Sportscotland has today welcomed former world Hour record holder and Individual Pursuit World Champion Graeme Obree into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.
Obree, nicknamed the Flying Scotsman, will join the likes of footballer Kenny Dalglish, rugby union player Gavin Hastings, Olympic 100m champion Allan Wells and racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart among the 88 names featured on the list of Scotland’s sporting greats.
He becomes only the second cyclist to make it into the Hall of Fame, joining Tour de France polka dot jersey winner Robert Millar, and with nomination criteria stipulating that those put forward must be retired from their sport for at least five years, it will be some time before Sir Chris Hoy will be eligible to join them.
Other sports stars being inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight are equestrian Ian Stark, judo’s Graeme Randall and the lawn bowler Richard Corsie, as well as two posthumous inductees, motorbike rider Steve Hislop and cricketer and rugby union player KG MacLeod.
Last year, we reported how Obree, who has endured a long battle with clinical depression, had been forced to abandon an attempt to break the Hour record for a third time on the advice of his doctor.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.