Moneys in historic victory

Moneys in historic victory

ROMA – Lesotho Olympic cyclist Phetetso Monese made history last Saturday by becoming the first Mosotho to win the prestigious Lesotho Sky Race.
Monese rode to victory along with his South African partner Pieter Korkie for Team Alliance Insurance and it was an emotional scene at the finish line as the 2016 Olympian accomplished another milestone in a storied career.
It was also a perfect gift for Monese who celebrated his 35th birthday just a week before the race.

The Lesotho Sky is contested by teams of two riders in both the men’s and women’s categories and it was first staged in 2011. For eight years Lesotho cyclists toiled and failed to crack the winners’ podium, and Monese was amongst them for all those years.
He had close calls and good moments before.

In 2014 Monese set a landmark by becoming the first Mosotho along with his teammate at the time, Teboho Khantsi, to win a stage at the Lesotho Sky.
Last year Monese then finished third overall alongside teammate Tumelo Makae as South Africans Reinhard Zellhuber and Andrew Hill won the race.
Finally, Monese has won the whole thing.
This year’s ninth edition of the Lesotho Sky saw 70 cyclists from 11 countries compete in the annual race.

It was a quality line-up with hopefuls from around the world but Monese and Korkie were the class of the field and they dominated from start from to finish.
“I’ve been struggling to win the Lesotho Sky and I saw this year that I have got the opportunity to take everything, therefore started pushing harder,” a delighted Monese said after his triumph.
The six-day race Lesotho Sky began two weekends ago and came to an end last Saturday at Roma Trading Post.

Monese – who is a member of the African Dream Team, Lesotho’s only professional cycling team – said he was encouraged all the way through by Korkie who has partnered him in several races this year.
Monese’s Dream Team teammates Katleho Manasi and Eric Ramohanoe had to settle for second place while Malefetsane Lesofe and Lichaba West finished in third place.
“Pieter and I have been racing in South Africa,” Monese said.
“It’s only in March when he called me to partner with him for the Three Mountains race that was held in Free State and (we) did very well. I then called him for the Lesotho Sky because I knew his potential and he definitely did the best. I am really impressed with our performance,” he said.

Monese said the route was challenging but his teamwork with Korkie saw them pull through.
He called winning the Lesotho Sky Race a “dream come true.”
“This race wasn’t easy, some of the people we started with quit along the way but we were able to bear every challenge we encountered and here we are,” Monese beamed.

Korkie congratulated Monese saying it was pleasure to race with someone of his teammate’s experience.
“My first Lesotho Sky race was outstanding, I didn’t expect to win but I’m privileged,” Korkie said.
“I am looking forward to seeing what we are capable of achieving in the next few years because (Monese) is going for the Olympics next year.”

Final Lesotho Sky standings:
Men’s teams:

1. Pieter Korkie & Phetetso Monese (Alliance Insurance) 17:28:42
2. Katleho Manasi & Eric Ramohanoe (African Dream Team) 18:03:43
3. Malefetsane Lesofe & Lichaba West (Standard Lesotho Bank) 19:54:56
4. Bernd Barbrock & Philipp Rhode (Surf & Bike) 20:04:15
5. Ivar Tollefsen & Fredrik Norrby (Gutta Boyz) 22:21:07

Women’s teams:
1. Nicola Greene & Joan Misere (Shady Ladies) 34:28:05

Mixed teams:
1. Patrick Mosler & Liz Edmondson (R M V Chur) 25:39:42
2. Kristien Velding & Sandor Klis (Rotterdam Pirates) 31:19:05

Solo men:
1. Shane Burke 19:27:52
2. Joe Fritsch 19:49:57
3. Trond Holde 22:21:10
4. Patrick Willy 22:49:10
5. Craig Blake 22:55:01

Solo women:
1. Regina Marunde 21:36:32

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