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Ertjies Bezuidenhout dies

2012-02-29 11:39

Cape Town - South African cycling legend Ertjies Bezuidenhout, who suffered a massive stroke over the weekend, has died in a Pretoria hospital. He was 56.

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Jacques van Vuuren, the former Rapport Cycle Tour winner's cousin, confirmed the tragic news on Facebook on Wednesday.

Bezuidenhout suffered the stroke on Sunday, a few hours after finishing a 103km race in Brakpan on the East Rand.

It was his first race in 22 years. He started preparing for the race six months ago.

Bezuidenhout won the Rapport Cycle Tour in 1984 and also bagged three Argus titles - in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

He was a very strong climber and won the King of the Mountain title several times during the Rapport tours.

He rode in the same era as legends such as Alan van Heerden and Robbie McIntosh. Van Heerden died in a car crash a few years ago.

Due to South Africa's sporting isolation in the 1980's, Bezuidenhout at times participated in Europe under a false name and passport to test himself against the world’s best.

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Comments
  • Lionel - 2012-02-29 11:45

    Condolences to the family!!!!!!!!

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-02-29 14:38

      Shocked to hear! A legend taken from us. RIP. All the best to his family, loved ones and friends... Sad day indeed...

  • Janice - 2012-02-29 11:47

    Condolences on behalf of the Steward family, Cliffie, Atholl and parents.

  • Doc - 2012-02-29 11:49

    I never knew much about cycling but growing up we all knew the name Erjies Bezuidenhout, traveling under false passports to compete internationally? What a legend. R.I.P.

  • richard.barnard2 - 2012-02-29 12:06

    Vaarwel ou groote!!!!!!

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-02-29 12:07

    RIP Ertjies - damkie vir die stories en die memories!

  • Dominique - 2012-02-29 12:17

    R.I.P and condolences to the family.

  • Andre - 2012-02-29 12:19

    Raced with him ,laughed with him, RESPECTED him.........RIP brother ! Andre Bekker

  • Lynne - 2012-02-29 12:19

    How sad, prayers and blessings to his family. RIP Ertjies, you were such an inspiration to many.

  • snymaas - 2012-02-29 12:23

    My gebede vir die Bezuidenhout familie. Krag en vrede vir julle!

  • snymaas - 2012-02-29 12:24

    My gebede is by die Bezuidenhout familie! Vrede vir julle.

  • Fredster - 2012-02-29 12:30

    End of a legend..RIP

  • fboto - 2012-02-29 12:38

    R.I.P. you legend.

  • Nicholas Gates - 2012-02-29 12:41

    Cycling machine! RIP

  • susan.bezuidenhout - 2012-02-29 12:43

    R.I.P. Condolences to the family. SA has lost a legend today.

  • Champ - 2012-02-29 12:44

    My gebed is dat die gesin en familie vrede, vertroosting en berusting sal vind.

  • amarillomanzana - 2012-02-29 12:52

    A sad day for the family. Best wishes and condolences. He will be remembered fondly.

  • vlarismam - 2012-02-29 12:59

    RIP Ertjies. Condolences to family and friends.

  • Delme - 2012-02-29 13:22

    He was a legend!

  • Gary - 2012-02-29 13:39

    Ertjies was so much more than just a great cyclist, he was a really great person. He had a passion for developing people through his training. His career was devoted to the developmet of many. I will miss you Ertjies, my very dear friend. Adri and the boys I share your pain and I wish you all the strength, and may God comfort you and hold you in the palm of his hand. All my love Gary Lees

  • Terry - 2012-02-29 13:39

    I met him as a young lady and what a gentleman he was.rest in peace and condolonces to all the family and especially his wife.

  • Peter - 2012-02-29 13:52

    A sad day for SA Cycling and sport in SA. Condolences to all the family.

  • Bokfan - 2012-02-29 14:03

    He deserves to be remembered well . Condolences to his family.

  • Clive - 2012-02-29 14:35

    RIP my good man and condolences t his family and loved ones.

  • Paula - 2012-02-29 14:42

    R.I.P. Ertjies Bezuidenhout, ons bid vir sterkte aan die familie en vriende wat vir jou lief was !!

  • Paula - 2012-02-29 14:44

    P.I.P Erjies Bezuidenhout. Ons bid vir jou familie vir krag en vertroosting !

  • Dakey - 2012-02-29 14:56

    Ertjies was my sis's favourite cyclist. Remember making a point of going down to watch these guys wiz by 30 years agoin Cape Town! Sad to hear, our time is short in this world but it would have been nice to have Ertjies a bit longer.

  • Peter - 2012-02-29 17:37

    What sad news. Worked with Ertjies at Merc and he was a consummate gentleman. Condolences to his family and friends who must be in a great deal of pain right now.

  • Frans - 2012-02-29 18:23

    Innige simpatie aan die familie.Hy sal onthou word as een van SA se beste fietsryers. Rus in vrede ons vriend.

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-29 18:26

    What a gentleman. May you have eternal tail winds and clear roads...Ride free Ertjies.

  • Craig - 2012-02-29 20:08

    All the proof I needed that exercise is dangerous, anyone for a dop??????

      Pat - 2012-03-05 19:45

      Not exactly the right time or place for this comment.

  • Andre - 2012-02-29 23:29

    "Sy regte naam was glo Pere, maar na 'n fietsry ongeluk in sy jeug het hy Ertjies geword." Dit was glo een van sy gunsteling grappe, aldus Bere van Sasolburg, wat vir Ertjies een Saterdag aand met 'n papwiel moes help naby die ou RAU.

  • Smell - 2012-03-01 06:55

    This is vey sad. Ertjies Bezuidenhoud and Alan van Heerden were the best road cyclists in RSA in their time. I guess we are all growing older, and it sucks. RIP Ertjies. RIP Alan.

  • Zion - 2012-03-01 07:13

    I fondly remember the days way back in the '80's when you were at the top of your career. You were our hero and very many other Namibians too. Rest in peace friend, we will sorely miss you.

  • Wessel - 2012-03-01 07:37

    Very tragic RIP Ertjies and condolences to your loved ones! I did not know the legend but in 1982/83 I did advanced PTI course at old "Voortrekker Hoogte Military Base". Part of the training consisted of a 'cycling' tour' that ran over about 5 days. Ockie Brits former Springbok prop was officer commanding the PT School and told us the story of how Ertjies used to get up at an un godly hour in the PotchUniversity res place his bike on the 'rollers' and crank it up for about 2 hours while his room mate/s tried to sleep. Ockie Brits arranged bicycle sponsorship to PT School through Ertjies. He had a profound effect on my respect and love of cycling.

  • mpumelelo.matross - 2012-03-01 08:39

    May his family find solace in that he touched their lives and contributed to South African sporting history....RIP Ertjies....May your path to "Godhead" be smooth.

  • Marinda - 2012-03-01 08:47

    When I was in Matric during 1985, I also had ambition to do cycling. During the cycling season my friend and I went out on the Parys/Potch road to practice. I decided that I was not born to be a cycling champ, because of Ertjies. During our practice session Ertjies came on from behind and return from Parys (about 80Km from Potch if my memory serves me right) while me and friend was still on our way to paris with about 50Km to go.....He was a super cyclist and my hero when I was a youngster. R.I.P.

  • Marcel - 2012-03-01 09:29

    Ertjies Bezuidenhout was to local cycling what Sarel van der Merwe is to motorsport. We referred to him as Ertjies, as if we knew him personally (as with Sarel). And it felt as if we did know him personally. When we recognized him in public, he never minded a bit of small talk. He was heroic cyclist, tough and committed. A man of caliber. Thank you for the inspiration. We will miss you Ertjies, you will always be our hero. Condolences to your family.

  • Marinda - 2012-03-01 09:37

    Toe ek in matriek was gedurende 1985, het ek ambisie gehad om 'n fietsryer te word. Ek het vir my 'n resiesfiets aangskaf en saam met 'n vriend die bulte tussen Potchefstroom en Parys aangedurf. Sommer die eerste dag het ek besluit dat fietsry nie vir my beskore is nie. Alles Ertjies se skuld. So oppad Parys toe het Ertjies van agter af verby ons gekom en voordat ek nog gedink het om 30Km te vorder het hy alweer teruggekom van Parys af. So teen 'n gemiddelde spoed van 60-70km/uur. R.i.p. jy is 'n legende

  • Renier - 2012-03-01 10:26

    Rus in vrede Ertjie! Wat 'n legende!!

  • Deb - 2012-03-04 05:16

    RIP Ertjies.....very sad news.....hubby Robin Jones used to race with you.

  • avril.renders - 2012-03-05 09:42

    Deepest Sympathy to Ertjies family and all his Cycling friends. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless.

  • avril.renders - 2012-03-05 09:44

    Deepest Sympathy to his family and all his cycling friends. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless

  • Pat - 2012-03-05 19:51

    Condolences to the family obo my father Derrick Moult

  • Pamela - 2012-03-06 02:29

    Ertjies it was good to have you in our family for a few years.....my condolences to Adri and the boys!!. Pamela Janse van Rensburg-Cullen

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