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THE NEW ZEALAND CYCLIST CORPS MEMORIAL TROPHY 

 

The New Zealand Cyclist Corps Memorial Trophy honours the World War 1 service of a group of soldiers who contributed to the war effort on a bicycle. 

 
Presented to the winner of the U23 Men's Road Race at the Elite Road National Championships for the first time in 2018 - the centenary year of World War 1 -  the NZCC Memorial Trophy honours both cycling and war history of a hundred years past. 
 
Built from a cobblestone taken from the Kemmelberg, a famed hill climb in the Gent Wevelgem Race, and a site where the NZCC contributed to war efforts on the Western Front, and mounted on a piece of timber taken from a World War 1 trench, the trophy has a strong connection to the battlefields of World War 1.
 
 

INAUGURAL PRESENTATION OF THE NZCC MEMORIAL TROPHY

The NZCC Memorial Trophy will be presented to the winner of the Men's U23 Road Race at the Elite Road National Championships held annually in January.  

 

THE NZCC TROPHY JOURNEY 

 

  

Above left: Mayor of Heuvelland, Marc Lewyllie, lifts the cobble from the Kemmelberg.
Above right: Mayor of Heuvelland, Marc Lewyllie and NZ Ambassador to France and Belgium, Greg Andrews hold the cobblestone.  To the left of Greg Andrews is Liz Southey, daughter of decorated NZCC soldier, Charles Carrington Southey.  The wider party is delegates of the New Zealand Defence Force, Gent Wevelgem race organisers, Cycling New Zealand representatives and other regional officials.

Above: New Zealand Defence Force delegates conduct a Whakanoa before the cobble is removed from the Kemmelberg and repurposed.

 

    

A local Belgian craftsman engraves a Silver Fern into the cobble. 

 

THE TROPHY IS OFFICIALLY DEDICATED TO NEW ZEALAND 

Belgian officials formally dedicated the NZCC Memorial Trophy to New Zealand at the 2018 Gent Wevelgem Cycle Race event launch, 9 November 2018 in Belgium.  NZ pro riders Jack Bauer and Sam Bewley received the trophy on behalf of New Zealand.   
 

   

Above left: Jack Bauer receives the NZCC Memorial Trophy from Heuvelland Mayor Marc Lewyllie 
Above right: Ngati Ranana (London based) blessed the trophy to support its re-patriation journey back to New Zealand. The New Zealand contingent, includes (L-R) Dirk Van Hove, Cycling New Zealand; Greg Andrews, NZ Ambassador to France and Belgium; NZ pro cyclists, Sam Bewley and Jack Bauer. 

Above: Greg Andrews, Jack Bauer and Sam Bewley with the trophy. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS  

The trophy project was realised through an international collaboration between Cycling New Zealand, the NZ Embassy in Paris and Belgian Cycle Race organisers of the Gent Wevelgem and Flanders Fields Spring Classic series, and support from the New Zealand Defence Force. 
 
Cycling New Zealand is particularly grateful to Roger Dungan, NZ Embassy in Paris, and Griet Langedock, Gent Wevelgem, for their significant efforts in making this project happen.