Graeme Obree, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, is a Scottish racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995.
He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the Old Faithful bicycle that he built and included parts from a washing machine. Obree has created some radical innovations in bicycle design but has had problems with the cycling authorities banning the riding positions his designs required.
In March 2010 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.
Obree attacked Moser’s hour record, on 16 July 1993, at the Vikingskipet velodrome in Norway but he failed by nearly a kilometre. However as he had booked the track for 24 hours and decided to come back the next day and this time Obree set a new record of 51.596 kilometres, beating Moser’s record of 51.151 kilometres by 445 metres.
We are delighted that Obree has chosen the World Cycling Revival as the event at which he wishes to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary of his hour record. At the event he is going to make an attempt at the Herne Hill Velodrome flying lap record and lead the corporate partner elimination race pacing…..all on his new bike “Bold Faithful”