Lesotho Sky Race roars into life

Lesotho Sky Race roars into life

MASERU – The ninth edition of the Lesotho Sky Race starts next week Monday at Roma Trading Post.
The venue will be the start and the finishing point of the six day race and, as usual, riders will spend three days in Malealea before making the long and approximately 90 kilometre trip back to Roma.

Every year the Lesotho Sky route changes and it is different again this year.
The race’s ever-changing and unpredictable terrain has made it an attraction to international cyclists.
According to Sky Events founder Chris Schmidt, about 70 riders from 11 countries are expected to take on the gruelling 328 km mountain bike race. The entered nations are Kenya, Uganda, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, South Africa, the United States and Lesotho.

This year Lesotho will be represented by three teams. Well-known Lesotho cyclist Phetetso Monese will partner with South African rider Pieter Korkie for Alliance Insurance, Lichaba West and Katleho Manasi will ride for Standard Lesotho Bank while Eric Ramohanoe will partner with Malefetsane Lesofe, who is based in Switzerland, and they will ride in the colours of their African Dream Team which is the only professional mountain bike team in the country.

Lesofe will only be coming home for this race and will head straight back to Switzerland afterwards.
This year there will be no women’s team from Lesotho as Likeleli Masitise, who teamed up with Botswana born Bakang Ebudilwe last year, is still busy with her studies.
Schmidt said he hopes the duo will be available next year for the 10th edition of the Lesotho Sky Race.

“We hosted our first event back in 2011 and it was a tiny event with about 10 riders from outside Lesotho, 10 riders from Lesotho,” Schmidt said.
“From humble beginnings we want to thank our sponsors for believing in us from the beginning. We have grown the event and we now are on our 9th edition and we will be hosting 70 participants from 11 countries. Lesotho Sky happens over six days. The first day is Monday, September 23 and the final day is Saturday, September 28,” he said.

Lesotho Sky Race schedule:
Monday, September 23
Roma Loop (38.9 km)
Tuesday 24
Roma-Malealea (85 km)
Wednesday 25
Malealea Loop (36.2 km)
Thursday 26
Malealea Loop (54.35 km)
Friday 27
Malealea-Roma (85 km)
Saturday 28
Cross-country lap race

Tlalane Phahla

 

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