It is with great sadness and utter shock that Cycling South Africa confirms the tragic death today of our champion mountain bike rider, Burry Stander. Burry was out on a training ride when he was hit by a motor vehicle in Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Details of the accident are still being investigated.
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.
Leading mountain biking duo Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander will be back in the saddle this time at the 2012 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati.
Starting at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) this coming Friday (09 November 2012) riders will need to complete a sum total of 209km in the saddle before finally crossing the finish line near Onrus Caravan Park on Sunday (11 November 2012).
What a weekend. I decided to wait a couple days before writing this post to allow the vague memories to slowly filter back. I will try piece them together to hopefully give you an idea of went down. To put things into perspective, whilst driving from King Shaka airport to Winterton I received a shopping list from mates who had already arrived. There was no food, soft drinks or bike parts, only Cane and Brandy. Good start.
In boxing they talk about a ‘one-two’ combination during fights which refers to a boxer landing good punches in quick succession.
The ‘one-two’ combination was definitely applicable to Saturday’s Nissan TrailSeeker Down and Dirty event, held in Centurion.
Burry Stander (specialised) landed the first ‘clean blow’, winning the men’s 70 km marathon in two hours, 22 minutes and nine seconds.
Sixteen minutes later Cherise Stander (Momentum Toyota) won the women’s marathon in 2:38:50, completing the ‘one-two’.
Mountainbike master Burry Stander let a possible podium place slip to finish fifth in the seven-lap 34.08km in the men’s mountain bike event at Hadleigh Farm at the London Olympics on Sunday, and there was a clean sweep for Africa in the men’s marathon.
Starting slowly, Stander climbed through to 11th position after being in 19th place halfway into the first lap.
The final World Cup XCO race was in Val d’Isère this past weekend. Nino Schurter set a hard pace from the start and nobody was able to follow.
After the first lap Absalon, Kulhavy and Stander were already beaten, only Marco Aurelio Fontana and Florian Vogel were close behind.
Superb cross-country racing and an amazing display of upcoming talent resulted in one of the best SA National MTB Championship events in a long while with defending champions Burry Stander and Yolande Speedy retaining their elite national cross-country titles.
A technical 5.4km XCO course with 120m of ascent had been prepared by Mankele MTB Park on the outskirts of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, and coupled with excellent weather conditions on Saturday 21st July made for some exciting racing.