DF Malan High School got off to a great start to the 2014 Spur School Mountain Bike League and accumulated an impressive 384 points at the first Western Cape league race of the 2014 season hosted recently at Willowbridge to put them top of the log. Attendance figures were up 35% on last year with a total of 365 riders taking to track for the first event of the season.
Parel Vallei High School is sitting in a close second with 371 points, with Paul Roos Gimnasium in third position overall, but comfortably leading the boys’ category with 339 points followed by Montana High School in fourth with a total of 326 points.
Primary schools making their mark in the Nipper’s and Sprog’s races hosted as part of the league meetings, were Kenridge Primary School with a total of 251 points followed by Totius Primary School with 242 points and Kinetic in third with 116 points.
In a tight sub-junior boy’s race it was Michard Meets of Parel Vallei High School who finished first with Calla De Vos of Paul Roos Gimnasium second and Daniel Van der Walt of Kenridge Primary in third place.
Andrew Sparks of Reddam House won the youth men 16 division with Matthew Keyser of Parel Vallei in second place and Edward Boshoff of Montana in third. The yougth men 15 was won by Johann Trotzky of Montana with Rossouw Bekker of Paul Roos Gimnasium second and Joshua De Freitas of Parel Vallei High School in third position.
The sub-junior girls’ was won by Sonique Louw of D F Malan High School followed by Juarnett West of Montana second and Carla Hollander of Kenridge Primary School in third place. Allison Mortonof Westerford High finished first in the youth women category, followed by Petra Lategan of BBloemhof second and Jessi Nixon of Fishhoek High School in third place.
In a tightly contested youth women’s race it was Marga Janse van Rensburg of Montana who took first place with Mire Herbst of Durbanville High School second, Lieze Van Heerden of Parel Vallei third and Sune Van Zyl also of Parel Vallei High School fourth.
The youth men provided nail biting action, but it was Matthew Lombardi of Paul Roos Gimnasium taking line honours, followed by Manie Lubbe of D F Malan High School second and Michael Lord also of Paul Roos Gimnasium in third and James Durr of Stellenberg fourth.
Currently in its sixth season, the Spur School Mountain Bike League has surpassed all expectations in terms of participation and reach and according to league co-ordinator Meurant Botha of AMARIDER, 10 000 entries as well within reach this year.
AMARIDER is also playing a key role in terms of cycling development. Apart from the various rider development programmes that have successfully been implemented countrywide since the inception of the league, mountain bike tracks are being built around the country in association with regional municipalities, schools and land owners to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the sport on a regional basis.
The second Western Cape Spur School Mountain Bike league race will be hosted at one of these newly developed venues – Parys Park on the corner Market and Klein Parys Sport Street in Paarl – this Saturday, 19 July. Starting and finishing on the banks of the Berg River behind the Canoe Club, the 2km lap makes its way around the outskirts of the sports fields and through the adjoining bush area.
Registration opens at 07h30 and entry fees are R40 Nippers and Sprogs and R50 for all other categories.
PROVISIONAL CATEGORIES / START TIME:
Nipper Boys (10 years and under): 10H00
Nipper Girls (10 years and under): 10H00
Sprog Boys (11–12): 10H20
Sprog Girls (11 –12): 10H20
Sub-Junior Boys (13–14): 10H50
Youth Boys 16: 11H30
Youth Boys 15: 12H00
ALL Girls (13-14/15-16/17-18): 12H35
Junior Men (17-18): 13H10
For more information please contact: Amarider 021 884 4547 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.spur.co.za/about-
Source: Peridot Communications