In July 1993, Graeme Obree broke the world hour record, one of the toughest things you can attempt in the world of cycling. Only the top names even dream of doing it.
It was previously held for nine years by Francesco Moser, with a distance of 51.596 kilometres (32.06 miles). Obree's record lasted less than a week, being broken by Englishman Chris Boardman. Obree retook the record in April 1994 [Wikipedia].
In the colorful documentary below, we get a glimpse of the healthy rivalry between a confident Boardman and the relentless Obree. Obree didn't have a team sponsor to provide him with a special bike for the event. It was crunch time then!
The impetus made the hitherto unknown amateur cyclist an engineer, leading him to produce his own bicycle out of tubings from a friend's workshop, bearings from a washing machine and a single bladed fork designed by Mike Burrows. The super narrow bottom bracket would eliminate any conventional geometry so he angled his chainstays at a radical 45 degrees!! He named the machine 'Old Faithful'.
The rest is history.
Many thanks to user EVANS1978 on YouTube for the upload.
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