Roof roars into Life
SOME of the world’s top bikers are in town as part of the star attractions of the 2016 edition of the Roof of Africa off-road motorcycle race which gets underway today at Maseru Club.
Lesotho Off-road Association (LORA) public relations officer, Kekeletso Malebo said most of the riders arrived in the country over the weekend and yesterday they completed their registration as well as interviews with the local media.
The Round the House will kick start the event today and spectators will be treated to eight races of three laps each starting at Maseru club.
“Everything is in place for the race and as usual, we expect a very competitive battle especially among the previous winners and some of the new riders,” Malebo said.
The hard enduro races will follow on Friday and these will start and finish at the Bushman pass at Lekhalong la Baroa.
Dubbed the world’s toughest off-road motorcycle race due to its route through Lesotho’s rugged terrain, the Roof of Africa begins with bikers racing around the city’s suburbs before invading the countryside for four days of tough riding.
“There are a lot of riders who will take part in the race including those doing so for the first time like one who is the champion of Spain,” Malebo said, adding unlike in previous years, this time Lesotho has only one representative, Joseph Motenane.
Malebo also said they had received information from the camp of 2014 winner, Wade Young, that the South African who became the youngest winner at 16 years, might not take part in the race.
He however called on the youth “to come in large numbers to see what professionals can do with a bike”.
He said the event was not only exciting for the riders and cycling enthusiasts but it was also “good for tourism in our country”.
British rider Jarvis Graham won the 2015 event.
FROM left: Jade Gutzeit, Graham Jarvis and Chris Birch - Roof of africa 2011.