from the Huntington Beach pier and is scheduled to end at City Hall in Manhattan, a distance of almost 3,000 miles.
Rocker and Moore, who will be accompanied by a nine-member road crew, have never ridden more than 280 miles in a day but hope to average 275 to 300 miles while riding 20 hours per day. They have been training for 1 1/2 years, and moved to Palm Springs in January to adjust to extreme temperatures.
Since Jan. 1, an average week has included 600 to 650 miles of riding. The pair plan to ride 700 miles this week, then taper down before the start of the trip.