Tiffany does KZN proud

2014-10-14 00:00

WITH over 350 riders taking part in the national finals of the Spur High School Mountain Bike league, a young KZN teenager flew the province’s flag high last weekend.

Thomas More Grade 8 pupil Tiffany Keep claimed double titles at the competition, winning both interschools and interprovincial categories.

As many as 355 of the best high school mountain bikers from more than 69 schools in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe battled it out at Bekker School in Magaliesburg, where the finals were held.

KZN team manager Ewan Cochran was happy with Tiffany’s performance, but was concerned that his team were not at their usual best.

“Tiffany was our only winner and our boys were simply outclassed — the other riders were just really good this year. It’s a bit disappointing seeing as last year we took home a lot more medals,” Cochran said.

“The rest of the country upped their game, but Tiffany really is an up-and-coming star. She loves what she does and rides to win and for the fun of it,” Cochran added. Tiffany’s performance was impressive, considering that it is her first year competing at the finals.

Gauteng schools dominated much of the competition, with the Menlopark team winning four separate races. They also secured a number of top-10 positions to take home the girls’ and mixed-team national championship trophies while Grey Bloem won the boys’ team category.

Riders took on a 4,5 km track which proved to be more challenging than past seasons. The course had some single track stretches as well as technical falls and climbs that required plenty of stamina and skill to get through.

The lap-race format of the event had various age-group categories that saw riders complete a certain number of laps — ranging from two laps for the sub-junior girls to five laps for the junior men.

Points were awarded to the top 26 finishers in each race and the total scores were made up from the top five in the boys’ team category, top three in the girls’ team category as well as three boys and two girls in the mixed team category.

The event is also considered an interprovincial competition with the top riders selected to compete for their respective provinces. Gauteng defended their title once again and took home the interprovincial trophy, while North West Province came second and Western Cape took third.

“We have already begun planning for next year’s race and will change a couple of things in the hopes to get some more medals next year,” Cochran said.

RESULTS

Sub Junior Boys (13-14) – three laps

1 Ryan Conradie (Potch Gimnasium) - 00:40:19

2 Chris Du Plessis (Menlopark HS) - 00:40:29

3 Dawie Grobbelaar (Grey Bloem) - 00:41:58

Youth Men A (15) – four laps

1 Pieter Du Toit (Volkskool Potch) - 00:53:26

2 Francois Annandale (Grey Bloem) - 00:53:27

3 Johann Trotzky (Montana HS) - 00:53:40

Youth Men B (16) – four laps

1 Herbert Peters (St George’s Doiscesan School Namibia) - 00:50:45

2 Brandon van der Berg (Volkskool Potch) - 00:51:30

3 Henry Liebenberg (Menlopark HS) - 00:51:32

Junior Men (17) – five laps

1 Marc Fourie (Grey Bloem) - 01:02:19

2 Wade Prinsloo (Hartebeespoort HS) - 01:02:28

3 Luke William Evans (St Stithians) - 01:04:54

Sub Junior Girls (13-14) – two laps

1 Tiffany Keep (Thomas More) - 00:30:32

2 Thana Groenwald (Midstream College) - 00:31:34

3 Kaylin Prinsloo (Hartebeespoort HS) - 00:33:34

Youth Women – three laps

1 Kristen Louw (Volkskool Potchefstroom) - 00:46:42

2 Saffron Vosloo (Menlopark HS) - 00:46:47

3 Lynette Benson (Waterkloof HS) - 00:46:57

Junior Women – four laps

1 Michelle Benson (Waterkloof HS) - 01:02:43

2 Janice Venter (Menlopark HS) - 01:03:16

3 Mandie Swart (Nelspruit HS) - 01:05:23.

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