Newcastle was hot and dry but the kid’s excitement made up for it. The event was on the 23 October 2015 and the school is Mbalenhle Primary School, 55 excited kids came out to participate in our District Development Series Event.
The rest of the school were so excited that they came and lined the course to cheer their friends on. There were 2 groups of girls aged 11 and 12 – 13 years then the boys were 11, 12 and 13 years respectively.
Newcastle is always a great place to work and they are so accommodating and love to work with us in the event, the help of the teachers really makes the running of the event easier as the kids listen to the teachers so chaos does not erupt.
First it was time for practice and although I always tell them to go slow in the beginning this does not happen the kids think that every time they get on a bike they must race, kids are competitive it does not matter what the sport is whether it is new to them like cycling or whether it is Football or Rugby but harnessing our talent through schools is definitely the way forward.
Great talent was on show as the kids showed that even though they don’t always get the opportunities that others get when they do get a chance they take it with both hands.
The event ran smoothly on a nice flat area that was conducive for some fast racing. In the 11 year Girls Class it was Seluleko Makhanya 1st, Nomfundo Didakwane 2nd, Nomonde Mgaga 3rd. Girls 12 – 13 was dominated by Zinhle Zulu winning every race and the main event, Sphelele Kubeke 2nd and Punkile Cordier 3rd. Boys 11 Years saw Aphiwe Hlongwani 1st, Anele Hadebe 2nd and Siyabonga Ngubane 3rd. Boys 12 Years saw Mvelo Mthambo 1st, Fanele Mabaso 2nd, Thabane Dubazane 3rd. Boys 13 years Mndeni Ngobo 1st, Sxolile Dibakwane 2nd and Masena Mpenulo 3rd.
This format works well with all the kids on the same make of bike with the same gear ratio that makes it even for everyone and you can tell who has got raw talent just by watching them through the day.
A huge thank you has to go to the ongoing support we receive to make this series possible KwaZulu-Natal Sports and Recreation, KwaZulu-Natal Cycling, Cycling South Africa and Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park without great partners like your selves none of this would be possible.
Source: Amajuba District Development Event
Tyrone Johns - KZN Development Chairman