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Volunteer cyclists needed to power Flying Scotsman in Glasgow tomorrow

Q&A with Graeme Obree follows screening of biopic, while next Saturday Danny MacAskill shows his skills

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.

Simon joined 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.

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