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Australian Cycling Council, Australian veterans road cycling championships, Collie, 1982, first, 55-60 years, won by Jim Coyle

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Australian Cycling Council, Australian veterans road cycling championships, Collie, 1982, first, 55-60 years, won by Jim Coyle

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Physical description

A green pennant made of felt that is triangular in shape. At the top of the pennant is the Australian coat of arms that is brown, red, blue and yellow in colour. Also across the top there is printed text in yellow that reads 'AUSTRALIAN / CYCLING COUNCIL'. Inscribed in the lower half of the pennant is handwritten black text that reads 'AUSTRALIAN VETERANS / ROAD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS / COLLIE 1982 / FIRST / 55-60'.

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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