Riding in remembrance of Burry

2016-01-07 06:00
 Cyclist ride up ‘the mushroom’ in memory of Burry Stander.

Cyclist ride up ‘the mushroom’ in memory of Burry Stander.

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MORE than 70 riders spent Sunday morning riding in remembrance of South Coast rider Burry Stander who was laid to rest three years ago.

Every year the Stander Foundation celebrates the life of Stander to keep his memory and spirit alive.

Burry’s mother Mandie said the turnout for this year’s ride was amazing.

“The Stander family were truly humbled by the way everyone who knew Burry, or knew of him, paid tribute to his memory on Sunday. It has been three years after the tragic event that took him from us far too early.”

Riders began the seven kilometre ride at 7am and rode “the mushroom”, one of Burry’s training hills, near the family smallholding.

“With many friends and cyclists, the eldest person taking part was Oom Berry, as Burry used to call Tony Berry, at 80. He introduced us to the sport of mountain biking,” said Mandie.

The ride started with a minute of silence, a four-kilometre ride down to the beginning of mushroom where everyone picked up a stone and carried it with them to the top where they mounted a memorial board.

“Everyone who took part wrote a message on the stones and put them at the board. We had a compulsory halfway stop, where cyclists was treated with a Super M Chocolate Milk, which was Burry’s favourite,” said Mandie.

Afterwards everyone gathered at the Burry Stander Bike Park and Coffee Shop for boerewors rolls, and sharing memories about the legend.

The family thanked everyone who helped to put the event together, and the Port Shepstone Traffic Department.

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