|From the National Library of Australia|
Between WWI and WWII Hubert Opperman was the flavour of cycling in Australia. Oppy was an endurance cyclist and held many long distance records including from one end of Australia to the other. This was in the days when many of the roads were unsealed, especially across the Nullabor.
Oppy took off to France to ride some of the early classics and the Tour de France. His name is still mentioned by those who can remember in Europe.
I remember seeing him riding in his latter years, purely for pleasure, along Beach Road where I live. He and his wife lived by the beach in St Kilda before moving to a retirement home.
Being a devoted cyclist, his last pedal strokes were taken on his exercise bike at home at a ripe old age.
|Oppy after winning the 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris|
Some links to Oppy's life and his obituary which showed up in the NY Times