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Spur Schools League event #1: Southey Vines Cycle Park, Somerset West.

26 Jun 2017

Report by" Sipho Madolo, Sport Programme Manager

The Spur Schools MTB league is one of our kids main events for the year which they look forward to. It offers them the opportunity to set goals and work towards them with each passing event in the series. 

This year we decided that we would use the Spur Schools MTB league as an opportunity for some of our kids to progress from BMX to MTB. We had 6 kids competing in this weekends event held at the Southey Vine Cycle Park in Somerset West - 3 girls and 3 boys racing U/12,13 and 14. With the exception of Zizo, who did last years series, the other 5 kids were all newbies and  super excited for the opportunity.

Spur Schools League team

The proud team ready to head out to the event with two older team members to support. Photo credit: Sipho Madolo

Selecting kids to go to events is never easy but with us having selection criteria of best behaviour, attendance and focus on school work, it made it a little easier for us to select our top 6 riders out of the 40 eligible to compete.

On race day everything went smoothly - the event is always well organised, registration was simple and we got to the race with plenty of time to test the course. These 2 test laps settled the kids and they went into the race happy and confident.

 Course test

Being able to test out the course prior to the race helped in calming the kids nerves. Photo credit: Sipho Madolo

All our kids rode very well especially since it was most of their first MTB races ever. A special mention needs to go to Zizo (5th in U/14), Lakhanya ( 13th in U/12 ) and Sinamava ( 3rd in U/14 girls ).

 Out on course

Zizo in action in a very large and competitive field. Photo credit:Into Cycling Newspaper.

We are looking forward to the next event in the league and with the kids now having this past weekends experience they know what to expect and how to prepare even better.

 Team regroup

The team gets together after their race to chat about their experience. Photo credit: Into Cycling Newspaper.

Thanks to Spur Schools MTB league for your support and Michelle for helping with the entries. Also thanks to my team and all the supporters for making this possible for the kids.