Paamo off to Switzerland

Paamo off to Switzerland

MASERU – Budding Lesotho female cyclist ‘Makhotso Paamo of St. Mary’s High School is headed to Switzerland in all expenses paid trip to compete at the 2018 Red Bull Pump Track World Championship.
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship will take place the same weekend that the Swiss town of Lenzerheide hosts the UCI MTB (Mountain Bike) World Championships, which is September 6 and 7.

Paamo’s trip to Europe is part of her champion’s package for winning a Pump Track stage race that was held in Roma last week.
For the first time ever, a global Red Bull Pump Track series is taking place around the world. Over 20 countries are scheduled to have stops in the series with Lesotho along with South Africa being the only events in Africa.
The winners of the individual national finals will then be sent to compete at a grand finale at the inaugural Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in Lenzerheide in September.

What makes Paamo’s upcoming trip more incredible is that last week’s event in Roma was her first competitive race.
Paamo only started cycling as a hobby and a getaway during school breaks but she said she has learned a lot since joining Roma Trading Post Cycling club in 2015.

“I think what helped me to win the race is working hard and believing in myself that I will win the race,” Paamo told thepost.
“I started in 2015 after I was inspired by some of my friends, so I saw cycling as my escape after long days at school. Then I joined Roma Trading Post Cycling Club and I learnt the basics and other skills,” she said.

“I was told about three weeks ago about the Red Bull championship but before then I was already working hard in training and training countless times on the track. “My only dream is to race in other countries and possibly win, and hopefully I can get another race to test myself further (before the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship),” Paamo said.

For now, the champion does not have any other events lined up but she said she will continue to work hard in training.
The Pump Track championship in Roma attracted a lot attention and excitement from around the globe.
The winner in the men’s category came all the way from Australia.

Nkheli Liphoto

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