Cyclists protest Burry’s death

Cyclists ride to raise awareness of bike safety Video: eNCA

South Africa's cycling community has taken to the streets to try and raise awareness on the safety of cyclists in the country. Their actions were motivated by the death of mountain biking star, Burry Stander. Stander was killed in a collision with a taxi in Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Sunday.

Burry Stander was South Africa's most promising mountain biker. The first South African to win the Cape Epic in eight years, and successfully defend his title in 2012 - he became an international sensation.

The 25-year-old ended fifth in the London 2012 Olympic Games cross-country mountain bike event. But sadly, his career has come to an abrupt end. He was knocked down by a taxi just meters from his cycling shop while on a training ride.

His family is too distraught to speak to the media. Eye witnesses say they were inconsolable at the accident scene. South Africa's cycling community say they hope Stander's death raises awareness about the safety of cyclists in South Africa.

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide, but say the taxi driver that collided with Stander, did not flee the scene as has been claimed. He's already given police his version of the fatal incident.

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