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Gordon Goldie Posted - 17 Dec 2011 : 17:14:40

Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree targets new world record

Scots cyclist Graeme Obree has set his sights on a new world record, aiming to break the human-powered vehicle land speed time by a considerable margin.

Obree, 46, famed for his unusual bike designs and unorthodox cycling positions, is hoping to break the current 83mph record on a new vehicle.

"I don't want to curse it, but I would like to do 100mph," said Obree.

"If everything was perfect, with the power output and aerodynamic drag then 100mph might be possible."

Obree was nicknamed 'The Flying Scotsman' after he broke the hour time-trial record on a bicycle he built himself from washing machine parts, but retired from top-level cycling in 2001.

I'm always thinking what the limits are - I take everything to a limit where it can be - and that's what sport is all about; taking everything to its possible limit
Graeme Obree
He was depicted by actor Jonny Lee Miller in a film in 2006 and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame last March, but now he wants to take cycling to its ultimate limit.

"I am setting out to attack the world land speed record, which is on a bicycle, but there's no rules," Obree told BBC Scotland.

"It's a branch of the sport called human powered vehicles. The record is set as under the same conditions as cars - it's on a flat road, not wind assisted, and with no other vehicle assistance.

"It'll be on a straight, flat road, probably in Colorado at Battle Mountain."

The trial will see Obree gather speed in a rocket-like transporter that contains a flat bike and a protective membrane which he has been working on for 15 years.

The Scot believes his own determination and refusal to accept limitations has inspired him to seek goals that seem impossible or unattainable.

"I'm building the bike myself with some help," added Obree. "The whole thing is no more than three feet off the ground - it's basically a human torpedo - you pedal it like fury.

"I've kept my fitness over the past few years and I've kept it going which means I have good shout of getting the power up.

"I've been thinking about this for 15 years - but when it comes to the skin, it's not my area of expertise.

"The skin is a vitally important combination of carbon and Kevlar in case you fall off at 100mph. If that happens, then you're going to lose some of your own skin, which is not worth thinking about.

"I'm always thinking what the limits are - I take everything to a limit where it can be - and that's what sport is all about: taking everything to its possible limit."
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wullien Posted - 13 Jul 2012 : 08:14:49
Have A Look

wullien Posted - 01 Jun 2012 : 11:02:50
This video update is well worth a watch

pure genius!!!

wullien Posted - 10 May 2012 : 11:11:41
Obree HPV Update

Article in the Telegraph...................taking shape

Gordon Goldie Posted - 19 Mar 2012 : 09:31:04
[i]Originally posted by ian sharp[/i]

To take a single word completely out of context is a bit silly.
cyclesaurus Posted - 19 Mar 2012 : 08:44:45
Managed to get a wee blether with Graeme up at his book signing at Adrenaline Bikes in Newton Mearns last month. I left there feeling totally elated, not just because I had spent some time talking cycling with someone who has performed and succeeded at the very highest level (still can't quite believe it) but also because his passion and enthusiasm about our sport was real, totally inspirational even. I like the cut of his jib

"Change is bad"
grantus Posted - 17 Mar 2012 : 16:46:56
i think that was meant in an affectionate and respectful way ian. bonkers/eccentric/genius.
ian sharp Posted - 17 Mar 2012 : 12:50:58
"There is a finely divisive line between insanity and genius!"
Graeme Obree is an obsessive genius!
To use expressions like "Scrap-heap challenge" shows his reality.
The guy is King of Scotland,as far as I'm concerned!
Let's treasure him while we've got him.
Graeme has been open about his demons!
Still think he's bonkers?
But what do I know.
Gordon Goldie Posted - 17 Mar 2012 : 11:16:21
Lovably bonkers, and hopefully he'll never change.
Paul H Posted - 17 Mar 2012 : 08:58:35
The guy is a legend. I now feel guilty sitting here. Superb

"Up the Ivy"
wullien Posted - 17 Mar 2012 : 08:29:40
Obree HPV Update

This 5 minute video is worth a watch

frenkmcginty Posted - 05 Feb 2012 : 20:18:27
me 'n jimsy werre roaring down the lochside on the way back from dalmally when we noticed this obviously fast chappie going even was out with the mobile phone camera to catch it for posterity....
frenkmcginty Posted - 20 Dec 2011 : 20:39:39
good news..he's not on mars..i met him this afternoon and asked for a few details of his preparations...firstly you get the's a man who can do anything he sets his mind to...he managed to tap me for a tenner ,something that no-one else has ever managed...i said to him that he could keep it when he became the second man to roar past the deci-mach 1 goes faster than sam whittingham....frenklydownatenner but not greetin' about it.....
harrytheplumber Posted - 20 Dec 2011 : 16:53:27
first i heard about this,maybe greame could keep updated on the forum how ist going on,what size of gear do you need to rev at assume around 90/95 rpm to do a ton?.about 200"inches i would guess.need a push start for that.fix or free,i wonder
STEPHEN T. Posted - 20 Dec 2011 : 16:23:42
A work colleague heard about this and asked me if it was really happening . When I replies that it seems genuine and plans are under way he said dismissively " He's got more chance of cycling to the moon. "
" Don't rule that out either " said I, " He's on Mars just now "
Steve McGinty Posted - 19 Dec 2011 : 20:53:51
[i]Originally posted by GutoW[/i]
[br]He was on Off The Ball on Saturday lunchtime:
Somewhat depressingly discussing religion...

Heard him on John Beattie earlier on Saturday

He was on to speak about the speed attempt, but also got involved in the discussion with JB and Graham Speirs about religion in sport - ie those who invoke religion/god in their sporting success.

Didn't hear him on OTB(?)
frenkmcginty Posted - 19 Dec 2011 : 20:40:40
i don't think this is a barmy idea and certainly not attention's perfectly do-able by someone like graeme......a few years ago my big mate jimsy had a crack at this on lanzarotte...he had devised a sausage skin suit and a recumbent bike in a tube....but with a lack of proper backing and ability only managed 54mph...all of us who witnessed it [me and the police]knew that it was a near thing and if he had been allowed to stay on the island, with a couple of tweaks to the masterplan,he would have got near the desired result......frenkmileaminutemcginty[downhill]
GutoW Posted - 19 Dec 2011 : 11:32:34
He was on Off The Ball on Saturday lunchtime:
Somewhat depressingly discussing religion...

God sent me to skin you alive...
STEPHEN T. Posted - 18 Dec 2011 : 12:19:27
Oh dear. Is this a serious article or yet another attention-seeking stunt ? Either way it will be in most newspapers here and many abroad too. Eccentricity personified . Good luck mate.
frenkmcginty Posted - 17 Dec 2011 : 20:12:59
ya beauty....can't wait for this.....might start saving to go and cheer him on to do this...sounds amazing...typical obree.....

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