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KEVIN MCCALLUM: Stanford, a floating bridge over troubled waters

Being rescued from a flood is cause for immense gratitude

In March, the riders of the Absa Cape Epic crossed the Klein Rivier into Stanford via a floating bridge. Some flew over, some went a little more sedately and others tiptoed. Just one rider fell into the river, trepidation seizing his momentum and turning it into a gentle, slow-motion splash.

The young lifesaver, on hand all morning for just such a mistake, swam to him and he was hauled out, and then took the sensible option of pushing his bike the rest of the way across. The river was low that day, March 21, the dirt road that runs alongside accessible to traffic and packed with locals in fine voice. ..

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