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N.A.C.C. four mile A grade scratch race trophy 1946-47 won by Jim Coyle

2013.0036.0018

N.A.C.C. four mile A grade scratch race trophy 1946-47 won by Jim Coyle

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Physical description

A silver plated trophy on a dark resin pedestal base featuring a circular disc with a raised relief of two cyclists on the front. Inscription on the reverse side of the disc read 'N.A.C.C. / 4 Mile A Grade Scratch / Won by / J. COYLE / 1946-47'.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of a range of awards, clothing, archival material and other ephemera attesting to the career of Melbourne-based cycling champion James Leo Joseph Coyle (?1922-?2010). Mainly relating to the latter half of Coyle's career as a 'veteran' cyclist during the 1970s and 1980s, it collectively demonstrates his consistent amateur and professional success in both local and international contexts. The collection as a whole is in a good state of conservation.

The bicycle has played an important role in Australia since the 1880s, both for sport and as means of transportation. The 'Jim Coyle collection' offers insight into the contribution of later twentieth century bicycle clubs to the continued popularity of amateur riding. It also confirms Coyle's prowess as a versatile and successful performer over a wide range of distances and across both amateur and professional spheres.

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