The Kwazulu Natal Leg of the Inter School Eliminator Series was an intimate affair with a small field of 56 riders from 10 different schools across the u/14 and u/16 age groups with only 4 riders in the u/19 age group. Regardless of the size of field the racing was action packed with many thrills and spills.
During the course of the series, riders got to experience three very different courses ranging in terrain from single track, open fields and urban hosted in different regions around the province: Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill, Crawford College in La Lucia and Ashton College in Ballito.
As the series moved from one event to another, the riders and schools started working on team tactics and got familiar with this format of racing – giving 100% for 2minutes in order to advance to the next round!
After three action packed contested events, champions needed to be crowned. In the u/14 it was down to the wire with no clear winner by the third round with a tie break between Joshua Rheeders and Ethan Biggar – with the exact same results had to be broken with a “number of heat wins” which was by merely one difference!
1st Joshua Rheeders (Kearsney College)
2nd Ethan Biggar (Northwood)
3rd Luke Daniels (Curro H.C.A)
The u/16 division also at no stage had a clear leader offering great entertainment with a hard fought tussle for the top honours. It was a great fight at the last event as every rider new that the overall position was wide open, but in the end there had to be a winner!
1st Cayde Muldoon (Northwood)
2nd Ben Carnie (Northwood)
3rd Sharjah Jonsson (Martizburg College)
The u/19 series was pretty much a one man race with Caldon Petit getting the jump on the rest of the pack at the first event, with that being said the last two events were hotly contested.
1st Caldon Petit (Northwood)
2nd Dylan Williams (Thomas More)
3rd James Rich (Northwood)
In the Schools division it was a dominant performance from Northwood that rocketed them ahead of all the competition placing them on the top step of the podium ahead of hard fighting Glenwood who finished second ahead of Kearsney in third place.
Photo credit: Aldine Venter – InkBlack Photographic