South African Schools Cycling (SASC) is driving cycling skills development to young school goers in a very big way, and the inaugural Solomon’s Primary Schools MTB Development Series, presented by SASC, is making huge inroads into the growth of cycling and cycling development at schools.
Comprising three events, the brand new series in Gauteng held its first event at Montana High School in Pretoria North on Saturday 2 May. Almost 100 learners attended, where they rode various obstacles on the school field in order to hone their cycling skills, all contributing to the success of the event.
The focus of the series is cycling development, and the learners discovered skills development, an understanding of basic regulations, mountain bike protocols, safety issues and the role of the commissaire.
Ten teachers also attended a Level 1 Coaching Course, which was organised by Elize Nieuwenhuizen. Starting on the Friday, the course ran for three days, imparting valuable knowledge to the attendees.
SASC President, Deon Steyn, said: “What this means for us is that 10 teachers will be sitting in 10 high schools with 1000 learners each, providing a total of 10000 learners with access to coaching skills. This is amazing!”
Steyn also thanked Cycling SA General Manager, Mike Bradley, for organising the funding to get the coaching courses going. Plans are underway to host the next coaching course in the Free State in June.
Adding to the success of the Solomon’s Primary Schools MTB Development Series, the popular Gauteng Spur High School MTB Series presented by Anatomic took place at Curro College Hazeldean at the weekend. Over 584 enthusiastic and eager riders representing 50 schools in Gauteng took part in the “Spur Tour de Plot”.
“Unfortunately we had to exclude the neighbouring provinces as we could see early that the event was just getting too big,” said Steyn, who is also the Gauteng Series Director. “Over 500 riders is a lot to handle, and if the North West Province, Free State and Limpopo were also in attendance, we would’ve had over 750 riders in Hazeldean.”
The learners, aged between 14 and 18 years of age, raced against each other in their respective age groups for a chance to claim the medals on offer. For details on how the racing unfolded, and for the results, visit: http://highschoolmtb.co.za/spur-tour-de-plot-2015.
The next event is the Spur Tour de Dal presented by Anatomic, which takes place at FH Odendaal Hoërskool in Pretoria on 25 July 2015.
South African Schools Cycling (SASC) is an Associate Member of Cycling South Africa, and is promoting the development of the sport of cycling at school and grass roots level, breaking down the barriers to entry throughout South Africa.