School Sport – The SA Mountain Bike Championships (by Bradyn – Yr 7)
Last Friday, October 15, Seacliff Primary School entered two teams in the School Sport SA Mountain Bike Championship event for the first time (an under 13 team and an under 15 team). Altogether, there were 181 teams from all around SA. The event was located at O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park.
The conditions on the day were not great, as it had been raining during the whole of the previous day. The majority of the track was dirt and gravel; therefore, the track was covered in slushy mud. This obviously reduced the grip on the day. Bikes were sliding all over the place, and there were many accidents.
The under 13s team consisted of Tyler, Alannah, Jacob, and Jonah, along with the under 15s team that consisted of Cooper, Bradyn, Caleb, and Harry. Each team had 2.5 hours to complete as many laps as they could. Each lap took about 8 minutes, with the fastest lap time for Seacliff school being 6:59. The track was about 2km long, and was made up of many cross-country tracks, as well as a couple of downhill tracks. The track also had to be changed on the day, due to a stretch of track made of clay, which was deemed ‘un-ridable’.
Congratulations to the U13 team, who came in 20th place, and to the U15 team, who came 28th.
NB – There was a little bit of drama involving a Seacliff rider towards the end of the event…. but that’s another story!