Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom has once again shown their supremacy in the Spur Schools MTB League by staying undefeated at the top of the North-West Province log.
Going into the finals Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom is leading with 303 points, followed by Hartebeespoortdam High School with 297 points and Potchefstroom Gymnasium third with 258 points and Rustenburg High School filling the fourth slot with 208 points. All four schools qualify for the finals this weekend (3-4 October) at Bekker School in Magaliesberg.
Junior men’s and ladies champion Brandon van der Berg from Volkskool and Nicolene Marais of Rustenburg High School have been selected North West team captains. The youth series winners were Pieter du Toit (Volkskool Potchefstroom) and Kaylin Prinsloo (Hartebeespoort High), while Adriaan Duminy (Wesvalia) and Andrea de Waal (Potchefstroom Girls High) were crowned sub-junior champions.
Sixteen schools battled it out this season, but only four school teams as well as individual category winners will qualify for the 2015 Spur Schools MTB League Finals. MTB fans from across Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa and neighbours Zimbabwe and Namibia will congregate at Bekker School in Magaliesberg to compete as schools as well as provinces for the coveted Spur Schools MTB League trophy and top spot on the provincial log from 3-4 October. NW has proven with second place in the 2014 provincial competition last year that it is the size of the fight in the dog that matters! Gauteng is the national defending champions and currently the largest region in the league.
According to Gauteng and North West league co-ordinator, Deon Steyn the year-on-year growth in the league has been amazing. “Up until last year the Gauteng Series was open to everybody with riders from as far afield as Limpopo, Freestate, NW and Mpumlanga participating in the Gauteng events. The growth of the league necessitated a split in the regions to avoid racing fields becoming too big for the cross-country lap racing format (also the Olympic format) of the league,” says Steyn.