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  1. Hey Shaun, given the Spur Series purpose as a schools' league, their objective is understandable, however, not necessary acceptable. But don't despair, there are MANY alternatives. At Gauteng North Cycling (GNC) we have developed a "pipeline" for XCO development and our XCO Dev Strat goes far beyond only one series. Furthermore, our dev plan offers development from ages 8 - 80 and not only from 12 - 18! I attach the document that briefly explains the model. Please feel free to contact me for more detailed information inclusive of practical guidance on when & where to start. It kicked off in 2017 and is a "rolling" strategy, riders can jump in at any time ... some of the riders that started from scratch in Jan 2017 are top-5 in the current SA XCO Cup Series and kick butt on the said schools series! GNC Mtb Commissioner 2018_19 XCO DevelopmentPlan01.pdf
  2. Event Name: 2017 GNC XCO Cup Race #1 When: 21 January 2017 Where: XCOSA Bike Park, Gauteng Category: MTB The CSA sanctioned 2017 Gauteng North Cycling (GNC) XCO Cup Series consists of 5 races of which the last race is the Series Grand Finale/2017 GNC Championship. Race tracks of these races start off with an easier track for the 1st race and become more demanding throughout the Series. Anyone can participate in any of these Series events, and the results of each race are used for determining starting positions for the other races. Results of all Series races will be used for a provincial XCO seeding system as well as for presenting regional colors according to the 2017 GNC Colors Criteria. School learners are encouraged to indicate their respective school details as race results will also reflect the rider's standing within his/her school as well as the school's standing within Gauteng. Benefits of the GNC XCO Cup Series: CSA sanctioned events, hosted according to international regulations No mass starts, start and race in age category Safe, controlled, custom designed and built race tracks with 99% flowing singeltrack Spectator friendly lap racing allowing continual support, no out-of-sight-and-wait-for-return Fun for the whole family we cater for Olympic champions and fun riders, from below 10 to over 60 Learn skills grow confidence while having exhilarating fun A, B and C lines allow riders to pick their own technical demand, however, easier lines equate to more time Go to Event Page
  3. Event Name: 2016 Gauteng XCO Champs - Presented By XCOSA When: 30 July 2016 Where: XCOSA Bike Park, Voortrekker Monument, Gauteng Category: MTB The CSA sanctioned 2016 Gauteng XCO Championship serves as the season grand finale for the 2016 Gauteng XCO season. Seeding for the 2016 Gauteng XCO Championship will be done according to the 2016 Gauteng XCO Performance Log that was created during 2016 Gauteng XCO Cup Series . However, anyone can participate in the 2016 Gauteng XCO Championship. ​We're adding a Sports Class category, offering newbies to XCO an opportunity to experience the excitement of XCO ... Go to Event Page
  4. Event Name: 2016 Gauteng XCO Cup Race #4 - Presented By XCOSA When: 2 July 2016 Where: XCOSA Bike Park, Voortrekker Monument, Gauteng Category: MTB The CSA sanctioned 2016 XCOSA Gauteng Cup Series consists of 5 races of which the last race is the Series Grand Finale/2016 XCOSA Gauteng Championship. Race tracks of these races start off with an easier track for the 1st race and become more demanding throughout the Series. Anyone can participate in any of these Series events, and the results of each race are used for determining starting positions for the other races. Results of all XCOSA races will be used for a provincial XCO seeding system. Benefits of XCO: ANYONE CAN ENTER!!!! No mass starts, start and race in age category Safe, controlled, custom designed and built race tracks with 99% flowing singeltrack Spectator friendly lap racing allowing continual support, no out-of-sight-and-wait-for-return Fun for the whole family we cater for Olympic champions and fun riders, from below 10 to over 60 Learn skills grow confidence while having exhilarating fun A, B and C lines allow riders to pick their own technical demand, however, easier lines equate to more time Go to Event Page
  5. Bear in mind that the area is a nature reserve and when David was still involved at Groenkloof we had to ask permission for every rock being moved! We definitely envisage looking after the gravity fraternity as well however at first the biggest burning platform is place for XCO/XCM training and family fun. The area from the SANDF tower towards Fountains is an ideal area for a DHi track ... that is when (not if) we have solved the safety issue at that side!
  6. Until another entity claims to be the title sponsor,it will be the XCOSA Bike Park.
  7. The Monument management has embraced all facets to it - we even convinced them to have a separate business id for the Park! Although nothing happens overnight, there are exciting news pertaining to beefing up the physical safety! Willem. their security manager is on fire - he was instrumental in having the SAPS's air wing in the air within 30 minutes and having the perpetrator caught within 45 minutes with the very 1st incident involving that Danish girl during the UCI Jnr XCO World Cup in March 2015 Our XCOSA Series kicks off on 13 Aug 16!
  8. Ja, Wolwespruit offers amazing riding! So does Red Barn, Buffelsdrift, Rosemary Hill, to mention but a few. Voortrekker Monument has never been a bike park, just a bunch of "un-manicured" trails, and this is changing ...
  9. Your'e right, the high risk area has nice trails, but we have started to work the other parts and it pays off - we received fantastic feedback on the race track used for this weekend's Gauteng XCO Cup, and the next one will even be better. It will be ready the weekend before the race (which is on 2 Jul), so come and try it.
  10. Remember the XCOSA Bike Park is primarily XCO territory. Hence we are (have been for 2015 as well) hosting the Gauteng XCO Cup Series and Gauteng XCO Champs there. Although we also cater for nippers & sprogs as well, riding tends to be more challenging than gravel roads. As a result, when riding there, rather measure in hours than kilometers. If you add the tracks together you will be busy about 2-4 hours, depending a rider's technical prowess. Ideal training for Epic riders ...
  11. There are exciting to extreme bits at the XCOSA Bike Park - the low risk areas. We're getting our ducks in a row hence we're only launching 11 Sep
  12. The bike park will at first focus on offering opportunities for XCO, XCM riders and families. It would be novel if we can accommodate the ex-Groenkloof crowd to get numbers. The moment we have sorted the safety issue we would expand to the "gravity" fraternity as the high risk area at the Monument lends itself to it.
  13. Since the last incident in Aug 15 where a mtb rider was attacked, lots have been done to rectify safety at the XCOSA Bike Park at Voortrekker Monument! Daily vehicle patrols, daily foot patrols, daily bike patrols and roaming guards with guard dogs all contributed to eradicate incidents. We furthermore have started to develop the low risk side of the area - that is the vicinity of the bottom of the amphi, north-west of the Monument. We advise visitors to stay away from the higher risk areas along the SANDF tower, Schanskop and fence along the highway into Pretoria. Unfortunately there is NO safe riding place in SA, only low risk and higher risk areas, hence we try and create a culture of vigilance among riders. We're continually working on improving safety at the XCOSA Bike Park ... watch this spot! Lots of good things coming your way!
  14. Event Name: 2016 Gauteng XCO Cup - Presented By XCOSA Race #2 When: 9 April 2016 Where: Voortrekker Monument, Gauteng Category: MTB 2016 Gauteng XCO Cup series for mountain bike riders that are serious about performance - come earn points for regional colours ... Go to Event Page
  15. Event Name: Gauteng XCO Cup Race #1 When: 12 March 2016 Where: Voortrekker Monument, Gauteng Category: MTB The CSA sanctioned 2016 XCOSA Gauteng Cup Series consists of 5 races of which the last race is the Series Grand Finale/2016 XCOSA Gauteng Championship. Race tracks of these races start off with an easier track for the 1st race and become more demanding throughout the Series. Anyone can participate in any of these Series events, and the results of each race are used for determining starting positions for the other races. Results of all XCOSA races will be used for a provincial XCO seeding system. New to XCO - enter our Sports Class Team Relay! See detail on slide below ... Go to Event Page
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