Lydenburg High Reigns Supreme in Mpumalanga

Lydenburg High School reigned supreme in the 2016 Mpumalanga Spur Schools Mountain Bike League Finals at Mankele Mountain Bike Park this weekend and once again clinched the regional trophy with a huge margin logging 951 points.

Nelspruit High School finished in second place with 549 points, followed by Uplands College in third with 409 points and Secunda High School fourth overall with 318 points. The top three Lowveld schools as well as the top Highveld entry – Rob Ferreira High that finished overall fifth with 310 points – will represent Mpumalanga in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League National Finals on 8 and 9 October at Bekker School in Magaliesberg.

Competition was fierce amongst the more than 350 riders at the regional finals with very small margins separating the top riders in a number of categories and the final race determining overall series winners.

Lydenburg High School secured four podium spots with Simone van Wyk winning the sub junior girls, Reinhart Viljoen finishing second in the sub junior boys, Rikus Booyens achieving second place in the youth boys 16 years and Kaylee Lindeque taking third place in the youth women 16 years.

Nelspruit High School leads the medal count with eight podium wins. Suzanne Mare and Hijke Coetzee finished second and third overall in the sub junior girls, Jean van der Merwe won sub junior boys, Monique Swart came first in the youth women 15 years, Emile Fourie and Mike Odendaal took third place in the youth men 15 and 16 years categories, while team mates Armand Lombard and Constant Furstenberg secured second and third place in the junior men’s finals.

Uplands College’s podium wins included Kyla Hamer who finished third in the youth women 15 years, Patricia Notten second in the youth women 16 years, Kirsty Shuttleworth and Tammy Hawley securing second and third place in the junior women’s final and Ryan Terry finished overall second in the youth men 15 years.

Other podium winners that qualified for the Mpumalanga Provincial Team and a spot in the national finals are Richardo van der Merwe of Rob Ferreira (third in sub junior boys), Rozel Montgomery of Curro Bankenveld (second in the youth women 15 years), Zandri Strydom of Rob Ferreira High School (winner of the youth women 16 years), Marnique de Swart of Secunda High School (winner of the junior women’s finals), Jeandre Gautier of HTS Witbank who clinched the overall top spot in the youth men 15 years and Liam de Klerk of Penryn College (junior men’s winner).

Lydenburg High School has also been the proud winners of the “geesbeker” at the Spur High Schools MTB Final two years running.

The founding sponsor of the League, Spur Steak Ranches has again committed to a bigger and better season offering a R10 000 rand contribution to school teams that win their respective age categories at the National Inter-schools Finals. “Seeing the continued growth of the program is something we as Spur Steak Ranches are very proud of and we decided to offer this bonus to foster healthy competition and promote teamwork between riders and within schools, as well as increase participation across all skill levels and abilities,” said Andrew Cronje, Spur Market Development Manager.

This year has also seen the introduction of Team Spur, James Reid and Ariane Kleinhans, who play the important role of encouraging League riders to follow their dreams and showing the reality of becoming sponsored athletes.  Local riders got the opportunity to get some handy hints and tips from Olympic rider James Reid at the Mpumalanga finals.

For further information follow us on @SpurMTBleague, log on to SpurSchoolsLeague on facebook or visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za.

 

Explosive MTB Season for Gauteng

Following another explosive Spur Schools Mountain Bike Season in Gauteng with more than 80 schools competing for a spot in the national finals, Menlopark High School still reigns supreme.

Defending national champions, Menlopark High School dominated the 2015 Spur Schools Mountain Bike League finals winning the boys, girls and mixed team trophies.

Gauteng has seen an explosive growth both in participating schools and riders and is currently the largest league in the country with close on 3 000 riders competing this season. The top ten schools as well as individual category winners in the Gauteng series presented by Anatomic qualified for the 2016 national finals taking place at Bekker School in Magaliesberg from 8 to 9 October.

Menlopark logged 1162 points for a convincing win with Afrikaans Hoer Seunsskool second with 895 points and Midstream College clinching third place with 743 points.  The balance of the 10 Gauteng schools that qualified for the finals include Transvalia High School (718 points), Waterkloof High School (692 points), Garsfontein High School (617 points), Zwartkop High School (421 points), Montana High School (414 points), Monument High School (372 points) and Centurion High School filling the last slot with 315 points.

Transvalia High School took all three podium positions in the sub-junior girls race with Natalie Long first, Kaylin Gombos second and Ilke Botes in third. Miguel Moutinho form Midstream College took line honours in the boys’s race, with Dian Janjetich of Zwartkop second and Aaron Heyneke of Jeppe Boys in third.

In the youth women 15 years Monique du Toit and Antonque Grotsius of Menlopark took first and third place with Robin Stewart of Waterkloof High School finishing second.  The boys’ race was won by Hennie van Wyk of Garsfontein High School with Matthiam Hofmann of Waterkloof second and DJ Kruger of Transvalia High School in third.

Thana Groenewald  of Midstream College secured a first place in the youth women’s 16 years finals with Rimari Sutton of Garsfontein second and Nicola van der Walt of Menlopark taking third.   Garsfontein High School’s Wicus Breytenbach won the boys’ race, followed by Keagan Bontekoning of Maragon Private School in second and Chris du Plessis of Menlopark in third place.

Wrapping up the day with cutting edge riding was the juniors with Tanya Kotze of Wonderboom High School in first place, Melanie Roux of Afrikaans Hoer Meisieskool in second and Saffron Vosloo of Menlopark in third place in the women’s race.  With less than a minute separating the top three men it was Wessel Botha of Menlopark that secured a win with team mate Henry Liebenberg in third place and Wessel Redelinghuys of Afrikaans Hoer Seunsskool in third.

On Saturday, 8 October more than 60 schools will go head to head with the top 26 riders in each category scoring points for their team in an effort to secure podium positions in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League National Inter-schools Final.

On Sunday, 9 October schools will team up for the South African Schools Cycling Interprovincial Competition whereby the best 10 results will be tallied to crown the best province. The North West Province is the current defending champion.

The founding sponsor of the League, Spur Steak Ranches has again committed to a bigger and better season offering a R10 000 rand contribution to school teams that win their respective age categories at the National Inter-schools Finals. “Seeing the continued growth of the program is something we as Spur Steak Ranches are very proud of and we decided to offer this bonus to foster healthy competition and promote teamwork between riders and within schools, as well as increase participation across all skill levels and abilities,” said Andrew Cronje, Spur Market Development Manager.

For more information and results visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za and be sure to like the League on Facebook at Spur Schools League and follow @spurMTBleague on Twitter for more information.

Potchefstroom Gimnasium Wins North West Spur Schools MTB League

Tension is mounting around the country for the 2016 Spur Schools MTB Finals and Interprovincial Championships to be hosted in October.   This year it featured 45 events, an estimated 500 schools and 10 000 MTB enthusiasts competing across the country for a spot in the finals.

Following a stellar season, the 2016 North West Series was won by Potchefstroom Gimnasium with 770 points.  Rustenburg High School was second with 672 points followed by Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom with 400 points.  Wesvalia High and Hartebeespoort High Schools took fourth with 377 points to secure the final slot for the Spur Schools MTB League National Finals.

John-William Lang of Rustenburg High School and Joné Van Eeden of Potchefstroom Gimnasium dominated the sub-junior category winning all four regional events and the North West finals and have both been selected for the North West team.

Ryan Conradie of Potchefstroom Gimnasium had another exceptional season. Although he could not compete in the final, his three convincing wins secured him a spot in the North West team. The North West finals was won by Brendan Van Eeden of Potchefstroom Gimnasium, followed by Adriaan Duminy of Wesvalia High School in second and Stehan Wolmarans of Hartebeespoort High School in third.

Andrea de Waal of Potchefstroom Girls High took line honours at the finals with Kaylin Prinsloo from Hartebeespoort High fighting hard throughout the 2016 season to secure her spot in the North West team after a well-deserved second place in the finals.

The Junior Men’s category was a fierce and exciting battle between two riders both from Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom. Brandon Van der Berg and Pieter du Toit put up a hard fight at each of the four events to gain that top position on the podium and ultimately the overall Junior Men’s title winner – at the end Brandon took the overall series win and will also be the North West Team captain.

The Junior Women’s category saw leading ladies – Nicolene Marais from Rustenburg High School, Danielle Strydom from Potchefstroom Gimnasium and Kristen Louw from Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom, who secured the overall lead in the Junior Women’s category and was also selected North West team captain.

For more information and results visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za and be sure to like the League on Facebook at Spur Schools League and follow @spurMTBleague on Twitter for more information.

Western Cape Schools MTB Champions Crowned

Parel Vallei High School wrapped up the 2016 Spur Schools Mountain Bike League season in stellar style winning both the mixed and women’s categories, while Paul Roos Gymnasium was crowned men’s champion.  DF Malan High School finished second in the women’s and mixed categories, while Montana High School in Worcester took third place in the mixed, men’s and women’s categories.

A total of 45 high schools from across the Western Cape competed for a spot in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League National Finals, which will take place at Bekker School in Magaliesburg on Saturday, 8 October when more than 60 schools will go head to head with the top 26 riders in each category scoring points for their team.

The Western Cape Schools that qualified for the finals are Parel Vallei, Paul Roos, DF Malan, Montana and HTS Drostdy, while York and Outeniqua High Schools from the Southern Cape will form part of the Western Cape provincial team.  In addition to the qualifying schools the top three riders in each category also secured a spot in the finals.  They are Tristan Nortje of Outeniqua (3rd youth men 15 years), Johan Krige of Durbanville High School (2nd youth men 16 years), Julia Marx of Springfield Convent  (2nd sub-junior girls), Kirstin Roelofse of York High School (3rd youth women 15 years), Michaela Beaton of Rhenish Girls High (youth women 15 years champion), Mia De Villiers of Paarl Girls High (youth women 16 years champion), Amy Tait of York High (1st junior women) and Allison Morton of Westerford High School (2nd junior women).

South African XCO National Champion and Olympian, James Reid of Team Spur also attended the Western Cape Finals and riders had the opportunity to interact with him throughout the day.

On Sunday, 9 October Western Cape schools will team up for the SASC Interprovincial Competition whereby the best 10 results will be tallied to crown the best province. The North West Province are the current defending champions.

The following riders have been selected for the Western Cape provincial team: Montana High School’s WG van der Walt, Samual Swart and Johann Trotzky; Paul Roos Gymnasium’s Matthew Lochner, Jamie Penfold and Joshua Laughton; DF Malan’s Stefke Tolmay, Carla Hollander and Mulder Oosthuizen; Michaela Beaton of Rhenish Girls High; Johan Kruger of Durbanville High; Allison Morton of Westerford High; Julia Marx of Springfield Convent; with Parel Vallei sporting five riders – Carla Steyn, Jana Barry, Matthew Keyser, Joshua de Freitas and Ico Coetzee and Southern Cape represented by Charlissa Schultz of Langenhoven High School, Tristan Nortje of Outeniqua and York High School team mates Kirstin Roelofse and Amy Tait concluding the team.

The founding sponsor of the League, Spur Steak Ranches has again committed to a bigger and better season offering a R10 000 rand contribution to school teams that win their respective age categories at the National Inter-schools Finals. “Seeing the continued growth of the program is something we as Spur Steak Ranches are very proud of and we decided to offer this bonus to foster healthy competition and promote teamwork between riders and within schools, as well as increase participation across all skill levels and abilities,” said Andrew Cronje, Spur Market Development Manager.

For more information and results visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za and be sure to like the League on Facebook at Spur Schools League and follow @spurMTBleague on Twitter for more information.

Mpumalanga Spur Schools MTB Finals This Weekend

Tension is mounting countrywide with the 2016 Spur High Schools League National Finals, to be hosted at Bekker School in Magaliesberg in October, around the corner. This weekend riders in Mpumalanga will have the last opportunity to log points for their schools in an attempt to qualify for the event.

More than 60 schools participated in the 2016 season and a good turn-out is expected for the finals that will once again be hosted at Mankele Mountain Bike Park outside Nelspruit on Saturday, 24 September.

The League runs on the Olympic Cross Country (XCO) lap-racing format whereby participants complete a set number of laps, determined by age category, of a short mountain bike course. Lap distances are between three and five kilometres.

Registration will start from 07h00 with course open for practice until 08h45. The first race for the little 7-year old sub nipper boys and girls at 09h00, followed by the 8 to 10 year old nipper boys and girls at 09h20 and the 11 to 12 year old sprog boys and girls wrapping up the primary school races for the day at 09h45.

High school racing will start at 10h30 with the sub junior boys and girls (13 to 14 years) who are expected to complete the track in an estimated time of 35 to 45 minutes. The youth women (15 to 16 years) and junior girls (17 to 18 years) will race together at 11h30 and should complete the race in between 40 to 50 minutes. Exciting racing is expected in the final race of the day and Mpumalanga season, when the youth (15 to 16 years) and junior (17 to 18 years) boys at 12h30 take to the track.

Heading into this weekend’s final, Lydenburg High School is in a comfortable lead with an impressive 821 points and are likely to defend their title as regional champions. Lydenburg High School has also been the proud winners of the “geesbeker” at the Spur High Schools MTB Final two years running.

Schools earn points for every single participant, but better results earn more points, which add team spirit and boosts the determination of most riders. Nelspruit High School is currently lying second with 454 points, Uplands College third with 342 points, Secunda High School fourth with 276 points and Rob Ferreira filling the fifth spot with 264 points.

Since its humble beginnings with approximately 900 riders in 2009, the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League has grown beyond expectations. This year it featured 45 events, an estimated 500 schools and 10 000 MTB enthusiasts competing across the country.

According to league director, Meurant Botha of Amarider, participation at local events has shown a steady growth.  He further states that although there are many kids finding their competitive edge on their bicycles, the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League’s focus is still to encourage more kids on bikes, more schools in action. “It is important for all children to enjoy participating whether only starting out or having participated for a couple seasons,” says Botha.

This year has also seen the introduction of Team Spur, James Reid and Ariane Kleinhans, who play the important role of encouraging League riders to follow their dreams and showing the reality of becoming sponsored athletes.  Local riders will have the opportunity meet these amazing athletes at Saturday’s Mpumalanga final.

For further information follow us on @SpurMTBleague, log on to SpurSchoolsLeague on facebook or visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za.

Perskindol Swiss Epic: A battle for the line

Perskindol Swiss Epic: Stage 5, 17 September
Verbier, Switzerland

Ariane and Corina: 3rd on stage, 2nd place Overall

The final stage of the 2016 Perskindol Swiss Epic was not going to be an easy pedal to the finish line in Verbier. Adverse weather forced organisers to shorten Saturday’s Stage 5 to 39km with less climbing than the 2200m initially planned. Snow had been predicted on the peaks above Verbier, which made access to the area dangerous. The news was welcomed by riders after a hard week battling the Alps.

Nevertheless, Stage 5 provided an exciting battle for the final spots on the women’s podium. With only 4 minutes separating Team Spur Öztal and the Wheeler Rocky Mountain team of Esther Süss and Hielke Elferink, it was a tussle to the line. As the Elite Women made their way onto the first climb of the day, the top three teams were still together. Stöckli Pro Team of Jolanda Neff and Alessandra Keller pulled away near the top and as they hit the downhill, their descending skills allowed them to further increase their lead.

Ariane had battled with the climbs throughout the week, and when Hielke attacked a gap opened. Corina fought hard to help Ariane bridge the gap and then power past Esther and Hielke. It was a typical cat and mouse chase as the two teams jostled to enforce an attack that would stick. Ariane and Corina edged ahead on the final downhill but, erring on the side of caution in the rain, Ariane and Corina took the last parts of the descent conservatively, ensuring they made it to the finish in Verbier in one piece. Esther and Hielke took the chance to close in on our team as a sprint finish loomed. 

Ariane used her experience of the finish to their advantage distancing the Wheeler Rocky Mountain team before the final dash to the line. However, Ariane misjudged a corner and their rivals were right back on their wheels. An all-out sprint for the line was on, and the two teams came flying through the center of Verbier. Esther managed to edge out Corina, and Wheeler Rocky Mountain stole a hard-fought second place on the day with Team Spur Öztal in third.

Ariane and Corina were happy with their overall performance after a week of mechanical issues and heavy legs. Team Spur Öztal took second overall, 49 minutes behind the Stöckli Pro Team, comfortably the strongest team of the week. “Hats off to Stöckli Pro Team, especially Alessandra Keller who was the weaker rider,” said Ariane. “I mean, she is 20 years old, she really did so well this week.” Ariane also complimented Esther and Hielke who were their rivals for the week and congratulated them on the fight they put up to challenge for second.

After a tough week, Ariane looked back on her performance: “I was struggling up the climbs, after the second stage I was thinking this is not going to happen anymore,” she reflected. “At least I could ride a steady pace, it just wasn’t the greatest.” Ariane’s season now eases off for a few months and she heads back to South Africa for the summer to start the build-up for another busy race calendar next year.

Perskindol Swiss Epic: Back in 2nd ahead of the final stage

Perskindol Swiss Epic: Stage 4, 16 September
Verbier, Switzerland

Ariane and Corina: 2nd on stage, 2nd place Overall

The penultimate stage of the 2016 Swiss Epic took riders on a 62km route over the mountains surrounding Verbier. Despite the stage being slightly shorter than previous days, there was still 2600m of climbing to contend with and wet and cold weather conditions. The sublime run of 30 degree days earlier in the week cam e to an abrupt and chilly end in Verbier!

With their disappointing result from mechanical issues on Stage 3, and their drop to third on GC, Ariane Kleinhans and Corina Gantenbein were determined to reclaim their second position overall from Team Wheeler Rocky Mountain, consisting of Esther Süss and Hielke Elferink.

Ariane and Corina were on the tail of GC leaders, Stöckli Pro Team from the gun and still in touch as they reached the first summit. This however, was the last time the eventual stage winners would be seen on the downhill. “Jolanda Neff and Alessandra Keller are in a league of their own when it comes to descending,” said Ariane.

Making their way up the day’s major climb, which ascended a staggering 1419m, the leading three teams were able to catch glimpses of their rivals on the hairpin bends. This motivated Ariane and Corina to keep pushing and work on chasing down the second step of the podium. Team Spur and Wheeler Rocky Mountain made it to the top of the climb with only seconds separating them.

As they made their way up the final climb into Verbier, Ariane and Corina could see the leading Stöckli Pro Team riders again. Ariane was happy she felt stronger than on previous stages and dropped the hammer, also dropping Esther and Hielke in the process. But there was no touching Jolanda and Alessandra from Stöckli: “It’s really impressive how Alessandra is riding up those climbs, hats off to her.” said Ariane. By the time they had reached the line, they had managed to extend a 6-minute gap back to Esther and Hielke, enough to put them back in second on GC.

The final Stage 5 is another shorter day of 48km, yet plenty of climbing. With 2200m elevation, the legs will be feeling the previous four stages. Riding at high altitudes is always tough on the lungs and the possibility of snow is likely to make it even more challenging. As their form has improved throughout the week, Team Spur Öztal hopes to hold their second place on the General Classification and finish strong.

Gauteng Finals of Spur Schools MTB League This Weekend

Mountain bike enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting end of season Tour de Wonder Spur Schools Mountain Bike League Gauteng final at Hoërskool Wonderboom in Pretoria this weekend.

The event will only be open to Gauteng High Schools and only learners from grade 8 to grade 12 can participate.  Online entries (R95) onhttp://www.mtbza.co.za/# closes on Thursday, 15 September at 15h00 and no late entries will be taken on the day of the event. Registration queries can be directed to Joanita on 084 602 2271 or admin@mtbza.co.za

A special promotional sub junior race for grade 7 learners only will take place on Friday, 16 September at 17h00.  This will serve as a seeding event for 2017 racing league where the top 50 boys and top 20 girls will be seeded for next year when they qualify to compete in the Spur High Schools MTB League.  The route will be open for practice on Friday from 14h00 to 16h30 and registration will be open from 14h30 to 17h00.

Registration for the Gauteng Finals of the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League presented by Anatomic will open at 07h00 on Saturday (17 September) and the route will be open for practice from 07h15. Racing will commence at 08h30 with the Sub Junior Boys, followed at 09h30 by all four girl categories (Sub Junior Girls; Youth 15 Girls; Youth 16 Girls and Junior Women).  At 10h30 and 11h30 the Youth Boys 15 and 16 years will take to the track respectively. The Junior Men will round up the day with what promises to be a high speed adrenaline driven race at 12h30.  Prize giving is scheduled for 13h30.

Heading into Saturday’s finals, Menlopark High School is in a comfortable lead with 324 points, followed by Midstream College in second place with 217 points and Afrikaans Hoër Seunsskool in third with 213 points.  Filling up the remainder of the top ten spots on the Gauteng log are Garsfontein, Transvalia, Waterkloof, Montana, Zwartkop, Centurion and Monument High Schools.

The category winners in the penultimate Tour de Bling race were: Sub Junior Girls Kaylin Gombos and teammate Natalie Long of Transvalia High School taking first and second with Jade Slabbert of Midstream College in third.   Miguel Moutinho of Midstream College won the Sub Junior Boys’s race with Jaedon Terlouw of St Albans College second and Francois Botha of Randburg High School in third.

Monique du Toit of Menlopark won the Youth Women 15 year race, with Robin Swart of Waterkloof second and Antonique Grosius also of Menlopark in third.  Hennie van Wyk of Garsfontein took line honours in the Youth Men 15 years, followed by DJ Kruger of Transvalia in second and Leonard Wilcocks of Dirk Postma High in third.

The Youth Women 16 years was won by Thana Groenewald of Midstream College, with Rumari Sutton of Garsfontein High School and Nicola van der Walt of Menlopark second and third respectively.  In the Youth Men 16 years it was Chris du Plessis of Menlopark that took gold with Wicus Breytenbach of Garsfontein High School second and fellow Menlopark rider, Erick Heyns filling the final podium slot.

Saffron Vosloo of Menlopark is continuing to ride a spectacular season winning the junior girls race in stellar style, with Melanie Roux of Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool second and Natasha Zwarts of Midstream College in third.

Wessel Redelinghuys of Afrikaans Hoër Seunsskool took first in the Junior Men’s race, with Henry Liebenberg of Menlopark second and Chad Fikkert of Midstream College in third place.

Eight years into the Spur High School Mountain Bike League over 10 000 scholars from more than 480 schools have participated in regional events around South Africa. The cross-country race format increases in popularity annually as riders rack up points across four races in order for their school to qualify for the National Final, which will be held in Magaliesburg in October.

For more information on the league, visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za or follow the league on face book at SpurSchoolsLeague, twitter #spurMTBleague and @spurMTBleague.

Perskindol Swiss Epic: Mechanical Misfortune

Perskindol Swiss Epic: Stage 3, 15 September
Leukerbad, Switzerland

Ariane and Corina: 3rd on stage, 3rd place Overall

Stage 3 was the revered Queen Stage and the longest day of the race as riders traversed 91km with 3000m of elevation. The day made for some exciting racing and an unfortunate shake-up of the GC standings for Team Spur. Feeling stronger than the previous stage, Ariane Kleinhans was confident that she could tap out a constant pace and was looking forward to a good day in the mountains. Despite starting strong and holding off their chasers, the pair suffered some mechanical issues and lost their second place on GC.

As they worked their way down an early descent, Corina punctured. The team was able to quickly inflate the tyre and were soon on their way again. The mechanical misfortune then shifted to Ariane as she suffered a broken spoke which had been repaired only the day before. After struggling to replace the spoke, Corina punctured for a second time. This repair was not as quick as the first and attempts to plug the hole were fruitless. In the end they were forced to replace the whole tyre.

Once Ariane and Corina managed to get back on the bike, they had dropped back into fourth place on the stage. Determined to finish strong, Ariane and Corina pushed up the final climb into Verbier. Their strength and endurance paid off, as they were able to pass the team of Ghost Factory Racing and reclaim third on the day.

Ariane and Corina were disappointed with losing their second place but took some comfort knowing that their lost time was due to mechanical issues and they had ridden hard over the final part of the stage to limit their loss to just over 2 minutes. With the final two stages ahead of them Ariane and Corina still have a chance to move up the GC standings into second.

Stage 4 will be another challenging one, as the 62km route takes riders up 2600m of climbing while overlooking Verbier.

Spur Sizzling Skillz: Episode 11

Cornering

Cornering at speed and with confidence is one of the best ways to make up time on a mountain bike course. Watch as Olympian James Reid explains the key skills to staying smooth and fast in corners. Get practicing, the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League National Finals are almost here!