Graham Sycamore has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cycling.
Sycamore has been involved in cycling for over 50 years as a competitor, secretary, race manager and UCI International Commissaire.
From his beginnings as a keen racer at Kew Bowl, cycling has taken Sycamore around the world.
He spent 26 years as a International Commissaire with his first Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul, Korea and he wrapped up his international career at the London Olympics in 2012.
"I started at the top and finished at the top, and did a lot in between," Sycamore said.
He is a Life Member of both Cycling NZ, where he is a board member, and Cycling Southland, where he has served both as executive member and president.
In 2001, Sycamore was elected to the Invercargill City Council and he remains a councillor.
While he was grateful for the recognition of his services, he admitted he was slightly embarrassed.
There were others out there in the cycling community working just as as hard who didn't get the recognition.
"You do the job because you love doing it," he said.
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