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Bjerg and Pirrone take world TT titles, Israel start confirmed for Giro: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 19, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data

Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week

by Shane Stokes

Former hour record holder and world pursuit champion Graeme Obree has announced the auctioning of over thirty items from his career, including fifteen gold or silver medals and other memorabilia. One of the items on sale this coming Friday in Glasgow is the Beastie bike he designed and built for his attack on the world land speed record at Battle Mountain in Nevada 2013.

The machine was built in his kitchen using mostly recycled materials and, like the machines he used to break the world hour record, showed Obree’s creative and inventive thinking.

“The Beastie was designed with one purpose in mind – to go fast, terrifyingly fast, with the rider lying prone, head first- face forward!” said a press release announcing the auction. “Where the other riders competing at Battle Mountain are wired into world leading computer technology, Obree faces the challenge down single minded with total belief in the powers of his mind and body.”

The bike has been estimated at £10-15,000, while a hand-built bike frame has been estimated at £2-3,000. The medals include his 1994 World Hour record medal and two world championship pursuit gold medals from 1993 and 1995.

Obree is regarded as one of the most revolutionary riders in cycling history and also one of the biggest innovators. The auction will take place at 10am at Great Western Auctions, 1291 Dumbarton Road, Whiteinch Glasgow, G14 9UY. More information is available from David.Convery@greatwesternauctions.com.

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