RIP Burry Stander

Working with Cannondale and it was discussions about baggy shorts, Sagan and the brothers Fontana and Fumic.

Working with Trek it was Jens Voigt and Slash.

Working with Specialized reminds me of two guys being both cool and serious and super fast before the Cannondale brothers. Oldest it’s Christoph Sauser that remembered the times at Cannondale using a road derailleur and pushing the weightlimits lower than everybody else. And then the guy that put Africa on the XC map, that lowered the stem lower than everybody and is cool enough to could have been racing for Cannondale now, Burry Stander.

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2009 Epic special for Christoph Sauser a couple of days before the 2008 worlds (?) with a mount for a braze-on road derailleur like the Sram Red he used, saved like 50g.

On the other side Burry Stander who was killed by a taxi (?) driver 3rd January 2013. After starting working with Specialized I’m getting reminded of him and feel sorry for the hole XC sport and Cherise Stander.

We should all ride for Burry Stander on our mountainbikes the 3rd January. For him and all others killed by cardrivers while cycling.

the joker for Albstadt

There is 2 persons in my life that knows who I cheer one for riders. So at this years World Cup start in Albstadt there is one number to cheer extra for (but never more than #4) and that is #25, and yes I’m talking womens race here. As I’m a swede and knows the champ Alexandra Engen with number 4 I always wish she’s crossing the line first. But number 25 is the french cyclocrosschamp Lucie Chainel-Lefevre:

Putting colour on racing showed in Louisville that she’s fast with a third place after Marianne Vos and Katie Compton.

In the men’s category I always hope for Emil Lindgren, #14 to do good. Otherwise Cannondale Factory Racing with Manuel Fumic #3 and Marco Aurelio Fontana #7 is the guys showing how to ride your bike. Nino Schurter to but to cheer on the winning guy is a bit boring even when he’s got class and probably is the best mountainbiker in the world. A good show for that is the world cup in Val d’Isere last year, last world cup with Nino Schurter and Marco Aurelio Fontana in the front showing both technical, powerful and stylish skills.

Start with looking at some slow-motion action from last year here: Red Bull

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Funk ti-bike and some action from Cape Epic

That is a pretty cool bike. sub 20lbs (9kg). More pictures, spec and comments on it here: Weightweenies

And then the real highlights from this years Absa Cape Epic stage 2 ridden yesterday, hard action: