MTB finals approach

2016-09-13 06:00
Byron Munton of Wynberg Boys High finished overall 5th in the Spur Schools MTB League junior men’s race.

Byron Munton of Wynberg Boys High finished overall 5th in the Spur Schools MTB League junior men’s race.

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Riders will pull out all the stops on Saturday 17 September when they take to the track at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch for the Western Cape finals of the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League.

The top schools in the Western Cape will get to compete against the top schools from around South Africa at the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League national final in October.

Defending Western Cape champions Parel Vallei High holds the top spot on the mixed and women’s logs. Their men’s team is currently in second position after Paul Roos, who has been dominating this category since the inception of the league. Parel Vallei secured a number of podium positions in the third race of the season hosted at Montana High School in Worcester. Mikayla Forrester finished third in the sub-junior girls, while Carla Steyn and Jana Barry won the youth women and junior women’s races respectively.

Southern suburbs riders Courteney Webb of Westerford High School, Saskia Van der Merwe of Rustenburg Girls High and Jessi Nixon of Fish Hoek High finished second, third and fourth in the junior women’s race, while Byron Munton of Wynberg Boys delivered a stellar performance to finish fifth in the junior men’s race.

Team mates Joshua De Freitas and Matthew Keyser secured second and third place in the junior men’s race, which was won by Johann Trotzky of Montana High in what proved to be the tightest race of the day.

Paul Roos showed their class by winning podium spots in three of the four men’s races. Matthew Lochner finished second in the sub-junior boys, while team mates Jamie Penfold, Joshua Laughton and George Ducharme finished first, second and third in the youth men (15 years). Kevin Long secured second place in the youth men (16 years) with Ilan Meintjes in fourth. The race was won by Mulder Oosthuizen of DF Malan High.

Siblings Jamie Penfold of Paul Roos Gimnasium and Aidan Penfold and Olivia Penfold of Durbanville Primary all won their respective races and are hoping to clinch the overall first position in the Western Cape leg of the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League.

Montana High in Worcester took home five medals on the day with WG Van Der Walt and Samuel Swart finishing first and third in the sub-junior boys’ race, Jean Estherhuyse and Juarnett West clinching third position in the youth men (15 years) and youth women (16 years) and Johan Trotzky delivering a stunning performance to win the junior men’s race.

Two other Worcester riders, Nienke Mostert of Worcester East Primary and Surine van Tonder of HTS Drostdy, clinched second place in the sub-junior girls’ and youth women’s races. Line honours also went to Stefke Tolmay of DF Malan High in the sub junior girls and Michaela Beaton of Rhenish Girls High in the youth women’s races.

Online entries for the final race of the season can be done on at a cost of R60 for primary and R70 for high school riders, while late entries will also be accepted on race day at an additional R10. Registration can be done between 08:00 and 13:30. The course will be open for practice between 08:10 and 08:50 and again from 11:10 to 11:50. The sub-nippers will set of the primary school racing at 09:00, followed by the high school racing that starts at 12:00.

Spur vouchers to the value of R1000 are up for grabs for the best-dressed school team, best-dressed team supporters and best school team war cry.

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