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JHB cyclists honour biker Burry Stander

Johannesburg cyclists held a bike ride in honor of Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander on Friday.

Hundreds of Johannesburg cyclists rode from Dunkeld Corner to the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein on 4 January, 2012, in honour of Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN
Burry Stander
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JOHANNESBURG - Cyclists in Johannesburg held a bike ride in honor of late Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander on Friday evening.

Stander was run-over by a taxi in Shelly Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday afternoon.

It was an emotional time for hundreds of Johannesburg cyclists as they remembered the defending Absa Cape Epic champion.

Bikers cycled from Dunkeld Corner and made their way to the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein.

Cyclists laid a white ghost bike surrounded by candles and had a moment of silence for the London 2012 Olympic Games ace mountain biker.

Stander, who was just 25 years old when he died, was mountain biking’s rising legend and tipped to win gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed today that the driver of the taxi that hit Stander was taken in for questioning and said a case of culpable homicide was opened.

No arrests have yet been made.

The cycling community continues to send its condolences to Stander's wife - road cyclist Cherise - and his family.

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