Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander has died after being in collision with a car during a training ride on Thursday near his home in South Africa.

Stander’s death was confirmed by Cycling South Africa on Thursday evening. The 25 year old was fifth in the London 2012 Olympic Games cross-country mountain bike event.

Early reports suggest that Stander was hit by a taxi on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast whilst out riding with his wife, Cherise Stander, who is also a professional cyclist.

Burry Stander was the 2009 under-23 mountain bike world champion. This season he won round five of the UCI World Cup in Windham, USA, riding for the Specialized team.

  • nick horne

    Tragic loss to the world of cycling. In the UK until drivers are held responsible for their actions we’ll have more of the same. Come on law makers do your job!

  • Geoff Waters, Durban, South Africa

    Distressing and sad news. Official SA road death toll since 1 Dec 2012 to date is that 1,207 people have died in 1,006 road accidents. Between 38 and 50 people die on the roads daily. Officials claim 20% of SA motorists are ‘aggressive and hostile’. Obviously cyclists are particularly vulnerable. Burry’s passing is bad, sad news.