Top riders for Roof of Africa

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

A TO­TAL of 380 riders have al­ready reg­is­tered for the 2015 Roof of Africa off-road mo­tor­cy­cle race which gets un­der­way on De­cem­ber 2.

Le­sotho Off-road As­so­ci­a­tion (LORA) public re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Keketso Malebo, says the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion is, once again, at­tract­ing top riders from around the world.

The Roof is con­sid­ered one of the world’s tough­est mo­tor­bike races due to the chal­leng­ing na­ture of its course through the coun­try’s rugged ter­rain, hence its at­trac­tion among in­ter­na­tional riders.

Ac­cord­ing to Malebo, prepa­ra­tions for the race are go­ing along smoothly.

“Prepa­ra­tions are go­ing very well for this an­nual com­pe­ti­tion and we have al­ready reg­is­tered 380 riders,” Malebo said.

“On the list, we have riders from Europe and South Africa, while four Ba­sotho are also there, among them reg­u­lars Mo­lamu Moro­jele and Mpeli Ntabe.”

Malebo fur­ther said the as­so­ci­a­tion ex­pects over 7 000 visi­tors for the race, which has since be­come one of the coun­try’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions.

“Last year we had over 7000 spec­ta­tors with most of them com­ing from South Africa and that makes us happy be­cause it im­proves the coun­try’s econ­omy,” said Malebo.

“Or­gan­is­ers of the race will be vis­it­ing vil­lages through which the route passes and ed­u­cat­ing vil­lagers on dif­fer­ent is­sues, in­clud­ing how they can make money out of the race.”

Malebo said he ex­pects a tough com­pe­ti­tion this year as 2011 win­ner, Graham Jarvis of the United King­dom, would be out to re­claim the ti­tle from South Africa’s Wade Young (19) who was cham­pion in 2012 and 2014.

The Kwazulu-natal rider made history in 2012 when, at 16, he be­came the youngest-ever win­ner of the Roof.

New Zealand Chris Birch, who won the race three times in a row from 2008, will also be among the high-pro­file riders at the race.

Mean­while, Malebo has an­nounced the can­cel­la­tion of the Le­sotho Spec­tac­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion which had been set for this week­end in Mat­sieng.

RIDERS go through tough ter­rain dur­ing Roof of Africa. (file pc)

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