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A study of athletic achievement and a man's resilence.,
This review is from: Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story (Paperback)
As a keen cyclist I was already well aware of Graeme Obree's huge achievements as an unknown British amateur cyclist taking on the Holy Grail of solo cycling - the world Hour Record. Not only did he beat the then unbroken figure of 51.151km set by charismatic Italian campione Francesco Moser, but he did it using his will and a self-engineered cycle that challenged all the rules of technology,positioning and aerodynamics. With this achievement set against some truly unbearable emotional hardships suffered by Graeme and his immediate family, it makes this mans' bravery all the more inspiring to us all whether we ride bikes or not. What is it about the sport of cycling that brings forth the passion and desire to overcome physical hardships such as those suffered by Lance Armstrong, or the more insidious long term depressive states suffered by Graeme and millions of ordinary people? I hope that the planned major motion picture of Graeme's battles and glory shows him to be what he is, an honest,decent man and a beacon of hope for all those who have suffered depression in black silence.