In 2012 I undertook the East to West Crossing and successfully broke the record by a wide margin on a fixed-gear. It was my first try at a UMCA Record. Needless to say I was pleased with the result and vowed to undertake more of these. Most especially, the two remaining cross-state records in New Jersey. Two years passed before the planets aligned for me and I could get things together to have a go at it. With the double-crossing as part of the mix preparations had to be made for a longer day. This required more crew and two vehicles instead of one. The logistics and details were all more complicated. We settled on a plan to have a lead car and a follow car. The team of two in the lead car would scout the route ahead and confirm with us by radio the upcoming turns. In addition, they would keep track of time, distance and inform me how the pacing was working out. The follow car would perform the normal function of seeing to the rider's safety, nutritional and mechanical needs. Also, the official would ride in the follow car and document the attempts.
|The Team L to R - Charlie K, Joe K, Lucy K, Greg B, Christine N, Steve H.|