Top cyclist killed in hit-and-run
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.