Len Rogers

Len Rogers or Lennie as he was commonly called commenced his cycling career at the age of 12 when he felt the urge to take on some form of athletic sport and chose cycling. His inspiration was Rob Spears who had won the worlds sprint title overseas.
In May 1931, Rogers established a new Australian record in Sydney on a board track covering 23 miles in one hour; the event was unpaced and in the same year won the mile and 1/4 mile scratch, the following year in February 1932 Rogers and J. Walsh sprinted for a thrilling finish and fell as they crossed the line, Rogers had large splinters extracted from his leg and treated for abrasions.
Few months later in July 1932, the 43-mile open road race was held, raced from Parramatta to Windsor and back the race attracted 55 starters. Though Rogers did not win the event he took fastest time, the year proved to be one of his best as Rogers rode outstanding to capture three titles, the Champion stakes 1-mile scratch, Sydney Thousand 1-mile handicap and the First Class Professional 5-mile scratch race, riding brilliantly to beat six interstate riders including R.W Lamb in the competition.
During a trip to New Zealand in 1936, Rogers competed at the Caledonian Sports event and was successful winning the 5-mile championship, mile handicap and placed second in the 1/2-mile and later in a trip to South Australia defeated many of the cycling greats both international and interstate in the Centenary Derby which had total prize money of £1250.
At this time Rogers had taken 40 wins in 42 5-mile scratch events and was hailed as the greatest all round professional track cyclist.
During his brilliant career, Rogers defeated many of the worldís most outstanding riders.
Having gained Australian titles in N.S.W, QLD and Victoria, Rogers was chosen (with Hubert Opperman) to represent Australia at the Coronation 6-Days at Waverley, England in 1937 and twice led Australian teams to victory over the InterContinentalís.
Rogers followed a dedicated training regime, he believed that “Early to bed and early to rise should be your Golden Rule always, and strong drink and smoking should not form the aspiring champions stock in trade” he followed this up with hard road work both on the machine and on foot, by such methods developed extra stamina that gave him the edge over other sprinters.
Rogers ate well and was very strict with his diet, he preferred Wholemeal bread to white bread, raw salads and steamed vegetables with not too many potatoes in the diet, an abundance of filtered water with tea and coffee as little as possible.
Rogers opened a shop around the early 60’s at 123 Auburn Road, Auburn (NSW), his framesets/bikes are bikes are regarded as well-made and many were customised to suit individualsí requests.
Models exist in both road and track with custom and nervex lug-sets.
One of the main frame builders for Len Rogers framesets was Jim Bundy.

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