Monese leads the pack

Monese leads the pack

MASERU – 2016 Olympian Phetetso Monese leads the Cross Country Mountain Bike table in the Lesotho Sky Cycling League after a win in the fourth stage race last Saturday in Roma.

Monese, the country’s top ranked mountain bike cyclist, leads second and third placed Lichaba West and Malefetsane Masokela by six points.
Monese, who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games, has so far amassed 148 points while the other two challengers are both on 142 points after four stages.

The fresh new league kicked off last November and both Monese and West missed the November edition while Masokela missed the December stage.
In the pump track section, 14-year-old Tlotlisang Mothae is the frontrunner with a total of 196 points and he has participated in all four stages since the league started. Following him closely is 10-year-old Kefuoe Lerata with 185 points and Ralikotsi Ralethoko, 12, who is in third place with 180 points.

The Sky Cycling League is a new league launched last year in November with the aim of growing cycling as a sport in the country. The league’s plan is host as many events as possible and also expand to other districts.
The Sky League is divided into three categories being the cross country mountain bike, pump track as well as well the marathon.
The league is open to riders of different ages and after every edition the racers are allocated points which determine the overall winner at the end of the season which will be on the final day of the
annual Lesotho Sky Race in September.

The fourth stage of Sky Cycling League took place last Saturday at Roma Trading Post and was the league’s biggest event so far with 72 riders participating across the three categories and more than 100 spectators enjoying the sunny day out at Roma.
The Cross Country MTB section is dominated by Lesotho’s elite riders and the African Dream Team which is the only professional cycling team in the country.

The pump track category is dominated by nine to 18-year-old boys and girls and the expectation from the pump track section is to see young riders emerge as successful racers in the more advanced cross country discipline in a few years.
The marathon category is a fun category for now.

The 25 kilometre route has very little elevation and takes riders on a scenic route from Roma, via Mokema and Ha Maama back to Roma.
It is suitable for beginners and so far riders from Maseru and tourists have enjoyed this route.

Tlalane Phahla

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