Over the last 10 years the South African youth cycling scene has grown, not only in numbers but in the amount of support it has gained through schools, parents , learners , sponsors and media, people from different backgrounds uniting with one common goal in mind – getting more kids on bikes.
Spur Schools MTB League
One such positive initiative that brought about huge change in the development of youth cycling, particularly in the discipline of mountain biking across South Africa and neighbouring countries is the Spur High School Mountain Bike League. Launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Spur Group and league facilitator Amarider, the Spur High School Mountain Bike League has enjoyed continued growth, with 2013 alone playing host to a whopping 48 events in all nine RSA provinces, as well as Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho.
The league aims to provide a national platform to promote mountain biking amongst the younger generation, and places an emphasis on a school’s team participation by means of a special points-based structure. Care is taken to make the races as fair and accessible as possible in terms of difficulty and distance. The League culminates in a highly anticipated annual final that attracts the very best mountain biking schools throughout Southern Africa.
Media has become a huge and important part of promoting cycling to kids. Social media, websites, videos, photos to name a few has brought about a remarkable following of school level cycling supporters, showing large interest in what is current and trending in youth cycling. Read more
South African Schools Cycling (SASC) is a statutory body that was started by passionate people to introduce our beloved sport to schools and learners. The objective is to get the sport of cycling recognized as an official school sport.
SASC’s main objective is to setup a national structure which includes provincial structures functioning together as a single unit. Through this structure SASC will communicate with schools, setup and create regulations for the various cycling disciplines, ensure safe and well organized school events, train team managers and commissaries and lastly but most importantly – get the learners to understand and know the regulations for every discipline! Read more
Solomons Primary Schools MTB development Series
In 2015 the first primary schools mountain bike development series in Gauteng was hatched, under the title sponsorship of Solomons Cycles and presented by South Africa Schools Cycling (SACS). President of SASC, Deon Steyn, wanted to enable children aged between 7-14 to be introduced to mountain biking without the pressure associated with racing. Solomons Cycles was eager to be part of this vision and so the Solomons Primary Schools Development Series was created to impart valuable MTB skills to children in a fun and relaxed manner. Read more
Under the light of all the above mentioned progression in schools level cycling we felt the need to emphasize the growth that is happening in all disciplines of cycling, focusing on the little kick bike riders to the full suspension carbon racers.
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