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Jack Hoobin

THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION OF CADEL EVANS’ RAREFIED PLACE IN AUSTRALIAN CYCLING HISTORY. BUT CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME MAY THINK, HE WASN’T OUR FIRST WORLD ROAD CYCLING CHAMPION AFTER TRIUMPHING IN 2009.
Hoobin rode for the Bentleigh Amateur Cycling Club in Melbourne and was Victorian Road Champion in 1947.
© PHOTO COURTESY OF CYCLING VICTORIA HISTORY ARCHIVE "PRESERVING YOUR MEMORABILIA"

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THAT TRAIL BLAZING honour belongs to a Victorian by the name of Jack Hoobin who claimed the world amateur title in an epic boilover almost six decades earlier. Hoobin was born in 1927 and began riding at the age of four. According to a 1950 feature in Australian Cyclist his older brother Ted was largely responsible for his introduction to the sport. “Ted became champion of the Cheltenham Club when 16, and Jack, accompanied by their father used to be a regular barracker for Ted. Not yet into his teens young Jack decided to have a go in a juvenile three-mile race and going flat out collapsed over the line exhausted but an easy victor.”

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