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Cherise Stander, wife of the late Burry Stander, will be aiming to draw inspiration from his achievements when she contests the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 29 June.
Day two of competition at the UCI MTB World Championships in Pietermaritzburg brought with it scorching temperatures and strong winds, as well as tears from many in South Africa's mountain biking community for the late Burry Stander.
Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy, riding with Swiss ace Christoph Sauser as Team Burry Stander-Songo, did the late South African mountain bike star proud by securing an extremely tough victory in the Cape Epic on Sunday.
South Africa's hopes of an Olympic medal in mountain biking received a timely boost when Burry Stander claimed victory in a dramatic round six of the UCI Olympic Cross-country World Cup in Windham, New York on Saturday.
Cross-country mountain bike star Burry Stander has one overriding goal for 2012: a place on the podium at the London Olympic Games. To help him achieve this, he has turned to the South African Sports Science Institute for expert analysis and support.
South Africa's Burry Stander and Swiss star Christoph Sauser successfully defended their Absa Cape Epic title on Sunday after dominating the eight-day, seven-stage event from start to finish. The all-South African duo of Kevin Evans and David George placed second.
On his fourth attempt, Burry Stander became the first South African to win the Absa Cape Epic when the eight-day, 707 kilometre mountain bike race finished at Lourensford Wine Estate near Cape Town on Sunday.