Graeme Obree, who in the 1990s set the cycling world alight with his exploits in chasing the Hour record, which he held twice, as well as winning the World Championship for the individual pursuit in 1993 and 1995, has put an end to three decades of private torment by publicly admitting that he is gay.
The 45-year-old father of two says in an interview with the Scottish Sun that one of the reasons he suppressed his sexuality for so long resulted from the homophobic environment that he encountered while growing up in Ayrshire during the 1970s, which he says was a factor behind his later suicide attempts.
We imagine that most road.cc users, like ourselves, will consider Obree’s sexuality to be a private matter for himself, but hope you will join us in wishing him inner peace and happiness for the future.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.