Around 50 of the Western Cape’s top high school mountain bikers were in action at Delvera on Saturday, 5 September to take part in the Spur High School Mountain Bike League Race.
Crowds of spectators were entertained by a stunning display of MTB skills by these junior riders. Jeandre Fourie placed first in the Junior Men 17-18 category of the event after completing five laps of seven kilometres each in an impressive 1hr 25min 59sec.
Timo Cooper was second and Herman Bester took third.┬á Johann Strombeck crossed the finish line first in the Youth Men 15-16 category of the event, when he completed the required four laps of 7km in an astounding 1:10:50.
Ruan Erasmus came in second with Johannes Scribante hot on his heels in third place. In the Sub Junior Boys 13ÔÇô14 category, Tim Wilkins finished first after having completed his three laps of 7km in 57:31.┬á Ivan Venter was second, followed by Jannes Buijs.
According to series coordinator, Meurant Botha, the event was well supported and very successful.┬á ÔÇ£Weather conditions on the day were absolutely perfect.┬á The route was fast with some muddy sections in the single-track forest.┬á The first section of the course was tougher than the last section as it started with some steady climbing single-tracks to the top of the hill followed by fun down-hills.┬á The atmosphere was very relaxed and sociable with families and friends gathering on the lawn where they could witness the section of the course that ran around the dam.┬á We are really pleased with the turnout on the day and look forward to the next event,ÔÇØ says Botha.
The Spur High School MTB league was launched in July this year.┬áThe aim of the league is to create a safe, yet competitive racing environment for mountain-bikers between the ages of 13 and 18.┬á The league consists of three age categories, namely Sub-Junior (13-14), Youth (15-16) and Junior (17-18) for boys and girls respectively.┬á The Spur High School MTB League in association with Falke and Sportsman’s Warehouse focuses on raising the profile of mountain biking, whilst building recognition for this Olympic discipline within the school sport structure.
The League incorporates over 40 new and existing events staged by local clubs across the country between July and September.┬á Amarider, a non-profit organisation aimed at improving off-road cycling opportunities in Africa, administers the league.┬á Amarider facilitates the development of mountain biking by bringing new routes to riders and new riders to the sport.
Results from existing series such as the Anatomic High School MTB Series in Gauteng and the Mongoose Schools Series in KwaZulu Natal will be incorporated in the national league.┬á In each region, an event will be allocated regional final status, which will serve as the provincial qualifying round.┬á The Spur High School MTB league will culminate in the action-packed finals to be staged at Fountains in Pretoria on 26 September 2009.
The next Western Cape event takes place this weekend, Saturday, 12 September 2009 at Nelson Wine Estate as part of the Nelson’s Creek Mountain Bike Festival.