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Cup Trophy - Cycling, Presented to Hubert Opperman, Sydney to Melbourne Unpaced Cycling Record, 1929 Object Reg. No: ST 32173

Cycling award for Hubert Opperman, 9 Nov 1929. Presented by Dominion Broadcasting Co. Pty. Ltd. for Opperman's record ride between Sydney and Melbourne.

He covered a distance of 567 (possibly 562) miles in a time of 39 hours and 42 minutes. Taking in account breaks (but no food or sleep) Opperman was riding for 37 hours, 9 minutes and 15 seconds. This effort beat G. Mcleod's record for the distance.

Crowds lined the streets from Craigieburn to Melbourne, and Opperman was met by 8000 spectators in the Melbourne CBD - outside Bruce Small Pty. Ltd. It was another triumph for the Victorian champion.
Cup trophy, manufactured from white metal, with two handles. It is attached to a wooden stand, which has been painted black. Gold plate is present inside the cup.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Sir Hubert Opperman, 1979
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 230 mm (Height), 180 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: cycling, sporting awards, cup trophies
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Hubert Ferdinand Opperman, Cyclist & Politican (1904-1996)
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Cycle Racing
Tertiary Classification: awards
Inscriptions: Text is engraved on the front of the cup. It reads 'Dominion Broadcasting Company Pty Ltd/ Sydney to Melbourne/ Unpaced Cycling Record/ by/ HUBERT OPPERMAN/ Time 39 hours 42 min/ Distance 567 miles/ November 9th 1929'.
Awarded To: Sir Hubert Opperman, Melbourne, Australia, 09 Nov 1929
Sponsor: Dominion Broadcasting Co. Pty Ltd, Australia, 1929
References: 'Cycling Champion - Opperman's Wonderful Ride' The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Monday 11 Nov 1929, p. 21

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