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by Shane Stokes
November 8, 2017
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Twenty-five years on from breaking the world hour record, Graeme Obree is building a new version of his famous Old Faithful bike and taking on a new record. The Scotsman will aim for the flying lap record at the Herne Hill Velodrome at next year’s World Cycling Revival meet, which runs between June 14 and 16.
Obree’s new bike will be called the Bold Faithful, a play on words of the original. Obree broke the hour record twice, with the first of those happening in July 1993. “There are tracks like Herne Hill, the same size, but they’re not the same to me,” he said at the event launch, according to Cycling Weekly. “What I remember from 25 years ago at Herne Hill is the intensity and the atmosphere from thousands of people in the crowd.
“To me, this track is London, it’s the heart of the action, it’s London’s velodrome. I want to be there to feel the vibrancy and the energy again.”
Obree is regarded as one of the most inventive riders ever to compete in the sport. His Old Faithful bike used a position which saw him ride with his hands and arms tucked under his chest, making considerable aerodynamic improvements over the tri-bars used by his competitors. When that position was banned by the UCI, he reinvented it with the so-called Superman position, where he rode with his arms extended directly in front of him.
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