On Sunday, for only the second time, the Alain Huchon Trophy, honouring the late Rotarian and Cape Town Cycle Tour trustee, will be awarded to the first non-professional, international cyclist to cross the finish line.
Last year Joachim Pettersen from Norway completed the route in a time of 02:50:51 to become the first recipient of this prestigious award.
The trophy was designed by craftsman John Klynsmith. It features a miniature penny-farthing cycle made of solid silver with over 50 handmade pieces. It is mounted on a piece of ironwood, which is unique to Africa. The plinth of African Mahogany driftwood was originally part of an 80 year old harbour bollard.
A plaque on the trophy reads: “Alain Huchon, Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Paul Harris Fellow; dedicated much of his life to community service through his voluntary work as a Trustee of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont and President of the World Council of Young Mens’ Service Clubs”
Huchon’s partner, Past President Suzanne Himely, who presented the trophy to the Cycle Tour Trust, said: “I believe this unique trophy will attract more international cyclists to compete in the Cycle Tour. It will give recognition to Alain’s contribution to the event and keep his name alive.