The Flying Scotsman

by Graeme Obree


The Flying Scotsman

Graeme Obree is a cycling legend, a world champion who has broken the world speed record three times. This new edition celebrates Obree’s new world record achieved in Autumn 2013 and brings his life story up to date.

 

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‘This is one of the best and moving sports books I have read’ – The Times

‘Hard-hitting and brutally honest’ – Cycling Weekly

‘This is a book that must have taken great courage to write … a harrowing reminder of how little the public know about sportsmen, no matter how brightly the spotlight shines on them’ – Guardian

Chosen as one of The Independent’s Top 10 Cycling Books of all time

On 17 July 1993, Graeme Obree stunned the international world when he emerged from obscurity to smash Francesco Moser’s World Hour Record.

The Flying Scotsman is Graeme Obree’s searing autobiography, from his tough upbringing in Ayrshire where he found escape on the roads, to his head-to-head duals with Chris Boardman and becoming a major star on the European circuit. Obree created massive controversy in the professional cycling world with his unique riding style and his pioneering construction techniques – famously using washing-machine parts to complete the building of his ‘Old Faithful’. Yet all his sporting success was achieved in the shadow of manic depression and suicidal despair. His life continues to have its ups and downs as Obree brings his amazing life story up to date as he continues to astound the world with his creative genius and sporting prowess.

Graeme Obree’s story begins with a tough upbringing in the Ayrshire valleys, where he found his escape by taking to the roads on his bike. He would emerge from total obscurity to smash Francesco Moser’s World Hour Record, controversy hard at his heels for his unique riding style and pioneering construction techniques – famously using parts from a washing machine to build his bike, ‘Old Faithful’ and astound the world with his creative genius and sporting prowess.

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ISBN: 9781909715110

Publication date: 04/07/2014

Format: Paperback

Extent: 256

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Biography/Autobiography , Birlinn/Polygon , Sport