MTB Race Media Release
Superstar Stander set for Sappi Scottburgh
Scottburgh – The Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race received a major boost on
Tuesday morning when Olympics bound mountain biking sensation Burry
Stander (Specialized Racing) confirmed he will be on the start line for
the popular South Coast event on Saturday morning.
Despite already having one foot on the plane ahead of his all-important
RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne clash in Canada the Port
Shepstone based cross country star wasn’t going to miss the rare
opportunity to tackle two consecutive events not far home.
“I’ll definitely be there on Saturday,” said an enthusiastic Stander. “I’m
busy racing all over the show most of the time so I only really get to do
two or three races on the South Coast a year and I’m really looking
forward to getting out there this weekend.”
“It’s not all that often that I get the opportunity to take part in a race
close to home so it’s really cool that I’ve got the opportunity this year
to do two races on back to back weekends with last weekend’s Sardine
Classic and now this weekend’s race.”
Having finished fifteenth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing Stander is
set on utilising the experience he gained at his first Games and over the
past four years of racing the elite circuit to catapult himself onto the
podium at this year’s London Olympics.
“The last few weeks have been my last build up at home so it was really
great to take a bit of a break and then build things up again before
heading off to Canada which really gets things going for me in preparation
for the Olympics,” said the Specialized Racing competitor.
“The Olympics has obviously been a long term goal of mine for quite some
time now and we’re getting closer to crunch time so I’m starting to work
really hard on the focus and the little things like getting my diet right
but I’m just glad that it’s nearly here now.”
“I’m definitely hoping to medal at this year’s Games. Last time I went
over there to enjoy myself and see what it was all about but for me the
Olympics is all about the medals and that is definitely my goal this time
around,” he added.
Despite having his sight firmly set on achieving his dream of stepping up
onto the podium at the Olympic Games, the Port Shepstone based athlete
recently took another bold step when he entered the world of married life.
Stander and fellow professional cyclist Cherise Taylor tied the knot just
a couple of weeks ago in a hometown ceremony on Oslo Beach just outside
“Cherise (Taylor) and I have been living together for the past four years
already so not much has changed for us since we got married but our
wedding was really special and we had an awesome honeymoon at a game farm
just outside Grahamstown and things are going really well for us,” said
With online entries for this weekend’s event only closing on Wednesday 13
June Stander, who claimed victory in last weekend’s Sardine Classic, is
unsure who will be alongside him on the start line however, irrespective
of who joins him and after last weekend’s Sardine Classic victory, the
South Coast superstar will be looking for another solid performance on
home turf before jetting off overseas.
“I have no idea who will be there this weekend but I fly out to the World
Cup on Sunday so for me it’s a great opportunity to work on some last
minute fine tuning and it’s really cool to be able to ride to the event
and then get some really good, hard training in and ride at home again,”
“I’m sure there will still be a good race at the front, there always is
and last weekend at the Sardine Classic was no different, so it gives me a
chance to push a little harder than I would in a normal training session
without having to travel all over the world to do so,” he added.
The Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race takes place on Saturday 16 June. The event
starts and finishes at Scottburgh main beach and riders can take part in
either the 45km Classic, 28km Intermediate or the 10km Fun Ride. More info
can be found at www.c4m.co.za or
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Mountain biking sensation Burry Stander
(Specialized Racing) has confirmed he will be on the start line of
Saturday's Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race.
Darren Goddard/ Gameplan
Despite heading off to Canada on Sunday
Specialized Racing's Burry Stander wasn't going to miss out on the rare
opportunity to race on home turf two weekends in a row and is relishing
the chance to tackle this weekend's Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race.
Darren Goddard/ Gameplan
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