Cyclists make their mark in finals

The sub-junior boys.

The reign of Hoërskool Lydenburg’s mountain-bike riders came to an end when they took position 14 out of the 84 schools that participated in the 2016 Spur Schools Mountain Bike finals at Bekker High School in Magaliesberg last weekend.

Hoërskool Lydenburg was the leading school in Mpumalanga during the past competitions, clinching first place in the province.

Things were looking bright, so much so, that the gap between them and the second team in Mpumalanga was a whopping 402 points. Although only clinching 14th position in the finals, the school is proud of its results and believes that the riders gave their all.

Also read: Hoërskool Lydenburg reigned supreme in the Spur MTB League finals

This race takes place nationwide and in neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland. The entire 2016 Spur Schools Mountain Bike League season had more than 10 500 competitors.

Individually, Nathan Kurensky is the local top boy rider and Simone van Wyk the local top girl.

The lead was scooped by Menlo Park, who pulled out all the stops to win the boys’ (118 points) and the mixed team (121 points) trophies and walked away with the coveted title of National Spur Schools Mountain Bike League champions. The girls’ team from Potchefstroom Gimnasium were crowned national girls champions (72 points) with Menlo Park High School taking second place (66 points) and Midstream College claiming third (59 points).

Only one point separated the second and third boys’ teams, with Grey College in second place with 100 points and Paul Roos Gimnasium third with 99 points. Paarl Vallei High School earned 100 points, securing second place in the mixed-team category with Transvalia in third place with 94 points.

Individual positions of Hoërskool Lydenburg riders:

Name Position (Saturday) Position (Sunday)

Nathan Kurensky(Youth 15) 8 5

Simone van Wyk (sub-junior girls) 13 11

Rikus Booysens(Youth 15) 22 15

Christiaan Labuschagne (sub junior) 19

Stephnie Fritz (youth 16) 18

Reinhart Viljoen (sub junior) 24

Jessica Schulz (junior) 28

Kaylee Lindeque (youth 15) 28

Karabo Malatji (youth 16) 78

Henyo Kruger (junior) 42

Donald Hlase (junior) 52

Bongani Ngwana (junior) 53.

  AUTHOR
Bridget Mpande
Journalist

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