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Top SA cyclist killed

2011-01-19 15:27

Cape Town - The South African cycling community has been rocked by the tragic death of one of the country's foremost athletes, Carla Swart.

Swart was killed after being hit by a truck while training in the Free State on Wednesday morning. She was 23.

Swart represented South Africa at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where she finished as the highest-placed SA rider in eighth position in the women's road race.

"Carla was undoubtedly South Africa's leading prospect for a medal at the Olympics," Douglas Ryder, former manager of MTN Qhubekha, told cyclenation.co.za.

"She had achieved great results for us on the World Cup circuit and in the two years with us had improved from 32nd at the World Champs to 10th at the last World Champs. It was clear she was on her way to the top," said Ryder.

"She was an amazing, strong, mature and driven women who was a definite medal hope. She rode her bike to support her family, put herself through university and chased her dreams. The ramifications of today affect not only her family but cycling as a whole in South Africa," said Ryder.

Born in Graaff-Reinet, Swart rode for the HTC-Highroad women's team.

Renowned SA cyclist and SuperSport's Super Cycling host, Andrew Mclean, expressed his shock at the news on his social networking Twitter page, writing: A another Sad Day for SA Cycling: RIP Carla Swart. Condolences to her family and friends.


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Comments
  • steviet888 - 2011-01-19 17:15

    If a driver gets jailed for murder these kind of accidents will reduce drastically. RIP Carla

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:07

      Apparently she turned straight in front of the truck. I don't know on what planet that makes the truck driver a murderer, maybe the cyclist yes.

      Allin - 2011-01-19 22:24

      She was killed as a result of doing the wrong thing. Simple.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:56

      Not if she turned infront of him.

  • Mc Donald - 2011-01-19 17:17

    R.I.P. in the Big Wheel in the Sky.

  • AndrewG - 2011-01-19 17:17

    The problem in SA is that no road users have respect for anyone else on the road -both cyclists and cars. I've been a long time cyclist and the only time I've ridden abreast with another cyclist is early in the morning when there are no cars on the road, or in organised races. I've lost count though on the number of times I've almost been side-swiped by impatient cars, and this is riding in single file, usually within the yellow line. In the UK where I'm now living, the roads are half the width, with double the traffic density but you never hear of cyclists getting hit. Why you may ask; because if it is not safe to overtake the cyclist, the cars wait. Simple as that. The cyclists have the good sense (and manners) to ride single file, and the drivers have the respect to wait until it is safe to pass. To all the drivers, pausing for a few seconds behind a cyclist whilst waiting to overtake is not going to cost you anything, but think of the consequences of your impatience when you hit/kill someone. That's the end of your life as you know it, and possibly theirs too. Not too many companies hold on to people with criminal records, so no more job, no more income, bye bye car etc; that is probably insignificant though to the guilt that you will feel. Imagine you killed someone because you were to impatient to wait; I know I would find that pretty tough to deal with. RIP Carla; hopefully this tragedy will serve a purpose and give a wake up call to cyclists and cars alikes

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:07

      Do people in the UK jump to conclusions about causes of accidents? What was the truck driver to do? Kill other people not involved in the incident by jerk-knifing his truck?

  • Johann - 2011-01-19 17:31

    i am sorry about carla,petrol and human driven vehicles is not a good combination together, a guy in knysna was going to bliksem me because i over took him only giving him 5 meters space (his words) when i got out of my car, he saw i was bigger than him, he desided 5 meters is ok. a nother thing i have encounterd cyclists on the vereeniging/jhb highway, (R69 i think?) is that allowed? lets try for a little co existence!

  • Mc Donald - 2011-01-19 17:39

    I posted my comment, then took time to read though the other comments here. How utterly sad that some people chose to hijack this thread in the way they have - to pursue personal agendas or whatever by regressing to personal insults. Of course cyclists do break the rules, but so do motorists! To assume it is was a breaking of the rules (either way) that led to this accident is primitive reasoning at it's best. Point is, accidents happen for many, many reasons. All that is irrelevant now. Another road death. Show some respect and think her and her family. And of course, for Carla. It is the least you can do.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:10

      Apparently she turned straight in front of the truck. So yes, then she was breaking the rules and caused her own death. (BTW how deaf must you be not to hear a truck approaching when you are on a bicycle?)

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-19 19:24

      @masterjane007 - she probably had her ipod earphones plugged in, and therefore didn't hear the truck. I see lots of cyclists doing that, and as a result they are almost completely oblivious of their surroundings.

      ray.romans - 2011-01-20 08:47

      Masturbatejane069, you are a completely insensitive prick. The wheel turns.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:09

      The issue is that riders come off worse. So, you can assert your rights, but to what end?

  • Emile Fouche - 2011-01-19 17:46

    RIP Carla - Tragic Accident I am a competitive cyclist and try my best to obey by the rules of the road. Unfortunately with the state of the roads it is a lot of the time impossible to cycle in the yellow lanes as the conditions of the roads are that bad. Cyclists pay taxes too, so motorists and trucks aren't the only owners of the road. Sometimes cyclists do ride like chops, but will that 10 seconds waiting for cyclists to get into single file really kill you as motorist. I encounter the situation daily where I would cycle as far to the left as I could in a road with two lanes and cars stil try to feel if I have hair on my arms. "Go Cycle on Tracks!" - How many tracks do you see around?. Also it is a different discipline to road cycling? "Ban Cyclists on Roads" What are you going to do about commuters who has only cycling as their method of transport? "Stay on the sidewalks where bicycles are supposed to be" - Thats so stupid i dont even want to comment on that -CHOP!

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:14

      Emile, with all due respect, there is absolutely no way you can expect me to drop my speed to 20 km an hour and wait for you to realise that you are intentionally sitting on your bike in the middle of the road blocking traffic. You should not be riding in a row next to each other in the first place. And if you so desperately want to do that, then open your eyes and ears, look over your shoulder and be aware of whether you are in the way or not. It is only because you are in the wrong that anybody has to wait for you to get out of the way first. It is clear that you are one of those arsy cyclists who deserve to be run over because of the way you ride.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:13

      People living in shacks pay taxes too, but do they have a right to walk in the middle of the road? Fact is, despite paying taxes, morotists pay more, and their behaviour is moniotired and they may lose their licenses should they repeeatedly transgress the rules. This does not affect pedestrians and cyclists, and so I would suggest that if all tax payers would converge on the roads and motorists refused to licence their vehicles, we would have chaos even for cyclists

  • Doc5506 - 2011-01-19 17:47

    Guys/Girls,really man !! What is it with us south africans,no matter what the situation there is always mud slinging backwards and forward on the forum,one cursing the other. I also used to cycle for many years but gave up for obvious reasons. No wonder we are known as the most aggresive nation in the world. Ready to take a swipe at one another. Yes I know some will say I dont have to read everything but I do and its sickening .....a super sports person has lost their life. Its extremely tragic. Let her soul rest in peace and her family somehow deal with the loss. dennis

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:18

      I agree with you, it was uncalled for. Lets quickly see who opened that can of worms (that, once opened, cannot be closed again)......Ah: a certain Riaan Jooste who does not want to share his information with anybody. Thanks Riaan!

  • coolwaynie - 2011-01-19 18:02

    A 7 year old girl was killed on her way to her first day at school....also by a truck. There are no fat lazy plods on the roads controlling traffic, hence no need to fear the law, hence no need to drive carefully. Watch your backs people...it's chaos out there.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:20

      Now that is something truly tragic. Children, unlike adults, are not mature enough to keep to road rules or ride with maturety and as such the truck driver here should have been overly cautious. that said, one cannot just blame the truck either - we do not know what happened here - she could have swerved in front of him which would have made it impossible for him to avoid hitting her. But truly tragic. The poor parents.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:14

      What are the facts?

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-01-19 18:07

    Tragic story; RIP Carla. In this case, it apparently was not the truck driver's fault. She turned in front of the truck. Witnessed by Barry Austin, her coach. A terrible accident. RIP

  • popeye - 2011-01-19 18:26

    Cyclist can scream and shout all they want. 80% of cyclist accidents could be prevented if the cyclist ride accordingly to the road traffic rules. Yes, Cyclist cannot cycle a a "N" road, but they are allowew on the "R" roads. Its most of the time young cyclist that gets hit. The older ones is not that much arrogant, but some is in that league. I'm cycling now for more that 20 years to and from work (about 30km one way trip. I had one incident about 7 years ago when a Goldfield Logistics lorrie took me out from behind, luckely it was on a bit of a uphill and it was not in high speed, only broke my foot and toes with about 90 stiches trying to put it all back together. If you as a cyclist ride with respect, you will be surprise how many motorist will respect you as well. BUT.. It seems that when a cyclist balls or fanny touches a gobi saddle, the blood flow to the head is cut off. Oh. I notice that she turn into the truck. What did you learn as bisics to a drivers licence? to look right, than left and right again? Was she riding with music in hear ears, for sure, I will hear a truck behind me, normally those things smells like diesel and sound like thunder. The call to all cyclist is, is that all the rules on the road is applicable to you as well. Did I say I'm a cyclist as well. RIP Carla and condolences to her friends and family

  • popeye - 2011-01-19 18:30

    Cyclist can scream and shout all they want. 80% of cyclist accidents could be prevented if the cyclist ride accordingly to the road traffic rules. Yes, Cyclist cannot cycle a a "N" road, but they are allowew on the "R" roads. Its most of the time young cyclist that gets hit. The older ones is not that much arrogant, but some is in that league. I'm cycling now for more that 20 years to and from work (about 30km one way trip. I had one incident about 7 years ago when a Goldfield Logistics lorrie took me out from behind, luckely it was on a bit of a uphill and it was not in high speed, only broke my foot and toes with about 90 stiches trying to put it all back together. If you as a cyclist ride with respect, you will be surprise how many motorist will respect you as well. BUT.. It seems that when a cyclist balls or fanny touches a gobi saddle, the blood flow to the head is cut off. Oh. I notice that she swerve into the truck. What did you learn as bisics to a drivers licence? to look right, than left and right again? Was she riding with music in hear ears, for sure, I will hear a truck behind me, normally those things smells like diesel and sound like thunder. The call to all cyclist is, is that all the rules on the road is applicable to you as well. Did I mention, I'm a cyclist as well. RIP Carla and condolences to her friends and family

  • EjT_1 - 2011-01-19 18:30

    @Thor I agree that many cyclists have no regard for the rules of the road. I cycle, and can honestly say that I do bend the rules from time to time. However, I have seen some incredibly STUPID driving on my training route. People sitting in the yellow lane going round blind bends and rises. Just this Sunday I came within half a meter of having a motorhome clip me as it moved into the yellow lane. Its not just cars and trucks. I was almost hit by a motorbike a few months ago.

  • popeye - 2011-01-19 18:32

    Cyclist can scream and shout all they want. 80% of cyclist accidents could be prevented if the cyclist ride accordingly to the road traffic rules. Yes, Cyclist cannot cycle a a "N" road, but they are allowew on the "R" roads. Its most of the time young cyclist that gets hit. The older ones is not that much arrogant, but some is in that league. I'm cycling now for more that 20 years to and from work (about 30km one way trip. I had one incident about 7 years ago when a Goldfield Logistics lorrie took me out from behind, luckely it was on a bit of a uphill and it was not in high speed, only broke my foot and toes with about 90 stiches trying to put it all back together. If you as a cyclist ride with respect, you will be surprise how many motorist will respect you as well. BUT.. It seems that when a cyclist balls or fanny touches a gobi saddle, the blood flow to the head is cut off. Oh. I notice that she turn into the truck. What did you learn as bisics to a drivers licence? to look right, than left and right again? Was she riding with music in hear ears, for sure, I will hear a truck behind me, normally those things smells like diesel and sound like thunder. The call to all cyclist is, is that all the rules on the road is applicable to you as well. Did I say I'm a cyclist as well. RIP Carla and condolences to her friends and family

  • popeye - 2011-01-19 18:36

    Cyclist can scream and shout all they want. 80% of cyclist accidents could be prevented if the cyclist ride accordingly to the road traffic rules. Yes, Cyclist cannot cycle a a "N" road, but they are allowew on the "R" roads. Its most of the time young cyclist that gets hit. The older ones is not that much arrogant, but some is in that league. I'm cycling now for more that 20 years to and from work (about 30km one way trip. I had one incident about 7 years ago when a Goldfield Logistics lorrie took me out from behind, luckely it was on a bit of a uphill and it was not in high speed, only broke my foot and toes with about 90 stiches trying to put it all back together. If you as a cyclist ride with respect, you will be surprise how many motorist will respect you as well. BUT.. It seems that when a cyclist balls or fanny touches a gobi saddle, the blood flow to the head is cut off. Oh. I notice that she turn into the truck. What did you learn as bisics to a drivers licence? to look right, than left and right again? Was she riding with music in hear ears, for sure, I will hear a truck behind me, normally those things smells like diesel and sound like thunder. The call to all cyclist is, is that all the rules on the road is applicable to you as well. Did I say I'm a cyclist as well. RIP Carla and condolences to her friends and family

      ray.romans - 2011-01-20 08:50

      Yes you did say you're a cyclist. FOUR TIMES!

      coolwaynie - 2011-01-20 12:25

      Sadly in civilised countries they have actual cycling lanes. In the Netherlands you are immediately found guilty if you hit a cyclist.

  • Schmalcolm - 2011-01-19 18:39

    The same old Motorist Vs Cyclist debate. Get over it and Realise the road's there to share I have two friends who have died while cycling, both due the motorist negligence. Cyclists rarely die due to their own negligence. Drive safely, (try) and ride safely. And remember, your motor vehicle CAN KILL

      barry.mcbride - 2011-01-19 18:59

      Try reading the latest article!

      Gavin - 2011-01-19 23:51

      Condolences to the family and friends. We have a similar problem in New Zealand with this debate, However I disagree with you. Two weeks ago my wife and her dog were crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing and a cyclist failed to stop and hit the dog. It is the law in NZ that roadusers (including cyclists) stop at pedestrian crossings if there is somebody waiting to cross, The cyclist admitted that he saw them waiting to cross but he chose not to stop. He lives locally and uses the road on a daily basis so no excuses there.

  • Erasmum - 2011-01-19 19:09

    This is sad. We also cycle and yesterday we did the scenic route from Blaauwbergstrand to Houtbay. From Blaauwberg cycle lane to town, then there is one in the waterfront, to Seapoint there is no cycle lane so we need to use the road with other vehicles up to Houtbay, I do agree that a cycle lane must be provided, but did you considered the cost involved. Appreciate live it could be over in a wink.

  • gazz.hanson - 2011-01-19 19:21

    Condolences to the family and loved ones. A sad day.

  • Karen - 2011-01-19 20:09

    As someone who was hit by a car on a quiet road near nature's Valley, because I was right on the edge and the motorist tried to squeeze past, I can only remind motorists that many of us are law-abiding yet stand no chance against cars or trucks - be careful please when passing a cyclist!

  • Nice Guy - 2011-01-19 21:00

    Looks quite pretty. Wonder if she had a boyfriend?

      Karoobloed - 2011-01-19 21:46

      I have a suspicion that you do not have a large group of loved ones. But think of how you would feel in the day or 2 after the person you love most dies in an accident, and read the type of comment that you made. Do you get off on the "Nice Guy" making "horrible comments" thing? Try masturbation to keep your writing hand occupied.

      haynes.sp - 2011-01-19 21:48

      Hey Nice Guy do us all a favour and ride off the nearest cliff, would you?

      ray.romans - 2011-01-20 08:52

      Why, are you looking for a boyfriend?

  • Karoobloed - 2011-01-19 21:01

    My condolences to Carla's family and friends. Regarding culpability in cyclist vs motor vehicle, sometimes it is the motor vehicle, sometimes it is the cyclist, sometimes it is both, and most of the time probably God only knows. Why does everyone always have to carry an agenda.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:19

      If god knew and did not prevent it, what use is he?

  • haynes.sp - 2011-01-19 21:38

    Was she wearing headphones? Distracted by music, couldn't hear the traffic? Too many cyclists (and runners) wear headphones of some kind and are thus completely unaware of what's going on around them. If you run or cycle (I do both), keep your eyes and ears open.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-20 10:37

      Exactly. If you do wish to wear headphones and listen to blaring music whilst you run or cycle, go ahead: it sounds like fun. But then you have to be even more diligent than normal with being aware of everything around you. Look over your shoulder every now and then the same way a motorist is supposed to look in his rearview mirror and be completely aware at all times of exactly what is around you. This notion of: "oh cyclists are allowed on the road" is rubbish. Yes, they are allowed onthe road, but only if they ride with care. Which is why you should not ride on, for instance, really busy main roads. that is just looking for trouble and giving everyone around you on mother of a big f-you sign. It often seems that, once they squeeze themselves into those disgusting looking too tight ballerina pants, they cut off the blood supply to their brains and all of a sudden their evil twin alter-egos come out. I can count on my one hand the amount of cyclists I have ever seen actually stop at a red light and wait for it to go green like the rest of us. Yet they are quick to tell us how roads are for use by them too. You cannot be selective about which road rules you want applying to you.

  • Christie - 2011-01-19 21:57

    Carla Swart one of South Africa’s top female cyclists was tragically killed this morning when a truck slammed into her while she was training on the road to Marquard in the Freestate. Barry Austin, Cycling South Africa’s team manager, who s...aw the accident happen said Swart made the mistake of turning around right in front of the oncoming truck moments after she had lost her cycling computer. “I could see how the driver slammed on his breaks. He even swerved to the right so as to avoid smashing into Swart, but it was to no avail. The truck hit Swart full on, flinging her into the air,” Austin said. “I immediately rushed to where Swart was lying. She was still breathing but there was a lot of blood. She died before I could get her to the hospital.” According to Austin, Swart was doing time trialing exercises when the accident happened. “I was following behind in my car. As we got to a slight incline on the road I saw Swart pressing one of the buttons on her cycling computer. I think she was trying to get an interval reading. The next moment her computer was flying through the air and landed somewhere in the veld. “I immediately stopped to retrieve it. As I got out of my car a truck passed me from behind. I did not really take notice of it. “Meanwhile Swart had stopped and looked across her left shoulder. When she realized that I had already stopped to pick up the computer, she got back on her bike and started cycling. I think because she only looked across her left shoulder there was a blind spot and she could not see the truck approaching. That led to her turn around right in front of the truck as she began to cycle again.” 2010 was a great cycling year for Swart. Not only did she finish 10th in the women’s race at the World Road Championship in Australia. She was also 8th at the Commonwealth Games in India and finished 10th in World Cup race. She was going to HTC High Road, the top women’s team, this year. Deon Swart, her dad, wrote the following on her facebook wall. “Carla'dad here. We all know Carla has claimed here place in Heaven. She was in an cycling accident today in South Africa while training. Thanks to everyone that was so involved in her life and career. RIP Carla. What more can I say at this stage. Swart was 23 and represented South Africa at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where she finished as the highest-placed SA rider in eighth position in the women's road race.Carla recently enjoyed a stellar season in cycling while racing in the colours of the then MTN Energade team."Carla was undoubtedly South Africa's leading prospect for a medal at the Olympics," said former manager, Douglas Ryder of MTN Qhubekha. "She had achieved great results for us on the World Cup circuit and in the two years with us had improved from 32nd at the World Champs to 10th at the last World Champs. It was clear she was on her way to the top," continued Ryder. "She was an amazing, strong, mature and driven women who was a definite medal hope. She rode her bike to support her family, put herself through university and chase her dreams. The ramifications of today affect not only her family but cycling as a whole in South Africa," lamented Ryder.Born in Graaff-Reinet, Swart was set to ride for the HTC-Highroad women's team in 2011.

  • Thinus - 2011-01-20 05:38

    Sad, sad sad. I am a road runner and I know we are taking risks when we are out training. No one to blame. Atleast she was a passionate elite sports person, for that I respect her. May she rest in peace. Good bye Carla!!!!!!!!!

  • Lightdancer. - 2011-01-20 07:25

    Rest in peace Carla... my sincere condolences to Carla's family and friends... May your dead not be in vain and may all of us drivers and cyclists learn to respect each others space and right to be on our roads... This is so very tragic...

  • Perfume - 2011-01-20 07:46

    Quote "CSA team manager Barry Austin, who witnessed the accident, said Swart lost her cycling computer and, in an effort to retrieve it, turned around directly in front of an oncoming vehicle. She died on the way to hospital." unquote

  • thatcomputerguy3 - 2011-01-20 08:24

    Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die. Rest In Peace....

  • thatcomputerguy3 - 2011-01-20 08:28

    Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die. Rest In Peace....

  • rhamiid - 2011-01-20 09:44

    It is unfortunate to hear such news.....RIP Carla Swart. Our roads arent safe and every care should be taken for cyclist to be safe. SA needs better understanding regarding cyclists and road users, we need better provisions and knowledge transfer between cyclists and motorists perhaps then we will all benefit and avoid such unnecessary loss of death!.....

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:20

      Most cyclists are motorists too. Imagine the driver is you in a bad mood, when cycling

  • gilly - 2011-01-20 10:02

    It astounds me that stragedies like this happen. The authorities need to step in and make a decision on cycle users on public roads or many more cyclists proffesional and amateur will lose their lives uneccesarilly very sad indeed.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:21

      Why can't the cyclists make such a decision for themselves? Surely, it is in their best interest

  • markwmilligan - 2011-01-20 10:35

    This is so sad. RIP

  • Winston - 2011-01-20 10:41

    why dont cyclists train on a track

      Erasmum - 2011-01-20 18:14

      Do you cycle, I don’t think so. The best way to practice for the Cape Argus or any other race is to do it on the road; you try to ride 110 KM on a track

  • thatcomputerguy3 - 2011-01-20 10:51

    My heart goes out to the family who lost their daughter ...but...and please understand that I am generalising when I say this....I think cyclists should take part of the responsibility for their own safety on the road. One of the most important things we are taught as cyclists is to ALWAYS ride facing oncoming traffic and if you doing the opposite, then ensure you have a side mirror attached to your bike so you can see traffic coming from behind you. The other traffic rule for cyclists is that you should be riding one behind the other and not side-by-side. in my driving experience I have seen and found that these rules are often broken and when you confront the cyclist(s, you are verbally abused, called arrogant and rude when all you were saying is that their actions are irresponsible and poses a danger for themselves and others. Instead, you're asked " Are you a traffic officer? Who gives you the right to tell me what to do? F OFF!!" This type of behaviour is not acceptable and I dont condone it. What I've also noticed recently is that cyclists now ride with their iPods on! Music blarring in their ears, straddling the road and not hearing anyone approaching from behind or hooting at them!!! I'm not saying this is what happened here but I think cyclists should become more responsible. Traffic rules and safety gear are there for a reason ....my 2c worth

      lizo.sibusiso - 2011-01-20 15:04

      I am a cyclist and can't help and agree with your sentiments! They are some of us who are belligerent and disdainfully causing misery for well meaning drivers. Keep your spirit..

  • Michelle - 2011-01-20 11:23

    How dare some of you leave inconsiderate, insensitive and unnecessary cruel comments on here?! The fact of the matter is that a very talented, beautiful, young woman has lost her life! Who cares about whose fault it was or about the damn road conditions. If you are so concerned about it, why don't you start your own forums somewhere else? Didn't it cross your minds that her grieving parents and family can read this? It's hard enough for them to deal with their loss, which her parents will probably have to deal with everyday for the rest of their lives, now they have all these nasty comments to deal with as well!! R.I.P Carla - Proud to call you a South African. My thoughts and prayers are with Carla's family in this extremely difficult time.

      thatcomputerguy3 - 2011-01-20 13:37

      michelle....get off your soap box, take two valiums, build yourself bridge and GET OVER IT!!! Like it or not, like you, EVERYONE is entitled to their opinions and comments.

      MBez31 - 2011-01-20 14:17

      Yes thatcomputerguy3, I do understand that this is an open discussion board and people have opinios... but unlike YOU and a few others, the REST of us on here respect others people's feelings and don't use others people's tradegy for our own gain... there is always a TIME and PLACE for everything and this isn't it! Go cultivate yourself another brain cell!!

      lizo.sibusiso - 2011-01-20 15:07

      Michelle, don't despair. I agree with the spirit of your message.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:23

      This forum was designed to let people express their views, whether you like it or not. One has the option not to participate, but are we now going to stop commenting on Winnie Mandela in case her family is reading this forum?

      MBez31 - 2011-01-21 12:21

      Trying to get a message across to some people are like spraying perfume on a pig... absolutely pointless!

  • MBez31 - 2011-01-20 12:13

    How dare some of you leave inconsiderate, insensitive and unnecessary cruel comments on here?! The fact of the matter is that a very talented, beautiful,young woman has lost her life! Who cares about whose fault it was or about the damn road conditions. If you are so concerned about it, why don't you start your own forums somewhere else? Didn't it cross your minds that her grieving parents and family can read this? It's hard enough for them to deal with their loss, which her parents will probably have to deal with everyday for the rest of their lives, now they have all these nasty comments to deal with as well!! R.I.P Carla... proud to call YOU a South African! My thoughts and prayers are with Carla's family in this extremely difficult time.

      Flee - 2011-01-20 12:41

      Mbez31... sorry I do feel for Carla's family and the whole cycling Fraternity... A shocking and horrible experience and Tragedy but really....Two Words... OPEN FORUM, We are at liberty to say what we feel and verbalize our opinions and experiences... Sorry.. But Thats like trying to shut down twitter.. Aint gonna happen!!

  • Mrgreeky - 2011-01-20 12:23

    I have friends that cycle every day on the highway, both retired both were senior ex policemen, recently they paid a visit to the offices of Chrome Carriers a heavy haulage company that have trucks passing them on a daily basis. The purpose of the visit was to thank the company and its drivers on their professional behavior on the road, the truck drivers hoot to warn the riders they are coming up behind them then overtake with ample space for the riders then flash their hazards in recognition when they have passed. All their drivers do this. Then they have stories of taxi drivers knocking them with their mirrors in passing even though they are inside the yellow line on the shoulder. I just wanted to add my appreciation to the company, I don't care how inconsiderate some cyclists are I will always give them space, I will not have a death that could have been avoided on my conscious.

      lizo.sibusiso - 2011-01-20 15:01

      Well said and well done!

  • Madeleine - 2011-01-20 14:19

    This is a sad occurrence, but I also get annoyed at cyclists who do not take into consideration that the roads are actually there for vehicles. They should give way and not just continue as if the road belongs to them. Afterall, cyclists do not pay any licence fees.

      lizo.sibusiso - 2011-01-20 15:00

      You are so wrong because most cyclists own cars too a fact that you are ignoring! They pay road tax too!!! Where else should cyclist go? All you have to do is adjust your prejudiced mindset against cyclist and be considerate and careful. It doesn't cost you a dime but carelessness can cost someone a life!!! Don't be selfish! What happened to benevolence?

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:24

      @lizo.sibusiso By your logic, people can and should walk on the road because they pay taxes? So, next time 3 people walk on the middle of the road without care of your presence, think benovelence, right?

  • Rafael - 2011-01-20 14:22

    RIP darling,u passed-out on a selfless duty. And thats well worthwhile.

  • Darwinian - 2011-01-20 14:26

    My sincere condolences to her family and friends. But my mind is so divided on this issue.... Fact: Cyclists/motorcyclists have the same regard for traffic rules as Taxis, unfortunately... I personally think cycling is one of the most dangerous sports in SA. We have the worst motorists in the world(over 1500 killed in Dec'10 only). You don't see a Scuba Club on Seal Island....

      matlock - 2011-01-20 16:37

      http://www.scubashack.co.za/dive-sites-western-seaboard/duiker-seal-island.html

  • lizo.sibusiso - 2011-01-20 14:55

    First of all I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and the cycling community. It is a shame that some people have decided to use this as a rubber stamp to air their prejudices against cyclists. It is not only unforfotunate, uncalled for but utterly insensitive to the name of Carla...a marvelous talent. RIP.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 09:29

      Odd that we can criticise Winnie Mandela without facts, and when it is clear the rider made a terrible error, we cannot comment. Double standards, I say!!! Tragic. We have bad drivers on our roads. The other day, a friend was involved in an accident. He hit a canopy on the highway. The canopy had fallen off a bakkie and the bakkie driver never bothered to stop

  • semaj - 2011-01-20 15:25

    Read everything carefully. Her father stated that she was accustomed to riding in the USA where the rule of the road is keep right. Now she comes back here for a while, looks left over her shoulder and sees nothing coming, so swerves right into a truck. A terrible error, anybody who has ever driven abroad where traffic drives on the other side of the road has probably made the same mistake from time to time. Here the rule is...look right, then left and right again. A terrible tragedy and one the truck driver will never forget.

  • marius.vermeulen - 2011-01-20 15:32

    To all those people who badmouth others about there comments....get a bloody life !This page is initially to pay respect to Carla and not as an attack to people.RIP Carla and and my sincere condolences to her grieving family in this time of pain.

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-20 17:19

      Marius maybe you should get on a bike to shed some of that weight, big boy.

      Karoobloed - 2011-01-20 20:58

      Some of the responders here seems to like making fun of tragedies. Others are insensitive enough to overlook tragedy to push a blinkered agenda. I think it fine to rap them over the knuckles.

  • James - 2011-01-20 16:29

    I have never liked the idea of cyclists on the road, they are a danger at the best of times. They are always taking up a portion of the road, and rarely drive on the otherside of the yellow line. They expect drivers to slow and wait for oncoming traffic to pass, just so that they can continue around. This is a tragedy..but cyclists need to think CAR!!

  • golflovinggran - 2011-01-20 16:35

    What a tragic end to one of SA's great sportswoman. Condolences to her family, fellow cyclists and friends. Rest in peace Carla.

  • cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-20 17:20

    Cyclists should train on tracks or stationary bikes. This will prevent unnecessary loss of life.

      kbonitaross - 2011-01-24 02:38

      And people should only walk on treadmills.

  • amonaco - 2011-01-21 20:44

    My condolences. I hope someday we'll get rid of all cars and trucks. Rest in peace.