Tributes pour in for Stander

2013-01-04 09:20

Cape Town - Tributes have poured in from around the world following the tragic death of South African star cyclist, Burry Stander.

Stander was killed after being hit by a taxi near Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast while out training for this year's Absa Cape Epic.

According to reports, Stander was hit outside his father's shop and died at the scene. He was 25.

Stander finished fifth in the men's cross country race at the 2012 London Olympics, and was a two-time winner of the Absa Cape Epic alongside his Swiss partner, Christoph Sauser.

Stander married compatriot and elite road cyclist Cherise Taylor in May last year.

Tributes poured in as news spread of his tragic death.

"This is the saddest news I've received since I began my involvement in South African cycling 10 years ago. Burry was our brightest star," said Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak.

A clearly distraught Sauser posted on Twitter: "Never felt so empty since my dad passed away when I was a kid. @africanmtbkid I will never forget you."

Fierce rival of Stander's on the SA mountain biking scene, Kevin Evans, wrote on Twitter: Take nothing for granted. Ever. Condolences to the Stander family.

I'm still struggling to deal with the news of Burry Stander's passing today. An absolute legend ..., wrote former Springbok skipper, John Smit, while fellow former Bok captain and entrant in this year's Cape Epic, Corne Krige, posted: Tragic news of Burri Standers passing. Shocking news to start 2013. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Aww guys this is awful!tragic news!MountainBike Champ Burry Stander got hit by Taxi while training!Speechless really,Gone too soon!, posted former Springbok wing - and Cape Epic competitor - Breyton Paulse, while Springbok lock legend Victor Matfield echoed what many South Africans felt in the aftermath of the news: Shocking news about Burry Stander's tragic death. Time to stand up for cyclists rights on the roads.

Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant added: Terrible news to hear of Burry Standers passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Retired Proteas wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher, posted: Kak day! Bad news about a special person in my life,then about a SA sports hero,Burry! Thoughts go out to the families concerned!So sorry!

Terribly tragic news of the death of Olympian cyclist & KZN SCoaster Burry Stander RIP, posted former Proteas spinner, Pat Symcox.

Leader of the DA, Helen Zille, also posted her condolences on Twitter, writing: Such a tragedy. The cycling legend Burry Stander died today after being hit by a vehicle. Tragedy.

Fellow SA road cyclists Daryl Impey and Robbie Hunter both expressed their shock when writing, respectively: Rest in Peace Burry Stander - a true legend on and off the bike. Thoughts and prayers for his Cherise and his family. He'll always be a hero and My thoughts go out to his Burry's wife and family! Huge loss for SA and world cycling!!!

Deeply saddened to hear of the death of SA cycling hero Burry Stander... RIP, posted former Cricket South Africa (CSA) brand and corporate relations manager and gsport … for Girls! founder, Kass Naidoo.

SA trail running star, Ryan Sandes, also took to Twitter to express his sadness, writing: Gutted to hear about Burry ! RIP buddy.. You will always be a South African hero ! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

SuperSport will screen a four-hour tribute to Stander, starting 19:00 on SS5 on Friday night, including highlights of his Cape Epic and Olympics performances.

Numerous rides have been organised all over the country in memory of Stander. Follow #rideforBurry on Twitter for details in your city.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Tragic news in the cycling community following the death of Burry Stander. Post your condolences here. Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • - 2013-01-04 09:26

    This brings a tear evertime I read it so sad!!!!

      rgsmith3 - 2013-01-04 20:45

      A great loss to SA Sport, and SA MTB, and inspiration to others after his fantastic race at the London Olympics. My friend and I kept texting each other as we watched Burry dice with other riders. My friend and I agreed that he Burry would indeed be a medal winner at the next Olympics. Now that has been destroyed by another reckless ignorant Taxi driver! My condolences to his wife and family.

  • ztoefy - 2013-01-04 09:36

    Cycling is a dangerous sport, this is happening way too often. One of the reasons why I haven't taken up the sport cause there is no safe place to train.

      pieter.geldenhuys.129 - 2013-01-04 09:57

      Cycling isn't a dangerous sport, reckless, ignorant drivers are dangerous.

      Christopher - 2013-01-04 10:16

      It is a dangerous sport. Sometimes I do not notice cyclists as they blend into the backround at times, and if you behind a bigger vehicle and he swerves for a cyclist in front of him, chances are your response is less than that of the vehicle in front of you as you did not even know there was a cyclist. Its not a safe sport to do in this country period. Its part and parcel of the sport. Unfortunately these kind of accidents will continue to happen.

      nadine.devilliers - 2013-01-04 10:17

      RIP!!! Best wishes to his family in this time of trial! @pieter.geldenhuys, you can't always just assume that, i have been in many cases where there are 4 cyclists abreast not giving a crap then to overtake the slow pokes i have to go over a solid white line into another lane, pathetic! Both parties are at fault not necessarily with Burry but this does happen! Please don't generalize saying drivers are to blame!

      Kabrahams01 - 2013-01-04 10:48

      I have been cycling for over 12 years now and I have witnessed a cyclist been taken out in front of me by a motorcyclist. I have seen so many near-misses as cars almost wiped-out cyclist and have almost been taken out myself on more that three occasions. I have taken up mountain biking now. We are all road users and it does not mean that you drive a motor car that you have the right of way. We all have to be courteous and diligent/aware of the rules of the road, motorist, cyclist, as well as pedestrians.

      scott.arendse - 2013-01-04 10:50

      I no longer cycle due to these type accidents and have switched over to road running (not a hell of a lot safer). I generally went on solo training rides and would like to think that I adhered to the rules of the road and stayed as close as possible to the side of the road. There is just a lot more traffic and people generally tend to be more in a rush. Add reckless taxi drivers to the mix, and the result is roads which are unsafe for cycling. R.I.P Mr. Stander

      george.vanderwatt - 2013-01-04 13:28

      For f's sake Nadine, the very reason cyclists ride 2, 3 and 4 abreast on the open road is to FORCE you to slow down and overtake when it is safe for everyone and at slow speed - it may cause you a minor inconvenience but at least everyone gets to live. If they ride in single file and you come flying past at 100kph - all its takes is a front tyre blowout on the bikes part or an accidental swerve on your part as you look at your cell phone and they are dead - dead like Burry! Cyclists generally travel at 30 to 50kph on the road - I don't hear you whining like this when you come across a heavy vehicle or even a donkey cart doing these speeds - then you are happy to slow down and wait for a safe opportunity to overtake! Runners often run facing oncoming traffic so that they can jump out the way if a car swerves - cyclists cannot do this. Most cyclists are drivers just like you. Why don't you think just a little bit. We probably won't know what happened to Burry, but he could have just as easily swerved for a dog or had a chainbreak or blowout that caused him to swerve. The bottom line is that until motorists respect all road users and SLOW down to overtake cyclists, runners and pedestrians at a safe speed and with a decent wide berth to allow for unforeseen occurrences - the carnage will continue. If a cow is standing in the yellow line do you bomb past at 120kph? - no you slow down because you do not want to die, now do the same for us please.

      nadine.devilliers - 2013-01-04 14:55

      @george.vanderwatt: I see you are one of "those cyclists", the rules of the road are for cyclists to ride in a single file (though i guess at retard school they did not teach you that). If they are users on the road then they must obey the rules, simple as that. I don't go flying by them at 100kph nor do i text and drive, i actually do complain about the trucks and the donkey carts, so please before you assume (because you don't know me or my driving habits) and start swearing at me, please go back to school, learn the rules of the road then start cycling again (that way everyone gets to live). Until cyclists like you actually wake up and follow the rules of the road, please shut up! I am very glad that you made the comparison to stupid cyclists like you to cows because that is your intelligence level. I was saying some cyclists do not follow the rules of the road, not ALL cyclists, i just wish cyclists like you could start reading things in context before getting on their high horse. Gosh!!!!

      nadine.devilliers - 2013-01-04 14:56

      @george and if they are trying to FORCE me to slow down, i will FORCE them off the road...

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-04 16:31

      Agreed Nadine, just came across a bunch of cyclists on Kromboom road riding 4 Abreast. To my mind that is quite dangerous at peak hour. I agree, u cannot blame one party until all the facts are known. RIP Burry Stander

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 21:50

      Nadine you Rock so take them back to school!

      morgaenart.farto - 2013-01-05 10:17

      Nadine.....+1000% agree with you. here in the Cape I encounter arrogant and idiotic cyclists, who don't follow the rules of the road. eg. riding stright through red robots, entering intersections prematurely, not using designated cycling lanes, rining several abreast, riding on freeways, riding against the flow of traffic. To you arrangant reckless a-holes, I have no sympathy if you become bugsplat on my bumper. To the rest, i commend your careful riding.

  • Christopher - 2013-01-04 09:50

    With over 1200 deaths on the roads for December. Its just not a safe sport to do anymore. r.i.p.

  • etienne.v.merwe.5 - 2013-01-04 09:54

    What happened to the FREAKIN taxi driver?????????

      acm.munro - 2013-01-04 10:19

      Google. I found a site where the KZN police questioned a 25 year old taxi driver and took his statement. A charge of culpable homicide being investigated.

  • bonham.butt - 2013-01-04 09:59

    Find the taxi driver and shoot him.

  • gabbi.leigh21 - 2013-01-04 10:13

    This is a tragedy for any person. This is happening more and more to many cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. When is the law going to start enforcing basic rules of the road? Start nailing down on the way people are driving? Start at the basics and move up. This is avoidable! There should be no excuse! RIP Burry Stander and my condolences to his family and to all who have lost loved ones due to negligent drivers

  • brandon.barrows.12 - 2013-01-04 10:16

    So extreamly sad, just not right! Will be sadly missed! Deepest sympathy goes out to all Standers loved ones.

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-04 10:28

    Taxis again

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-04 18:00

      And again and again and again Govt do F all about these scum bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kabrahams01 - 2013-01-04 10:29

    Such sad news, this is the reason why I do mountain biking and try to stay off the road. Cycling is not a dangerous sport, it is the other road users that make it dangerous. My condolences to the Stander family. God bless

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-04 10:37

    Take these reckless, dangerous and unroadworthy taxis off our roads. This driver must go straight to jail no bail. These taxi drivers are the biggest death traps on our roads and yet nothing has been done by the traffic departments or the minister of transport. Down with there taxis!

  • Jean Steyn - 2013-01-04 11:06

    So very sad. Heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.

  • nst.nyawo - 2013-01-04 11:08

    He should have trained in the cycling friendly city "white" Cape Town

      nadine.devilliers - 2013-01-04 11:33

      eish you are an idiot!! it's racists like you that prevent blacks from realising that they are exactly the same as everyone else.

      Kieran Harrop - 2013-01-04 11:42

      do you have a few screws loose?

      jenna.wyk - 2013-01-04 12:08

      What a dumb racist comment

      randall.j.coetzee - 2013-01-04 12:14

      Some phaks black and white can be as stupid and idiotic as this guy posting this comment. I expect the same thing when mandela dies from some whites. But for God's sake!, these are people you heartless phaks! Grow TF up!

      Sonnyjakes - 2013-01-04 12:18

      Mr Makwapa! Eish the dustbins heavy?

      mariana.barry - 2013-01-04 14:36

      Only sense in your comment is "cycling friendly" Cape Town. I was amazed at how much provision is made for cyclists compared to other provinces.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 19:11

      Is Nyawo koekoes*mad*

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 19:14

      Nyayo is a Dom Darkie really!!

  • johnny.smith.391420 - 2013-01-04 11:17

    WHEN are our GOV going to do something about these LAWLESS taxi's ??????????? how many lives must they destroy ???????? and family's ............. NO cause they travewl in their LUXURY car's !!!! RIP BURRY

  • patrick.monare - 2013-01-04 11:34

    Truly speaking some taxi drivers don't like people riding bicycle.some complain about the money they were supposed to get out of those'll be surprised when the driver says;" I'M SORRY,I DDN'T KNOW HE WAS A PROFESIONAL CYCLIST".My friend died the same way.the owner and father of the taxi driver bravely said"MY CHILD WILL NEVER GO TO JAIL BECAUSE OF CYCLISTS" SAD indeed.some people ride it to keep fit.that pandemic is every where,TAXI DRIVERS.I don't know if some one cares about this.

  • les.silverstone - 2013-01-04 11:45

    Above the law taxi again! Shocking dereliction of duty by the so called traffic department.These anarchists in cahoots with officials and police. Weapons of mass destruction of the innocent.Another of many sad days in our history!

  • brett.hoppe.16 - 2013-01-04 11:46

    Critical Mass Joburg ?@CriticalMassJhb #criticalmassjhb protest ride #RideForBurry #RideForSafety TONITE 6pm, cnr Jan Smuts & Bompas, Dunkeld #jozi get there! #cyclejozi

      nadine.devilliers - 2013-01-04 15:57

      This is a fantastic idea, let's just hope that all Taxi drivers stay FAR FAR FAR AWAY

  • roydenanderson - 2013-01-04 12:06

    This is just so sad and shocking. I have just finished a ride with my 8 yr old nephew on a route that Burry used to train on. We nearly rode into the back of a taxi who suddenly just stopped in the road with no signal, on a blind corner to pick up a passenger a mere 2 meters in front of us.This is exactly why our death rate is so high.They are a law unto themselves and have a zero tolerance for other road users. Luckily we were not going to fast otherwise we would have ridden straight into the back of the taxi. Sometimes they get so close to you that there side mirror brushes your arm and when you shout at them they switch on there emergency lights and all the passengers turn around a laugh at you and give you the finger.We cyclists now need action to be taken. I have a Go-Pro camera and people would be horrified to see some of the footage of how impatient and reckless they drive.They even race down side roads in residential areas to avoid road blocks as they don't have the necessary permits and drive unroadworthy vehicles.How many more cyclists, runners and pedestrians have to die through these reckless taxi drivers.

  • craig.hopkins.376 - 2013-01-04 12:53

    Yes it is devastating news & more caution needs to be taken when out on the road, but what is going to be done about negligent & reckless taxi drivers?

  • - 2013-01-04 14:14

    About 2 years ago a similar accident took place this time it was a young 16 year old girl on a scooter taken out on her way to school - Hoërskool Garsfontein in Pretoria killed on the scene. Luckily the driver was caught and convicted and is now serving life in jail. Hope they can find the roos who killed Burry too!

  • michelle.hamman.77 - 2013-01-04 15:46

    So, so sad and so, so unnecessary!! There are so many opinions out there about cyclists and motorists on the road - and so many uncalled for and inappropriate comments made here. People, wake up!! Another young life was taken on South African roads. Just another statistic to some, but Burry was someone's child, someone's husband, someone's friend - a loved one - and a beloved talented cycling star for this country! Stop fighting each other and blaming people who were not even involved. As I see it this situation was due only to 2 reasons: 1) All road users get to ignore the laws of the road all through the year... and then... just before the festive season government tries to create road safety awareness via Arrive Alive Campaings. A little too late don't you think?! Road safety should be a habbit - a culture that is lived every minute of every day! Not a once in a year thing! 2) Cycling is a huge and popular sport in this country. We should have cycling lanes and roads where cyclists can train safetly and away from motorists' way. Europe, America, Australia, Canada, etc. all have it. We have only a few very short stretches of such cycle lanes in very few of our cities. Come on SA - start taking road safety seriously. Start looking after your people! We can do it!

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  • peter.wilson.338863 - 2013-01-04 19:24

    I am totally and completely gutted, a young legend who had such an enormous future taken. Condolensces to the family.

  • scstrauss - 2013-01-04 19:35

    Mag die Here jou al die single tracks daar bo wys. Ons dink aan jou famielie... Stephan Strauss

  • scstrauss - 2013-01-04 19:38

    Burry.. Mag die Here jou al die single track daar bo wys. Ons dink aan jou familie... Stephan Strauss

  • alexander721 - 2013-01-04 19:51

    first, my deepest sympathies to Burry's family. such a tragic loss. I seem to see a great many people blamming cyclists and motorists, could we please leave the debate for a few days time and not know.

  • johan.louw - 2013-01-04 20:11

    Hey dude. I never got to meet you but you have been such motivation for so many. What a legend, taken away so early. Tomorrow's ride is for you. Condolences to Cherise and family.

  • mario.marrierdunienville - 2013-01-04 22:42

    Condolences to Charles, Charl and the rest of the family. I only remeber him as a little boy, but have always fallowed his progress. May he rest in peace

  • mario.marrierdunienville - 2013-01-04 22:45

    Condolences to Charles, Charl and the family. I rememeber him as a little boy but always followed his progress. May he rest in peace

  • nyathi.adolf - 2013-01-05 07:37


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