SA MOUNTAIN BIKING LOSES ITS BRIGHTEST STAR
Reigning Absa Cape Epic champion Burry Stander died tragically at the age of 25 today (3 January 2013). Stander was killed in a collision with a taxi whilst training outside Port Shepstone on the KZN South Coast, South Africa.
Says Kevin Vermaak, Absa Cape Epic founder: “This is the saddest news I’ve received since I began my involvement in South African cycling 10 years ago. Burry was our brightest star. I’m upset that the world has been deprived of a true legend in the making. Now we’ll never know just how great he was destined to be. My thoughts are with his wife Cherise and his family, who have always been his biggest supporters.”
In 2011 Stander made history by becoming the first ever South African winner of the event. Since his Absa Cape Epic debut in 2008, Stander has entered the event 6 times, won 20 stages with team mate Christoph Sauser and walked away with overall honours twice.