GEARING UP FOR BUSY SPUR SCHOOLS MTB LEAGUE WEEKEND
With seven events scheduled across seven regions this weekend, the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League is setting the tone for another busy term of racing as riders try to secure a spot in the national finals in October. To date more than 2000 riders representing 233 schools have participated in the 2016 season.
For riders in Limpopo, Mpumalanga Lowveld, Port Elizabeth and Kwazulu Natal this will be their first 2016 league racing opportunity, while schools in Gauteng, Western and Southern Cape will be looking at logging more points and firming up their positions going into the second race in these regions. Races will take place on Saturday, 23 July in all regions except KZN, which will be hosted on Sunday, 24 July at Thomas More College in Kloof.
Parel Vallei High School is currently lying overall first on the Western Cape log, with Paul Roos Gimnasium second, DF Malan third, Montana High School in fourth place and HTS Drostdy in fifth.
In Gauteng it is Menlopark High School retaining their top spot as defending champions followed by Afrikaans Hoër Seunsskool overall second, Transvalia High School third, Waterkloof High School in fourth and Midstream College in a close fifth.
York High School is leading the pack in the Southern Cape, followed by Outeniqua High School second, Greenwood Bay College third, Murray High School fourth and Knysna Montessori High in fifth position.
For those new to the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League, the League is a programme focused on growing the number of children on mountain bikes by running interschool mountain biking races around the country as well as in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho.
The League is facilitated by Amarider, a trails advocacy organization aimed at improving trail opportunities in Southern Africa. The organization uses the League not only to introduce young riders to trails, but also to develop the technical trail riding skills that will make the trails environment a safer and more enjoyable space.
First time league participants in the Western Cape between the ages of 15 and 17 who are keen to give the league a try, will have the unique opportunity this weekend to compete in a fun MOB RACE at Bloemendal Wine Estate at 11h10 before the course practice for competing high school riders at 11h40. Riders can enter on Saturday at a cost of R50.