Graeme Obree dis­play at The River­side Muse­um, Glasgow

Pho­to Cred­it: Cre­ative Commons


Graeme Obree—cyclist, moti­va­tion­al speak­er, and two-time World 4000m cham­pi­on and World Hour record holder—wants to be the first man to break the 100mph record with a  human-pow­ered vehicle.

Obree was hop­ing to debut his bike, Beast­ie, at the Inter­na­tion­al Human Pow­ered Vehi­cle Asso­ci­a­tion’s event in Bat­tle Moun­tain, Neva­da, ear­li­er this month, but the bike, which is oper­at­ed by a push and pull method, was­n’t ready. In a released state­ment, Obree said, “This is dis­ap­point­ing but we have had tech­ni­cal issues in par­tic­u­lar with regard to the fair­ing con­struc­tion. We are not 100 per­cent hap­py with what we have and do not want to trav­el to Bat­tle Moun­tain with any part of The Beast­ie unsatisfactory.”

The design of the bike keeps the rid­er’s knees from hav­ing to dip, mak­ing it more aero­dy­nam­ic. Obree col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Glas­gow School of Art to devel­op a clear cov­er that encas­es the rid­er, mak­ing him look more like an engine. Obree will be able to show off his years of work and attempt the record in the next few weeks at anoth­er speed event in the UK.

[Via: Humans Invent]