Participation

Historically, cross-country mountain biking is an individual sport, with very few structured team competitions in place.

This stems from the fact that World Championship and Olympic participation is done on an individual basis. Individual participation has made it difficult for mountain biking to compete against the mainstream sports like rugby, cricket, hockey and netball where the focus is on “team” and “school” and not the individual.

A school builds its sporting reputation based on the annual strength of their teams, and one can find a direct correlation between team strength and the quality of the programme behind the sport.

The League focuses mainly on High Schools, but in many regions provision is made to accommodate junior schools as this boosts numbers at smaller events. In Gauteng, for example, there will not be enough room to manage all the additional categories.

In short, participation in the League is open to all school children, irrespective of whether the school has an MTB programme or not. However, participation in the National Final is based on overall performance of school teams.

How to work out rider’s age category:  a rider’s age is determined based on the age that they will be on the 31st December of this year

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE CATEGORIES
BOY’S AGE CATGORY CAT YEAR OF BIRTH GIRL’S AGE CATEGORY CAT
Sub Nipper Boy (7-8) SNB 2009-2010 Sub Nipper Girl (7-8) SNG
Nipper Boy (9-10) NB 2007-2008 Nipper Girl (9-10) NG
Sprog Boy (11-12) SB 2005-2006 Sprog Girl (11-12) SG
Sub Junior Boy (13-14) JBA 2004 Sub Junior Girl (13-14) JGA
HIGH SCHOOL AGE CATEGORIES
Sub Junior Boy (13-14) JBB 2003 Sub Junior Girl (13-14) JGB
Youth Men A (15) YMA 2002 Youth Women A (15) YWA
Youth Men B (16) YMB 2001 Youth Women B (16) YWB
Junior Men (17-18) JM 1999-2000 Junior Women (17-18) JW

 

  • Note:
    14 year old’s registered at a primary school will participate in the Sub Junior A category and will not qualify for the Spur MTB League Inter-schools Final.
    13 year old’s registered at a high school will participate in the Sub Junior B category and will qualify for the Spur MTB League Inter-schools Final.