Gay Scottish cycling hero Graeme Obree, known as the Flying Scotsman, is holding a special race on Saturday the 2nd of August, and members of the public are invited to join in. It’s a chance to ride alongside the legend on a challenging but scenic route through the Ayrshire countryside, taking in some of his old training ground. Shorter routes are available for children and inexperienced riders.
The event is being held to raise money for Enable Scotland, a charity dedicated to supporting people with learning difficulties. Obree has helped the charity before and describes it as close to his heart. He ha personal experience of disability due to a long struggle with depression which he plans to write about in a new book, and which he thinks may have been caused by the homophobic environment in which he was raised. After years suffering from internalised homophobia, Obree described his coming out in 2011, as a turning point that finally enabled him to be comfortable with himself.
Twice world pursuit champion and twice world hour record holder, Obree says the Ayrshire route is one he enjoys because he’s able to escape pressure there. He’s keen to introduce other riders to it. Those wanting to join the event can sign up on his website at http://obree.com/obree-news/333-the-flying-scotsman-sportive.html