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Busy week for Burry

Beijing 2008 Olympics mountain biker Burry Stander finished third in the Sani2C three-day stage event at the weekend and is now busy with the Giro del Capo race around the Cape.

Stander ended third in the KwaZulu-Natal classic along with Specialized-Mr Price teammate Ben-Melt Swanepoel.

“Its not often I get to finish a race a mere 60 kilometers from home and for this reason I’m always really excited to take part in the strage race that’s runs from Underberg to Scottburgh over the course of three very demanding stages,” said Stander.

“After being in the highveld for almost two months training, racing and preparing for the season ahead I was super happy to be home. It was Ben-Melt and my first team race together so it was going to be interesting.

“It rained alot on the days leading up to the event and it didn’t quit for the start. We started the 82km stage off on some rolling district roads which were perfect for a warm-up. I felt realy good after some solid resting before the event as my heart rate showed. After around 15km we entered the first technical section and the racing was immediately on. It wasn’t long before we were only three teams left at the front. Team MTN with Albal Lakata as a guest rider was leading the charge and behind them were DCM. We soon hit a tough climb with Melt backing off and into a more constant pace. The course got really tough towards the end and Melt had a big off on a descent with a few kilometres to go. We ended up a comfortable third, around 7min off the winners, Team MTN.

“The next day we we tackled the 98km queen stage of the event and with the rain still unrelentless we were in for another dirty day The first 20km again were fast flowing roads and with a big bunch sticking together in very bad visibilty, it was rather sketchy. We hit some big climbs soon enough and again we were in the same select group as the day before. We stuck quite a bit longer and manged to only lose 6min to MTN on the day. I had alot of fun on day two and our bikes were working great thanks to the Specialized service crew.

“The final day is known as the ‘fast run down to the beach’ . The organisers however slowed it up with some more climbing and loads of fun single-track. So on day three we finished our usual third, around 1min down on the DCM Chrome team after the 76km stage. After the stage I rode home in some great conditions. I had a strong tailwind and glorious sunshine to bask in.

“This week is another busy one with the Giro del Capo stage race and I’m really psyched to get be in Cape Town to join Christoph Sauser as we do our final prep for the Cape Epic and World Cup season coming up.”


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