These are RRA records which are place to place or straight out (for a distance or time), not to be compared with CTT time trial records. RRA distance records are often/usually wind and terrain assisted. For example, not many decades ago the shortish records would start at the top of the Devil's Beef Tubs.cyclop wrote:Point of interest,should not these incredible endurance rides be classed as "bests" not "records" .A 24hr record with a stiff tailwind can,t be compared with any other ride.
Modern LeJog records may have the benefit of better road surfaces etc, but they also have to contend with much more traffic. Some LeJog records (class of machine) have stood since the 1950s despite attempts to break them, which shows how tough those riders were. I read an account of the first pair to set the tandem trike record (1948?) where they had to tow their machine along a farm track in pitch blackness and knock up a local cottage to ask directions.