Round 2 Inter School Round Up

Round 2 of the Inter School Eliminator Series for the Western Cape took place on Sunday 2 March hosted by Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. The field of 80 riders from 17 different schools from around the province were treated to a great mixture of urban and off road terrain along the course. There were some technical surprises along the way – a few stairs and some tight corners, but riding up the stairs thanks to course builders Hanno Lategan and Corrie Muller’s sandbag idea, which really added the unique aspect to the course.

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After last week’s first event, the riders seemed to do their homework and the racing was much closer with plenty of shoulder to shoulder racing around the course.

The u/14 riders are really impressive most of whom standing next to their 29ers are smaller than their bikes. The grimaces on their faces as they put 100% effort in from start to finish are priceless and South Africa can rest assured that we have some great talent moving up the ranks. The final was closely contested between the top two finishers from Bishops Diocesan College the week before – Calla De Vos (Paul Roos) and Daniel Van Der Walt (Kenridge Primary). Daniel shot out the gates looking to create a gap, Calla slowly bought him back before making the pass going into the second and final lap of the race taking his second consecutive win, but much closer than the week before. Karl Prins (Bishops) rounded off the podium improving on his fourth place the week before.

U/14 Results:

1. Calla De Vos                    (Paul Roos Gymnasium)

2. Daniel Van Der Walt       (Kenridge Primary)

3. Karl Prins                          (Bishops Diocesan College)

4. Franco Pretorius              (Stellenbosch Primary)

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The u/16 age group was left wide open after previous week’s winner Matthew Keyser (Parel Vallei) was absent from the event. Andrew Sparks (Reddam House) jumped at this opportunity after finishing fourth the previous week at Bishops Diocesan College, Andrew dominated – winning every heat including the final. After missing his round 1 heat and being relegated to the last chance qualifier, Joshua De Freitas (Parel Vallei) had a great come back to end up on the second step of the podium followed by mister consistency Niel Van Tonder (DF Malan).

U/16 Results:

1. Andrew Sparks                (Reddam House)

2. Joshua De Freitas           (Parel Vallei)

3. Neil Van Tonder              (DF Malan)

4. Abongile Bhusakwe       (Kayamandi)

The u/19 age group were once again dominated by Manie Lubbe (DF Malan) who put good distance between himself and the rest of the field in each heat. Alexander Rohrer (Bishops Diocesan College) rocketed from fourth place the week before to second ahead of Ian Lategan (Paul Roos), breaking the DF Malan dominance from the week before.

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U/19 Results:

1. Manie Lubbe                    (DF Malan)

2. Alexander Rohrer            (Bishops Diocesan College)

3. Ian Lategan                      (Paul Roos Gymnasium)

4. Siyabulela Mabaso         (Makupula)

After unfortunately another poor number of entries from the girls division, sister Timon and Sonique Louw (both DF Malan) were so keen to race they took on the boys even advancing through a few heats until over enthusiasm during a tight section caused a crash and the end of their race. The sisters are showing some serious speed and looking like the “ones to beat” at the last event for the Western Cape at DF Malan which will be home ground advantage for them – they hoping that there will be enough interest for a girls division.

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