The Spur Schools Mountain Bike League is gaining momentum as riders across South Africa are giving it their all to qualify for the 2016 National Finals in Magaliesburg in October.
On Saturday, 27 August keen mountain bike riders in six provinces will have another opportunity to generate points to secure their spot on the team and their school’s spot in the finals. Excitement is mounting as schools battle it out for the top positions on the mixed, men’s and ladies’ logs with fierce competition and small point differences at the order of the day.
The League runs on the Olympic Cross Country (XCO) lap racing format whereby participants completes a set number of laps, determined by age category, of a short mountain bike course. Lap distances vary between 3-5km and the format makes for technical riding and great spectator value.
The Eastern Cape Final will be hosted at Hopewell Conservation Estate with Daniel Pienaar top of the Port Elizabeth log, followed by Pearson and Grey PE. Event details.
Ficksburg will play host to the third Free State regional race with Grey College top of the log sporting an impressive 399 points, followed by Witteberg High School with 208 points and Ficksburg High School in third place with 170 points.
The fourth race in the North West leg will take place at Wagpos High School in Brits. Event details can be found on bikebeat and the top five schools to watch are Potchefstroom Gimnasium, Rustenburg High School, Wesvalia High School, Hartebeespoort High School and Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom.
Penryn College in the Mpumalanga Lowveld will play host to the third Spur Schools Mountain Bike League race, which has been dominated by Lydenburg High School sporting 292 points with closest rival Nelspruit High School in second place with 169 points, Uplands College in third place with 125 points and Rob Ferreira fourth with 105 points. Top of the Highveld log and overall fifth is Secunda High School with 71 points.
Schools in the Northern Cape will take to the track at 8 Mile Adventure Centre just outside of Kimberley to battle it out. Currently lying comfortably first is Diamantveld High with 369 points, Northern Cape High follows in second, Blinkklip High third and Landboudal High School in third with 26,25 and 24 points respectively. For event details contact Wimpie on 082 899 8970 or Facebook
Top Western Cape schools to watch this weekend are Paul Roos Gimnasium, Parel Vallei High School, Montana High School, DF Malan and HTS Drostdy. Registration for Saturday’s Western Cape event at Montana High School in Worcester will be open from 08h00 to 13h30 and riders must enter 30-40 minutes before their race. The course will be open for practice from 08h10 to 08h50 with the first primary schools race setting off at 09h00.
Riders will have a second opportunity to test the course between 11h10 and 12h00 when the Sub Junior Boys will start followed by the Youth Men B at 12h40 and the Youth Men A at 13h30. All the girls (sub junior B, youth A & B, junior) will set off at 14h15 with the Junior Men wrapping up racing at 15h00.