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Graeme Obree Presentation

PorkyboyPorkyboy Posts: 433
edited November 2011 in The bottom bracket
Hi

This might be of interest:

This recording was made when Graeme Obree was the guest of honour at the Barnesbury Cycling Club annual awards presentation. This is the first episode of a fascinating insight into this world famous cyclist and covers the start of his career, his first cycling club and his first race as a schoolboy. Graeme mentions his first open race win at the age of 17 and how we used to scavenge tyres as well as his early races to raise money. Later in the video Graeme recalls how he began to innovate as a cyclist and how Chris Boardman took him out of his comfort zone as well as his problems with sponsorship. At the end of the video Graeme starts to talk about his decision to tackle the world hour record and the initial realisation that he simply wasn't good enough and how he decided to tackle this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-FLh8F9jOQ

Episode two and three to follow.

Q :D

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  • PorkyboyPorkyboy Posts: 433
    Here is episode two:

    This recording was made when Graeme Obree was the guest of honour at the Barnesbury Cycling Club annual awards presentation. This is the second episode of a fascinating insight into this world famous cyclist and covers moments in Graeme's career such as the building of “Old Faithful" from washing machine parts and Graeme's unlikely career move when he began training as a receptionist.

    The presentation refers to Graeme's doubts about whether he was in fact good enough to achieve his objectives and notably how he once trained at night through a blizzard, an episode where he concluded that punctures are actually sent as character tests. During the recording Graeme recalls details of his first our record attempt and his breaking of the world sea level our record as well as his successful record-breaking ride much of which he contributes to the power of the mind.

    Later in the video Graeme covers what he refers to as the social shock of celebrity and its impact on him and then the events which led up to the banning of his revolutionary time trial position.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8baVHeZSH0

    Enjoy!

    Q :)
  • random manrandom man Posts: 1,518
    Thanks Porkyboy. Obree gave the same talk at Ashfield RC in September and came across as a very entertaining speaker and thoroughly good bloke, willing to answer any questions very frankly. A very illuminating evening.
  • PorkyboyPorkyboy Posts: 433
    random man wrote:
    Thanks Porkyboy. Obree gave the same talk at Ashfield RC in September and came across as a very entertaining speaker and thoroughly good bloke, willing to answer any questions very frankly. A very illuminating evening.

    Yes indeed, he's a smashing guy.

    Q :)
  • PorkyboyPorkyboy Posts: 433
    The final episode has now ben uploaded. I've generated a playlist on YouTube which brings up all three for ease of access, the link is below:

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE360CBBAB20463A4

    Enjoy!

    Q :)
  • Excellent. What a diamond geezer - a visionary in his own way. Very nice post.
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