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Obree to ride Revolution

Graeme Obree is the star attraction at the next Revolution track event, to be staged on December 9th at Manchester Velodrome. Obree will bring a specially built replica of 'Old Faithful' his own-built bike that was ridden by Jonny Lee Miller in the making of the biopic ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
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The ‘Flying Scotsman’ achieved legendary status through his track exploits in the 1990s when he twice smashed the world hour record and twice took the Individual Pursuit world title. Obree will now return for some competitive action in a feature two man 2km event where he will team up with Olympic Academy rider Ian Stannard.

"It’s my off season but I’ve been out on my bike, keeping in shape so it will be good to get back on the track," said Obree.

"It sounds like an exciting race and it will be interesting to team up with Ian Stannard. I raced against him the pursuit in the 2005 National Championships. That was the last time I was on the track.”

By combining new British talent with some of the legends of track cycling the two up pursuit event is designed to provide a thrilling racing spectacle, said event promoter James Pope.

“The track legends will start the pursuit and will peel off to leave the younger riders to fight it out for the line so there will be plenty of action.”

Obree won't be riding just the two up event.

"I’ll also race a couple of other events such as the devil,” said Obree.

“I’ll put on a bigger gear for that event, try to stay at the front to avoid the sprints and grit my teeth and go with the flow.”

“I’ll also have a go at the Madison. The last time I raced the Madison was at the Bordeaux six with Tony Doyle so I’ll make sure I get to the Velodrome early to practice the hand slings.”

Tickets for Revolution 15 can be purchased from the Revolution website.

A biopic of Obree's life will be released in the US at the end of December.

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