Hoërskool Lydenburg reigned supreme in the Spur MTB League finals

Junior men's finals of the Mpumalanga Spur Schools MTB League.

Hoërskool Lydenburg reigned supreme in the 2016 Mpumalanga Spur Schools Mountain Bike League finals at Mankele Mountain Bike Park in Mbombela on Saturday.

Once again the school clinched the regional trophy with a huge margin logging of 951 points.

More than 350 riders from schools in the province participated in the race.

They secured four podium spots with Simone van Wyk winning the subjunior girls, Reinhart Viljoen finished second in the subjunior boys, Rikus Booyens was second in the youth boy’s 16 years and Kaylee Lindeque took third place in the youth women 16 years.

The 47 racers gave the competition their utmost best, so much that the gap between them and the next team was 402 points.

Hoërskool Nelspruit finished in second place with 549 points, followed by Uplands College in third with 409 and Hoërskool Secunda fourth overall with 318.

Hoërskool Lydenburg has also been the proud winners of the spirit cup at the Spur High Schools MTB final two years running.

This race takes place nationwide and in neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland.

Each province and country conducts a series, and the podium winners for the high- school categories will participate in the final at Bekker High School in Magaliesberg on October 8 and 9.

Besides the podium winners, riders from schools can take part in a competition where points will be allocated to all pupils who have raced for their school.

The founding sponsor of the league, Spur Steak Ranches has again committed to a bigger and better season offering of R10 000 contributions to school teams that win their respective age categories at the National Interschools finals.

According to Andrew Cronjé, Spur market development manager, looking at the continuous growth of the league, it is something that Spur Steak Ranches are very proud of.

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“We decided to offer this bonus to foster healthy competition and promote teamwork between riders and within schools, as well as increasing participation across all skill levels and abilities.”

Local riders had the opportunity to receive handy hints and tips from Olympic rider, James Reid at the Mpumalanga finals.

Bridget Mpande

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