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Six day race, Berlin 17-23 February 1922 winner's sash

2009.0025.0017

Six day race, Berlin 17-23 February 1922 winner's sash

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Description

Ross came 4th - title incorrect

Physical description

A blue textile sash with fringed ends made of twisted wire and thread that is dark gold in colour. There is text at both ends of the sash which reads 'Dem / IV. Sieger / im 9. Berliner / 6 Tage-Rennen / 17-23 Febr. / 1922' and 'Die / Direktion / des / Sportpalastes'.

Statement of significance

The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 8 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

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