Richard’s back for the ride of his life

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LIFE is literally about to become a rollercoaster for this intrepid thrill seeker as he prepares to break a world record in stomach-churning style.

Richard Rodriguez, 54, is set to spend 103 days riding the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in an epic challenge this summer.

Roller coaster record holder Richard Rodriguez

Roller coaster record holder Richard Rodriguez

The American, who has already broken 17 world records for roller coaster marathons in a gruelling 32-year career, will spend around eight hours a day on the ride.

And although the prospect of speeds of up to 85mph and heights of 235ft are dizzying for some, the university lecturer can’t wait to buckle up.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be back at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for what will be my final record attempt.

“The Big One is a great ride and will really test me to the limits of my endurance.

“One of the best things about a marathon is the people you meet and the great amount of support I get.

“I’ve been training for months to get fit and can’t wait to get riding now.”

The challenge will begin on May 31 and is expected to last until mid September.

In 2007, he broke the world record after spending 405 hours and 40 minutes on roller coasters at the Blackpool attraction.

He will be given a five-minute break for every hour he builds up on the ride to eat and visit the toilet during the day.

Nick Thompson, deputy managing director said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard back, he is like part of the furniture here now.

“It is a massive challenge he is undertaking and very physically demanding.

“I’m sure visitors will enjoy the chance to be part of a world record by riding with him this summer.”