Need to know information

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 and allows for a feeder system to develop. 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 Inter-schools Final is based on overall performance of school teams.

In most regions, parents enter their children through their region’s specific entry process. The rider’s points will automatically be awarded to their registered school, allowing for the school’s overall log to be formed. The responsibility is then on the parents to ensure child arrives on time to their race and participates in the correct race.

Ideally, we’d like to see the schools supporting by encouraging participation of current and new riders, appointing school team managers and coaches, driving the entry and team registration process, assisting with transport to events, building local school practice tracks, arranging inter-school competitions and providing school branding at Spur MTB League events.

Various coaching and commissaire courses are being rolled out by SASC (South African Schools Cycling) in order to assist school teachers become educated and trained to assist grow their scholar’s skill levels.

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.

 

2019 AGE CATEGORIES

PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE CATEGORIES
BOY’S AGE CATGORY CAT YEAR OF BIRTH GIRL’S AGE CATEGORY CAT
Sub Nipper Boy (7-8) SNB 2011-2012 Sub Nipper Girl (7-8) SNG
Nipper Boy (9-10) NB 2009-2010 Nipper Girl (9-10) NG
Sprog Boy (11-12) SB 2007-2008 Sprog Girl (11-12) SG
Sub Junior Boy PS (13-14) JBP 2005-2006 Sub Junior Girl PS (13-14) JGP
HIGH SCHOOL AGE CATEGORIES
Sub Junior Boy HS (13-14) JBH 2005-2006 Sub Junior Girl PS (13-14) JGH
Youth Men (15) YM15 2004 Youth Women (15) YW15
Youth Men (16) YM16 2003 Youth Women (16) YW16
Junior Men (17-19) JM 2000-2002 Junior Women (17-19) JW

 

Important rules to note:

 

PARTICIPATION

  • Riders will participate in the age category as per the age that they will be on the 31st December of the current year
  • No 6 or 20-year-old riders will be permitted to participate
  • Any rider participating in the incorrect race or with the incorrect race board will be disqualified
  • All riders must ride under their school name that they are registered at
  • No rider is permitted to represent a school that they are not registered at
  • Under the schools act, home-schools are not defined as a school and therefore will need to register to a schools team to participate in the League
  • Home-school riders must represent a school and/or wear the school kit and be registered for sport at the school. Click here to read more
  • All riders that are not representing a bona fide school will be seen as “ghost riders” and will not be seeded, awarded points or qualify to podium
  • A rider that is participating at a regional event where their school is not part of the provincial district must inform the registration crew of this and will be seen as a “ghost rider” and will not be allocated schools points, be seeded or qualify to podium
  • Riders not adhering to event rules can and will be disqualified under the discretion of the head commissaire and/or race director

SUB JUNIOR AGE CATEGORIES (if split)

  • 13-year old riders registered at a high school will participate in the Sub Junior HS (JP) category and will be eligible to qualify for the Spur MTB League Inter-schools Final.
  • 14-year old riders registered at a primary school will participate in the Sub Junior PS (JH) category and will not be eligible to qualify for the Spur MTB League Inter-schools Final.

CYCLING KIT

  • School cycling kit must be worn
  • If the school does not have an official cycling kit, phys-ed or plain shirt may be worn
  • No boldly sponsored or other event kit may be worn

RIDER / PARENT / MANAGER (and other) BEHAVIOUR

  • The Spur MTB League and/or race director/commissaires reserves the right to remove any rider, parent, teacher, family member or other from a dedicated event area or premises should they be found interfering with official’s event duties
  • The same applies to behavior that is found unacceptable and out of line
  • An official complaint or protest may be submitted to the Chief Commissaire as per the official rules process

GAZEBOS AND AREA CONSIDERATION

  • Only school branded or plain gazebos will be permitted in the feed zone and direct event area
  • No advertising of companies or products will be permitted unless granted permission by the race director
  • It is expected that each individual will clean up after themselves and deposit any waste in provided bins

OTHER

  • Each region has specific bylaws that pertain to them. See bylaws for more information
  • The Chief Commissaire and Race Director are responsible for running a smooth event and their say is final

 

LAP GUIDELINES 

Primary school courses range between 2 – 4km

High school courses range between 4 – 6km

RECOMMENDED RACE TIMES
BOYS TIME GIRLS TIME
HIGH SCHOOL
JUNIOR MEN 50-60min JUNIOR WOMEN 40-50min
YOUTH MEN 16 40-50min YOUTH WOMEN 16 30-40min
YOUTH MEN 15 40-50min YOUTH WOMEN 15 30-40min
SUB JUNIOR BOYS HS 13-14 30-40min SUB JUNIOR GIRLS HS 13-14 25-35min
PRIMARY SCHOOL
SUB JUNIOR BOYS PS 13-14 30-40min SUB JUNIOR GIRLS PS 13-14 25-35min
SPROG BOYS 20-30min SPROG GIRLS 20-30min
NIPPER BOYS 15-25min NIPPER GIRLS 15-25min
SUB NIPPER BOYS 15-20min SUB NIPPER GIRLS 15-20min