Press Release – World No. 6 Stander, Tipped to Win
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12, 2011 – Multiple African mountainbike champion and London Olympics medal prospect, Burry Stander of South Africa, will race in the Langkawi International Mountainbike Challenge (LIMBC) 2011 next week.
His participation was confirmed today by race organiser, Datuk Abdul Malik Mydin.
A member of the world’s top-ranked cross country team, Specialized Racing, Stander is a podium contender for LIMBC based on his current ranking of No 6 in the UCI men’s elite cross country category.
The 24-year old who finished 15th in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, bagged the Cape Epic title, the African championship and the South African national championship earlier this year.
The Olympic hopeful is known for his aggressive style, technical skills and climbing prowess that brought him the bronze medal in the UCI World Championship in Quebec, Canada last year and the UCI Under-23 World Championship in 2009.
Stander’s presence lends prestige to the event as he joins some of the world’s top mountainbikers which include Italy’s world no 8 in women’s elite marathon, Michela Benzoni, Germany’s three-time Cape Epic champ Karl Platt and France’s former European champ Thomas Dietsch, who are world No 7 and 13 in the men’s elite marathon category respectively and Nathalie Schneitter, world No 8 in cross country.
Apart from the mountainbikers, LIMBC will bear witness to the participation of two British road cyclists – Chris Froome, who finished runners-up in the recent Vuelta, the Tour of Spain, and the promising Adam Blythe.
LIMBC – The Tropical Rainforest Challenge, will run from Oct 17 to 23, featuring five stages that begin with Stage 1 on Oct 18 with the 62km round island race, followed by the cross country Olympic which starts and finishes at Kampung Tok Senik Resort as Stage 2, Stage 3 a 7-hour endurance cross country special stage race at Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, followed by the nerve-shredding King of the Mountain and cross country race which will end at the Gunung Raya Hill as Stage 4, before the event culminates with Stage 5, a cross country short circuit race.
An off-road jamboree ride marks the closing and final day of this much-anticipated race, with a limited participation of up to 1,000 riders for the 44km race. Social riders of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed to participate.
The race, organised by Human Voyage Sdn Bhd, is sponsored by Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Yayasan Al-Bukhary as the race’s gold sponsors, with Sapura Group, Genting Malaysia Berhad, Perdana University and Berjaya Corporation as silver sponsors. AmBank Group, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and ALM Group Sdn Bhd are silver sponsors. AmBank Group is also the Official Bank. Proton is the official car while Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Malaysia’s state-owned public channel, is the host broadcaster.
The event is supported by KTM Berhad and the Malaysian Conventions and Exhibitions Bureau (MyCEB), with Hotel Bayview Langkawi as the official hotel. Mutiara Smart Computing Sdn Bhd is the official ICT support partner.