Curro MTB Cup gets off to a strong start

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Ruan Welgemoed from Curro Durbanville rolls over an A-drame. (Photo: Curro)
Ruan Welgemoed from Curro Durbanville rolls over an A-drame. (Photo: Curro)

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.

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Lily Fortuin from Meridian Pinehurst (left) and Sienna Green from Curro Durbanville (right). (Photo: Curro)

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.

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Curro Durbanville riders accepting the trophy together with race director, Jaco Kotze. (Photo: Curro)

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.

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