A successful Western Cape Schools Team Manager Course was held on 18 March 2018 at Dirtopia, Stellenbosch presented by Deon Steyn, President of the SA Schools Cycling.
This was the first of many School Coaches Training and Team Manager courses to be held, and will be followed up by a Schools Mountain Biking Coaching Course on 18-20 May 2018 presented by Erica Green from Daisyway Coaching Systems.
News Update: MTB Skills Clinic
Van Riebeeckstrand Primary School MTB in Melkbosstrand hosted a very successful MTB Skills Clinic on the 9 April 2018 with Daisyway Coaching Systems where 60 learners attended the course. The Van Riebeeckstrand Primary School learners had so much fun, learned valuable MTB skills lessons that will help them when they are to participate in their first School Mountain Biking League coming up in June. The learners also received skills certificates to award their efforts.
“The Western Cape Schools Cycling is preparing to participate in the first Spur Schools MTB League on 9 June 2018 and looking forward to see many more new schools entering this year – especially more High School girls.”
Spur Schools Mountain Bike League
On Saturday, 19 May 2018 mountain biking enthusiasts from the Southern Cape will come out in full force representing their schools in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League Southern Cape, while schools in the Western Cape Spur Schools Mountain Bike League will line up on 9 June 2018 for the first event of the season.
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 Spur Schools Mountain Bike 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.
Schools are encouraged to enter as many riders as possible in order to rack up points which are awarded to riders’ finishing positions in each race. 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.
Spur MTB School League 2018 provisional event calendar
Southern Cape: 19 May, Southern Cape #1 (Klipheuwel Trail Park, Klein Brak River); 28 July, Southern Cape #2 (Saarsveld, George); 18 August Southern Cape #3 (Oakhill School, Knysna) and 15 September, Southern Cape #4 (Montessori, Knysna).
Western Cape: 9 June, Western Cape #1 (Southey Vines Cycle Park, Somerset West); 4 August, Western Cape #2 (Bloemendal Wine Estate, Durbanville Hills); 25 August, Western Cape #3 (HS Montana, Worcester) and 15 September, Western Cape #4, (Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch).