17 Sep, 2015

Schools riding at Fair

Kids can experience various obstacles for the first time at the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair.
The pump track is always active at the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair.

An inter-provincial schools mountain bike race will be one of the highlights at this year’s Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair.

Set to take place at St Stithian’s College from 23 to 25 October, the 2015 Fair will have a definite link to schools and the development of cycling as a school sport.

“We believe that school cycling is going to be a much bigger thing,” said the Fair’s organiser, Rob Heath, “when I was at school, there were no school cycling teams but now you’ve got cycling competing with the major sports like rugby, cricket, soccer, swimming and athletics.”

This is one of the main reasons why the event has moved to this new venue.

“The first event was held at a venue with a good surface. The second was held at a venue with an amazing view in a beautiful area,” explained Rob, “but this year we are combining those two with our new venue which has a fantastic surface and a great view.”

And with a women’s event on the cards too, plus the inclusion of the “unofficial” African Cyclocross Championships and the return of previous years’ favourite activities like the pump track and a kiddies cycling area, this year’s Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair will be a true, family-orientated event.

As far as exhibitors go, there will be retailers, products, brands, bike manufacturers (who will let you test their various products) and various other cycling-related services. Title sponsors Standard Bank will also bring mobile ATM machines but visitors are encouraged to load the Snapscan App onto their smart phones which will make transactions easier.

For more information on the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair, go to

Raymond Travers

Raymond Travers

Modern Cyclist Editor |