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In the heart of the Lesotho Highlands lies the Maluti Mountains, some of the best terrain for high altitude running in the world.

Serving as the “veins” of this region, an intricate network of trails exists along the valleys and mountain flanks, connecting many of the remote villages. Used primarily by livestock and shepherds, many of the mountain passes have been established by hand, allowing people and animals to pass through the Maluti Mountain Range on foot.

It is this ancient philosophy of man’s primal need to explore and conquer his surrounding terrain that has lead to the development of the Lesotho Ultra Trail, Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon®. Read more

Skyrunning hits southern Africa with the Lesotho Ultra Trail

Lesotho Ulta Sky TrialA new ultra-distance race has hit southern Africa’s trail running calendar with the announcement of the Lesotho Ultra Trail, to take place in northern Lesotho on 30 November.

Created by well-known KZN race organiser Andrew Booth, the 68km race will traverse mountainous, rocky trails combining steep ascents, descents, some contour running and loads of single track, will be hosted by Maliba Mountain Lodge, just one hour south from the Free State town of Clarens. Read more

Malealea Monster MTB Challenge – 13 April 2013

The 3rd annual Malealea Monster Challenge in conjunction with the Lesotho Cyling Association offers pure landscapes, skies and endless mountain bike terrain vastly different to South Africa, and it’s just waiting to be explored!

WHEN: Saturday 13th April @ 09h00 (Registration from 08h00)

WHERE: 70 km and 25 km start at 09h00 at Malealea Lodge
(GPS 29º49’43”S, 27º36’00”E) Read more

16 year old Wade Young, brings the title home

Wade Young (16) made history on Saturday (17 November) when he became the youngest competitor ever to win the Roof of Africa enduro motorcycle race that took place for the 45th time in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. It was also the first time since 2007 that a South African rider wins this gruelling three day event that consisted of about 490 kilometres this year,Extremely hot weather conditions caused many competitors to dehydrate while a challenging route confirmed the 2012 Roof of Africa enduro as one of the toughest in recent years.

Wade Young 2012 Roof of Africa 2012 Winner

Wade Young

Young, racing for Team Fever Criterion Yamaha, took the lead on Friday when he posted the fastest time after starting the race from second position behind Marc Torlage (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) who won the 60km time-trial that determined the starting order for Friday’s racing section. The youngster tackled the third and final day on Saturday (187km) with a gap of just over 10 minutes to the 2011 winner, Graham Jarvis (Flite Extreme Husaberg) and eventually beat second-placed fellow South African, Altus de Wet (Brother Broadlink KTM) by just over 11 minutes after a total race time of 17 hours 36 minutes and 10 seconds. (All race results are still provisional.) Read more

The Lesotho Sky 2012 – All the bells and whistles by Tim Brinks

”One-crocoBANG”. Counting the seconds between the flash of lightning, and the clap of thunder, on an exposed ridge between Malealea and Roma, had suddenly become less than fun. In fact, perched on an aluminium mountain bike, or conductor, call it what you will, a more accurate description would be life-threatening.

Our adventure had started six days earlier, when my partner for the Lesotho Sky, Jakes Jakobsen, and I crossed through the Van Rooyens border post onto the billiard-table-smooth tar that would take us to Maseru, and eventually Roma. The trip up from Cape Town is a long one, so as soon as we found the Roma Trading Post, we dropped our bags, unpacked the bikes and set of on a pre-race exploration ride. On the other side of Roma we encountered our first taste of what was to come over the next week, an unnamed pass (to us it was of Alpine proportions, as our legs and lungs screamed for more oxygen at 1800m) that took us up to an area with some spectacular slick rock riding.

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Bonitas Radox Golden Gate Challenge 2012

Bonitas Radox golden gate challenge 2012The 26th to 28th October 2012 saw only the second hosting of the Bonitas Radox Golden Gate Challenge by the Wildlands Conservation Trust’s Wild Series team. This trail run event is run in partnership with South African National Parks at the Golden Gate Highland National Park in the Free State, in an area known as South Africa’s “best kept secret” in terms of our national parks. This event was again a huge success, with 187 runners participating in the event and experiencing 3 days of challenging and well-designed trail running. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park offers an incredible network of trails that challenged the most hardy trail runners, but also allowed them the most amazing views and vistas, with an abundance of highland grassland game to keep them company. The event was won by Wayne Scott (8h 6minutes) and Erica Walker (9h 25min) respectively in the men’s and ladies categories while many were relieved to have simply finished the race. Throughout the event, runners were praising the professional manner in which the event was run, and the amazing routes selected for them to traverse, despite grasps from participants when the next day’s race profile was revealed! Read more

Lesotho Sky 2012

The lesotho sky 2012 logoA remarkable stage race in an African mountain kingdom. Six days, 500km of racing with 14,500m of ascent. Welcome to mountain biking, Lesotho-style

Both international and local will battle it out over the Maluti Mountains for the coveted “King of the Sky” title waiting at the finish in Roma, Lesotho.
23rd to the 28th September 2012

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Lesotho Wildrun 2012 – A mountain kingdom race experience

Lesotho-wildrun-logoThe Lesotho Wildrun is a mountain running journey through the magnificent, remote and wild mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This three-day, 120km mountain wilderness experience takes place through the Ketane Ha Mothibi and Thaba Putsoa ranges, roughly 60km SE from the Lesotho capital of Maseru.  The unrivalled magnificence of this mountain kingdom promises participants a trail like none they’ve experienced before.

Lesotho Wildrun runner standing on cliff overlooking gorge

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The Malealea Monster MTB Challenge 2012 review

Malealea Monster MTB Challenge

The 2nd annual Malealea Monster Challenge in conjunction with the Lesotho Cyling Association was a big success this year! There were over 30 participants – a massive increase in numbers from last years inaugural event. We hope the event will continue to grow in participants year on year! The route while offering beautiful views, local trails and single track was a rough and tough 70 and 33km. Read more

Graham Jarvis wins the Roof of Africa at first attempt

the 2011 roof of africaA new face to the Roof of Africa event, Graham Jarvis etched his name into the mountains of Lesotho when he won the legendary Roof of Africa event held this past weekend in Lesotho aboard his Husaberg TE 300.

The “Mother of hard enduro” is said to be the hardest enduro race in the world and that’s what the 44th running of this event was all about: a lot of blood and sweat, man and machine fighting their way through the mountain passes of Lesotho of which some have never been ridden before, taking the world’s best enduro riders to their limits and beyond.

The 2011 Roof of Africa kicked off on Thursday morning with the traditional “Round the Houses”, a 3 lap race in the city centre of Maseru that competitors had to complete on the tar. Read more

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