Anatomic Spur High School MTB series reaches its final round
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08 September 2011
Ready to play at the ‘Vlei
The battle lines are drawn for the third and final round of the Anatomic Spur High School MTB series, with up to 500 pupils from more than 60 schools expected to turn out for six individual cross-country races at the popular Rietvlei Farm on Saturday September 10.
The second round took place at the Fountains venue in Pretoria on August 20 and once the dust had settled had the points had been tallied from that one, the pecking order had changed: reigning champions Waterkloof Hoër were back in the lead, thanks in no small measure to the absence of Bloemfontein’s Grey College whose team had commitments at home. Riders from schools as far afield as Stanford Lake College in Limpopo and Howick High in KZN have made it much more than just a Gauteng event.
The Sub-Junior category has seen good battles between Bryanston’s Michael Ferreira and diminutive Vince Leygonie with both ending in line sprints and with Ferreira gaining the upper hand each time. The girls’ battle has seen Lynette Benson from Waterkloof take wins on the trot to open up a healthy gap to her nearest rival.
The Youth men category has been a Joel Hieber benefit, the talented Trinity rider dominating despite being in the younger year of his age category. At the Tour de Fontein he was pushed hard by Dylan Rebello, who improved on his fourth place at the opening round. This is also comfortably the biggest field with some 150 riders in each outing making it a real bunfight in the mid-field pack.
When it came to the ladies it couldn’t have been more different and the winner from the opening round at Hartebeespoort High on July 30 – Chante van der Merwe – found herself off the podium at Fountains, while third for Janice Venter at Harties turned into a win. Danielle Rheeder, fourth at the Dam, was second at the Fountains, and the net result is that the category has a number of possible champions.
Finally the big guns: Some of the fiercest racing has been amongst the Junior Men yet it is also wide open thanks to two completely different podiums at the two events. It is Ferdi Botha from Centurion who is looking good though, thanks to a third and a fourth place in the series but his main rival for the title is going to be Werner van Heerden who rocketed into second place after languishing in seventh at Harties.
The duel between Van Heerden and eventual winner Stephan Reyneke was one of the highlights of the Fountains event and just one second separated the two at the line, after five laps and an hour of hard racing. The ladies’ event was not oversubscribed but Tarryn Brent made the most of her trip down from Tzaneen to secure the win, and move to the top of the category.
As far as schools go Waterkloof is sitting pretty with 369 points, both by virtue of quality and quantity and the school fielded no less than 46 riders for round two. Centurion is second on 192 with Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom holding the bronze medal with 188. Remarkably, Grey College Bloemfontein is still fourth despite not scoring in Pretoria, and theoretically has the ability to leapfrog into second place thanks to a crack squad of riders.
Full school and individual results are available at www.weardirect.co.za
Picture byline: Johan Orton
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