“I was called by teammate Christoph Sauser, who asked that we partner up and ride this great race in Burry’s honor,” said Jaroslav. “I now want to win this race more than ever in memory of my teammate and good friend, Burry.” ABSA Cape Epic will be Jaroslav’s first eight day mountainbike race.
“Nobody can replace Burry, because we all have individual personalities! I am so fortunate that Jaro can fill in the big gap for Burry at the Cape Epic,” said Christoph Sauser. “We cannot wait to race our hearts out for Burry, his family, friends, his foundation Songo and ourselves too. It will be my most emotional Cape Epic ever.”
Specialized S-Racing Team director David Hyam followed Sauser’s comments with further support. “The experience of Christoph combined with the immense power and strength of Jaroslav provides a formidable force which will be hard to beat,” said David.
“Under such tragic circumstances with the recent loss of one of our teammates, this has only solidified and united the team even more. Through Burry’s death, the entire Specialized Racing Mountain Bike Team is more motivated than ever to succeed and ride to the best of their ability in Burry’s honor. Burry will always remain foremost in our minds and will live on in our hearts forever,” said Hyam.