Burry Stander laid to rest

South African cyclist, Burry Stander, who died after being knocked over by a taxi. Picture: Facebook.

DURBAN - Pro cyclists countrywide attended the funeral of mountain biker Burry Stander on in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday

Stander was knocked down during a training cycle by a minibus taxi last week in Shelly Beach on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

The 25-year-old Olympian died from his injuries on the scene.

His close friend and cycling activist, Andrew McLean, said the ceremony was a tribute to terrific Stander's talent.

“It was the most unbelievable turnout. The ceremony also made us feel that we should use this very sad loss be the turning point, be the catalyst to some change.”

Stander was the International Cycling Union (UCI) Mountain Bike World Cup champion, and won the Absa Cape Epic back to in 2011 and 2012.

Stander is survived by his wife of less than a year, Cherise Taylor.

Meanwhile, the driver that is responsible for the accident was let of with a warning. 

He appeared at the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court earlier this week on charges of culpable homicide or an alternative charge of reckless and negligent driving.

He is due back in court on 22 March.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)