Spur Schools MTB League riders compete to be placed in inter-schools final

September 2017:  Primary and High School students from surrounding schools in the Southern Cape participated in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League #4 at Knysna Montessori School at the weekend.

Students compete to secure a spot for their school team in the inter-schools final which will be held in Gauteng in October

Juan Botes regional event organiser said: “The fires that ravaged the area and affected so many lives earlier this year also destroyed the track, which meant that the Montessori School had to build and salvage what was left of the track to make this event possible.”

He also said organisers were thrilled by the great pre-entry response, having received 144 rider entries and a total of 22 schools participated in the race.

The best performing high school was Outeniqua High School and the top performing primary school was Blanco Laerskool. The two high schools who will be representing the province at the inter-schools final are:  Outeniqua and York High School.

This weekend Southern Cape category winners will go head to head with the Western Cape’s top riders at the Western Cape Final at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch in order to pick the Schools Provincial team that will represent Western Cape at the Spur MTB League Inter-provincial Final in Magaliesburg.

The Southern Cape #4 winners for the following categories are: Sub Junior Boys B (14yrs): Julian Bung, Oakhill High; Sub Junior Girls B (14yrs): Sorina Venter, Outeniqua High; Youth Men A (15yrs): Matthew Leppan, Greenwood Bay College; Youth Women A (15yrs): Charlissa Schultz, Langenhoven Gim; Youth Men B (16yrs): Tristan Nortjé, Outeniqua High; Youth Women B (16yrs): Kirstin Roelofse, York High School; Junior Men (17-18yrs): Casper Pretorius, Shalom Akademie; Junior Women (17-18yrs): Amy Tait, York High School.

The Spur Schools Mountain Bike League was launched by Spur Steak Ranches and Amarider in 2009. The initiative aims to provide a level of regional and national structure for the sport at school level, as well as to encourage schools to adopt mountain biking as an official in-school sport.

The Spur Mountain Bike League Interschools Final wraps up this season on 7-8 October in Magaliesburg. Schools go head-to-head on race day and the race moves away from the individual rider-focus to a team-focussed race. Each school strives to qualify for this part of League.

A cash prize of R10 000 is up for grabs and will be awarded to each school at the top of their age category. The primary and high schools finishing top of the points log at the end of each season are awarded the Region’s School Champion floating trophy.

The inter-schools final will take place at Bekker High School in Magaliesburg, Gauteng in October.

For results, entry details and event photos, visit the Chain Gang events website:  http://www.chaingangevents.co.za/ or the Spur Schools MTB Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpurSchoolsLeague/

To contact the Southern Cape regional event coordinator Juan Botes, send an email to: juan@chaingangevents.co.za

The Spur Schools Mountain Bike League was launched by Spur Steak Ranches and Amarider in 2009 as an initiative to provide regional and national structure in the sport at school level. It also aims to stimulate event-planning in the many regions where the sport is not active at school level.

The league is about introducing more learners to bikes and encouraging South African schools to adopt mountain biking as an official sport. With these simple aims the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League has built a strong cross-country racing format, with four events taking place in each province between May and September. For more information, please visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za.

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