“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
About the Author
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.