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  1. Jo’burgers have to be the most hardcore cycling fanatics in the country as when we arrived to Northern Farm in the early hours of the morning on a very frosty Sunday 31 July for the final round of the Junior Eliminator Series there were already a number of vehicles in the parking lot of riders out on the trails! Click here to view the article
  2. Northern Farm, home of the Diepsloot MTB Academy last hosted a Junior Eliminator event in 2014 and were eager to show the riders the developments on the what was a few little obstacles originally built for the series two years ago that has now flourished into a full skills course. The track was laid out in an open space allowing 100% visibility of the 800m course. Taping a wide course with some single track in-between meant racing was intense with positions jostling amongst riders trying to get into the single track first to try and control the pace. Racing was fierce amongst all age groups, it is incredible to see the speed and power generated by the youth and there were even a few snapped chains off the start as riders kicked to get out in front. The large congregation of spectators gave out deafening screams of support as the riders attacked the course at full speed. This short course heat racing format has riders working on strategies during practice as to when is the best time to exert maximum effort and looking at alternative lines often leaving the spectators(parents) speechless as to how the riders managed to fit themselves and their bikes through the tightest of spaces in order to have the inside line and make a pass. With the drive to succeed leads riders to pushing themselves and the competition beyond their comfort zones with a number of riders disappearing in a cloud of dust as they slide out around a corner or bumped bars leading them to bite the dirt. In true competitive spirit and probably because they have youth on their side the riders literally bounced back up and onto their bikes to continue the fight for the top two positions to advance to the next round. As with any event, it would not be possible without the fantastic support of our sponsors: Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, OGIO and GoPro. Podium finishers received some incredible prizes as well as prize money. There was also a large number of raffle prizes to ensure that every rider that entered stood a chance of winning! Results: Junior Eliminator Series - Northern Farm GIRLS Under 12 1. Lauriesian Brett (Constantia Kloof Primary) 2. Khunedi Mashishi (Diepsloot MTB Academy) 3. Aqhama Lungapi (Diepsloot MTB Academy) Under 14 1. Jade Slabbert (Midstream College) 2. Chene Niemand (Waterkloof) 3. Kelly Randle (Midstream College) Under 16 1. Andrea De Waal (High School for Girls Potchefstroom) 2. Kaylin Prinsloo (Hartbeespoort High School) 3. Prayer Mbulawa (Diepsloot MTB Academy) Under 19 1. Chantelle Van Staden (Rustenberg) 2. Kelsi Chomse (Fourways High School) BOYS Under 10 1. Liam Hoffmann (Laerskool Monumentpark) Under 12 1. Marcel Moore (Brainline Academy) 2. Marco Strydom (Curro Hazeldean) 3. Tiaan Dorfling (Laerskool Hennopspark) Under 14 1. Ben Du Plessis (Menlo Park) 2. Ethan Cowan (Sutherland High School) 3. Tyler Lange (De La Salle Holy Cross College) Under 16 1. Bendeon Myburgh (Waterkloof High School) 2. Ryan Conradie (Potch Gymnasium) 3. Keagan Bontekoning (Maragon Private School) Under 19 1. Wessel Botha (Menlo Park) 2. Deon Du Toit (Montana High School) 3. Chad Fikkert (Midstream College)
  3. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking, riders race four at a time around a short course roughly 800m in length - just under two minutes of flat out sprinting. The top two finishers in the heat advance through to the next round whilst unfortunately the bottom two finishers are eliminated from the event. Riders get to test the course in the morning being able to learn each corner or obstacle so that by time racing starts even the newbies to cycling are tackling the route at full gas. The route at PWC Cycle Park was laid out in a figure of eight, for spectators they were able to see the whole course from standing in one spot and were entertained by some tight bar to bar racing. With great prizes and some prize money on offer from our sponsors Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, OGIO and GoPro the young cyclists pushed themselves to advance through the heats which lead to a few riders hitting the deck! We had an incredible turnout in the under 19 and 16 boys divisions which provided plenty of close sprint finishes. We had one lonely under 10 boy, Liam Hoffmann who raced the under 12 boys and gave them a real run for their money as he won a number of heats! Although there was a small field of ladies they provided some entertaining racing as they showed the boys they weren’t scared to tackle any of the obstacles. In the team event, the Diepsloot MTB Academy and Midstream College have pulled ahead of the other 24 schools but by only a slight margin and this Sunday promises to offer some intense racing as we will be crowning our final Overall Champions for the 2016 series in both the individual divisions as well as the teams. The final event for Gauteng and the Junior Eliminator Series for 2016 will be taking place this Sunday 31 July at Northern Farm. Entries are open, so if you weren’t at this past Sundays event there is still time to enter for the final event, we have a large number of raffle prizes so everyone who enters stands the chance to win! Entries close Friday 29 July and can be done online: www.onemovement.co.za. Results: Junior Eliminator Series - PWC Cycle Park GIRLSUnder 14 1. Jade Slabbert (Midstream College) 2. Kelly Randle (Midstream College) Under 16 1. Andrea De Waal (High School for Girls Potchefstroom) 2. Kaylin Prinsloo (Hartbeespoort High School) 3. Robin Stewart (Waterkloof High School) Under 19 1. Kelsi Chomse (Fourways High School) BOYS Under 10 1. Liam Hoffmann (Laerskool Monumentpark) Under 12 1. Michael Vester (De La Salle Holy Cross College) 2. Moki Munyeya (Diepsloot MTB Academy) 3. Dylan Saayman (Redhill) Under 14 1. Miguel Moutinho (Midstream College) 2. Ben Du Plessis (Menlo Park) 3. Cameron Dann (Heronbridge College) Under 16 1. Bendeon Myburgh (Waterkloof High School) 2. Armand Terblanche (Zwartkop High School) 3. Keagan Bontekoning (Maragon Private School) Under 19 1. Deon Du Toit (Montana High School) 2. Chad Fikkert (Midstream College) 3. Jayde Davies (Dainfern College)
  4. The final leg of the Junior Eliminator Series for 2016 is taking place in Gauteng and the first of two events took place on Sunday 24 July at PWC Cycle Park. Riders were tested by the BMX style start finish through the pump track as well as by a rock garden providing for plenty of exciting action for the spectators! Click here to view the article
  5. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking where riders race 4 at a time sprinting around 1 lap of a course roughly 800m in length with the top 2 finishers advancing to the next round and the bottom 2 unfortunately being eliminated from the event(except in round 1 - everybody races at least 2 times per event). Eliminator is great for newer riders wanting to get racing experience as they dont need to have the stamina to ride many kilometers at a fast pace, they also get to test the track so there are no "surprises" around any courses and they get to learn skills that will carry over into the other riding disciplines. For spectators the courses are majority visible from standing in one spot allowing family, friends and team mates to cheer on the riders the whole way around the course. This year we have added a u/10 and u/12 age division to the u/14, u/16 and u/19 ages. The little riders have shown in both the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal that despite their size they have huge heart and determination as they grit their teeth and race flat out not being in the slight bit deterred by any of the obstacles that the older riders are riding. The u/19 division allows those riders who matriculated to still participate, if they were 18 on the 1 January 2016 they still qualify to enter and can choose to donate their points to their old school team. The PWC Bike Park is going to test the riders on a number of technical skills with bridges, whoops and tight corners that will make for some exciting racing. Spectators are going to be entertained as the course is laid out in a "BMX arena" so the riders will be coming towards and away from the spectators a number of times. 2014 overall champs Diepsloot MTB Academy (DMA) have their sights set on regaining the title after losing it narrowly last year to Sutherland High School. DMA have already entered a large team to challenge the rest as well as have home ground advantage with the final event being hosted at their base camp at Northern Farm on Sunday 31 July. Entries close this Friday 22 July at 5pm, enter now: www.onemovement.co.za. There are great prizes up for grabs sponsored by Fox Racing, Skullcandy and OGIO, there will be raffle draws at each event so that every rider who enters stands a chance to win. For the podium finishers there is also some great prize money being made available on a sliding scale to entries: the more riders that enter your age group, the more money you stand to win!
  6. The Gauteng leg of the Junior Eliminator Series kicks off this Sunday 24 July at the PWC Bike Park, entries are open and can me done online: www.onemovement.co.za Click here to view the article
  7. After an exciting two events in the Western Cape the Junior Eliminator Series moved on to KwaZulu Natal. Riders were met by two very interesting urban courses that took them around and through Northwood Boys High School and Thomas More College challenging their skill levels down stairs twisting through school corridors. Click here to view the article
  8. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking whereby riders race four at a time around a course roughly 800m in length - just one lap, a flat out sprint interval. The top two finishers advance to the next round whilst the bottom two are eliminated from the competition. Every rider gets to race a minimum of two times per event(no elimination in round one). The format allows for the “newer” rider to build their confidence as they get to learn the track and practice the obstacles a number of times so that when racing starts there are no “surprises” around any corners and they can be competitive within the heats. Both the tracks in KwaZulu Natal were a little similar offering wide open spaces for overtaking, a mixture of grass fields and tar as well as a big sprint finish. However, each school track offered its own character: Northwood Boys High School had two long flights of stairs for the riders to race down, daunting on arrival but after practice and once racing started, the stairs seemed to be merely a bump in the road. Thomas More College had riders winding their way through tight turn in the hallways(the ones you were always told at school not to run in) and past the classrooms. Once again, the addition of the under 10 and under 12 age divisions to join the under 14, 16 and 19 riders added great flare to the event as tactics did not come into play - it was all about getting the holeshot and staying out in front! It was great to see growth in the female divisions and even having the under 16 girls racing the boys and beating them! Although mountain biking is largely an individual sport and we crown individual champions in each age group, we tried to create the team/school spirit and rivalry similar to that of rugby or netball with the Team trophy. Riders and parents/spectators would cheer riders on as they charged around the course cheering for each heat that was advanced as they knew it was adding points to their team. In the past two years, Northwood Boys High School has been a dominant force, but this year saw a tight battle between Maritzburg College and Thomas More College who streaked ahead of the other 24 schools including the Go Cycle Academy. In the end it was Thomas More College who used home ground advantage to get ahead and walk away victorious and raise the trophy as 2016 Junior Eliminator Series Champions. As with all events, they are not possible without the support of sponsors, a huge thank you to Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, OGIO, GoPro and Frog Bikes who showered the participants with incredible prizes, both for the podium finishers as well as a number of raffle draws at each event for all participants to stand a chance to win. The final leg of the series is taking place in Gauteng at the end of July with the first event on Sunday 24 July at PWC Bike Park followed by Sunday 31 July at Northern Farm. Entries are open and can be done online: www.onemovement.co.za. Junior Eliminator Series 2016 - KwaZulu Natal Overall ResultsGirls under 12 Riley Smith Curro - Hillcrest Emma Clipstone - Thomas More College Anvia Bredenkamp - Thomas More College Girls under 14 Beani Thies - Wartburg Kirchdorf School Chloe Bateson - Curro Mount Ridgemore Kiara Muldoon - Northlands Girls Girls under 16 Tiffany Keep - Thomas More College Courtney Smith - Thomas More College Bridgette Theunissen - Thomas More College Girls under 19 Christie Hearder - Pietermaritzburg Girls High Boys under 10 Logan Stander - Curro Hillcrest Luca Zietsman - Curro Mount Ridgemore Luke Miller - Winston Park Primary Boys under 12 Jordan Bold - Clonard Jayden Moolman - St Benedict Primary School Keagan Brand - Thomas More College Boys under 14 Travis Stedman - Thomas More College Mitchel Potgieter - Thomas More College Dean Gregson - Thomas More College Boys under 16 Matthew Green - Maritzburg College Johandre Marx - Maritzburg college Sean Westerdyk - Maritzburg College Boys under 19 Sharjah Jonsson - Maritzburg College Dean Wortmann - Wartburg Kirchdorf School Mitchell Meugens - Maritzburg College Overall Schools Thomas More College 15346 Maritzburg College 11788 Northwood Boys High School 5805 Curro HCA/Hillcrest 4233 Wartburg School 3800 Curro Mount Richmore 3350 Go Cycle Academy 3287 Winston Park Primary 3110 Hillcrest High School 2445 Westville Snr Primary 2344 Northlands Girls High 2150 Clonard 2000 Merchriston Prep 1610 St Benedict Primary School 1600 Hillcrest Primary 1217 St Marys 1000 Pietermaritzburg Girls High 1000 Kearsney College 929 Clifton College 794 Danville Girls High 750 Westville Jnr Primary 700 Crawford North Coast 583 Waterfall College 477 Ashton College Ballito 467
  9. The urban course was very similar to last year with a few minor changes - these changes included a dual set of stairs which at first scared some of the competitors but later offered exciting racing action. The overcast weather with threats of rain was not going to deter the spectators cheering on the closely contested heats and as the day went on the sprint finishers got tighter with often less than a wheels length separating the riders. The first heat of the day (u/19 boys) showed just how much power was being generated with two chains being snapped off the startline! It was great to see more girls entering and offered some interesting racing with great skills being shown amongst the various age groups. The u/16 duo of Tiffany Keep and Courtney Smith opted to race against the boys - we weren’t giving them an official result amongst the boys but we can confirm that many of the boys got chicked! As the day progressed and the heats narrow down to the final so the racing got more intense. It wasn’t long after the riders blasted off the startline that they were heading back at full pace gritting their teeth in intense sprint finishes. The podium finishers were rewarded with some great prizes from our sponsors: Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, OGIO, Frog Bikes and GoPro. There was also a number of raffle draw prizes so that everyone stood a chance to win. Although cycling is pretty much an individual sport, riders were racing for points to contribute to their school teams to claim the trophy and bragging rights at the end of the series. As was expected (based on the previous two years) three schools are fighting for top honours: Northwood boys High School, Maritzburg College and Thomas More College - there is hardly anything separating them after round one which is setting up for a great finale this Sunday 26 June at Thomas More College(will home ground advantage play a role?). Entries are open and can be done online: www.onemovement.co.za.
  10. Youth Day (Thursday 16 June) saw the first round of the Junior Eliminator Series for KwaZulu-Natal take place at Northwood Boys High School, Durban North. The event saw 21 schools being represented and many first timers to the eliminator format. Eliminator is a short course heat race where four riders at a time sprint across a short course of roughly 800m with the top two riders advancing to the next round and the bottom two being eliminated from the event. Click here to view the article
  11. Last year saw 27 school teams being represented, but a runaway battle at the top of the leader board with a very close tussle between Northwood Boys High School, Thomas More College and Maritzburg College with Northwood just edging ahead to walk away victorious and defend their 2014 title. Northwood are now two times defending champs, do they have it in them to get the hat trick or will Thomas More or Maritzburg steal their thunder? However, with the addition of the u/10 and u/12 age groups it leaves the title chase wide open and the series is set for a thrilling finale. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking, riders race four at a time around a course roughly 800m in length - just one lap, a flat out sprint interval. The top two finishers advance to the next round whilst the bottom two are eliminated from the competition. Every rider gets to race a minimum of two times per event(no elimination in round one). Riders get one hour to practice the lap once they have registered giving them the opportunity to learn sections and obstacles to then work on their race strategy. This time also allows “newer” riders to potentially overcome a fear or learn a new skill like riding down a set of stairs or confidently riding over a bridge or through a whoop section. The great part of the Eliminator Series is it puts all riders on a more level playing field as most riders(especially as they have youth on their side) can be competitive over the short distance and there is no real “favourite” to win as racing is tight and the smallest mistake can cost you a position but open the door for a new podium contender. It is also great for newer participants to the sport as they dont get “left behind” and are urged on and encouraged by fellow team mates and spectators as they make their way around the course. As with all events, they are not possible without the support of sponsors and we are thankful to Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, OGIO, Frog Bikes and GoPro for making this series possible. Entries are open and can be done online at www.onemovement.co.za It is only R150 which covers both events, all entrants will be entered into the raffle draws at each event to stand a chance to get their hands on some of the amazing product supplied by our sponsors.
  12. The second leg of the Junior Eliminator Series 2016 is all set to kick off in one week in KwaZulu Natal on Thursday 16 June(Youth Day). There are two fantastic courses designed to offer plenty of action for riders and spectators. This year sees the series returning to Northwood Boys High school, Durban North as well as its first visit to Thomas More College, Kloof. Click here to view the article
  13. The Junior Eliminator Series 2016 kicked off in the Western Cape with two highly entertaining races at Bloemendal Wine Estate and Bishops Diocesan College where young riders representing 24 different schools entertained the crowds with some exciting, high paced racing action. Click here to view the article
  14. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking, riders race four at a time around a course roughly 800m in length - just one lap, a flat out sprint interval. The top two finishers advance to the next round whilst the bottom two are eliminated from the competition. Every rider gets to race a minimum of two times per event(no elimination in round one). Riders get one hour to practice the lap once they have registered giving them the opportunity to learn sections and obstacles to then work on their race strategy. This time also allows “newer” riders to potentially overcome a fear or learn a new skill like riding down a set of stairs or confidently riding over a bridge, drop off or through single track and switch backs. The Eliminator format evens the playing field as most riders(especially as they have youth on their side) can be competitive over the short distance and there is no real “favourite” to win as racing is tight and the smallest mistake can cost you a position but open the door for a new podium contender. It is also great for newer participants to the sport as they dont get “left behind” and are urged on and encouraged by fellow team mates and spectators as they make their way around the course. The two courses for the Western Cape varied with Bloemendal Wine Estate testing the riders power to get up a climb and into the single track where they could play over the jumps and through the berms. Bishops Diocesan College showed the importance of a good start to get out in front and negotiate the tight turns whilst keeping enough in the tank for the large wide open sprint finish. This year saw the addition of two new age groups: under 10 and under 12 to join the under 14, 16 and 19 riders. It was incredible to see the skills and speed produced by such small humans as well as the determination to win as they grit their teeth and charged around the courses and over all the obstacles. The series also welcomed a large increase in the ladies division across all age groups who also contributed to the excitement with elbow to elbow racing. As with all events, they are not possible without the support of sponsors, a huge thank you to Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, OGIO, GoPro, Bontrager, Frog Bikes and Olympic Cycles who showered the participants with incredible prizes, both for the podium finishers as well as a number of raffle draws at each event for all participants to stand a chance to win. The second(final) event also saw the crowning of the Overall Champions for the Western Cape leg of the series. There was a great tussle in all the age groups with every rider wanting to come out on top. Further to the battle of the age groups was the fight to be the Overall Team winners. Going into round two there were four teams separated by a mere 500 points. It was the new comers Kenridge Primary who put on a dominant performance at the final round filling the podium spots in their respective age groups that saw them leap well into the lead and walk away victorious. The series is moving onto KwaZulu Natal with the first event on the public holiday Thursday 16 June(Youth Day) at Northwood Boys High School followed by Sunday 26 June at Thomas More College. Entries are open and can be done online: www.onemovement.co.za Junior Eliminator Series 2016 - Western Cape Overall Girls Under 10: 1. Megan Scholtz (Kenridge Primary) 2. Chloe Chesterton (Sweet Valley Primary)Boys Under 10: 1. Matthew Jones (Kenridge Primary) 2. Matt Laughton (Kenridge Primary) 3. Scott Meredith (Kenridge Primary) Girls Under 12: 1. Kayleigh Scholtz (Kenridge Primary) 2. Anna Marx (Springfield) 3. Erin Jones (Kenridge Primary) Boys Under 12: 1. Alec Coleske (Kenridge Primary) 2. Hendre De Villiers (Durbanville Primary) 3. Ryan Veer (Totius Primary) Girls Under 14: 1. Danielle Barnard (Durbanville Primary) 2. Julia Marx (Springfield) Boys Under 14: 1. W.G Van Der Walt (Montana) 2. Pierre Le Roux (Durbanville High) 3. Krige Van Der Vyver (Paul Roos) Girls Under 16: 1. Carla Hollander (DF Malan) 2. Nadia Van Niekerk (Bridge House) 3. Renate Blumers (Bridge House) Boys Under 16: 1. Jamie Penfold (Paul Roos) 2. Josh Laughton (Paul Roos) 3. Ben Ringwood (Fish Hoek High) Girls Under 19: 1. Allison Morton (Westerford) 2. Jessi Nixon (Fish Hoek High) 3. Jana Barry (Parel Vallei) Boys Under 19: 1. Jarrod Van Den Heever (Paarl Boys) 2. Rossouw Bekker (Paul Roos) 3. Morne Hollander (DF Malan) Junior Eliminator Series 2016 - Western Cape Overall Schools 1 Kenridge Primary 2 Paul Roos Gimnasium 3 DF Malan 4 Durbanville Primary 5 Parel Vallei 6 Bridge House 7 Songo.Info 8 Reddam House 9 Paarl Boys High 10 Welgemoed Primary 11 Sweet Valley Primary 12 Fish Hoek High School 13 Montana 14 Westerford 15 Bishops Diocesan College 16 Durbanville High School 17 Totius Primary 18 Laerskool Stellenbosch 19 Milnerton Primary 20 Fairmont High school 21 Hendrik Louw 22 Private 23 Courtrai Primary 24 Eversdal
  15. Sunday 22 May saw the final round of the Junior Eliminator Series for Western Cape take place at Bishops Diocesan College, Rondebosch. Riders were treated to a perfectly manicured single track, yes you read that right - the school boasts a great trail around their fields. The track was relatively flat with a large sprint to start in order to get control going into the single track and then opened up into a large sprint finish which gave spectators plenty to jump around, clap, scream and cheer about! Click here to view the article
  16. Photo: Steven Smuts - SnapSport Media With riders charging elbow to elbow spectators will be entertained by the fast pace but also witness the occasional spill as riders aren’t willing to give an inch even going into a tight corner. In addition to this, with the cleated in start(similar to that of BMX) the watts applied to the pedals to get off the line first and out in front has occasionally left the odd rider chain-less! This is all apart of the racing action and thankfully Olympic Cycles was on hand to quickly sort out the necessary repairs and have the riders ready for their next heat. Photo: Steven Smuts - SnapSport Media The Junior Eliminator Series is a great way for riders to be introduced to racing as the tracks are only around 800m in length allowing everyone to be competitive as they don’t need the fitness to maintain a high speed over a long distance. Riders are tested in speed, power, bike handling skills over obstacles and around corners as well as race tactics - knowing when to attack, everything they would need to take into the other cycling disciplines compressed into a two minute interval. The eliminator format is spectator friendly as majority of the course can be seen from standing in one spot allowing family members and friends to cheer their rider on the whole way round the course! Photo: Steven Smuts - SnapSport Media Introducing the two younger age groups(under 10 and 12) to the series this year has added a new flare with their racing spirit and determination to win mixed with the friendly camaraderie amongst the young riders definitely gave everyone something to think about and even look up to. With that being said, the under 12 boys provided fireworks at the final round with each of their heats coming down to a very close sprint finish with not one rider looking to have an advantage until the line was crossed! Photo: Steven Smuts - SnapSport Media Not to be outdone by the youngsters the large field of under 16 boys also had a thrilling end to their final where an inform Daniel Sparks(Reddam House) narrowly missed out on the victory by a well timed attack by Jamie Penfold(Paul Roos Gymnasium) who made the pass in the last few meters. In an extremely fast paced under 19 final the other three opponents were out powered by a flying Jarrod van den Heever(Paarl Boys High) who had the time to through the celebratory arms in the air as he crossed the line. Photo: Steven Smuts - SnapSport Media All podium finishers were rewarded with great prizes and prize money supplied by our sponsors Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, Frog Bikes, Bontrager, OGIO, GoPro and Olympic Cycles. There was also a large number of raffle prizes which resulted in a lot of the riders going home with either a set of headphones, hydration packs or awesome riding kit. The Junior Eliminator Series is now moving onto KwaZulu Natal with the first event taking place on Thursday 16 June(public holiday - Youth Day), entries are open and can be done online: www.onemovement.co.za Photo: Steven Smuts - SnapSport Media Results from Round 2: Bishops Diocesan College Girls u/10 Megan Scholtz (Kenridge Primary) Chloe Chesterton (Sweet Valley Primary)Girls u/12 Kayleigh Scholtz (Kenridge Primary) Anna Marx (Springfield) Erin Jones (kenridge Primary) Girls u/14 Danielle Barnard (Durbanville Primary) Julia Marx (Springfield) Girls u/16 Carla Hollander (DF Malan) Nadia van Niekerk (Bridge House) Renate Blumers (Bridge House) Girls u/19 Allison Morton (Westerford) Boys u/10 Matt Laughton (Kenridge Primary) Matthew Jones (Kenridge Primary) Scott Meredith (Kenridge Primary) Boys u/12 Alec Coleske (Kenridge Primary) Hendre De Villiers (Durbanville Primary) Ryan Veer (Totius Primary) Boys u/14 W.G van der Walt (Montana) Luca Ruwiel (Welgemoed Primary) Krige van der Vyver (Paul Roos) Boys u/16 Jamie Penfold (Paul Roos) Daniel Sparks (Reddam House) Ico Coetzee (Parel Vallei) Boys u/19 Jarrod van den Heever (Paarl Boys) Rossouw Bekker (Paul Roos) Dian Kotze (Parel Vallei)
  17. This year saw the inclusion of two new age groups: under 10 and under 12 to join the older riders in the series. Despite their lack in vertical height both divisions stole the show with their surprisingly high turn of speed and stamina as well as incredible bike handling skills through the single track and even skipping the chicken run options to launch themselves off the jumps. We were also pleased to see the growth in the female divisions with competition taking place the whole way through from under 10 to under 19. The guys were also happy to no longer have the likes of Jessi Nixon and Allison Morton racing against them and putting them to shame! The Junior Eliminator Series is a great way for riders to be introduced to racing as the courses test the riders skills over obstacles and give riders a taste of racing action without needing the fitness to go flat out for a number of kilometer as with the longer cross country or marathon races as tracks are roughly 800m in length. The eliminator format is spectator friendly as majority of the course can be seen from standing in one spot, in the Junior Eliminator Series case - allowing parents, family members and friends to cheer their rider on the whole way round the course! The day was filled with action packed elbow to elbow racing. There was only one strategy adopted by the riders - get out the saddle and go full gas! The energy and pace caught the spectators by surprise as riders made light work of the start climb to get into the single track first. Once in the lead there was still no tapping off as they winded their way down through the berms and over the bridges throwing in a bit of style as they whipped over the jumps. Riders were rewarded for their effort with great prizes supplied by our sponsors Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, Frog Bikes, Bontrager, OGIO, GoPro and Olympic Cycles. Prize money was also rewarded on a sliding scale, the more riders that entered the age group the more money was on offer to be won. The second round of the Junior Eliminator Series for Western Cape will take place this Sunday 1 May at Laerskool Totius, Bellville. After meeting with the Headmaster he was very keen to showcase the school and re arranged the route we had already planned to include the riders going through the school hall! Entries for this weekend close on Friday 29 April (all entrants from round one are automatically entered). Enter now: www.onemovement.co.za Results from Round 1: Bloemendal Wine Estate Girls u/10 1. Megan Scholtz (Kenridge Primary) 2. Chloe Chesterton (Sweet Valley Primary)Girls u/12 1. Kayleigh Scholtz (Kenridge Primary) 2. Olivia Penfold (Durbanville Primary) 3. Anna Marx (Springfield) Girls u/14 1. Danielle Barnard (Durbanville Primary) 2. Julia Marx (Springfield) 3. Grethe Geringer (DF Malan) Girls u/16 1. Carla Hollander (DF Malan) 2. Nadia van Niekerk (Bridge House) Girls u/19 1. Allison Morton (Westerford) 2. Jessi Nixon (Fish Hoek) 3. Jana Barry (Parel Vallei) Boys u/10 1. Matthew Jones (Kenridge Primary) 2. Schalk Loots (Welgemoed Primary) 3. Matt Laughton (Kenridge Primary) Boys u/12 1. Alec Coleske (Kenridge Primary) 2. Hendre De Villiers (Durbanville Primary) 3. Ryan Veer (Totius Primary) Boys u/14 1. W.G van der Walt (Montana) 2. Pierre le Roux (Durbanville High) 3. Krige van der Vyver (Paul Roos) Boys u/16 1. Jamie Penfold (Paul Roos) 2. Joshua Laughton (Paul Roos) 3. Daniel van der Walt (Fairmont High) Boys u/19 1. Joshua De Freitas (Parel Vallei) 2. Jarrod van den Heever (Paarl Boys) 3. Morné Hollander (DF Malan)
  18. Sunday 24 April saw round one of the Junior Eliminator Series for the Western Cape take place at Bloemendal Wine Estate, Durbanville. After the large storm on Friday, riders and spectators were pleased to be greeted by sunny and warm weather conditions with a grippy track. Click here to view the article
  19. We have a completely new track this year which will test the riders all round abilities from powering up a climb, riding smooth lines in the single track and tactically knowing when to open up the final sprint. Entries for round one close this Friday 22 April at 5pm, already we have 23 schools being represented and a host of first time competitors especially in the two new age categories of u/10 and u/12. Enter online now: www.onemovement.co.za We have a ton of incredible prizes up for grabs at each event from our sponsors Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy, Frog Bikes, Bontrager, OGIO and GoPro. Raffle draws will take place at each event so that every entrant stands a chance to win. For the podium finishers in each age group their is some great prize money available which will work on a sliding scale - the more riders in a division the more prize money will be made available to win.In addition to the great prizes at each event, Bontrager will be giving R10 000 worth of custom school cycling kit to the winning team in each province. At the end of the whole series, there will be a raffle draw to win a GoPro Session camera with accessories valued at over R4000 for one of the entrants. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking, where riders race four at a time around a course roughly 800m in length - just one lap, a flat out sprint interval. The top two finishers advance to the next round whilst the bottom two are eliminated from the competition. Every rider gets to race a minimum of two times per event(no elimination in round one). Riders get one hour to practice the lap once they have registered giving them the opportunity to learn sections and obstacles to then work on their race strategy. This time also allows “newer” riders to potentially overcome a fear or learn a new skill like riding down a set of stairs or confidently riding over a bridge or through a whoop section. The second round of the Western Province leg of the series will take place on Sunday 1 May at Laerskool Totius, Bellville. The series then moves onto KwaZulu Natal on 16 and 26 June and finishes off in Gauteng on 24 and 31 July. For any further information, please dont hesitate to contact: info@onemovement.co.za
  20. This coming Sunday, 24 April sees the first round of the Junior Eliminator Series for Western Province taking place at Bloemendal Wine Estate. For those who participated in last years event or if you have ever ridden the trails will know riders are in for a great course which promises to provide plenty of exciting racing action for spectators. Click here to view the article
  21. The Junior Eliminator Series is back in 2016 with six exciting races planned across the Western Province, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. This year sees the addition of two new age divisions u/10 and u/12 to allow the young guns to join in on the action and start getting their first taste of this high paced competition. Click here to view the article
  22. Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking, riders race four at a time around a course roughly 800m in length - just one lap, a flat out sprint interval. The top two finishers advance to the next round whilst the bottom two are eliminated from the competition. Every rider gets to race a minimum of two times per event(no elimination in round one). Riders get one hour to practice the lap once they have registered giving them the opportunity to learn sections and obstacles to then work on their race strategy. This time also allows “newer” riders to potentially overcome a fear or learn a new skill like riding down a set of stairs or confidently riding over a bridge or through a whoop section. The great part of the Eliminator Series is it puts all riders on a more level playing field as most riders(especially as they have youth on their side) can be competitive over the short distance and there is no real “favourite” to win as racing is tight and the smallest mistake can cost you a position but open the door for a new podium contender. It is also great for newer participants to the sport as they don't get “left behind” and are urged on and encouraged by fellow team mates and spectators as they make their way around the course. The courses all vary and have their own character and are not all necessarily on dirt. Each course will test the riders speed, stamina, power, bike skills and competitive spirit. The racing is bar to bar as riders jostle for the best lines heading into corners or narrower tracks. Don't be fooled by the “shorter” tracks, sprinting is no easy task, add in single track, short steep climbs, obstacles and hairpin corners accompanied by competitors all trying to advance and your legs will feel the burn. Eliminator is spectator friendly, you get the opportunity to get up close to the racing and as the tracks are shorter they are pretty much 90% visible from standing in one spot, so you will be able to witness and cheer on your rider for majority of the race. As with all events, they are not possible without the support of sponsors and we are pleased to continue our ongoing partnership with Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Skullcandy and OGIO who as per previous years will shower the participants with incredible prizes. The Junior Eliminator Series also welcomes Frog Bikes as well Bontrager, who will be providing a R10 000 voucher to the winning school team for custom kit in each province. The Series kicks off in the Western Province with the first event being held on Sunday 24 April 2016, followed by Sunday 1 May 2016. Entries are open and can be done online at www.onemovement.co.za It is only R150 which covers both events, all entrants will be entered into the raffle draws at each event to stand a chance to get their hands on some of the amazing product supplied by our sponsors.
  23. The atmosphere was electric as another fantastic turnout saw riders being cheered on by many friends and family as well as a large host of Diepsloot MTB Academy supporters who gave a deafening cheer as their team members raced past and advanced through heats. Racing was made difficult by the extremely high pace that riders charged around the course and made seemingly light work of the climbs as they attacked at full steam ahead trying to get their hands on the lions share of the incredible prizes up for grabs. It was another dominant performance by Andrea de Waal who streaked ahead to walk away victorious amongst the u/14 girls ahead of a hard chasing Havannah Blem who finished second with Alison Crichton rounding off the podium. 1. Andre de Waal (Potchefstroom Girls) 2. Havannah Blem (Sutherland) 3. Alison Crichton (Sutherland) Paul Meyer was one of many who feel victim to a snapped chain off the start as he watched the other three race away in the u/14 boys final. New comer and 11year old Ben Du Plessis was display great speed all day, but it was Richard Nel and Stehan Wolmarans who powered away and into a sprint finish where Richard pulled the slightest margin to steal the victory! 1. Richard Nel (Hartebeespoort) 2. Stehan Wolmarans (Hartebeespoort) 3. Ben du Plessis (Menlo Park) In the u/16 girls Prayer Mbulawa had to settle for third as she just could not match the pace of Kaylin Prinsloo and Danielle Muller who returned after a heavy crash in round two and put up a great fight, but it was Kaylin who snuck ahead to walk away victorious. 1. Kaylin Prinsloo (Hartebeespoort) 2. Danielle Muller (Hartebeespoort) 3. Prayer Mbulawa (Diepsloot MTB Academy) Majority of the u/16 boys final was closely contested until the final climb where Melcolm Botes feel slightly off the pace and couldnt close the gap to Chad Fikkert who crashed in the round two final and a charging Bendeon Myburgh who was looking to repeat his round two victory. It was only over the final obstacle that Bendeon opened a bikes length gap to once again jump on the top step of the podium. 1. Bendeon Myburgh (Waterkloof) 2. Chad Fikkert (Midstream) 3. Melcolm Botes (Montana) The u/19 boys offered up some intense action with elbow to elbow racing sometimes leading to handlebar to handlebar and a few riders on the floor. Jacques Lloyd left the other three finalists looking for parking as he blasted ahead to comfortably roll across the line victorious leaving CJ van Eyk and Johannes Masetla to fight it out for the minor steps of the podium. It must have been the hype and support from the Diepsloot MTB Academy spectators that gave Johannes the boost he needed to get ahead of CJ. 1. Jacques LLoyd (Zwartkop) 2. Johannes Masetla (Diepsloot MTB Academy) 3. CJ van Eyk (Zwartkop) Overall results for Gauteng:With this being the third and final round for Gauteng, overall champions needed to be crowned. Results were decided by the best two out of three events which gave everyone the safety of one round for things not to go their way, it also made the final round more exciting as there were no clear leaders and the final heats would be the deciding factors! u/14 girls 1. Andrea de Waal (Potchefstroom Girls) 2. Havannah Blem (Sutherland) 3. Alison Crichton (Sutherland) u/14 boys 1. Richard Nel (Hartebeespoort) 2. Marco Moolman (Menlo Park) 3. James Moore (Heronbridge) u/16 girls 1. Kaylin Prinsloo (Hartebeespoort) 2. Kelsi Chomse (Fourways) 3. Prayer Mbulawa (Diepsloot MTB Academy) u/16 boys 1. Bendeon Myburgh (Waterkloof) 2. Jared Cowan (Sutherland) 3. Chad Fikkert (Midstream) u/19 girls 1. Saffron Vosloo (Menlo Park) u/19 boys 1. Jacques Lloyd (Zwartkop) 2. Deon Du Toit (Montana) 3. Ruan de Villiers (Pretoria Boys) However it was the Overall School Team prize that everyone was waiting to hear announced with a cheque for R10 000 Enjoy Fitness cycling kit and a Rayne Camera up for grabs. Gauteng gave us the closest contest for the overall team with a minute 632 points separating first and third - a mere one, maybe two extra riders or rounds advanced. It was the same three teams fighting it out as in the year before with Zwartkop High School bitterly close once again having to settle for second place. It was first and third from 2014 that swapped over with the Diepsloot MTB Academy finishing third this year and Sutherland High School jumping up onto the top step and walking away with all the spoils! 1. Sutherland High School (10630) 2. Zwartkop High School (10138) 3. Diepsloot MTB Academy (9998) Well done to all the riders representing the 26 School Teams that participated in the Gauteng leg of the Junior Eliminator Series for 2015. A huge thank you to our sponsors Trek Bikes, Fox Racing, Enjoy Fitness, Skullcandy, OGIO, Rayne Camera and Paul Bothner Music for helping make the whole series possible!
  24. Sunday 2 August saw the third round of the Junior Eliminator Series for Gauteng hosted by Heronbridge College in Nietgedacht. After a very technical course in round two, riders arrived to find a lot more friendly course in terms of technicality but still testing with two short sharp leg burning climbs with plenty of overtaking space to see who had the power to attack and push over the top. Click here to view the article
  25. Round two of the Junior Eliminator Series for Gauteng hosted at PWC Bike Park set new standards for the series moving forward. The course was 99,9% visible from sitting in one spot, although there was barely anybody sitting as the large crowd were on their feet screeching for the riders as they charged along the pristine course that was set up. Click here to view the article
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