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Graeme Obree to Star at Cycling Plus Weekenders

by Nick Gregory

Cycling Plus have confirmed that former hour record holder and world champion, Graeme Obree will be attending all three of their 'Weekender' events, taking place in the Peak District, South Downs and Cotswolds 

Obree will be an after dinner speaker at each event and will reflect on his amazing cycling achievements, his incredible life story, the current state of cycling both amateur and professional and share secrets from his book 'The Obree Way: A Training Manual for Cyclists'. 

Targeted at riders of all abilities, whether that be a first-timer or veteran, Cycling Plus Weekenders are exclusive riding weekends at luxury hotels. They will allow participants the opportunity to receive a vast array of expert guidance from bike maintenance to technique, fitness and nutrition advice, as well as ride alongside special guest riders. 

Commenting on the launch of the events, Rob Spedding, Editor of Cycling Plus said: "We have support from a number of top cycling industry partners; already on board are Saris, Wilier and CNP, all of whom will be contributing their experts and products for attendees to try at the events." 

The addition of Obree will be the icing on the cake. The scot rose to prominence in 1993 when, on a home-built bike known as Old Faithful and only the day after a failed attempt, he rode 51.596km in an hour on the velodrome at Hamar in Norway: a new world record. Chris Boardman went further six days later, but Obree reclaimed the record in April 1994. In '93 he also won the World Individual Pursuit Championship, a feat he repeated in 1995. Obree was also regularly doing battle with cycling's governing body, the UCI as it banned his bike and his revolutionary tuck and 'Superman' riding positions. 

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Graeme's story doesn't end there though - during his riding career, Obree battled depression, crushing self doubt, alcohol binges and attempted suicide on at least two occasions. In 2003 he published 'The Flying Scotsman', and recounted not only his success but his problems too. That book was given the Hollywood treatment in 2006, and then in 2009 Obree announced that he was going to make another attempt at the World Hour record on another home-made machine. Ultimately, that attempt didn't happen as the bike wasn't suitable. However, Graeme did compete in the 2013 World Human Powered Speed Championships in Battle Mountain, Nevada, where he hit 56.62 mph in his prone 'bike' called The Beastie! 

"I've been lucky enough to meet and interview Graeme a couple of times and I can't wait to catch up with him again at the Cycling Plus Weekenders," Spedding said. "It's not often that you can say that you've met a bona fide legend and found them to be a top bloke too! If you come along to the Weekenders you can't fail to be inspired by Graeme - and you'll learn a hell of a lot from him too." 

Graeme will be attending all three Cycling Plus Weekenders in the Peak District on March 21-23, the South Downs on April 25th-27th and the Cotswolds on May 16th-18th. 

The weekends offer:

* Two night's dinner, bed and breakfast based on a twin room share
* Guided group rides with expert ride leaders
* Mechanical support during the rides and at the hotel
* Lunch stops and feed stations on training rides
* Technique, fitness and nutrition advice
* Off bike fitness sessions
* Bike-fit assessment
* Gala dinner on Saturday evening - with guest speakers, Q&A sessions
* Event goodie bag, nutrition bundle and t-shirt
* Complimentary access to hotel spa and leisure facilities
* Event and rider photography at no charge to riders 

For a full weekend itinerary, booking information and more please go to www.cyclingplusweekenders.com