Talented young cyclist Anna Marx from Springfield Convent High School in Wynberg says coming second in the provincial 2018 Spur Schools MTB League interschools final is her most exciting achievement as a young cyclist.
She was part of the regional team that participated in the competition held in Magaliesburg on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October.
Her regional team was beaten into second place with 12 points by the Gauteng team. They scooped nine podium finishes consisting of two first places, one second and seven third places.
She says for her it was about gaining experience and she enjoyed every moment of it.
“I am very proud of myself – I put in a lot of effort and the results were good.”
Anna says she practises at least three times a week to make sure she stays ready for competition. The adrenaline that comes with when racing is what excites her the most and she enjoys meeting new people and making friends through the sport. “In every competition you meet new people and learn new things.”
Her mother, Colleen Marx, says Anna and her sister love cycling and both took after their father and their cousin who Marx says is now a national champion. Marx says she is glad to see the hard work of her daughter paying off.
“The Spur Schools MTB League is great in that it welcomes all levels of riders, and even riders from schools which don’t have many other riding scholars. The kids get to grow their MTB skills and have the enjoyment of a racing environment geared to their age group.”
Meurant Botha, director of Amarider and principal organiser of the league, says the Western Cape’s performance speaks for itself and bodes well for the growth of the sport in the province.
“The league has performed incredibly well in the last 10 years – we are so proud to consistently witness its growth year-on-year. The fact that it gets the kids so excited is a bonus,” Botha says.