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Lydenburg High reigns supreme in Mpumalanga

Lydenburg High School reigned supreme in the 2016 Mpumalanga Spur Schools Mountain Bike League Finals at Mankele Mountain Bike Park this weekend and once again clinched the regional trophy with a huge margin logging 951 points.

Attached Image: Junior Men's finals of the Mpumalanga Spur Schools MTB League finals..jpg
Junior Men’s finals of the Mpumalanga Spur Schools MTB League finals.

 

Nelspruit High School finished in second place with 549 points, followed by Uplands College in third with 409 points and Secunda High School fourth overall with 318 points. The top three Lowveld schools as well as the top Highveld entry – Rob Ferreira High that finished overall fifth with 310 points – will represent Mpumalanga in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League National Finals on 8 and 9 October at Bekker School in Magaliesberg.

 

Attached Image: Kirsty Shuttleworth of Uplands(2nd junior women),  Zandri Strydom of Rob Ferreira(1st youth women 16 years) and Monique Swart of Nelspruit HS (1st youth women 15 years) with Olympian, James Reid..jpg
Kirsty Shuttleworth of Uplands(2nd junior women), Zandri Strydom of Rob Ferreira(1st youth women 16 years) and Monique Swart of Nelspruit HS (1st youth women 15 years) with Olympian, James Reid.

 

Penryn Preparatory walked off with the Primary Schools trophy of the 2016 Spur Schools MTB League.

 

Competition was fierce amongst the more than 350 riders at the regional finals with very small margins separating the top riders in a number of categories and the final race determining overall series winners.

 

Attached Image: Lydenburg High School retains Spur Schools MTB League title as Mpumalanga champions..jpg
Lydenburg High School retains Spur Schools MTB League title as Mpumalanga champions.

 

Lydenburg High School secured four podium spots with Simone van Wyk winning the sub junior girls, Reinhart Viljoen finishing second in the sub junior boys, Rikus Booyens achieving second place in the youth boys 16 years and Kaylee Lindeque taking third place in the youth women 16 years.

 

Attached Image: Leam de Klerk of Penry College was the junior Mpulanga champion of the Spur Schools MTB League..jpg
Leam de Klerk of Penry College was the junior Mpulanga champion of the Spur Schools MTB League.

 

Nelspruit High School leads the medal count with eight podium wins. Suzanne Mare and Hijke Coetzee finished second and third overall in the sub junior girls, Jean van der Merwe won sub junior boys, Monique Swart came first in the youth women 15 years, Emile Fourie and Mike Odendaal took third place in the youth men 15 and 16 years categories, while team mates Armand Lombard and Constant Furstenberg secured second and third place in the junior men’s finals.

 

Attached Image: Penryn Primary wins primary schools Mpumalanga Spur Schools MTB League Finals..jpg
Penryn Primary wins primary schools Mpumalanga Spur Schools MTB League Finals.

 

Uplands College’s podium wins included Kyla Hamer who finished third in the youth women 15 years, Patricia Notten second in the youth women 16 years, Kirsty Shuttleworth and Tammy Hawley securing second and third place in the junior women’s final and Ryan Terry finished overall second in the youth men 15 years.

 

Other podium winners that qualified for the Mpumalange Provincial Team and a spot in the national finals are Richardo van der Merwe of Rob Ferreira (third in sub junior boys), Rozel Montgomery of Curro Bankenveld (second in the youth women 15 years), Zandri Strydom of Rob Ferreira High School (winner of the youth women 16 years), Marnique de Swart of Secunda High School (winner of the junior women’s finals), Jeandre Gautier of HTS Witbank who clinched the overall top spot in the youth men 15 years and Liam de Klerk of Penryn College (junior men’s winner).

 

Attached Image: Ryan Terry of Uplands College (2nd junior men), Jeandre Gautier of HTS Witbank (1st junior men), Emile Fourie of Curro Nelspruit (3rd junior men) with Olympian James Reid..jpg
Ryan Terry of Uplands College (2nd junior men), Jeandre Gautier of HTS Witbank (1st junior men), Emile Fourie of Curro Nelspruit (3rd junior men) with Olympian James Reid.

 

Lydenburg High School has also been the proud winners of the “geesbeker” at the Spur High Schools MTB Final two years running.

 

The founding sponsor of the League, Spur Steak Ranches has again committed to a bigger and better season offering a R10 000 rand contribution to school teams that win their respective age categories at the National Inter-schools Finals. “Seeing the continued growth of the program is something we as Spur Steak Ranches are very proud of and we decided to offer this bonus to foster healthy competition and promote teamwork between riders and within schools, as well as increase participation across all skill levels and abilities,” said Andrew Cronje, Spur Market Development Manager.

 

Attached Image: Youth Women start of the Spur Schools MTB League MPU finals at Mankele Mountain Bike Park..jpg
Youth Women start of the Spur Schools MTB League MPU finals at Mankele Mountain Bike Park.

 

This year has also seen the introduction of Team Spur, James Reid and Ariane Kleinhans, who play the important role of encouraging League riders to follow their dreams and showing the reality of becoming sponsored athletes. Local riders got the opportunity to get some handy hints and tips from Olympic rider James Reid at the Mpumalanga finals.

 

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