Sunday 18 May saw Round Two of the Inter School Eliminator Series take place at Crawford College in La lucia. The field was greeted by perfect weather and a well groomed course. Riders were challenged with a climb straight out of the start gate, then the tricky task of negotiating a tight hairpin corner with a step up onto a pavement. Once over the top of the climb, it was literally all “downhill” from there as the riders dropped into the conservancy – some fantastic single track, swept to perfection. All that was left to do was hop off the pavement out of the conservancy, pass the cheering parents and a short sprint to the finish line.
The u/14 and u/16 boys division both saw a good growth in numbers from the previous weeks racing and along with the one heat of u/19 boys – it was on! Whereas in Round One where there were clear winners in each heat, every heat was closely contested with a number of sprint finishers for the line honours. You could hear team tactics coming into play amongst the eleven schools competing, with the more experienced riders sharing their knowledge of faster lines with the other riders. The parents got in on the action too, running between certain points of the track for better visibility and an opportunity to cheer their kids on!
The start was seen as the most important part of the race with a bit of homework being done as to which gear to start in to best attack the climb. With the one flat tyre and a dropped chain, the race was incident free, although a few kids did misjudge their speed through the conservancy and over cooked the last corner at the bottom – but once the dust was brushed off and leaves removed from the helmet, it was all smiles and back on the bike to the race. Once more the support from the sponsors was overwhelming and the quantity and quality of prizes took everyone by surprise. With prize money put up by World of Heros, Enjoy Fitness and Fox Racing, there were also Skullcandy head phones, OGIO back packs, Catlike helmets, vouchers from VeloLife and Rockets Compression riding and compression kit up for grabs.
- Luke Daniel – Curro H.C.A
- Josh Rheeders – Kearsney College
- Ethan Biggar – Northwood
- Sharjah Jonsson – Maritzburg College
- Cayde Muldoon – Northwood
- Ben Carnie – Northwood
- Dylan Williams – Thomas More
- Calden Petit – Northwood
- James Rich – Northwood
This Sunday is the third and final round of the KZN leg to be hosted at Ashton International College in Ballito, it promises to be another great day of racing with already more entries coming in! The series winners will be crowned, and still there is no distinct leader in any of the age groups or amongst the overall schools.