Cycling South Africa wishes learners well for the first event of the 2019 Spur Schools MTB League, kicking off this weekend at John Vorster Technical High School, Pretoria, on 27 April.
This 65-event League is the largest cycling programme in South Africa and serves as the main feeder of young riders to the Olympic XCO racing format. With over 700 learners expected at the first event, the numbers that these events are attracting is certainly exciting to see and bodes well for developing more riders of the calibre of Alan Hatherly, the current under-23 XCO UCI World Champion, and himself a product of the League.
According to Cycling SA Mountain Bike Commission Director, Brett Coates, the growth of the League has underpinned an upswing in interest in XCO racing. “Our National Championships has seen a traditional veteran-heavy participation base shift to one that is primarily made up of junior age categories. This creates the ideal platform from which to develop future champions.”
League director, Meurant Botha, added that although the League’s focus is on grassroots racing with easy tracks and shorter race times, the level of competition is still very high. “The League, despite having more of a kids-on-bikes vision, recognises that many of these young riders see the provincial and national series’ of Cycling SA as the next step of their cycling programmes and we want to support this transition with a much closer working relationship with the governing body.”
All parties agree that achieving official school sport status should be a high priority and to this end, South African Schools Cycling (SASC) has been set up to act as a conduit between the respective provincial schools’ bodies, the League and Cycling SA. The organisation’s first representative AGM takes place on 16 May, a major step in the process of organising the sport at school level.
Western Province Schools Cycling
“We are excited to hear that some Schools already had their Inter- Schools competitions or are in the process of planning Inter- Schools competitions as preparation for the Schools League season. We encourage as many Schools as possible to at least organise one Inter Schools Competition per year.”
GUIDELINES for High Schools from our Vice-Chairperson, Ben Puddu from Paul Roos Gimnasium that have hosted many Inter-Schools Competitions in the past.
A team consist of 18 boys
- 0/14- 4
(This can differ, but usually you have more Seniors racing than the Juniors.)
The point system work as follows:
- 5th -12
- 6th- 10
- 7th- 8
- 10th- 1
TEAM MANAGER Courses 2019: COMPULSARY for ALL SCHOOLS to be accredited
Date: 25 May 2019
Time: Morning session 09:30 for 10:00-12:00 or Afternoon session 14:00-16:00
Venue: Paul Roos Gymnasium
Schools Coaching Course:
Dates: 1-2 June 2019: limited space available (more info to follow soon)
Venue: Paul Roos Gymnasium
RSVP: before 17 May 2019 to Annelize Ziehl-Owens e-mail: [email protected]
Western Province SPUR SCHOOLS MTB LEAGUE 2019 dates
- 8 June 2019- Southy Vines-Somerset West
- 3 August 2019- Bloemendal – Durbanville
- 24 August 2019- HS Montana- Worcester
- 14 September 2019-HS Paul Roos Gymnasium-Stellenbosch
- 27-28 September 2019- NATIONALS: HS WAGPOS (outside BRITS- North West)
For more information visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za