Stander’s legacy to live on in new bike park

2013-11-20 00:00

MOUNTAIN biking great Burry Stander’s legacy will live on with the establishment of the Burry Stander Bike Park.

It will be situated on the Stander family farm Bali Hai Farm, St Faith’s Road, Umtentweni where Stander’s love of mountain biking and his legendary career was born. It will be unofficially opened and available to the public on December 14.

“The family thought it would be nice to remember Burry on a special ride from the farm where he grew up and started his love for mountain biking,” said his mom Mandie. “It’s also very much in line with the Burry Stander Foundation’s aim to promote cycling safety.

“By having the park on our farm, cyclists will have greater peace of mind and families will be able to enjoy a fun-filled day together.”

All levels of mountain bikers will be catered for with the park boasting Burry’s XC course, where the Olympian spent many hours training, and a short beginners’ course. Outrides will be held on roads surrounding the farm. It will be compulsory for a rider to sign an indemnity form and buy a number board for a once-off fee of R50 unless a rider loses his or her number board. Entry fee per vehicle per day will be R50.

Mandie added that the park will not be exclusive to mountain bikers, with runners and walkers welcome. Families who just want to enjoy a refreshment and snack at the coffee shop or have fun in the children’s play area will also be welcome.

On Friday, January 3, there will be a memorial service at the park at 5 pm, which will be open to the public. Coffee and tea will be served. The Stander family asks those who will be attending the service to bring a candle.

The park will be officially opened the next day at 9 am with a 30 km memorial ride. The entry fee is R75 per person. Registration, at the park, will start at 6.30 am. A 5 km kiddies’ ride (R30 per person) will start at 9.15 am and will be followed by a memorial walk (R20 per person) around Burry’s XC course at 9.30 am.

For more information, contact Mandie at 079 493 7499 or Roxanne at 082 4404 666 or e-mail chmcoral@mweb.co.za.

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