May 22, 2009

Obree, Mantis Position & Hairy Italians with Giant Gold Medallions

This, from

Former world hour record holder Graeme Obree is seriously considering another attempt at the record.

In an interview in Cycling Plus 224 (on sale 5 June), 43-year-old Obree says he has been training hard, built a bike that conforms with UCI regulations (you can see him and it at BikeRadar Live), and set a date of late 2009 to make the attempt.

“I’m not saying that I will break the hour record, but I am aspiring to do it,” said Obree. “You know, last year was the first year since I was 16 that I didn’t win a bike race.

“I don’t think that you’re physically hampered from winning at the highest level just because of age. To diminish yourself just in terms of age isn’t justified. I don’t think you can use it as an excuse, not if you’ve kept it going.”

The current record, using ‘modern’ UCI rules, is 49.7km, held by Czech Ondrej Sosenka. In the past, when the rules allowed for more aerodynamic bikes, Obree twice broke the record: 51.596km in 1993 and 52.713km in 1994.

Read more at BikeRadar

Ok, so lets have a look at that last record…

That thing makes the new fashionable Mantis Position look easy…

I wonder where that idea of “Mantis” came from…


Back on topic – how amazing is Obree’s new bike, pedaling a front chainring of 67 teeth. Check it out, its amazing. I struggle to get over a 54, but not him. 67 will do if you want to go over 50km per hour, for an hour.

Try ride 50km/h on a flat rode, and not in your tt bars either. Now, hold that for an hour. Lets have a look a the UCI (Union of Cycling Idiots) “legal” bike.

Looks like a dustbin lid in the middle there. But maybe its just me. At 43, I just dont want to look like this guy…

Have a great weekend.

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