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"Battle Mountain - Graeme Obree's Story" will premiere at The Edinburgh International Film Festival on 24th June 2015 and screen for a second public viewing on 25th June 2015. Both screenings will be at Cineworld, Fountain Park, Edinburgh EH11 1AF.

The documentary film follows Graeme Obree on his quest to challenge for the world land speed record at Battle Mountain in Nevada in 2013, cycling the bike that he built in his kitchen and named "The Beastie" by Graeme's friend and fellow legend of cycling, Sir Chris Hoy M.B.E.

 The film which is directed by filmaker David Street has captured something quite remarkable as Graeme prepares himself for his quest to ready and race at Battle Mountain however it was a project which presented many challenges as  David explains,

"Opportunities to make films about living legends rarely present themselves. Being allowed access while observing a great legend at work is an even rarer privilege. One that I couldn’t refuse, but it didn’t come without its own film making challenges.I wanted to make a feature documentary that celebrated work and the creative process that was entertaining but carried messages way beyond a first viewing. The complex genius of Graeme Obree gave me the perfect subject. Every filming session was like opening a Pandora’s Box, I had no idea what would happen, how or when, so I was constantly thinking on my feet, trying to get the shots to craft a film in the cutting room. It gave nightmares to both the editors that worked on the project. The result though is a film of intense honesty, you see Graeme in his world creating, building, training and racing as only he can. His openness and generosity to the filmmaking process gave me the opportunity to bring the audience a very special insight into this remarkable man. Graeme’s self-deprecating sense of humour is woven through the film and helps create a modern day fable that touches on concerns about waste, recycling, environment, mental health and personal achievement.

 

The music for "Battle Mountain - Graeme Obree's Story" has been scored by Alun Woodward (The Delgados/Chemikal Underground) in his first major foray into composing for a feature film. Already a huge cycling fan the opportunity to score the music for a film whose main subject is Graeme Obree was one that Alun felt inspired to do. The fruits of that inspiration now feature with a stunning feature film musical composition debut.

Tickets to the screenings at EIFF are available at https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/films/2015/battle-mountain-graeme-obrees-story

 For information on "Battle Mountain - Graeme Obree's Story" follow on twitter at @gobattlemountain and facebook at GO BATTLE MOUNTAIN

 

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Get on the wheel of cycling legend "The Flying Scotsman" Graeme Obree at the 2016  Flying Scotsman Sportive.

The 2016 Flying Scotsman Sportive will present on Saurday 20th August, with the event start & finish at Loudoun Leisure Centre, Galston, KA4 8PD. The Flying Scotsman Sportive offers cyclists an excellent  cycling experience with plenty variation in scenery and road contour as the routes wind their way across East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire, mostly on rural roads. The topography may be challenging but the scenery  is beautiful. All you will need is a well maintained bike and some good preparation to be sure you can complete this challenging sportive. The routes have been chosen by Graeme Obree and are routes he uses as his training roads. Punchy climbs, fast descents, beautiful scenery and quiet roads make this an ideal event for sportive riders seeking a good challenge, in great company where you can focus on the cycling, camaraderie and take in the beautiful surrounds.

The routes follows roads which take riders from the floor of the Loudoun Valley up steep climbs to crest the surrounding Ayrshire hills. The feel of the roads here is akin to a  Belgian Classic......minus any cobbles. There are two routes: Old Faithful is a 42 mile blast out to the scenic village of Sorn and back. The Beastie - which takes in 77 miles of spectacular and scenic roads across East Ayrshire and South Lanrakshire is, lets just say, appropriatley titled!!

The Flying Scotsman Sportive is not a closed road event and has developed a very friendly personality where there is a great degree of camaraderie demonstrated  by all participating riders and a cognisance of other road users and pedestrians.

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The routes are planned wherever possible to utilise rural roads which network across East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire allowing participants to enjoy the rolling landscape in the company of other cyclists. The Flying Scotsman Sportive will have it's event H/Q at Loudoun Leisure Centre within the campus at Loudoun Academy and will host rider sign on, reception, toilets,changing facilities and the after sportive food station. Parking is available at Loudoun Academy with additional overflow parking facilities located close by in Galston. The event includes electronic chip timing, comprehensive event signage, event marshals on main junctions, food stops, mechanical support at event H/Q and a sweeper wagon

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Dugway-Wendover-20130906-00152So we have been in USA for a couple of days now. We had an overnight in Salt Lake City on Thursday and travelled to Elko on Friday.We collected the Beastie from the shipper Enviroco/Asco Freight Management. The drive to Elko takes you past the Bonneyville Salt Flats and over the mountains. The scenery is dramatic and the weather matched with electric storms. We arrived Elko Friday evening. Managed some training for an hour on Friday. Saturday morning was devoted to working on The Beastie with a session on the bike in the afternoon. The weather is hot and the air is really dry. We head to Battle Mounain today with the IHPVA Speed Challenge starting tomorrow morning. 

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Photos of the unboxing of "The Beastie," the bike Graeme has created to challenge the 85mph human powered vehicle speed record at Battle Mountain.

Photos from Rick Robson, http://www.cyclesportphotos.com/
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I found Graeme Obree to be an inspirational figure when I was just starting out. His life is like a Hollywood film, but one that you would find unbelievable if you watched it in the cinema - Sir Chris Hoy.

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