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Graeme Obree Battle Mountain film available to watch for FREE on BBC iPlayer for next four weeks

Documentary by David Street follows Scottish legend’s attempt on human powered vehicle world record

A film charting Scottish legend Graeme Obree’s attempt to set a human-powered vehicle world speed record in the Nevada desert in 2013 is available to watch for free for the next four weeks on the BBC iPlayer.

Battle Mountain – The Graeme Obree Story charts former individual pursuit world champion and UCI Hour Record holder’s journey to his attempt on the record, starting with him putting his self-built recumbent bike, named Beastie, in his kitchen.

The film, which toured UK cinemas last year, often accompanied by a question and answer session with Obree himself, was crowdfunded by David Street, who followed its subject for two years.

When the film was first announced, Street said: “We are with him when the aerodynamic shell so lovingly and painstakingly built doesn’t fit and has to be ditched and again when the second shell proves to fit too well and is a cause of claustrophobia and has to be ripped apart and rebuilt only weeks before the second deadline of September 2013.

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 “We are with him in the hospital just three months before the big day when the surgeons have to gouge a huge abscess out of his leg. Will he be fit enough?

“We are with him as he trains in his own inimitable way through Ayrshire’s country lanes and up Tenerife’s Mount Teide and in his living room.

“And we are with him when he finally makes the start line at Battle Mountain in a machine he’s never ridden before.”

Watch the film on BBC iPlayer.

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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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nadsta | 7 years ago
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Watched it last night. Knew little of Obree before but he comes across as a very interesting and complex character, very self deprecating but driven. He is the very opposite of Team Sky's marginal gains with his saucepans and roller skates and all the more compelling for it. Scenes with the Beastie toppling over were almost heartbreaking!

I didn't know there was a longer version and I'd say that the BBC 1 hour format compresses the timeline and Obree's journey too much. Great that they've stuck this on iPlayer but seek out the longer version if you can. 

Gkam84 | 7 years ago
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This is the cut down 1 hour documentary of the full 4 hour version. Still a good start  1

Sniffer replied to Gkam84 | 7 years ago
Gkam84 wrote:

This is the cut down 1 hour documentary of the full 4 hour version. Still a good start  1

The version I saw in the cinema was 1hr 40mins.  Really liked it and Graeme did a Q&A afterwards that was entertaining too.  There was some good stuff edited out for the TV version

riotgibbon | 7 years ago

I've seen the first bit of this - anyone who enjoys watching people making bikes in their kitchen, and utilising all the utensils available there, is in for a real treat. The washing machine looks on nervously ...

peted76 | 7 years ago

Excellent news, that's my weekend watching sorted  1

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