World Champion MTBer and Cyclocrosser, Thomas Frischknecht in the SwissPower gear
There is a unique prize for the winner of the Palipane Trophy. A brand new Swiss Power World Champion team cycling jersey and bib shorts made by swiss cycling apparel manufacturer Cuore worth over FJ$300 ... actually you cannot buy this gear as it is only issued to the SwissPower team. This uniform has Cycling World Champion stripes and is only those that have been world champion are allowed to wear these in competition. This is a one off donated by John Philp who is a friend of World Champion MTB racer Thomas Frischknecht .
John told me his friend " who is a keen mountain biker" (a huge understatement) gave him the SwissPower jersey and bibshorts... This is a MAJOR prize and I think I'll be taking part.... just in case everyone else has punctures or runs out of puff... fine chance... but you never know. I also have to lose about 80kg to fit in them.