Schools series off to a great start

2015-06-30 06:00

Allison Morton of Westerford High School won the youth women (15-16 years) category of the first race of the Spur schools MTB league.

Allison Morton of Westerford High School won the youth women (15-16 years) category of the first race of the Spur schools MTB league.

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The Western Cape leg of this year’s Spur schools MTB league was off to a thunderous start with a record number of 530 riders participating in the first race of the season this past weekend at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

According to league coordinator Meurant Botha, of Amarider, the strong contingent of primary school riders was a good indicator that mountain bike riding is gaining great support as a sport of choice.

“We are delighted with such a strong start to the season as our record number of entries last year was 470 riders. Judging from the level of riding showed by the high school participants, we’re most definitely in for a very exciting season leading up to the national finals in October,” says Botha.

Botha further states that it is especially good to see more girls competing and that more schools are being represented as the Spur schools MTB league is particularly aimed at school teams.

The youth women (15-16 years) category was won by Allison Morton of Westerford High School, followed by Petra Lategan of Bloemhof in second place and Carla Steyn of Parel Vallei in third position.

In the junior women category (17-18 years) it was Mire Herbst of Durbanville High School who outrode the field, with Courteney Webb of Westerford High School second and Nophiwe Hala of Kayamandi third.

A large field of about 100 riders gathered at the starting line for the main race of the day, the junior men (17-18 years) category.

There was a strong battle amongst the first three riders. Matthew Lombardi of Paul Roos Gymnasium held the upper hand to finish first with Andrew Sparks of Reddam House second and Matthew Keyser of DF Malan third.

A natural progression of the development of the league has been the establishment of South African Schools Cycling (SASC), headed by Deon Steyn, as the national governing body of the sport. Apart from the further development of regional structures, the major drive for SASC is to lobby with the department of education to accredit mountain biking as an official schools sport.

For more information follow @SpurMTBleague on Twitter or SpurSchoolsLeague on Facebook or visit

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