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Flying Scotsman returns for Revolution

Former world hour record holder, Graham Obree, is set to return to racing at the Revolution 15 track meeting in Manchester, UK on December 9. The Scotsman will team up with Great Britain Olympic Academy rider Ian Stannard for a two man pursuit over 2km.

"I'm really looking forward to it," commented Obree. "It’s my off season but I've been out on my bike, keeping in shape so it will be good to get back on the track. It sounds like an exciting race and it will be interesting to team up with Ian Stannard. I raced against him in the pursuit in the 2005 National Championships. That was the last time I was on the track so it is fitting that we will be racing together."

Obree has also promised to try some of the other events on offer at Revolution, "I'm coming down for a track meeting so I'll race a couple of other events such as the devil" he said. "I'll put on a bigger gear for that event, try to stay at the front to avoid the sprints and grit my teeth and go with the flow."

"I'll also have a go at the Madison time trial" he continued. "The last time I raced the Madison was at the Bordeaux six with Tony Doyle so I'll make sure I get to the Velodrome early to practice the hand slings!"

Obree achieved legendary status in the 1990s by twice breaking the world hour record on his hand made bike ‘Old Faithful’. He also won the world pursuit championship in 1993 and 1995.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.