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Stander makes his mark on the road
- Updated: October 18, 2010
Beijing Olympian cyclist Burry Stander took fifth in the Amashova road race in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.
Stander competed at the Roc d’Azur Festival two weekends ago where he won silver in the mountain bike category.
He then came back to South Africa and is busy setting up a cycling store in his home province of KZN.
Still he found time to take part in not one but two cycling events this last weekend. “The Amashova Cycle Challenge is KZN’s biggest road race festival and is always a must do,” said Stander.
“On Friday night I was at Moses Mabhida soccer stadium for an indoor criterium. The race was super fun as we did 70 laps of a 700m odd technical circuit under the stadium. The racing was hard as we had sprint premise every five laps which counted for points and the race was decided on points only.
“I had some good sprints and ended third behind Christoff van Heerden (MTN) and Arran Brown (Medscheme).”
On Sunday, Stander hit the road for the 106 kilometre Amashova Classic.
“The route follows the legendary Comrades Marathon route between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The race got off to a slow start and the real racing only started at Inchanga. I got involved in a few moves but they were all in vain as we knew 35km of downhill waited toward the end. The race came down to a bunch sprint and I managed a fifth place. Well done to Medscheme for their one-two.”
Stander stays in KwaZulu-Natal for the immediate future as it’s the mountain bike version of the Amashova, known as the Asishova and takes place at Midmar Dam in Pietermaritzburg.