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Four Hour Barrier Broken

Barry_with_cycle_race_signBarry Charlton (Swinnertons) completed the BDCA ‘100’ this afternoon (Saturday, 6th September) in 3  hours 58 minutes and 19 seconds on a course near Uttoxeter. This is the first time that a rider of a singe tricycle has beaten 4 hours for 100 miles. The  previous record holder was Dave Keene of the Bristol South CC whose time was just one second outside the 4 hours barrier. Barry adds this amazing record to his other single tricycle Competition Records for 10 miles (20.51); 25 miles (53.37); 30 miles (1h. 05m. 12s.); and 12 hours (259 miles). He also holds the Tandem Tricycle 10 miles Competition Record with Carl Saint (19m. 20s.); the Tandem Tricycle 25 miles Competition Record with Dave Keene (50m. 13s.); and the Tandem Tricycle 50 miles Competition Record with Dave Keene (1h. 43m. 46s.) It is not since the competitive years of Albert Crimes and John Arnold that a tricycle rider has dominated such a spread of Competition Records.

8 Comments on Four Hour Barrier Broken

  1. Anita Hopkins // September 7, 2014 at 9:36 am // Reply

    It was an honour to be there with Baz and Wendy to see this brilliant achievement. Pete and I are in awe of what he does. It was great to see Martin and Alison there to give their support. Many congratulations Baz.

  2. Great ride by Barry which I suspect puts yet another record “on the shelf” for a good few years to come.
    I must correct the report that goes with this record. You don’t have to go back to Crimes and Arnold for the dominance spoken of.
    Back in 1982, when a mere 32 years old, one D J Pitt broke records at every distance from 10 miles to 100 miles during 1982.
    He still holds RRA records at 50 and 100 miles on every combination be it Trike, Tandem Trike(mixed or otherwise).
    Lets not also forget Ralph Dadswell whose records start where Daves finish. Two riders ahead of their time just as Barry is now.
    Will we see the 50 Record go next year? It has stood for 22 years which reflects the calibre of the ride/rider.

  3. Helo Chums, Well done Barry, happy that your efforts prove worthwhile. As an aside your beating of the Magical Sub 4 Hour 100 was important a landmark as Ray Booty doing so on a bicycle in 1956. But even better you actually beat the Late, Great Ray’s Record Time !!!!!

  4. Anita Hopkins // September 8, 2014 at 10:33 am // Reply

    No one is forgetting anyone else’s achievements Jim, but nobody has beaten 4 hours for 100 miles on a trike, and also Baz is 48 coming up 49, no spring chicken. It is one hell of an achievement.

  5. Brilliant, awesome ride Baz. I do like to see trikes wiping the floor with bikes.
    The first to do it and you’ll always be remembered for that.

    There’s hope for me yet at a mere 47!

  6. Adrian Hills // September 9, 2014 at 7:21 am // Reply

    What a scorcher. Just two solo records left, 50 and ummm……..24 🙂

  7. Ian Bainbridge // September 11, 2014 at 6:52 am // Reply

    I was riding the BDCA event and was passed by Barry on his whirlwind progress – ever cheerful he was not too focused to exchange encouraging words – a truly great ride – well done Barry! Though riding two wheels on Saturday, funnily enough it was only the week before that I’d completed my first TT on the trike for 45 years – perhaps Barry will prove the inspiration for more of us to get out there again and raise the profile while having that additional fun a third wheel brings?

  8. More than hope Ian. Past record holder Dave Pitt was also riding that event, recording 4.11.22 on his bike. Dave is 64 now and is recording his fastest times for 23 years. (He just did 1.55 for 50)

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