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Gold for Silver in Pretoria
- Updated: September 30, 2009
Forty-five of South Africa’s up and coming high school mountain bikers took part in the Spur High School Mountain Bike League finals at Fountains Valley, Pretoria on Saturday.
Event organiser Retief Freysen said they could not have asked for better weather on the day and ÔÇ£the route was ideal for all mountain bikers from novices to experts.┬á A lap was 5.8km in length and riders had to deal with a number of sharp turns, short steep climbs, river crossings, wooden bridges and lots of narrow single track throughout.┬á The standard of racing was high and I am pleased to say that there were some excellent lap times.┬á We would love to see more riders and schools participating next time round,ÔÇØ said Retief.
Sean Silver took gold in the Junior Boys (17-18) category when he completed the required five laps in an impressive time of 1hr 24min.┬á Lourens Luus placed second, while William Mokgopo finished third.┬á Emily Clarke was victorious in the Junior Girls (17-18) category when she finished the required four laps in 1:28:24.┬áLiani Morkel came second, followed by Carmen Cresswell in third place.
Jac-Johann Steyn finished first in the Youth Boys (15-16) category of the race doing his four laps in 1:08:48.┬á Bert Pauw crossed the finish line in second, while Stephen Reyneke finished third.┬á Rozallah Kubjana was first in the Youth Girls (15-16) category when she completed her three laps in a great time of 1:05:48.┬á Eugenie Gouws was second with Ilze Kriel third.┬á Dylan Rebello secured himself top spot in the Sub Junior Boys (13-14) category of the event when he cycled three laps in an impressive time of 55:13.┬á Pieter Luus placed second, while Christan Kirsten finished third.┬á Savannah Vosloo obtained a first place in the Sub Junior Girls (13-14) category covering two laps in 56:03.┬á Natasha Emmerick was second.┬á Uplands High School (White River) was crowned the school’s winner on the day.
Spur Steak Ranches, South Africa’s leading family restaurant group, launched the exciting Spur High School MTB league earlier this year with the aim of the league to create a safe, yet competitive racing environment for mountain bikers between the ages of 13 and 18.┬á The league in association with Falke and Sportsman’s Warehouse focuses on raising the profile of mountain biking, whilst building recognition for this Olympic discipline within the school sport structure.┬á The league incorporates over 40 new and existing events staged by local clubs across the country between July and September.