Former mountain race world champion Burry Stander killed the car accident
Burry Stander was killed in a car accident in South Africa on Thursday, January 3. The mountain buggy was hit by a taxi during the ride.
“The South African Cycling Association has confirmed the news of the tragic death of mountain bike champion Burry Stander.” The bicycle alliance issued a statement on Thursday night. “Burry was hit by a motor vehicle while training at Shelly Beach on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The details of the accident are still under investigation.”
As a top driver in the World Cup Tour, Stander joined the Lightning team in recent years and has achieved great results. He won the 2009 U23 World Mountain Cross Country Championship.
Recently, in 2012, he ranked fifth in the London Olympics and won the Wyndham World Cup. At the end of the season he won the South African championship of the Singlespeed World Championship. He also tied up with professional driver Cherise Stander in 2012, and Cherise has just turned from a road race to a mountain bike race.
“Burry, the most successful mountain biker in the country, is a real sports model, but his career has suddenly been interrupted,” the South African Bicycle Association declared. "This is not only a big loss for the South African movement, but also the loss of a truly professional, honest and humble gentleman. It is the pride of the country to constantly show his courage."
In 2011, Stander set a new history and he became the first South African champion ever in the Cape Epic Mountain Multi-Day. Since his first Cape Epic mountain race in 2008, he has competed six times, winning 20 races with teammate Christoph Sauser and winning a group award twice.
Burry and teammate Christoph Sauser fight for their title
David Hyam of Lightning Athletics said, "It is a painful thing to say goodbye to our friend bicycle legend Burry. This afternoon (3rd) was deprived of young life during training in his hometown of KwaZulu-Natal. Not only did we lose a friend, a colleague, a teammate, but we also lost a real sportsman. He will be in the hearts of people because of his humility, courage and gentlemanly manner in life."
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