A Big field at 1st Spur Schools League race in Port Elizabeth was not what was expected with the wet and cold conditions. Despite the weather we had the biggest start groups in both Primary and High Schools sections in the past 5 years. The result of this success is that there will be staggered starts at the next event to make sure that riders have more space to jostle for positions at the start.

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High School riders ready to start.

Inter Schools Competition

With Pearson High School getting involved in the Schools League, we are looking forward to some good racing in the schools teams competition. This was Pearson’s first race and they really looked the part with their schools cycling kit branded by Subaru.

Spurs Schools League Pearson High
Spurs Schools League Pearson High

Daniel Pienaar is clearly taking racing serious both on and off the track. They showed off their new kit branded by The Wild Rapid Spur and Dunlop.

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Daniel Pienaar Schools Team

It is great to see local business getting behind the schools league riders!

Primary Schools

The split of entries between High Schools and Primary schools were very close to 50/50. Primary Schools riders raced on a shorter track and each received a finisher medal at the end of the race.

Spur Schools Racing Port Elizabeth
Spur Schools Racing Port Elizabeth

Some racers are really serious but the whole idea behind the Spur Schools League is to introduce riders to Cross Country style Mountain Biking. They race a number of laps on a short circuit of between 2 and 4 km.  A race might be as short as 4 km for the young riders and up to a maximum of 20 km for the Junior category.  The focus is on fun but there is a competitive spirit among some of the older riders.  Our top Provincial Schools riders rate this as an important event as they stand the chance to qualify for the SA Schools National final that takes place in October each year.

Results and Race day Pictures

For full race results click HERE

All the race pic’s has been posted on our Eastern Cape Schools Mountain Bike League facebook page.  View the pic’s HERE

Download your High resolution pic’s HERE

Schools Points and Standings

Next Event – Spur Schools League – Port Elizabeth

6 August at Fat Tracks Norm Hudlin Trails. Updated race info HERE