Young expected in Lesotho to defend title

Young expected in Lesotho to defend title

MASERU – 2017 Motul Roof of Africa champion Wade Young will be back in the country to defend his title when the off-road showpiece gets underway next Thursday.
Young made history in 2013 when he won the race dubbed the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ due to its difficult terrain at only 18 years to become its youngest ever winner.
The annual off-road motor-biking race happens over three days and this year will begin with the ‘round the houses’ stage at Maseru Mall which has been shifted from its traditional Maseru Club start point due to traffic congestion the event causes in the city centre.

Speaking on behalf of the Lesotho Off-Road Association (LORA), Meene Putsoa, said this year riders will pass through a bicycle track in the mall’s yard and will cross through Nthane Road and down to the heap of stones gathered nearby.
The riders will then finish the stage back at Maseru Mall.

“We changed the venue because of the traffic in town,” Putsoa said.
“Closing the road for half a day inconvenienced people who are not interested in the event and, besides that, Maseru Mall approached us and asked to be a host,” he added.
“We are going to have about 24 international riders from Europe including the previous race winner from South Africa, Wade Young, but most popular international riders come from Europe. We also have about nine confirmed local riders but there are other riders who have not yet confirmed their participation.”

One of Lesotho’s riders is Timello Tšolo who is making his Roof of Africa debut and will be competing in the Bronze Class.
“Honestly, because it will be my first time, I am a bit nervous but not that much because I was born to race,” Tšolo said.
“I prepared myself enough to get the results I am expecting,” he added. “I was born to race; therefore I am ready for it.”

Tšolo said he fine-tuned his preparations with several events in South Africa until he crashed his bike while training in Mpumalanga.
“I had to pause training for four months due to that breakdown,” he said “(But) there is no turning back; we have to do our best, especially when done with the qualifiers.”

Tšolo said his target is just to finish the Roof of Africa which is regarded as one of the toughest physical challenges the sport has to offer.
“It is my first time racing in Lesotho so I cannot say I will finish first,” he said.
Tšolo has been given 332 as his race number.

Nkheli Liphoto

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