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Friday, 31 August 2012 13:32

MTB: Paul Roos to Host Spur MTB League Finals

Fierce competition is expected at the Western Cape Finals of the Spur High Schools Mountain Bike League at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch this Saturday, 1 September.

HarrieHost school Paul Roos, who walked off as the best boys team at the 2011 National Finals is currently lying first on the 2012 school log en will attempt to hold their top spot going into the regional finals.  Montana and Parrel Vallei High Schools currently lying second and third respectively will however give it their all to up their log position and spectators can look forward to exciting cycling.

Montana High School in Worcester has also been a steady player throughout the season as they have a strong mixed team – who was just pipped to the podium at the 2011 finals when they finished fourth with 96 points one point behind third place mixed team winners, Sutherland High with 97 points.  All eyes will be on the team this Saturday as they take on local rivals Parrel Vallei.

A total of 60 schools and more than 310 riders competed in the Western Cape leg of the Spur School Mountain Bike League.  Also amongst the top ten schools going into the finals this weekend are D F Malan, Paarl Gimnasium, Kayamandi High School, Reddam House, Stellenberg and Paarl Boys High School. 

According to league co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Amarider he is particularly pleased with the steady growth shown by the development riders.  “Looking at the top riders from Kayamandi High School, it is clear that their dedication and hard work has paid off and that they have become serious contenders,” says Botha.

Botha further stated that the growing enthusiasm and increased involvement from the schools is an indication that mountain bike riding, is starting to count as a serious school sport.  He also applauded schools like Paul Roos Gymnasium for taking initiative in getting involved in terms of event organising and track building.

The route for the weekend's race is more challenging than previous events, with more climbing per lap as well as several single track sections added by Paul Roos MTB team members and old boys who spent many afternoons and weekends getting the route ready for the race. The lap is 3,8km long and should take the fastest riders around 12 minutes to complete.

Registration starts at 07h30 with Nipper Boys and Girls (10 years and under) setting off at 09h00 followed by the Sprog Boys and (10 years and under) at 09H20.  The Sub-Junior Boys (13–14) starts at 10H00 and the Youth Boys (15-16) at 10H45.   All girls start at 11h30, but the13-14 and 15-16 age groups will do two laps and the girls 17-18 will do three laps.  The day’s racing will finish with the Junior Men (17-18) at 12H10. 

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