The world champion individual time trialist obsessed with breaking the velodrome hour record.
A relentless, bordering on unhealthy, pursuit of the human-powered land speed record.
Parallel to both festered a self-confessed need to ‘justify my self worth as a human being’.
The backdrop to the Obree story is colourful, peppered with tragedy, misfortune and genuine resilience.
The two-time world champion and son of a policeman, has attempted to take his own life, been diagnosed as bi-polar, seen his ambitions of joining the professional cycling world thwarted by his refusal to take performance enhancing drugs, come out as gay in his 40s, and for a period saw his famed bike banned by the UCI.