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Flying Scotsman [Format Kindle]

Graeme Obree , Sir Chris Hoy
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NEW UPDATED EDITION ‘This is one of the best and most moving sports books I have read’ – The Times ‘Deeply moving. His determination and single-mindedness was and still is a true inspiration to me' – Sir Chris Hoy '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 ‘Hard-hitting and brutally honest’ – Cycling Weekly Number 10 in Cycle Sport's Best 50 Cycling Books of All Time. On 17 July 1993, Graeme Obree stunned the international world when he emerged from obscurity to smash Francesco Moser’s World Hour Record. Flying Scotsman is Graeme Obree’s searing autobiography, from his tough upbringing in Ayrshire where he found escape on the roads, to his head-to-head duals with Chris Boardman and his rise to become a major star on the European circuit. Obree created massive controversy in the professional cycling world with his unique riding style and his pioneering construction techniques – famously using washing-machine parts to complete the building of his ‘Old Faithful’. Yet all his sporting success was achieved in the shadow of manic depression and suicidal despair. Obree brings his amazing life story up to date in this new edition of his critically acclaimed, best-selling autobiography, as he continues to astound the world with his creative genius and sporting prowess.

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Little-known Graeme Obree became international cycling’s most unlikely star, capturing the public’s imagination with his innovative engineering and design skills and unique training regiments. When he broke world records and won championships, the cycling authorities outlawed both his bike and his tucked riding position. He invented the "Superman" riding style and triumphed again. But while battling authorities and other cyclists, Obree was also battling a much more serious threat: bipolar disorder. In The Flying Scotsman, Obree tells his remarkable story with brutal honesty and unexpected humor. Beginning with his troubled childhood in Ayrshire, where the bike was his only escape, Obree recounts his turbulent life and career, describing what drove him to not only break records, but to attempt suicide on three separate occasions. Long known for his courage on the track, here Obree demonstrates a different kind of courage as he movingly lays bare his struggle with manic depression.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The flying Scotsman 11 juillet 2012
Par Suzanne G
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Gives a real insight the challenges and training required to become a cycling champion. We follow his interest in cycling from an early age and the effects his childhood had on his cycling career.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Passionnant! 6 mai 2013
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C'est l'histoire incroyable d'un homme dont le génie n'a pas été apprécié à sa juste valeur. Livre facile à lire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inside The Rider's Head 7 mai 2006
Par Robert Hammond - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Harrowing but Inspirational 8 février 2008
Par Brit C Power - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not light, but very interesting 8 mai 2007
Par Eva Vanstratum - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great! 14 février 2013
Par Henrique - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Colour me inspired! 8 août 2012
Par sheep_reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I thought I knew quite a bit about Graeme Obree and his story but to start to understand the highs and extreme lows of his life, to see him as more than simply an amazing cyclist through reading this book has been inspiring to say the least! I ride on a regular basis but since reading this book my enjoyment of it has exploded, Graeme reminded me of all the wonderful aspects of owning and riding bikes as well as of having a life that allows me to physically and mentally find joy in such a simple pastime!!
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