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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Distance Cyclist Dies

MELBOURNE () -- Australian Sir Hubert Opperman, who dominated world distance cycling in the 1920s and early 1930s has died at age 91, apparently of a heart attack while pedalling his exercise bicycle, his family said Friday.

Opperman, some of whose cycling endurance records still stand, maintained his high profile after retiring from competitive racing by entering politics and holding two ministerial posts.

At the height of his prowess as a cyclist, Opperman held more than 100 distance cycling records.