I was over at Doug Report and saw an article that Cycling Weekly did about innovation in cycling. It varied from Campy quick releases to neoprene shoe covers. One thing listed was aero position by Graeme Obree.
Graeme Obree is an interesting guy. Not accepted by the elite cycling crowd, he went about his own business and designed, built and rode bicycles that didn’t fit the current standards. The UCI treated him like shit. Making arbitrary, truly bullshit rules, to disallow him from kicking ass at the World Championships, after he was already World Champion.
I remember racing in England and watching a documentary showing Obree’s path to the World Championships. It is a comparison between what Chris Boardman was doing and then that of Graeme Obree. It couldn’t be any more different. Obree taking apart a washing machine for bearings and Chris Boardman ordering multiple frames.
Anyway, I found the piece on YouTube. It is below. If you have a little extra time sometime, it is interesting.