SA cyclist Burry Stander dies

2013-01-03 19:14

Johannesburg - South African mountain bike ace Burry Stander died in a crash on Thursday, Cycling SA (CSA) has confirmed.

"He was returning from a training ride in Shelly Beach, on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) south coast, and was hit by a vehicle (taxi)," said CSA spokesperson Mylene Loumeau.

Stander, 25, was fifth in the men's cross country race at the 2012 London Olympics.

Four years earlier, at the Beijing Games, he had proved his ability when he finished 15th in the cross country event at the age of 20.

The following season he rose to prominence on the global stage when he won the under-23 title in the Mountainbike World Cup series.

In 2011, Stander became the first South African to win the Cape Epic stage race in the Western Cape, with Swiss partner Christoph Sauser, and the pair defended their title in 2012.

He was married to elite road cyclist Cherise Taylor in May last year, just three months before he narrowly missed out on a medal at the London Olympics.

An emotional Loumeau said Stander, who was raised in KZN, would be missed by the SA cycling community.

"I had seen him come through the ranks since 2006," she said.

"He was a fantastic role model, and at the same time he was humble at it."

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  • alexander721 - 2013-01-03 19:18

    My heart felt sympathies go out to his family and friends. such a loss never has explanations that mean anything or make it any easier. This country has lost a great in the sporting arena locally and internationally. Once again heartfelt sympathies to his family

      fabio.josi.50 - 2013-01-03 21:06

      As of commenting here, why would 8 people put a 'thumbs down' to this entry!? WTF

      adrian.bruwer - 2013-01-03 21:18

      Suid Afrikaners moet leer by die Switsers oor die hiƫargie op paaie. Daar is voetgangers die #1 padgebruikers, gevolg deur fietsryers, gevolg deur motorfietsryers ens. In SA is baie se houding hoe groter die voertuig hoe meer regte het jy op die pad. Hopelik word hierdie taxi bestuurder aangekla van moord. Skande! Groot verlies vir Burry se vrou, sy familie en Fietsry SA!

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-01-04 01:43

      @ adrian.bruwer Hier waar ek bly op Vancouver Eiland, sou jy 'n voetganger of fiets raak ry, is dit automaties jou skuld. Padgebruik is aangenaam en veilig, Suid Afrika kan baie hier leer.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-04 06:57

      Taxi's are the scourge of South Africa. When are the authorities going to enforce the existing laws on these drivers?

      wendy.vermeulen1 - 2013-01-04 08:12

      Taxis were were intended to be small owner/driver businesses but lack of regulation and policing has resulted in this chaotic criminal dominated mess.

      bokbal.bliksem - 2013-01-04 15:11

      I have said it on numerous occassions, but wil say is again. What kind of sick f*&k gives a thumbs down when people are giving support to a family who just lost a loved one??? Seriously, shows the nature of some of the people in this country. I will be the bigger person and say I hope all your families are safe and sound at home. And should a tradgedy like this ever strike your family, may you have the support that the Stander family has to get you through it. But let me get off my high horse now. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your ball hairs and may your arms be too short to scratch them you miserable idiots!!!

  • gray.braatvedt - 2013-01-03 19:19

    What a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers with his family and loved ones!

  • brandon.stephenson.946 - 2013-01-03 19:19

    WOW ! This is terrible . Very very sad and a huge loss to cycling and South Africa ! RIP

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-04 15:48

      I am so sick to death of these FFS mInbus taxis, how much more can we take of these scums of the earth who pay Zero taxes. This is murder and should be treated as such. SA has many world class rugby and cricket sports people, but very few athletes and specifically cyclists only to be brutally murdered by a scum piece of trash of a taxi driver. This FFS Govt and Police have turned a blind eye to these bastards for far too long!!!!!!

  • leon.oosthuizen.50 - 2013-01-03 19:21

    This is such a senseless loss of life, terrible news. It is time the authorities started visible policing, I certainly have not seen them on the highways of KZN. So much for Zero Tolerance!!!!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-05 08:15

      It's zero tolerance for normal motorists and 100% tolerance for minibus taxis, don't you know here in Durban most Metro Police bosses own fleets of taxi's, and probably the same throughout SA - didn't anyone wonder why the cops keep turning a blind eye to the taxi's, they are a law unto themselves, and adding insult to injury pay ZERO income tax, with SARS (who we think is so great) turning a blind eye as well.

  • vaatjie.vanderwatt - 2013-01-03 19:21

    Die bliksemse taxis op die suidkus jaag nes hulle wil, met geen respek vir die padreels nie, dis werklik hartseer, iets moet gedoen word, iets moes lankal gedoen gewees het.

      goempie.eend - 2013-01-03 19:29

      Maar nou is dit heeltemal te laat

      minionel - 2013-01-03 21:47

      die doners maak nes hulle wil in die land van ons en daar is geen reg stelsel wat eens bestaan vir bliksems soos hulle wat roekeloos op ons paaie bestuur nie.. my vraag is wat gaan nou met daai taxi bestuurder gebuer wat een van SA se beste sportsmanne se lewe van hom geneem het?

      Jack - 2013-01-03 22:28

      We all know what to do.

  • andre.krige - 2013-01-03 19:23

    Sad and devastating news.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-01-03 19:25

    This is sickening news. He was the undoubted best cyclist we ever had. Taxi drivers - stupid uneducated idiots

  • niel.bruwer.5 - 2013-01-03 19:27

    So sad.

  • pagel.trivia - 2013-01-03 19:27

    Remember watching the Olympic MTB race - Stander was awesome! RIP.

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2013-01-03 21:11

      Great memory that Olympic race.

      pagel.trivia - 2013-01-03 21:22

      HJS: Yes - 19th after the start and came through the field to lead at some stage with a very nice 5th place. If he started better he likely would have had a medal - coming through the field probably took to much energy. Very sad to see such a young talent cut short. And winning the epic twice speaks for itself.

  • ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 19:27

    I saw the body lying on the road.terrible site.South Coast is not the best time and place to be cycling.

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 19:44

      Ok,if you knw better,cycle as much as u like in an area where taxis dont give a damn about people on 2 wheels,its ur funeral not mine!

      mike.wade.5070276 - 2013-01-03 20:22

      Where exactly in Shelley beach?

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-03 20:35

      South Coast of KZN. All I can add is cyclists must be careful and considerate to other road users, we live in crazy times, don't think you deserve any rights on the road. Burry was a mountain biker but I guess the road helps a lot for fitness training, and how can roads be avoided, they may form part of the way to your off road training route. Especially now - silly season, people are even worse on the roads than usual. Moral of the story, be careful, be considerate. I always cling to the left, never ride side by side.

      deon.z.verwey - 2013-01-04 12:05

      is there ever a good time and place to cycle with idiot drivers on the road?

      bokbal.bliksem - 2013-01-04 15:29

      so essentially you imply its his fault then. Nice to show some respect and level of humanity for your fellow citizens. The guy passed away, its a tradgedy no matter what. but according to you, that doesnt matter, he was apparently stupid for riding on that road. hate life much??

  • goempie.eend - 2013-01-03 19:28

    So sad!

  • lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-03 19:29

    Condolences. Huge loss for SA! This road deaths thing is starting to become relevant to us all?

      anele.kunene.52 - 2013-01-04 09:09

      its always been relevant Lee, my Uncle was killed by a drunk teenager in December 2003 who had taken her Moms car for a joyride. The family didnt even have the decency to say sorry or even acknowledge their childs wrongoing. Its always worse in the festive period.

  • nicole.cummings.562 - 2013-01-03 19:31

    OMW I'm at a loss for words! What a terrible terrible tragedy! A great loss to cycling and south african sport! RIP Burry Stander.

  • nuus.reeder - 2013-01-03 19:32

    This disgusting taxi industry should be brought to be held accountable for the constant murders they commit on our roads. This is just another of many tragedies caused by a specific industry.

      mark.webb.50 - 2013-01-03 21:08

      Sorry I don't see taxi mentioned anywhere in the article, maybe I missed another story

      naeem.essop - 2013-01-04 01:31

      mark you need to learn how to read.

  • gaeleen - 2013-01-03 19:34

    tragic heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends

  • missybird - 2013-01-03 19:34

    This is just such awful news. My heart aches for his Wife and Family. A true Hero taken way to soon! RIP Burry.

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  • sharonRtroll - 2013-01-03 19:36

    Hoeveel onskuldige mense en ambassadeurs van ons land moet nog vermoor word voor die jaagduiwels kortgevat gaan word??? My gedagtes is met die Stander-familie.

      ptolemy.leonardo - 2013-01-04 10:38

      Sharon, dit is nie net bewegende voertuie wat 'n bedreiging is nie. Ek weet nie of jy 'n fietsryer is nie, maar indien wel, is my raad; kyk goed of daar insittendes is in stilstaande voertuie. 'n Motordeur wat skielik oopgemaak word kan jou ver deur die lug laat trek, veral as jy vinnig ry. Was self vir 'n taamlike tydjie mankoliek na so 'n ondervinding. Mens het oorlewens-taktieke nodig as jy op ons paaie wil fietsry en ek het tot op hede 30 jaar se fietsry in 'n stedelike omgewing oorleef. Eerder bang Jan as dooie Jan.

  • david.banner.104418 - 2013-01-03 19:37

    Taxi's are above the law aren't they. Condolences to family and friends. A sad loss indeed.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-04 08:18

      Nowhere in the article does it state that the taxi driver was at fault, everyone is just assuming.

      theo.steenekamp - 2013-01-04 13:07

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-05 08:18

      Mike, you either don't live in SA or you are blind, which is it?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-03 19:37

    Got no words, but sympathy.

  • kim.stedler - 2013-01-03 19:37

    Sad!! What a champion.. Lost to dirt

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-03 19:37

    Out of the bush,into a taxi! That is why this happens!

      freekcon - 2013-01-03 20:49

      And this you know for sure??

      thebe.tau - 2013-01-03 20:53

      Your papa climbed from a tree onto your mama bed and 9 months later you were born.

  • hussain.dewan.7 - 2013-01-03 19:38

    Extremely sad news. Taxi drivers are a menace on our roads. Their total disregard for other road users is pathetic and the continuous road deaths are killing our brightest and most talented.

  • jenny.nel.92 - 2013-01-03 19:41

    Sincerest condolences to the family of this young man - a sporting great with immense potential, and a great loss for our country. It was always a pleasure to watch him compete - a gentleman of the sport, and a role model to many youngsters. We cannot afford to loose people like Burry Stander, and the cruel senselessness of his death makes it all the more painful.

  • dylan1972 - 2013-01-03 19:43

    This is additional horrific news, when a cyclist cannot even ride in mere safety on roads around the country... What a loss and what a waste of a world talent! I'm horrified and saddened to the core!

  • christoff.smit.7 - 2013-01-03 19:43

    Ek is geskok, ek nie weet wat om te se nie. Ek en Burry het saam Junior men Mtb en Downhill teen mekaar gery, hy was n awesome ou. Dit is regtig n groot loss en so onnodig. Een van die beste cyclists ooit gewees in my oe.

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-03 19:44

    and nothing will happen 2 the taxi driver

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-05 08:20

      Nope, Taxi Industry are untouchables in SA...

  • markwmilligan - 2013-01-03 19:44

    This is really sad news. What a legend. RIP Burry

  • Sellabergh - 2013-01-03 19:45

    So sad, big shock! And my 10 and 7 year old son's who admired him! Our thoughts are with his family and friends and thousands of admirers.

  • lex.holmes2 - 2013-01-03 19:45

    Unbelievably sad news, there are no words to describe my feelings. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. MTBiking has lost a legend, someone with guts and determination, a guy with "true grit". RIP.

  • izaknel.78 - 2013-01-03 19:47

    Burry's family ,you are in our hearts and prayers.What an incredible tragedy !!! When are the taxi's going to be held accountable for their reckless driving? The loss of Burry Stander is a loss to the whole South Africa and not just his immediate family.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-03 19:51

    So young yet so full of potential. Just when we looked up to him to put South Africa back in the map of World Cycling then such tragedy happens. May his soul rest in peace.

  • ilze.vanderlinde - 2013-01-03 19:53

    RIP Burry Stander #heartbreaking news

  • sandra.blignault - 2013-01-03 19:54

    Wie maak alle sportsmense dood in SA? Van n swart kampioen bokser, rugby speler, fietsryer? N taxi bestuurder! Hier is die riddle: watse kleur is die taxi bestuurder?

  • evan.wannerton - 2013-01-03 19:57

    Devastating news, such a talent, RIP

  • ArmandMTB - 2013-01-03 19:58

    With tears in my eyes I want to say that not as an cyclist,but as a youngster,I've always looked up to BURRY,he loss is not just shocking and sad,but also verry unnecessary to cyclists!! Want to send my blessing to not only Cerise,but to the whole family and friends! He will be missed and still be looked up to.xx

  • ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 19:59

    My condolences to the berieved.I saw the accident and it was a sad site.But from the response i got for warning ppl of the dangers of cyclying on the south coast main roads,at this time of year, i havnt got time to waste with ignorance,cheers

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-01-03 20:02

      Wow, you are enlightened (ignorant). Go and drive your taxi

      craig.hicks.7737 - 2013-01-03 20:07

      Goodness , aren't you just the self important twat .

      mike.wade.5070276 - 2013-01-03 20:12

      Hey box. do u spell your name with a small or capital d?

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 20:14

      @tiaan not al non whites drive taxis,i fly helicopters if u must know.

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-01-03 20:47

      ft.burhaak nou vat een van daai choppers en vlieg bietjie in jou moer in toe!

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 20:50

      As usual,any positive and beneficial info contributed by non 'whites' on these forums to benefit others is always rediculed,condemned,distorted,and undermined by the racist and insecure few.If u read my earlier post ul understand.

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-03 20:51

      One of the commentars here say he/she was on the scene and no taxi was involved. The vehicle and the driver were there also.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-03 20:54

      I don't think you put your point accross very well, buhaak.

      simon.zumba.williams - 2013-01-03 20:58

      Wow... There are no words to describe you. You Joined Facebook on 27th August 2012, you have no information on your profile and no pictures. Fake much???? No one cares what you have to say. I am not a cycling fan (I do cycle though), but he did do really well in his career which he had up to date. It is really sad that he had to leave this way and I send my condolences to his wife, family and friends. Not all taxi drivers are bad, but majority of them should never ever be put behind the wheel of a car let alone a taxi full of people. Too many innocent lives have been lost due to them. There is nothing wrong with cycling on roads at any time of the year. Both motorists and cyclists need to be vigilant while they drive. Here in Cambridge (UK) as well as all around the UK people cycle on busy roads day in and day out, including myself. The main difference is there is better control over the roads here and more laws which in return make people more vigilant on the road. Here in most cases, cyclists have more rights than the driver if they are in a collision, which is a deterrent in some ways. But you still get idiots driving under the influence or trying to be boy racers! You fly helicopters? Well how many hours have you put in, what rating have you got?

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 21:10

      @prop,moenie n verkeer maak nie,ek is nie n taxi bestuurder nie,en passop dat ek die chopper in jou moer nie vlieg nie!Ek moes dink dat dit jou baai kwaart raak dat n non witman n chopper kan vlieg.Ek het baai soos jou by lughawe ontmoet,en dit was nie n plesier nie!Maar ons gee so goed as wat ons kry en soms beter!

      simon.zumba.williams - 2013-01-03 21:32

      Lol ft.burhaak... No disrespect to different cultures or ethnic groups. I have seen many do a lot of stuff that some people can't or haven't done... So it's not whether you're black, colored, indian, asian or white (hell you could be orange, green or blue... not your religion either. It is up to the person to do whatever they want to do in life. Honestly racism is so stupid. You can do anything you want to do if you put your mind, heart and a lot of dedication into it. People can't say that because you're a different race you are all stupid... There are really stupid white, indian, black, coloured and asian people... So it makes no difference and really shouldn't be racist about it because if people are they are just being naive and thinking because they are whatever race they are, their race has no faults and doesn't do stupid things or that a certain race of people can't do something. These kinds of things that happened to Burry happen all over the world and its not just by one race of people. It is really sad to see this happen to anyone and their families.

      bianca.r.watson.5 - 2013-01-03 21:38

      Wow! Who cares what colour u r or what u fly??? Its a tragedy no matter what. Its not all about racism, get over it.

      craig.hicks.7737 - 2013-01-03 21:51

      Your comments show you have a chip on your shoulder . Get over the racism chirps and you might actually move into a world where you are not ridiculed and perceived as a twat . Reverse racism much ?

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-01-03 22:07

      ft.burhaak I see that your afrikaans isn't that good "vlieg in jou moer" is a saying they've got in afrikaans meaning shut up and go. I don't know where you get the racism from probably the chip on your shoulder, that wasn't why I had said you should go. Your post come across as insensitive and unnecessary, we all know off the dangers off the road, this kid isn't a small time cyclist so he would probably known more about the dangers off cycling than you would.

  • adele.anderson.739 - 2013-01-03 19:59

    What a huge loss. Thinking of his family. May there be consequences for his senseless death

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-03 20:01

    Could your reporters be more specific as to the cause of this tragic event?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-04 08:21

      Indeed, everyone seems to assume that the taxi driver was at fault and that cyclists NEVER break the law.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-05 08:22

      Mike, are you brain-dead too?

  • adele.anderson.739 - 2013-01-03 20:01

    How very sad for the whole South Africa and his family. May there be consequences for his senseless death. Sympathies to all his loved ones

  • bruce.wilson.313 - 2013-01-03 20:03

    Special on Burry on Super Sport tonite at 8 30. R.I.P.

  • evan.wannerton - 2013-01-03 20:04

    Devastated, legend in the making. RIP

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  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-01-03 20:08

    Terrible news,shocking in fact,SA's roads are just too dangerous to be riding a bike on them, I'm not judging or casting blame at anyone in this instance -a daily general observation is that there is a lot of disrespect to other road users,not just vehicles but cyclists too,running red lights and stop streets when the traffic doesn't look 'too bad',there needs to be more respect shown by all

  • anelda.bernardo - 2013-01-03 20:11

    my prayers are with the family

  • rowland.williams.92 - 2013-01-03 20:11

    Shocking, shocking news. A tragic loss because of some uncivilised scum. Makes we want to string them up from trees and start burning crosses

  • coen.smit.5 - 2013-01-03 20:13

    Everyone is posting that a taxi was involved. Did not pick that up from the article, you all have info I don't have?

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-01-03 20:44

      They must have removed it but they did say taxi in the earlier report.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-03 21:08

      Thank you prot ... I was wondering, needed confirmation. Very bad sensationalist reporting.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-03 20:14

    It's not only the taxis. Motorists in general in SA do not have any consideration for cyclists on the road. It's dangerous business riding a bicycle on any road in SA.

  • johan.storm.9619 - 2013-01-03 20:15

    These criminals are literally all over the tar roads.... I have switched to nice quiet and beautiful dirt single track years ago. I think it is still far safer regardless of the occasional bush muggings. No-one will change the Taxi behaviour, thus lets stay of the tar as far as possible. You are not safe in an wide road with emergency lane either, choose you cycle safe roads very carefully. Long live Mountain biking.

  • samantha.byrne.3363 - 2013-01-03 20:21

    Sad news.....what a loss....RIP