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Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:33

MTB:Spur School MTB League Take To World Champs Track

Excitement is building amongst young mountain bike riders in Kwazulu Natal who will get to test ride parts of the cross country course and eliminator courses at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg the weekend before the UCI MTB Masters World Championships.

 

A big field of keen mountain bike riders is expected to compete in the seventh leg of the Kwazulu-Natal Spur School Mountain Bike series presented by Mongoose on Saturday, 17 August.  For a couple of these riders, who have been selected to represent South Africa, this race will provide a final practice run for the Junior World Champs on the 29th August.

Both Allan Hatherley from Hillcrest High and Carlo Marzoppi of Kearsney College, have taken part in the Spur School MTB League’s junior category and have been selected to compete in the Junior World Championships.  Thirty nations and 581 riders entered for the UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships.

According to KZN league co-ordinator, Ewan Cochran the local Spur School MTB high school series in particular has grown significantly with numbers doubling compared to 2012. Northwood Boys are leading the high school pack, while Highbury Preparatory is lying first of the primary schools.  “I think many schools are now starting to see the value of mountain biking with some schools even making it an official school sport and investing in building mountain bike tracks on their grounds,” says Cochran. 

“The school league is run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. The 3km route for Saturday’s Spur School MTB league race will run partly through a sections of all the courses for the masters and elite races, and will be very spectator friendly with some fair climbs and challenging single tracks,” mentions Cochran.

The course will be open for practice runs from 11h00-12h15.  Registration for all Sub-Nipper, Nippers and Sprogs will be at the same time, while high schools can register till 14h00 at R50 per rider.  High school racing will start at 15h00 with prize giving scheduled for 17h00.  More info can be found on www.mongooseschools.co.za.

The Spur School Mountain Bike league was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Spur Group and league facilitator Amarider 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.

The league culminates with the national finals on 21 September, which will be hosted for the third year running at Bekker School in Magaliesburg, where schools will compete in three categories namely best girls, best boys and best mixed team.  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. 

A portion of the Spur Group 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 opportunity accessible to as many schools as possible.

The UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 21 August to 25 August 2013.

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