Yolande Speedy wasn’t the only winner this past weekend, Burry Stander of Team Mr Price Specialized powered his way to a seventh-successive national title at the Pro-Elite Men’s race at the MTN South African Cross-country mountain bike championships in George on Saturday.
Stander finished the race more than 7 minutes ahead of his closest competitor Marc Bassingthwaighte of Team Garmin Adidas and completely dominated all proceedings. It’s amazing to note that he is also the current Under-23 World Cup Champion and also managed to retain his national Under-23 title after his victory.
I have been arguing with Jack that the bike Stander uses, the dual suspension Specialized S-Works, is the way of the future. And Stander pretty much confirmed my sentiments in an interview by saying he has the edge of his competitors because he is used to riding dual suspension bikes (so nah, nah, nah, nah, blah Jack!).
I think Greg Minnaar better start looking over his shoulder very soon, because Stander has been putting in performance after performance and is just getting better and better after every race. Keep your eyes on this guy! He may just not have enough room in his trophy cabinet by the end of this year.
Ricky in Spandex