James Moore Cyclist Sculpture

The sculpture of a cyclist that has been installed on the Mount Road/Orttewell roundabout is a tribute to James Moore, a cycling great.

James was born in Long Brackland Bury St Edmunds on January 14th 1849, one of eight children. The family moved to Paris when he was four years old. Moore won the first ever road race, the Paris-Rouen in 1869 aged 20.

A bugle started this 135km (83 miles) race and he won the race riding his velocipede covering the distance in 10hrs 25 mins beating his nearest rival and friend Castera by 15 minutes. James Moore went on to win many more races and after his famous cycling career became a vet and racehorse breeder, owner and trainer. He returned to England shortly after WW1 and died in 1935 aged 86 in London.

The Sculpture has been designed and fabricated by Nigel Kaines from Designs on Metal. The planting scheme on the roundabout has been designed by Rebecca Davies St Edmundsbury’s Horticultural and Grounds Maintenance Officer.

The sculpture was unveiled by John Moore, James Moore’s grandson on March 20th, 2019.

The installation of the sculpture has been supported by grants from:


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