Story: Cycle racing

League of Wheelmen shield (2nd of 2)

League of Wheelmen shield

In 1892 club cycling split into amateur and professional ('cash') clubs. The latter group was affiliated to the League of New Zealand Wheelmen. In 1899 the D. C. L. Whisky Company presented the league with this competition shield. It featured a cyclist mounted on a racing bike modelled in silver and surrounded by gold laurel wreaths. Three silver shields, intertwined with fern leaves and Scottish thistles, bore the D. C. L. badge and the Canterbury and Scottish coats of arms. Seventeen medallions were provided on which to record the names of winning competitors.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: G-19261-1/2
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Simon Kennett, 'Cycle racing - Early cycle racing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Simon Kennett, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Oct 2015