Graeme Obree sets new world speed record on ‘The Beastie’

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Cyclist Graeme Obree has set a new world record on his special bike ‘The Beastie’.

The Scot hit 56.62 miles an hour at the World Human Speed Championships at Battle Mountain, Nevada.

The event, which required the rider to adopt a prone position, saw Obree drive his bike head first using levers to drive the chain instead of conventional pedals.  The bike was constructed by Obree himself using parts of a stainless steel saucepan and other components from old bikes and roller-skates.

47 year old Obree, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, shot to fame in the nineties when he broke world records and became individual pursuit world champion on his home made bike he christened ‘Old Faithful’.  He once held the ‘hour record’ and was imortalised in the 2006 film ‘The Flying Scotsman’ starring Trainspotting’s Johnny Lee Miller.

Speaking after his latest triumph, Obree told Radio Scotland: “The timekeeper announced it was a new world record and that is a strange feeling. I’ve not heard that for 20 year, so I’m still absorbing it, that’s nice and anything else is a bonus”.