Spur MTB series attracts top school biking enthusiasts

2017-07-04 06:02

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This past weekend, young mountain biking enthusiasts were out in full force representing their high schools at the first event of the season in the Spur schools mountain bike league in the province.

Michelle du Preez, regional event organiser, says learners, parents and school coaches turned up in their numbers in Somerset West.

With a total of nine schools being represented on the day, the starting line and feed zones were filled with school clothing, gazebos and excitement.

“We were thrilled by the great pre-entry response. We received more than 520 rider entries, which is fantastic for the first event of the Western Cape season.

“The enthusiasm for the sport is growing among the kids and more schools are getting involved,” she says.

As the second biggest region in the national league, Western Cape will see another healthy spike in numbers this year.

A learner of Sacs won a youth men’s category this weekend.

The winners in the different categories are: Sub junior boys B: Aidan Penfold, Paul Roos Gimnasium; Sub junior girls B: Andrew Schofmann, Rhenish Girls’ High School; Youth men A: Luke Moir, Sacs; Youth women A: Stefke Tolmay, DF Malan High School; Youth men B: Jamie Penfold, Paul Roos; Youth women B: Michaela Beaton, Rhenish; Junior men: Johann Trotzky, Montana High School; Junior women: Mia de Villiers, Paarl Girls’ High School.

The league was launched by Spur Steak Ranches and Amarider in 2009. The initiative aims to provide a high standard of regional and national structure for the sport at school level, as well as to encourage schools to adopt mountain biking as an official in-school sport.

The league interschools final wraps up this season in October in Magaliesburg. Schools go head-to-head on race day and the race moves away from the individual rider-focus to a team-focused race.

A cash prize of R10 000 is up for grabs and will be awarded to each school at the top of their age category.

The primary and high schools finishing at the top of the points log at the end of each season are awarded a trophy.

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