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
Archive for Festivals and Events
A 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
The second edition of the stunning Morija MTB Challenge will be held on 13th November 2011. The date has been set to coincide with the Lesotho Sky 6-
The Morija Mountain Bike Challenge will be happening on November 13 2011. The race, which is divided into 30km and 65 km (The longer 65km course is compulsory for all Lesotho Sky Teams) takes place in and around Morija and is open to the public. Read more
Lesotho Sky is a 500km team Expedition Mountain Bike Stage Race in Lesotho. With 14000m of climbing in the “Mountain Kingdom” over 6 days, this event will blow your mind and your legs…The Lesotho Sky Event 2011 is the first-ever 6-day Cross-Country MTB event, which takes place in the so-called Mountain Kingdom. This constitutes the launch of the annual Lesotho Sky Event and aspires to be a not-to-be-missed event on the local and international MTB calendar. Read more
This past Saturday, 10 September 2011, on a beautiful sunny day, set in the highest country in the world, the Tasol Race to the Sun started at the Likileng State Secondary school in Butha Buthe.
A total of 37 cyclists form Top South African cycling teams as well as International teams, which included Tasol Solar, Bonitas, MTN Quebecka, Cyclelab Super cycling, ASG and Team UCI from Eritrea started the race at an altitude of 1673m in Butha Buthe.
The race split up soon with 6 riders going out in front.The teams that was represented was ASG, Bonitas, Tasol Solar and UCI Africa team, the group worked together until 2 of the UCI Africa members decided to go out in front on one of the steep climbs 5km before the gruelling Moteng pass. The two riders were caught on the pass and passed by Jacques van Rensburg on his way to the top of the first climb. The bunch was split dramatically over the first climb which meant that riders were to ride their own pace to get to the finish line. They then descended reaching speeds of about 100km/h, up and down towards Oxbow lodge, then just over the Malibamatso river climbing the even more gruelling Mahlasela pass started since it starts at 2500m altitude and finishes at 3267. David Maree caught one of the UCI riders which secured his second place. Read more
Mountain biking (MTB) is in its infancy in Lesotho and only a select few cyclists take advantage of the conditions and terrain across Lesotho to hone their off-road skills.
In order to get Malealea on the proverbial MTB map, we are hosting a MTB event in September 2011. This will be a ride from Matsieng (the home of the King of Lesotho). This incredibly scenic route is approximately 65km of single track, jeep track and gravel road. In addition, a shorter route of 33km is also on offer for those less adventurous, and a short sprint for children will be arranged.
When: Saturday 3rd September, 2011 @ 10h00 Read more
What a function! If you missed it, sorry for you. It was awesome. Thanks for all of the 80+ families that took the time to come out and celebrate with us on the evening. We were hosted by Hans Steinkopf (Dealer Principle) and his crew from the newly created Halfway Toyota Honeydew organization. They spoilt us with a stunning venue, great warm soup and 2 curries as well as the honour to experience the unveiling of the new FJ Land Cruiser. What a winner! Thanks for the great memento 10 year caps donated to all attendees too. Thanks guys! What a stunning ‘partner’ to have in the club.
The members arrived in droves, and with our specially invited guests and potential members plus VIP Suppliers, we topped 220 people at the event. We had great raffle draw prizes to the value of just over R147 000, and the Keenan family walked away with the top prize, sponsored by URI ADVENTURES. Were they stoked, especially as daughter Natasha spent her 16th birthday away from boarding school and with us on the evening. Dad was away on business, so Mom’s luck was in! Read more
The Lesotho Wildrun 2011 began on a perfect day – no clouds, beautiful blue skies and cool clear air. On the 24th March 2011, 33 runners set off into the Maluti mountains of Lesotho to take on the unknown, and a journey like no other.
Day one of the Lesotho Wildrun is 43.5 kilometers of unmarked mountainous terrain, requiring not only fitness, but navigational savvy and a very strong mind! This day turned out to be somewhat more challenging than most expected, with navigation forming a larger part of the experience than most were prepared for. This is when those that are used to finding their own way excelled, and those more used to running on the road really suffered.
The first long and steep climb to CP1 proved to be the most challenging, with many struggling to stick to the GPS tracklogs and finding themselves a little ‘off course’ now and then. Coupled with very little runnable terrain, this was Not the bit everyone raved about! However, everyone made it, albeit some having taken more ‘detours’ than others! Read more
Since 2005, Morija Guest Houses (MGH) has been holding many “Introduction to Sesotho Language and Culture weekends” aimed at expatriates who have come to live and work in Lesotho. They have become indispensable orientation weekends for many. Even knowing just a little bit of the language can make a very big difference to new comers and understanding some basic cultural concepts will prevent awkward situations.
The weekends enable participants to gain confidence when attempting to speak Sesotho, to acquire useful knowledge of Lesotho’s history and Basotho culture and generally to feel more comfortable in their new environment. Because of the beautiful setting of the guest houses, walks are always scheduled in the weekend programme. Traditional dancers are also invited to perform and the atmosphere of the weekends is always warm and welcoming. Read more
The High Altitude Summer Marathon (HASM) is a road running event held annually in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The first race was run in 2003, under the name of the “Mokhotlong City Marathon”. It started as a 32.2km race initiated by Mr Kokolia Mokonyana, the Secretary General of the Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA).
The event name has since changed to “High Altitude Summer Marathon” as has the races format, stretching the distances from 32.2km to 42.2km and the 21.1km and 10km races were added as developmental races.
The HASM is a very challenging sporting competition, even for the most seasoned marathon runner, and yet at the same time affords an invigorating course for the keen athlete. Read more