Former world champion cyclist to attend Cyclefest

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A former British world championship cyclist is to be the guest at this year’s Cyclefest at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.

Graeme Obree is a Scottish racing cyclist, innovator and author and will appear at the museum’s second Cyclefest event on Sunday, May 27.

Obree twice broke the prestigious world hour record, in 1993 and 1994, and also became World Champion for the 4km pursuit in 1993 and 1995.

He is well-known for his innovative approach to bike design and aerodynamics, inventing new positions to gain aerodynamic advantage. He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the ‘Old Faithful’ bicycle he built, which included parts from a washing machine.

His successful cycling career was undertaken against a backdrop of personal turmoil, documented in his bestselling autobiography ‘The Flying Scotsman’- later turned into a feature-length film, starring Jonny Lee Miller, of ‘Trainspotting’ fame. Obree was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in March 2010.

Although born in Warwickshire, Obree lived almost all his life in Scotland and considers himself Scottish. He now lives in Saltcoats, on the Ayrshire coast. To this day a passionate advocate for cycling, he launched the inaugural Graeme Obree Ayrshire Sportive in 2011.

He recently published The Obree Way, a training manual for cyclists, which condenses his learning across a career in cycling. Written more like a novel than a traditional training manual, it provides a comprehensive guide to anyone looking to learn about cycling and athletic performance in relation to their own desire to improve.

Members of the Grampian Transport Museum will get the opportunity to meet Graeme on the day and attend a short presentation and question and answer session with him. Anyone wishing to obtain membership should contact the museum on (019755) 64517 (Wednesday and Thursday) or e-mail: membersgtm@gmail.com

Cyclefest will run from 11am to 5pm on May 27 and will feature vintage to modern cycles, arena cycle stunt act ‘The Clan’, veteran cycle demos and racing, cyclejumble, state-of-the-art cycle paddock, trade and club stands.