Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
4 Jan 2014
10:00 am

SA cyclists ride for Olympian Burry

Wesley Botton

Thousands of cyclists took to the road yesterday in memory of former Olympian Burry Stander.

FILE PICTURE: Burry Stander during Stage 5 of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race starting at Overberg Primary and High School and finishing at Oak Valley Wine Estate on March 30, 2012 in Western Cape, South Africa.Photo by Gallo Images

These group rides, which took place around the country, were held on the first anniversary of Stander’s death. He was hit by a minibus taxi while training near his hometown, Port Shepstone.

Stander, who was 25 at the time of his death, was one of the world’s top mountain bikers.

He won the under-23 World Cup cross-country title in 2009 and finished second in the elite men’s division in 2012.

Stander also took fifth place in the men’s cross country race at the London Olympics and was the first South African to win the gruelling Absa Cape Epic stage race.

Yesterday’s rides formed part of an ongoing “Ride for Burry” campaign.