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Obree recovering from suicide attempt

In a story published Wednesday, Glasgow, Scotland’s Daily Record reported that former world hour record holder and two-time world pursuit champion Graeme Obree is now recovering from a suicide attempt last month. The 36-year-old Obree, who twice broke the world hour record astride his own self-designed bicycles, was found hanging in a barn near his home in Ayrshire, Scotland a few days before Christmas. According to the paper, Obree was saved when the owner of the farm cut him down and alerted authorities. At the time, Obree's condition was found to be serious enough to warrant

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In a story published Wednesday, Glasgow, Scotland’s Daily Record reported that former world hour record holder and two-time world pursuit champion Graeme Obree is now recovering from a suicide attempt last month.

The 36-year-old Obree, who twice broke the world hour record astride his own self-designed bicycles, was found hanging in a barn near his home in Ayrshire, Scotland a few days before Christmas. According to the paper, Obree was saved when the owner of the farm cut him down and alerted authorities.

At the time, Obree’s condition was found to be serious enough to warrant transfer to Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital because of concerns that he had suffered brain damage in the attempt.

Having recovered sufficiently, Obree was released and is now home with his family. Obree is understandably reluctant to talk about the incident. His wife Anne, a nurse, is quoted by the Record as saying “Christmas is always an emotional time for Graeme because his brother died in a car crash and isn’t around.

“But he doesn’t want to talk about anything and we will be making no comment. The children know the situation. Their father has an illness, but is getting better and we are all just trying to come to terms with it. “We have just got to get on with our lives as we have in the past when we suffered setbacks.”

Click here to read the complete Daily Record story.