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Although tandemists can easily manage fast cruising on the flats and warp-speed descents, the big bikes lose steam on long climbs, when their aerodynamic advantage is minimized and the disadvantages of weight and conflicts between the riders' pedaling styles become more significant.
The difficulty of coordinating two riders' efforts, bodily functions, and rest periods for days on end make it hard for tandem teams to approach the records set in the last few years by RAAM's fastest solo riders.
Despite generally windy conditions, including 25-mph headwinds through Kansas, Haldeman and Penseyres beat the timetable they originally planned. Lon even had to return home to Harvard, Illinois, for the birth of his daughter, Rebecca.