The popularity of mountain biking in South Africa reflects across all age groups. Including schoolkids.
After a period of pandemic interrupted sport, Curro’s mountain bike challenge events have returned.
Part of the Curro Cup, where scholars from different Curro schools compete, the first round of Curro’s Mountain Bike Challenge was hosted by its Pinehurst campus.
In total, 35 riders from five Curro schools attended – Durbanville, Brackenfell, Century City, Pinehurst and Hermanus.
Making the most of school terrain
Hosted by Cycle2Ride, riders raced on a 1.5km course,
configured around Curro Pinehurst’s grounds. Despite the hot summer conditions, the Curro Cup riders completed
their laps with gusto. Depending on age group, riders completed either two or four laps.
Grassy sections, which added a lot of rolling resistance, provided an endurance challenge - while technical features, such as A-frames and berms, tested bike handling skills.
In the girl’s high school junior category (17-19 years), victory went to Cheyanne Luüs from Curro Hermanus, while her classmate, Luke Craig Kavanagh, won the same age group for the boys.
More Curro Cup races to come
Among the primary school riders, Diyani Kotze (Curro
Durbanville) finished first in the sub-nipper girl’s race (7-8 years). In the sub-nipper
boy’s event, Nate Cammisa – also Curro Durbanville – took line honours.
After tallying the finishing positions, Curro Durbanville had the most successful representation of riders.
Two other provinces will host Curro Cup mountain bike events in March following the successful Western Cape round.