School MTB league opens

2016-06-07 06:00
 The start of the girls race at the 2015 Western Cape Spur Schools Mountain Bike League.

The start of the girls race at the 2015 Western Cape Spur Schools Mountain Bike League.

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Online entries are now open for the first Western Cape Spur Schools Mountain Bike League race, which will take place at Southey Vines Cycle Park in Somerset West on Thursday 16 June.

Last year saw 1643 riders from 129 schools competing in the Western Cape.

Parel Vallei High School finished top of the mixed teams log with 1422 points, followed by DF Malan with 878 points and Montana in third place with 832 points. Paul Roos Gymnasium finished overall second and comfortably first in the boys category with 1 047 points.

The Western Cape also has a healthy primary schools participation with Kenridge logging 1157 points to secure the top spot in 2015 with Durbanville second with 678 points and Totius in third with 549.

According to league director, Meurant Botha of Amarider, participation at local events has been growing at a steady pace as schools accept mountain biking as a recognized sport. “Some schools are going as far as building dedicated tracks on school grounds to encourage after school practices and interschool sports days as well as employing coaches and managers to oversee teams,” says Botha.

Parents are urged to register with Amarider on and pre-enter riders online to streamline race day and track individual results and times throughout the season.

Online entries close on Sunday 12 June at midnight and cost R60 for primary school age categories and R70 for high school categories. Late entries will open on race day at the additional fee. Parents are also urged to download and complete the indemnity form at and bring it along to the event.

Registration will run from 08:30 to 13:30, while the course will be open for practice from 08:30 to 09:30 with the first race (Sub Nippers) setting off at 09:30. Nipper boys and girls will start at 10:00 and 10:05 respectively followed by the Sprog boys and girls at 10:30 and 10:35. Sub-junior boys A and the sub-junior girls A will set off at 11:00 and 11:05.

High school riders will have from 11:40 to 12:10 for a course practice with the sub-junior boys B starting at 12:15, followed by youth men B at 12:45 and youth men A at 13:20. The sub-junior, youth and junior girls will all race together at 14:00 and the junior men will wrap up the day’s racing at 14:45.

For more information on the 2016 edition of the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League, visit, or contact Michelle du Preez on 021 8844547 or

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