‘The Obree Way’ Book signing
1pm – 4pm, Sat 28 Jan 2012
One of the most eagerly anticipated cycling books for a long time, Graeme Obree’s ‘The Obree Way – a training manual for cyclists’ has just launched. What’s more, the Flying Scotsman will be signing copies in WHEELBASE on Saturday 28th January 1pm to 4pm!
From his background as an outsider who designed and built his own bike, taking on UCI officials in the process, to his battle with depression and more recent return to the public eye with initiatives such as the Graeme Ayrshire Obree Sportive, the 46-year-old has a special place in the affections of the British cycling public.
If you’re familiar with Obree’s story, you’ll know that this isn’t going to follow the sports science route – as the publishers say, “When Chris Boardman used heart rates and power cranks to train for the hour attempts, Obree took to the hills of Scotland, old school.”
“I tell people not to have a training schedule because you can’t tell how the body is going to react to each training session. So I’m promoting the feel factor and seat-of-the-pants training, sensible diets and things like that, instead of laying down a whole training schedule, where you’ve got your massage and you’ve got to eat certain things at certain times.
It’s aimed at people who’ve got jobs and families and social circles, who want to keep those and who have limited time to use, and it will show them how to use that time more effectively, as opposed to lots of training manuals that assume you’ve the same time and resources as though you’re a professional. This manual is aimed at people who have other commitments to deal with.”
The book breaks down training into what are described as “bite size chunks,” cutting through what can often be a mass of confusing and conflicting information to focus on the essential point of helping you focus on improving your performance on your bike.
Chapters headings include The Psychology of Training, The Psychology of preparation, Diet, Bike Set Up, Pedalling Technique, and what is described as “the ground breaking” Obree Breathing Technique.
The training manual, which is promised to ensure that “cycling training will never be the same again,”
‘The Obree Way – a training manual for cyclists’ Graeme Obree £30
Meet Graeme Obree and buy a signed copy at WHEELBASE, Mill Yard, Staveley, Kendal LA8 9LR Saturday 28th January 2012.