MONTANA HIGH SCHOOL BOASTS NEW MTB TRACK

The Spur Schools Moutain Bike League is gaining momentum in the Western Cape with record participation and more schools from across the region competing.

The third event of the season will be hosted at Montana High School in Worcester on Saturday, 29 August at their brand new mountain bike track.  Custom designed by Meurant Botha of Amarider – a national trails advocacy organsisation aimed at improving and promoting trail opportunities around Southern Africa, the track will likely strengthen Montana’s foothold in the league. Montana is currently lying third overall, second in the women’s category and fourth in the men’s category.

ParelVallei High School is leading the mixed and women’s logs with 983 and 401 points respectively and lying second in the men’s category with 582 points.  Paul Roos has dominated the men’s category on regional and national level and has a comfortable lead with an impressive 744 points.

DF Malan High Schools has also established itself as a strong contender in the league and holds the second place in the mixed and men’s teams with 613 and 403 points respectively and is third in the women’s category with 210 points.

Over the past seven years, the league has logged an average 45% year-on-year growth and has successfully increased the footprint of youth MTB cycling in Southern Africa.  Various rider development programmes have been implemented successfully and numerous mountain bike tracks are being built in association with regional municipalities, schools and land owners.

“One of the major developments since the inception on the league in 2009 is the shift to racing on school grounds. Developing these tracks at schools not only brings the racing to the kids, but more importantly places the sport right in the middle of the traditional and mainstream field/court sports. This gives mountain biking greater exposure, relevance and credibility.  In 2015, that ratio will be more than 50%,” states Botha.

According to Botha the 3,2km track at Montana features meandering single track sections in and around the Worcester Dam bird sanctuary site. “Because the terrain is fairly flat there are several grade reversals to maximise the total elevation of the lap. The proximity of the route to the school grounds make it the perfect site for a schools race track. With all the single track trails on each lap a very fast start is expected in each category as riders challenge for optimal track position,” concludes Botha.

Online entry forms are downloadable at www.spurmtbleague.co.za and can be faxed to 086 547 7886, e-mailed to michelle@amarider.co.za or handed in at registration on race day from 08h30. A cost of R50 for primary school and R60 for high school categories is payable at registration or via EFT.  Banking details can be found on the website.

CATEGORIES / START TIME: Registration opens 08h30 and course practice commences, Sub Nippers (7-8) 09h30, Nipper Boys (9-10) 10h00, Nipper Girls (9-10) 10h05, Sprog Boys (11–12) 10h30, Sprog Girls (11 –12) 10h35, Sub-Junior Boys (13) 11h00, Sub-Junior Girls (13) 11h05, Sub-Junior Boys (14) 12h15, Youth Men B (16) 12h45, Youth Men A (15) 13h20, Girls (14-18) 14h00 and Junior Men (17-18) 14h45.

For further information follow us on @SpurMTBleague, log on to SpurSchoolsLeague on facebook or visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za.

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