Lesotho Sky  Race launched

Lesotho Sky Race launched

Maseru – Black Mix Lesotho and Lesotho Sky on Tuesday launched the 7th Annual Lesotho Sky Race with organisers promising an event steeped in Basotho heritage and culture. The 2017 race will take place from October 2 to 7 in Semonkong and there are significant changes to the route with the legendary six-day course set to be reversed.

The changes mark another step in the evolution of the Lesotho Sky Race. What started in 2011 with a handful of passionate mountain bikers has grown into an International Cycling Union (UCI) Class 1 mountain bike event which is now one of Africa’s most spectacular and toughest stage races.
“This year we are launching a brand new route that will blow your mind,” said Darol Howes, Event Director and Founder of Lesotho Sky.
“The 372 kilometres of real mountain trails and 9880 metres elevation will bring out the best in your bike and make you fall in love with mountain biking all over again.”

Manisha Black – the chief executive officer of Black Mix Lesotho – said a Lesotho Sky Public Day will be held on October 7, the final day of the race.
“The objective of the public day is to bring sponsors and fans who want to get the feeling of what the Lesotho Sky is all about to Semonkong to experience the finish,” Black said.

Organisers said the Lesotho Sky Public Day will be “fun and exciting”.
The day will be hosted by Black Mix Lesotho and it will distribute tickets for the innovation.
“The public will get to participate in one of three activities,” Black said.

“They will include a 38 kilometre mountain bike ride on the same Lesotho Sky route, riding with (Switzerland mountain bike racer) Mathias Fluckiger who rode at the cross-country event at the 2016 Olympics and also (Switzerland mountain bike racer) Ralph Naf who rode at the 2004 Olympics and finished sixth.”

“Fun additional activities will include a seven kilometre fun hike, a pony trek and Black Mix are proudly presenting the Independence Day Horse Race Final on the same day (October 7),” Black said.

Mosiuoa Frantsi

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