Top cy­clist killed in hit-and-run

The Times (South Africa) - - NEWS - KATHARINE CHILD

VET­ERAN moun­tain biker and fre­quent Absa Cape Epic podium fin­isher Greg An­der­son‚ 57‚ was killed in a hit-and-run near Hazyview in Mpumalanga early on Sun­day.

An­der­son was on a train­ing ride when he was hit.

Mpumalanga po­lice said a man, 28, had been ar­rested.

An­der­son’s body and man­gled bike were found on the side of the road‚ ac­cord­ing to Tread moun­tain bik­ing web­site, which quoted his team­mate Deon Kruger.

An­der­son and Kruger fin­ished sec­ond in the vet­eran cat­e­gory of the Absa Cape Epic this year.

An­der­son is sur­vived by his wife, Colleen, and three sons, Rob­bie‚ Ryan and Nick. He and Colleen lived in Jo­han­nes­burg, but of­ten trav­elled to Cape Town, where their sons were study­ing at the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

An­der­son’s 2015 Cape Epic cy­cling part­ner, An­drew Mclean, said An­der­son was an “un­be­liev­able gen­tle­man” off the bike, but “fiercely com­pet­i­tive” on it.

“He would think noth­ing of fin­ish­ing a train­ing ride and turn­ing around and do­ing an­other hour of train­ing,” said Mclean.

His friend, Clive Gri­naker, said on Face­book of his fam­ily: “They have lost an in­cred­i­ble hus­band‚ father. We have lost the most won­der­ful friend.”

Mpumalanga po­lice spokesman Sergeant Ger­ald Sed­ibe said the man would ap­pear in the White River Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day.

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