Safety message lives on in trophy

17:00, Sep 19 2013

Three decades ago Allan Dunn established a memorial trophy to give young cyclists an opportunity to do something his son never could.

Dunn's 8-year-old son Curtis died after being hit by a car in Invercargill when he went for a ride on the final day of the 1983 Tour of Southland.

"He was never able to win a big cycling trophy so I wanted to make sure that other kids were given that chance," Dunn said.

The event also allows Dunn, a popular member of the local cycling community and organiser of the Tour de Lakes race, to talk with young riders about cycling safety.

The Curtis Dunn memorial race for juniors has now been in existence for 30 years.

Last year it was won by Emma Cumming, the daughter of Sid Cumming, one of Allan Dunn's cycling mates for many years.

The junior race is now run over two divisions in conjunction with Cycling Southland's memorial weekend, where trophies donated by families over the years are contested across various grades.

The senior race is 106km, starting and finishing at McQuarrie St in Invercargill.


The Southland Times