Return of the Flying Scotsman
Remember this guy? He was not your average pro roadie even when he was winning world pursuit championships and breaking Moser’s hour record! Graeme Obree always seemed to do it his way, whether it was building his own bike and/or even inventing new TT positions (i.e. the Superman).
Now at 46 he has recently announced that he is going to attempt the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) land speed record (81mph) in the U.S. and without the help of Pat Mcquaid (i.e. the UCI).
Link to vid: http://www.humansinvent.com/#!/6131/return-of-the-flying-scotsman-inside-graeme-obree/. (If click through takes you to the main past of humansinvent.com, cut & paste url into address bar.)
You have to love someone that can piss the UCI off just by being inventive and fast, and opt’s out of riding the prologue of the Tour “because it is apparent I’ll have to take drugs” (see website). This guy has always been a class act and one of the good guys who rode and apparently still rides for the right reason(s). I think it may be worth sending a DC correspondent to the salt flats or wherever to “assist with” the record attempt.
The world is a better place because men like Graeme Obree are in it.
More on Obree here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graeme_Obree.by