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Flying Scotsman : Cycling to Triumph Through My Darkest Hours Paperback – September 28, 2005

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 “Mad, brilliant, and human…” L’Equipe
 
”The psychological and emotional forces that drove Obree to reach some of the highest achievements in cycling also extracted a great price.” Vintage Bicycle Quarterly
 
"The only sporting biography worth reading this year … Hard-hitting and brutally honest." — Cycling Weekly
 
"The highs and lows of a remarkable life are told in this searingly honest autobiography." — The Herald
 
"Mr. Obree is unique: an artist of the pedal…" — Francesco Moser, World Hour Record Breaker
 
"This is a book that must have taken great courage to write, is a harrowing reminder of how little the public know about sportsmen, no matter how brightly the spotlight shines on them." — The Guardian
 
“This is one of the best and moving sports books I have read.” —Alastair Campbell, The Times of London
 
”An extremely effective and evocative book… This is not a book about bicycling or championship, it is a portrait of one man’s struggle to triumph through his darkest hours.” — PedalPushersOnline.com
 
”There are parts of this book that will make you want to cry… It is a very honest account of a life filled with incredible highs and desperate lows, but written in a very matter of fact manner that must have required great courage, since many incidents show Graeme in a less than ideal light.”— TheWashingMachinePost.net
 

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Graeme Obree stunned the international cycling world in 1993 when he emerged from obscurity to set a new world hour record, considered to be the most difficult and exalted of cycling titles. Riding a bike of his own design in his innovative “superman” riding position, Obree was an iconoclast, inventor, and superbly talented athlete.
Yet his lengthy struggle with manic depression nearly ended his life. Obree’s compelling story, from his escape of a troubled childhood to thrilling head-to-head duels on the world’s cycling stage, is told with complete candor and unexpected humor. But even as he rose to become a major star on the European racing circuit, the inner demons that once spurred him to greatness suddenly turned against him, and he was plunged into suicidal despair.
Obree tells of the hard-fought road to cycling stardom and the even harder road to recovery, sharing an inspirational story that will resonate with readers everywhere.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (September 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382724
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hammond on May 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the first autobiography I've ever read. Obree's life hold's intrigue as he was quickly launched from amateur to pro in the cycling world almost before he really considered himself a cyclist.

As he was setting world records, he was battling with a low self-image, and when you parallel his thoughts with what he accomplished, you cannot deny that this book does more than just show one man's struggle to be a cycling champion - it explores the true heart behind the actions we do, and forces us to realize that money and fame are not an end in themselves. Ugly thoughts from childhood still haunt him through the very moment he wrote them in this book. It's interesting that as he writes this book, he is still uncertain about what the future holds for him. He has survived truly phenominal challenges, and is amazing in his brutal honest opinion of himself.

He has a very informal style, and his mind flows on the page through his pen, and it is an adventure till the last page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brit C Power on February 7, 2008
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I have been a huge fan of mr Obree since he first appeared on the UK cycling radar but I had no idea what was going on in his private life until I read this book. This book is a harrowing tale and I found reading it to be quite disturbing . It is not a light read as the subject matter is often pretty uncomfortable, especially for someone who held Obree in such high esteem. I met mr Obree at the UK 25 mile time trial championships and thought at the time how quiet and unassuming he was to be such a great champion. I had no idea who the real man was.

On the plus side this book Is a tremendous David vs Goliath story where an average man in the street (If you could ever consider Obree to be average) achieves unheard of success. The style of writing is easy to follow and the the subject matter interesting enough to draw you into the "one more chapter before bed" trap. If you ride a bike you have to read this book.

The movie (although very enjoyable) is not in the same league.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eva Vanstratum on May 7, 2007
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Reading the book makes the movie "The Flying Scotsman" seem like a made for TV lite version. Obree's had some serious ups and downs, but the book is good reading and gives insights into greatness in cycling, and the horrors of depression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henrique on February 14, 2013
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A trully inspirational story about humanity and sportmanship. You will probably need to ride your bike for several kilometers every time you end a chapter
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