Early cycling medals could race away

A collection of early cycling medals and ephemera is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne in Somerset this April.

The collection relates to Frederick Charles Lowcock who was born in 1876 in Northenden, Manchester. He was a keen cyclist: records show that he was a member of the Manchester Wheelers from its formation in 1890.

Among the lots on offer there are twenty cased gold medals and eleven silver cased medals, dating from the 1890s and early 1900s. These comprise individual races and some tandem races too. The sale also includes photographs, an album of paper cuttings and various ephemera.

Lowcock later became Chairman and Managing Director of F C Lowcock & Co Glove Factory. After his move to the Isle of Man, he was active in the Manx Wheelers Cycling Club and he encouraged young cyclists. Sadly, he died suddenly in 1947 at the age of 70. The collection has been consigned by a relative of Frederick Lowcock.

Simon Jones of Lawrences Auctioneers, said: “This is the largest and most impressive cycling collection I have seen, dating from the very earliest early days of organised cycling races. Lowcock was obviously a very gifted rider and it’s marvellous to see so many gold and silver medals still in their original boxes. Collections with such good history are rare so we are hoping for some eager interest.”

The collection is estimated at £4000-6000 and will be sold in Lawrences Fine Art Sale in April.


A collection of early cycling medals look set to race away in an upcoming sale at a Somerset auction house