Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jaro will ride Cape Epic for Burry

Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander winning Cape Epic 2012Now it’s official. Jaroslav will team up with Christoph Sauser to ride biggest mountain bike stage race ABSA Cape Epic in memory of Burry!

“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.

Burry died …

First few days of the new year were not good. Certainly, the 3rd January was one of the worst days in my life.

As all of you probably know, Burry Stander was killed while training in South Africa. He was a great figure of our sport and first of all, our very good friend and team member!

The funeral was today in Port Shepstone. Unfortunately, there is nothing else to say. I just wish him nice riding up there in heaven. We will meet again someday…

Jaroslav Kulhavý a Burry StanderI am currently in training for about a month. I ride 3-4 hours a day and also do a running and swimming.
Next week I’m leaving to Mallorca for my second training camp, where longer training workouts are waiting.