DP MTB cyclists heading for Spur finals

2015-10-01 06:00
The mountain bike team of Daniel Pienaar THS which will participate in the nationals this weekend in Magaliesburg. At the back are Franco McLeod, Kobus de Kock, Gerrit Rautenbach, Marco van der Westhuizen. In front are Ryno Gerber and Laylin van der

The mountain bike team of Daniel Pienaar THS which will participate in the nationals this weekend in Magaliesburg. At the back are Franco McLeod, Kobus de Kock, Gerrit Rautenbach, Marco van der Westhuizen. In front are Ryno Gerber and Laylin van der

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Six mountain bike riders from Daniel Pienaar THS in Uitenhage and Selborne College in East London respectively will be representing the Eastern Cape at the upcoming Spur Schools Mountain Bike League national finals.

Following an exciting 2015 season, fierce competition is expected when the top riders from across South Africa, Namibia and Zim-babwe compete for podium positions and ultimately the coveted title of National Spur School MTB League champions this weekend (2-4 October).

Various rider development programmes have been implemented successfully and numerous mountain bike tracks are being built in association with regional municipalities, schools and land owners.

According to national league co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Amarider - a national trails advocacy organisation aimed at improving and promoting trail opportunities around Southern Africa, one of the major developments is the shift to racing on school grounds.

Developing tracks at school grounds

“Developing these tracks at schools not only brings the racing to the kids, but more importantly places the sport right in the middle of the traditional and mainstream field/court sports. This gives mountain biking greater exposure, relevance and credibility. In 2015, that ratio will be more than 50%,” states Botha.

The team from Daniel Pienaar Technical High School - the first school in the region to sport its own mountain bike track and to offer mountain bike riding as an official school sport, finished comfortably first in the Port Elizabeth leg of the league with 147 points. The riders selected to compete at the finals are Gerrit Rauntenbach, Ruben Schoeman, Marko van der Westhuizen, Laylin van der Merwe, Ryno Gerber and Kobus de Kock. St Dominic Priory finished second with 91 points and Alexander Road High third with 87 points. The winning team in the East London leg was from Selborne College.

According to Eastern Cape regional co- ordinator, Charl Joubert, a total of 23 High Schools and 23 Primary Schools participated in the Eastern Cape.

Although only high schools can qualify for the finals, the growing contingent of primary school riders bodes well for the sport. He further mentioned that the standard of racing was much higher than in previous seasons.

)For further information, follow us on @SpurMTBleague, log on to SpurSchoolsLeague on Facebook or visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za

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