thesoulsearchers: We all have heros dont we?

“Cyclists arent normal animals.

We are born with a love of travelling fast…in any kind of weather.

Touching the earth on two inches of rubber, sometimes going knowhere but always with the intention of moving forward. But, in the end we can exist without the bike and face life as it wants to unfold infront of us.

Most cyclists work, rest and play and ride for the enjoyment of fitness, and being alive. Others ride to beat the clock, they push themselves to the edge. The few win Grand Tours and become iconic beasts on two wheels making unfathomable epic records and some falling from grace with drug scandals.

Then there are the special few. A handful of people that ride the same two wheels you do and completely change an activity through sheer will. People who remold riding a bicycle like Picasso changed the face of art. The few who create something out of nothing by pure genius.

These are the people we remember. People who stick in your mind when you take to the road. When you are hurting on that hill climb or riding fast through the traffic. We all have heros… dont we?

Mine is Mr Graeme Obree.

This mild mannered Scotsman changed cycling on his own.Broke the hour record.Built his own bicycle out of scrap parts and a washing machine. Without money. Without the backing of a huge multi-million pound team.

He broke records.

He changed the way bicycles look, rode and are designed.Hollywood made a film about his life ‘The Flying Scotsman’, with an A list cast, something even Lance Armstrong cant claim.

The bike you ride today has changed because of this one man.

A man who has battled suicidal tendencies, mental illness, family breakdowns and coming out as a Homosexual Man in a rough Scottish working class landscape.

A Maverick.

A genius.

A genuinely nice human being.

A man who rode in my humble town last month to salute a fallen comrade Mr Ron Spencer in a charity ride.

As John Lennon said from his song ‘ A working class Hero ‘

‘By giving you no time instead of it all, Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all, A working class hero is something to be, A working class hero is something to be. They hurt you at home and they hit you at school, They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool, Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules, A working class hero is something to be, A working class hero is something to be. When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years, Then they expect you to pick a career, When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear, A working class hero is something to be, A working class hero is something to be. ‘

I salute you Mr Obree.”

Full credit to Ian from thesoulsearchers

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