Pro Mountain Biker Burry Stander Killed While Training in South Africa

Burry Stander, pro mountain biker, was hit by a taxi and killed while training in his hometown of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He was 25 years old.

He competed in the 2008 Olympics and most recently won back-to-back Absa Cape Epic races with fellow Specialized teammate Christoph Sauser. We just received this note from their Director of Sports Marketing:

Dear All,

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our friend and cycling legend Burry, who was tragically snatched away in the prime of his life while training in his home town province of Kwazulu-Natal this afternoon.

We have lost not only a friend, colleague and team-mate, but a true sportsman. He will long be remembered for his humility, his prowess and the gentle manner in which he conducted his life!

Our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Cherise, his parents, family and all who were privileged to know this gentle giant.

Life is short, life is sweet but his legend will live on forever… Sincere condolences to all.

David Hyam and the Specialized S-Racing Team

May he ride in peace.


Jay.T. - 01/03/13 - 6:10pm


fuzzbuzz - 01/03/13 - 6:44pm

How sad – 25 years old. Burry accomplished so much and had such a great future ahead of him. Such a shame.

A Texan - 01/03/13 - 7:00pm

I believed he had multiple world championships in him sad to see such a bright star snatched away so soon rest in peace Mr. Stander.

Joshua Murdock - 01/03/13 - 10:59pm

And a 5th place finish in 2012 olympics!

A sad day for cycling, indeed.

Joey B - 01/03/13 - 11:17pm

Godspeed Burry!

Sjones - 01/03/13 - 11:44pm

A great loss to us all. The greatest South African Mountain Biker of all time and only 25, he was only just getting started.

Kyle - 01/04/13 - 12:44am

a huge influence on my xc racing career. how unfortunate :(

ajbosch - 01/04/13 - 6:35am

Sad indeed. It is becoming a major risk riding on our roads in RSA. Not as bad as LA though.

Just a note, Kwazulu-Natal is a Province (what you would call a state in the USA) note a town. He had the accident in Shelly Beach, his home town, which is a small town on the RSA South Coast.

LP - 01/04/13 - 7:53am

25 years old and so much talent. The whole circus is going to miss you.

Ride in peace Burry!

John McGee - 01/04/13 - 1:27pm

Peace to you Burry, and to your family and friends. I’d give anything if I could just lean over, pick up your bike, dust it off, hand it to you and say, “Here you go man, get on and go!”.

ascar larkinyar - 01/04/13 - 1:44pm


ryan - 01/04/13 - 11:23pm

:( ride in peace buddy.

Guy Soper - 01/11/13 - 1:15pm

Rest in peace Burry.

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