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.
On behalf of the Executive and Management Committee of Cycling South Africa, its affiliates, cyclists and the whole cycling and sporting fraternity I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to his dear wife Cherise, and his loving parents Charles and Mandie, and their families on the tragic loss of their beloved Burry.
Burry, who was the most successful mountain bike cyclist the country has ever seen, and whose promising career has been abruptly cut short, was a true icon and sporting role model. Not only is this a loss to South African sport, but we have lost a true gentleman who through his professionalism, modesty and humility, constantly showing sheer guts, represented our country with great pride.
We have been blessed to have had such an amazing and inspirational person represent South Africa and we will treasure every memory.
We salute a true champion! Rest in peace Burry Stander.
Photo Credits: Gary Perkin