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Two more wins for Burry
- Updated: May 10, 2010
Beijing Olympian cyclist Burry Stander had two wins on the local front as he returned home between World Cup mountain bike events.
Most recent was the Mr Price Karkloof Classic festival in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands which saw the KZN mountainbiker clinch wins on both days of the weekend.
“It was a super fun week at home and the festival has turned into South Africa’s own version of the Roc’d zur or Sea Otter classic festivals,” Stander said.
“I raced the red sprint shootout and the marathon. The shootout comprised qualifying and then 10 laps of a 400-metre man-made track consisting of big scaffolding jumps, corners and even a trip through an 18-wheeler truck. I managed to qualify second on my flying lap behind young Mr Price/Specialized teammate Arno Viljoen who bested me by a second
“in the race I got off to a decent start with some riders jumping the gun just a little. I sat in fifth for the first two laps and waited until the accelerations took their toll on the guys ahead of me. On the third lap I moved up and got into the lead a lap later. I kept the big wheels on my Specialized 29er pinned which really seemed to roll over the scaffolding super fast. I held on to win and took home the R10 000 on offer.”
Sunday saw an early morning wake-up call for Stander as he took on the marathon event.
“The trails were groomed to perfection and is undoubtably the best marathon course in SA. I was again on my 29er hardtail which absolutely tore the single track up. But I was missing the plush suspension of my Epic just a little towards the end. But in racing the only thing that counts is how the bike is and on this relatively smooth track the big wheeler was king! Early on in the race I got away with Phillip Buys (Garmin) and Craig Paul (Jeep). After the 10km start loop Kevin Evans (MTN) joined me at the front as Phillip and Craig dropped back.
“I kept the pace pretty high and we managed to open up a big gap on third place. I could sense Kevin wasn’t quite as comfortable towards the end and at around 15km to go I put my head down. It was the exact same climb I got away from Kevin in last year’s race. After a long single track section I had a comfortable lead and with only 7km of mostly flat fast dirt road with a tailwind it was easy to keep the pace high. I managed to win with a good margin and another big cheque again provided by Mr Price.”
A solid week of training now lies ahead for Stander who also hopes to spend some quality time with his family before it’s off to Germany for the next World Cup.