Graeme Obree’s Beastie bike is expected to be the star lot at an auction of more than 20 items from the former world champion and Hour record holder’s career go under the hammer in Glasgow next week.
Four years ago at Battle Mountain, Nevada, Obree hit a top speed of 58.62mph on the bike to set a new record for prone cycling under International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) rules.
Built by Obree in his kitchen, and including a repurposed part of a saucepan, it is expected to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 at the sale at Great Western Auctions in Glasgow next Friday 22 September.
Other items up for sale include Obree’s UCI World Championship gold medal from 1993, when Obree won the individual pursuit using the now-banned ‘Superman’ position, with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
There’s also the medal presented to Obree, who turned 51 this week, for breaking the UCI Hour Record in 1994, with bidding anticipated to be in the range of £1,000-£1,500.
For those on a more modest budget, lots expected to go for £200 or less include two national champion’s jerseys worn by Obree as well as a selection of prints and paintings and memorabilia from the 1996 Olympic Games,
The item expected to go for the least amount of money, with an estimate of between £30 and £50?
A key presented to Obree after he appeared on the BBC programme, Through The Keyhole.
As Loyd Grossman used to ask, “Who lives in a house like this?”
We’d like to think that all road.cc readers would have got the answer correct after one look at that kitchen-cum-workshop.
You can view all the lots here.
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.