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Hubert Opperman

Hubert Opperman

Hubert Ferdinand (Oppy) Opperman (1904-1996) was an award winning cyclist. Oppy was born in Victoria, Australia into a working class family. When his father joined the Australian Imperial Force in WW1, Oppy was sent Melbourne to live with his paternal grandmother.

Oppy had been riding a bike since he was 8 and in 1921 he took up racing with the Malvern Cycling Club. He won the prestigious Launceston to Hobart race in 1922 and quickly became a respected sportsman. In 1924, he was the youngest to win the annual Australasian National Road Cycle Championship.

In 1931, Oppy raced in the Tour de France (finished 12th). Later that year he won the Paris-Brest-Paris race, breaking all records.

For most of the 1930s, Oppy set a number of solo cycle records.

He joined the RAAF in 1940 and served until 1945.

Oppy became a federal politician for the Victorian seat of Corio in 1949. He was knighted in 1968, became the Higher Commissioner to Malta in 1967, and retired in 1972.

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