Cyclists in Glasgow are being invited to help provide the power for a very special outdoor screening of Graeme Obree biopic The Flying Scotsman, starring Johnny Lee Miller, at the city’s Riverside Museum tomorrow evening. The screening is free to attend, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Obree himself.
Made in 2006, the film, which charts Obree’s rise to fame, his battle with Chris Boardman for the Hour record and his struggle with depression, will be projected onto the side of the building, which opened earlier this year.
With the museum staying open until 7pm tomorrow – the screening itself starts at 8pm and last till 10pm – Obree fans will also have an opportunity to see the museum’s exhibit dedicated to the cyclist from Ayrshire.
The pedal-powered generation that will provide the electricity for tomorrow’s screening has been developed by London-based not-for-profit group, Magnificent Revolution.
Some 20 cyclists are needed to power the generator, and anyone interested in helping out is asked to get in touch via email.
Meanwhile, next week another famous Scottish cyclist, albeit one who shot to fame in a very different discipline, will be appearing at the museum as street trials ace Danny MacAskill provides an exhibition of his skills, together with The Clan stunt cycling team. More details are available on the museum’s website.
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.