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WG van der Walt wins class

Mountain bike riders from Montana High School performed excellently in the Spur Mountain Bike finals last weekend in Magaliesburg.

The League saw more than 10 500 pupils competing from across the country. With 438 mountain bike riders representing 84 schools all chasing points and the coveted title of Spur Schools Mountain Bike League champion, racing was fierce in hot and trying conditions.

Johan Trotzky from Montana finished 7th overall in South Africa in the junior men’s Spur Schools MTB League finals after riding a stellar race as part of the leader pack.

Setting the pace for a high speed racing day, the sub junior boys Miguel Mouthino (Midstream), Travis Stedman (Thomas More College) and WG van der Walt (Montana) broke away from the pack early in the race and the chase was on for the top spot.

After leading the first two laps, Miguel crashed out on the final lap with WG van der Walt holding onto the lead to win in a time of 00:45:53 with Stedman in a close second in a time of 00:45:56 and Marnus Prinsloo of Grey College finishing in third in a time of 00:46:52.

Spur Steak Ranches handed a R10 000 contribution to school teams that won their respective age categories at the National Inter-schools Finals.

“Spending the weekend at the Finals here at Bekker, with so many talented riders and seeing the ever growing support, reinforces the League as something very close to our hearts. By offering this prize money we hope it will encourage the sport within the schools and assist them in further developing their teams,” said Clare Rainey, Spur Brand Development Manager.

The League is affiliated to South African Schools Cycling (SASC), which in turn is affiliated to Cycling SA as a development initiative particularly geared to create a platform for schools to compete against each other and, in doing so, raise the profile of the sport at school level.

On Sunday, schools teamed up for the SASC Interprovincial Competition whereby the best 10 results were counted to crown the best province.

Defending champion North West Province, in spite of its size, successfully defended their title as provincial champion by logging 242 points. Gauteng finished in a close second with 240 points followed by Western Province in third place with 224 points.

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