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Graeme Obree Battle Mountain film coming to iTunes (+ video)

DVD and Android download also in pipeline, cinema screenings continue

Graeme Obree’s Battle Mountain film, which follows the former world champion and Hour record holder’s attempt to break the International Human Powered Vehicle Association’s speed record in 2013, is now available to pre-order on iTunes.

A DVD is also in the pipeline for the film, which Obree says has received a “tremendous” reception from the cycling community, and a download for Android devices will be coming “very soon.”

The documentary has been touring cinemas across the UK in recent months, often accompanied by a Q&A session with Obree himself, and further screenings are scheduled.

You can find out more details about the Kickstarter-funded film here, including future screenings.

Battle Mountain will be released on iTunes on 4 July, costing £9.99, and can be pre-ordered here.

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.

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Judge dreadful | 7 years ago
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This was him signing all sorts, and chatting to everyone, even though he'd been up and about for 16 hours, at the screening. Fair play to him

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bigshape | 7 years ago
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if you get a chance to see the film with obree doing a q&a afterwards, do it!

he's a really inspirational guy.

the way he's come to terms with his various issues, and explains his unique outlook on life is very interesting.

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HalfWheeler | 7 years ago
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I used to time trial in the late 80s and early 90s in the west of Scotland when Obree was in his pomp. Course record after course record would fall. I can still remember the incredulous looks at the end of each race as Obree's time would come in; "He did what?!?". I remember when Robert Millar's 'untouchable' Tour de Trossachs MTT was utterly obliterated by him and on the strangest rig I've ever seen (apart from all the other Obree bikes!).

He was light years ahead of everyone in terms of ability. Yet he was a really sweet guy. Cycling can be full of prima donnas, guys who think they're exceptional just because they're relatively gifted in, what has to be said, a minority sport. But Obree had none of that. Gracious, friendly, no airs or graces that come with most champions he even had time for a mediocre schoolboy/junior like me; "I seen you last week! How did you get on?".

Eccentric for sure. But then again who wants to be normal?  

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GREGJONES | 7 years ago
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Does it come with the option of subtitles?

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Sniffer replied to GREGJONES | 7 years ago
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GREGJONES wrote:

Does it come with the option of subtitles?

I managed to understand the Americans OK so you should be OK.    enlightened

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HalfWheeler replied to GREGJONES | 7 years ago
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GREGJONES wrote:

Does it come with the option of subtitles?

In another language? Your written English seems fine.

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tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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This looks class. Why is he 'mad' though, per the comments above?

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Sniffer replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

This looks class. Whay is he 'mad' though, per the comments above?

Go see the film and all will become clear.

I don't think the comments above are made in anything, but a postive way.  He talks openly and honestly in the film abut his challenges with mental illness, but I take the comments to be about his eccentricity which is different.

I too went to the Q&A with my teenage son.  Brilliant night out.  Although cycling is at the heart of the film I felt that people without an interest would still enjoy it.

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stenmeister replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

This looks class. Whay is he 'mad' though, per the comments above?

I don't like the term 'mad' but I know what they mean. Intense, eccentric, driven, unorthodox. There are better adjectives to describe this unique man,

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Judge dreadful replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

This looks class. Why is he 'mad' though, per the comments above?

 

He's Bi-polar.

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Judge dreadful | 7 years ago
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I went to see this movie at my local 'arthouse' cinema. Graeme was there answering questions. He brought this with him

 

He's a top bloke.

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Big P | 7 years ago
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My wife and I went to a special screening of this film, hosted my the man himself, followed by a great Q&A afterwards, If your into cycling in any way, shape or form you absolutely must see this film.

 

Graeme is as mad as a box of frogs and he knows it, but there is also a hugley intense, intelligent guy in there too.

 

One of the best nights out I've had in a long time.

 

The beastie was there too.

 

 

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OldRidgeback replied to Big P | 7 years ago
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Big P wrote:

My wife and I went to a special screening of this film, hosted my the man himself, followed by a great Q&A afterwards, If your into cycling in any way, shape or form you absolutely must see this film.

 

Graeme is as mad as a box of frogs and he knows it, but there is also a hugley intense, intelligent guy in there too.

 

One of the best nights out I've had in a long time.

 

The beastie was there too.

 

 

 

Thanks for the recommendation for the film - yes I think I'll make a point of seeing this. I've a lot of respect for Obree and yes he does come across as being as mad as a box of frogs, one of those clever and engaging eccentrics we seem to do so well in producing here in the UK.

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