Dear SSMTBL Family,
I am sure that I speak for all when I say that this surely has been a most unprecedented period in all our lives. What was to be a 2-week lockdown quickly moved to 3 and then 5 weeks, and now beyond.
From the SSMTBL side, and after a telephonic conversation with our title sponsor, Spur Steak Ranches, 4 May 2020, we want to re-affirm that we are not going to pre-empt any decision on the 2020 season before 30 June, as originally stated in our communication of 18 March. This gives us the flexibility to adapt our season, if required, based on updated COVID-19 regulations as stipulated by the government at that time.
We have decided to rather focus our energy on positive projects like our work on live streaming, online gatherings, and sponsor competitions. These are all elements that you will see on future editions of the League program and not just temporary Covid-19 interventions.
– Our program is flexible, allowing us to compress a season into a much smaller timeframe
– We will be trialing various digital rides and races, these will not replace the official 2020 League season so there is no need to go and invest in expensive training aids!
“ We are extremely proud of all Teachers, Team Managers, learners, and Parent representatives adhering to the lockdown regulations with such positivity and patience. We salute you. Thank you for participating in the opportunities created by the League and Schools Cycling South Africa under these circumstances with such enthusiasm. We miss you all dearly and cannot wait to see again. May we never take these privileges for granted ever again.” – Annelize Ziehl-Owens-Schools Cycling South Africa (SCSA)
“It was heartening to hear that several stores in the Spur Group had to temporarily cease orders for take-away meals over the weekend, as demand exceeded capacity. This bodes well for a return to positive trading as lockdown levels progress to less restrictive measures.” -Khakhi Diala –National Sponsorships and Events Manager Spur Group
“South Africans are known as industrious, adaptive, and innovative, and this is showing in all walks of life, not just in business. We hope you are enjoying the morning outings that are now possible at Lockdown Level 4, and urge you to be safe and cautious at all times.” -Meurant Botha League Director Spur Schools MTB League(SSMTBL)