By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Charles Stander, the father of late Olympic mountain biker Burry, suffered serious injuries during a group ride from the Burry Stander Bike Park in Umtentweni on Saturday.
The 62-year-old hit a ditch and was flung over his handlebars.
The impact of the fall broke two vertebrae in his neck and two in his back. He also broke two front teeth.
He underwent successful neck and back surgery – a five-hour procedure – at Hibiscus Private Hospital yesterday (Monday).
Charl, the eldest of the Stander brothers, told eHowzit: “Initially it looked as though he would require two separate operations on his neck and back, but fortunately the doctor [Freek Coetzee] was able to do the necessary in one operation.
“He’s doing much better since the operation and if anything he’s probably going to be frustrated that he’s going to have to take it easy for a while.”
The family thanked the hospital staff as well as the community for all the support and messages, adding the family’s Shelly Beach shop, Concept Cyclery, will be open from tomorrow.