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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 16:41

Record Entries For Gauteng Leg of MTB League

Tension is mounting in the Spur School Mountain Bike League as top schools countrywide battle it out for a place in the finals.  A record number of more than 600 riders from more than 80 schools congregated at FH Odendaal High School for the first leg of the Gauteng leg recently presented by Anatomic.

 

The Spur School Mountain Bike League was launched in 2009 and aims to create a national platform for school kids to have fun by participating in dedicated mountain biking events, while increasing the footprint of the sport in South Africa.   Regional races are hosted across nine provinces as well as in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.  Gauteng sported the most entries last year logging 1510 riders in the 2012 season.

Races are run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions and the 4.8km route which ran partly through the Derdepoort Nature Reserve offered riders the opportunity to test their skill, strength and speed.  Competition was tough and in most races tight battles were fought for podium positions.  Sub-juniors and youth boys raced three laps and the girls two.  Junior men het to complete four laps, while junior girls raced three laps in warm and dusty conditions.

As mountain biking is predominantly an individual sport, the points’ structure of the league focuses on team participation at school level.   Schools compete in different age categories in regional events, including sub-junior boys and girls (13-14 years), youth men and women (15 and 16 years racing separately) and junior men and women (17-18 years).  In each race, riders are allocated points according to their finishing positions earning a position on the log.

Following the recent Tour de Dal race at FH Odendaal High School outside Pretoria the men’s log is led by Grey College with 165 points, followed by Waterkloof with 145 points in second and Volkskool in Potchefstroom third with 123 points.  Volkskool is leading the women’s log with 52 points, followed by Helpmekaar College with 48 points and Waterkloof in third with 32 points.

Waterkloof is lying top of the combined men’s and women’s log with 177 points followed closely by Volkskool with 175 and Grey College third with 165 in spite of having no female riders.

Nicholas Poppich of Waterkloof did well on the power climbs and single track cornering and was crowned the race winner in a time of 00:50:10, followed closely by Dylan Robello of Randpark High in 00:51:07 and Bernard Kruger of Potchefstroom Gimnasium in third place in a time of 00:52:07.

The sub-junior men was won by Hendrik du Toit of Waterkloof in 00:45:04 with Duncan de Waal of Hartebeespoort second in a time of 00:45:07 and Mamishi Masetla of Diepsloot Academy third in a time of 00:48:58.

The youth men (15 years) was won by Brandon van den Berg of Volkskool Potchefstroom in 00:41:36 with Hanno van der Walt of Hartebeespoort second in 00:42:05 and Martin de Beer of Cornwall Hill College third in a time of  00:43:53. 

Michael Ferreira of Cornwall Hill Kollege won the youth men (16 years) in 00:39:57 witht Vincent Leygonie of Krugersdorp second in 00:40:02 and Gideon Vermaak of Volkskool third in 00:40:43.

The junior women category was won by the talented Hazel Magill of St Conrad’s College in a time of 00:46:25.  Hazel only started cycling a year ago and recently also qualified for the SA Schools Team.  Jessica Alcock of Doxa Deo, who also made the SA team finished second in a time of 00:47:24 with Danielle Rheeder of Waterkloof in third in a time of 00:50:57.

Danielle Strydom of Potchefstroom Gymnasium finished first in the sub-junior women category in a time of 00:35:50 followed by Azulde Britz of Cornwall Hill College in a time of 00:39:33 with Nyaka Phutuma of the Diepsloot Academy finishing third in a time of 00:40:08.

Mignette von Staden of Helpmekaar College took line honours in the youth women (16 years) in a time of 00:34:31, followed by Julene Schoeman of Wonderboom in 00:35:12 and Chante Fourie of Volkskool in third in a time of 00:35:29.

The youth women (15 years) was won by Saffron Vosloo of Pretoria Girls High in a time of 00:34:20 with Marlize le Roux of Volkskool in second in a time of 00:35:04 and Kirsten Louw also of Volkskool in third in a time of 00:37:53.

School teams that finish their regional competitions within the top three positions in each category will automatically qualify for the Spur High School National Finals on 21 September at Bekker School in Magaliesburg.  Schools will compete in three categories namely best girls, best boys and best mixed team.    A portion of the Spur Steak Ranches sponsorship funds has been also allocated to provide all qualifying school teams with free entries, accommodation for qualifying riders and officials, free meals as well as travel assistance in an effort to make this amazing opportunity accessible to as many schools as possible.

Riders in the Gauteng region will have two more opportunities to qualify at Tour de Dam at Hartebeespoort High on Saturday, 17 August and at Tour de Plaas at Bekker School on Saturday, 7 September.  For more information please visit www.spur.co.za/about-us/events.