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THE ROAD RECORDS ASSOCIATION
WHAT IS THE RRA AND RECORD BREAKING ALL ABOUT?

The idea behind this letter is to try and attract new bike riders into having a go at record
breaking. Because it is not a high profile branch of cycling it does not get the publicity
in the cycling or national press that Track, Road Racing & Time Trials do. For this
reason, many of today's riders do not know the RRA even exists let alone what it stands
for or does. The Object of the RRA is to verify and certify the genuineness of claims to
records. Please note they do not organise the record attempt, this is down to the rider.

The Road Records Association was formed at a meeting held on April 11th 1888. The
records already passed by the Records Committee of the National Cyclists Union were
adopted and 25 were placed in the book. At this time only 50 miles, 100 miles, 24 hours
and Land's End to John o'Groats were listed. The 12hr was added at this inaugural
meeting.

Since then further record routes have been added, with the list being 25 miles, 50 miles,
100 miles, 12 hours, 24 hours, London-York, York-Edinburgh, London-Liverpool,
Liverpool-Edinburgh, London-Edinburgh, Land's End-London Land's End-John
o'Groats, London-Pembroke, London-Cardiff, London-Birmingham, Pembroke-Yar-
mouth, London-Bath & back, London-Brighton & back, London-Portsmouth & back,
plus 20 records inherited when the Women's RRA amalgamated in 1989.

In those far off heady days when the RRA was formed, record breaking was 'the thing
to do'. Once a rider broke or established a record he was famous and would be talked
about for months and years. Over the years record breaking has become less interesting
to many of today's riders. Although the fame still remains it would seem that many
riders are scared of the unknown. Let's face it, in a time trial there is usually a rider in
front and one behind and most riders can judge how well they are doing and most would
have ridden the distance before. In road racing, there is a bunch of 40-60 riders all being
'paced' by the one in front

Record breaking is not like this. It is a solo time trial, albeit usually with a following
car. It is thought that having to organise a record attempt might also deter riders. The
Association is always willing to offer advice and assistance to anyone who wishes to
make an attempt on any record. The Record Secretary will now even print off the
required number of schedules (at a small fee) thus saving the rider the trouble. There is
also a Record Attempt Liaison Officer who can offer advice. The Association also has
Code of Practice for Record Attempts. This is a list of Rules, advice and 'do's and don'ts.

It is not hard to organise a record attempt. You are not restricted to a specific start time
(as in a TT) and any day of the week will do. You must have an approved Timekeeper,
and Observer. You may need some marshals to direct you along the course etc. You

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