Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking 2019-05-30T16:56:24+02:00

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Mountain Biking

MIC & COACH
Mrs. Suzie du Plessis

STUDENT MOUNTAIN BIKE COMMITTEE

CHAIRPERSON:Ceajay Bosman

VIC CHAIRPERSON:Aidan Finlay

MEMBERS:Jarryd Brickhill, Drake Loubser, Daniel Meyburgh

HISTORY

  • MTB was initiated in 2017 on the arrival of Mrs. Suzie du Plessis to the Grey Staff. An enthusiastic mountain biker, Mrs. Suzie du Plessis was approached by Grey boys who suggested Grey puts together a social mountain biking group.
  • Social riders were arranged on Friday afternoons and some of the riders participated in the EC Spur interschool league.
  • 2018 Grey MTB had grown in numbers as a social group and was officially recognized as a CULTURAL ACTIVITY.  A Grey Cycling shirt was manufactured which is available for both Grey High and Junior school riders.  Our team participated on mass in the annual SPUR SCHOOLS MOUNTAIN BIKE LEAGUE.  As a result of our boys commitment and dedication Grey were crowned the overall winners of the EC spur series.  7 boys were chosen to represent Grey / EC Mountain biking at the NATIONAL SPUR MOUNTAIN BIK LEAGUE COMPETITION in Magaliesburg.
  • In 2019, with continued growth, Grey MTB was moved from being recognized as a Cultural activity to a SPORT. Presently it is a 2nd choice sport for term 1 and 3.
  • In our short time we have grown from approximately 10 riders to over 40 enthusiastic mountain bikers at present.
  • As an official sport, the riders now have the opportunity to earn school colours.
  • In 2019 we received a sponsorship from ACTION CYCLES. Sponsorship included full cycling kit for our First team riders, mechanical support, training courses, etc.
  • In 2019 Grey High mountain bikers membership for the PEGC trails was sponsored by Brandon Els (Chairman of Rush sports). This has allowed us access to the wonderful trails which is a great track for time trials, training etc.
  • In 2018 Mill Park Conservancy cleaned up the valley at the back of the school and developed a technical track of approximately 3,5km. Grey riders have been given full access to this track for training and derby fixtures.

INVOLVEMENT

Mountain biking is very much a family sport.  For this reason we encourage parents to become involved in their sons mountain biking as much as possible in terms of support at events, transport to events, hosting at derbys etc.  In light of this Grey Mountain biking has grown not only as a student sport but many of our parents join the social riders on their bikes and to date two family weekends have taken place.  Much of what we have done in the last 2 ½ years is due to the commitment of the MIC, Parents and boys

1ST & 4TH  TERM

Wednesday (training from 14h30-16h00) – venue TBC each week

Friday (social riders 14h30 – 17h00)  – venue TBC each week

Monday / Tuesday:  Cycology session (15h00-16h00)

2nd & 3rd TERM:

Riders continue with Cycology session (days TBC)

Friday social riders (TBC weekly if no clashes with winter sports)

Riders are expected to keep themselves fit during these terms.

CYCOLOGY:
arrangements have been made with cycology for each rider to attend a training course with Stacy Hislop once a week at a fee of R50 per session.

EVENTS
Click here to view events calendar.

DERBY FIXTURES
At present Grey has MTB derby fixtures with Paul Roos, Wynberg, Grey Bloem. Teams are chosen based on strength and commitment.

MOUNTAIN EVENTS INTER-SCHOOL FIXTURES
Mountain Events have nominated a number of their local events as Inter-school fixtures. A point system has been allocated to this event which allows Grey to compete against all other schools in the region at a public event that can at times attract up to 500 or more riders.

SPUR MOUNTAIN BIKE LEAGUE
Hosted by EC cycling this national event is a school dedicated series.  All our riders are expected to participate in their respective age groups.  Dates can be found on the spur website.  The winning school in the EC series will represent EC at the National event in Magaliesburg in October.  Individuals can also achieve Eastern Cape colours and represent the province at the event.

CYCLING DRESS CODE
Applicable when riding in any event in which a rider represents the school

  • Official Grey cycling shirt (available from school shop)
  • Action cycles socks
  • Plain black cycling shorts (we are in the process of organizing Grey cycling shorts)
  • FIRST TEAM ONLY: The official Action cycles sponsored kit.
  • No other accessories are permitted when riding i.e. arm warmers, buffs etc.

CONDUCT

  • NO HELMET, NO RIDE
  • Safety comes first
  • Unless no other option, boys ride on pavements or off the tar roads.
  • Ride in single file when in public areas
  • No riding around the school campus. When leaving for a ride from school, everyone rides in single file, stops at all intersections, gives way to pedestrians and vehicles.
  • No allowing NON-mountain bikers to ride your bikes at school
  • At all events GREY cycling kit must be worn.
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