Joseph Pearson 2000
100km and 200km rides for a minimum total of 2000km within four seasons
Who was Joseph Pearson?
Born in 1849 in Sydney, in the late 1860s he began competing in pedestrian events and learned to ride a 'boneshaker' (possibly the colony's first cyclist) before marrying in 1870. The year 1882 was significant Pearson: getting a high wheeler ('penny farthing'), taking up cycle racing and admiring Britain and Europe's maps and direction signs during a trip. After becoming as a draper in the 1880s (opening a men's clothing store in 1889), his interest eventually shifted to cycle touring and he began tallying odometer mileages and noting NSW road conditions and accommodation.
Riding over 5500km in Britain and Europe in 1893, he was inspired to persuade fellow cyclists (and eventually motorists) "...to get into our wide spaces." In 1896, Pearson lobbied for improved signage and published the first NSW roadmaps (Cyclist's Touring Guide of New South Wales), also helping found the NSW Cyclist's Touring Union. He continued compiling the colony's roadmaps and guides and advised the Government when the Tourist Bureau was formed in 1905. One of the first cyclists to climb Mt Kosciusko and an executive member of many cycling clubs, he'd probably ridden more than a quarter of a million kilometres before quitting cycling at 73. Pearson published Reminiscences Including Cycling Experiences in 1925 and 1933 and died in 1939 in Sydney.
More details about Joseph Pearson can be found in the Online Edition of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (or in Jim Fitzpatrick's entry in the printed version Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, 1988 p. 187).
Research by Dave Minter2009-10 Season Recipients
Alan William Baker
Stephen Rowlands (× 2)