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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

Morija Mountain Bike Challenge

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-day MTB stage race.

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

The Lesotho sky MTB race 2011

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…Lesotho sky logoThe 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

Tasol Race to the Sun cycle race

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.

Moteng Pass Tasol Cycle Race to the SunThe 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

Malealea Monster MTB Challenge

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

4×4 Offroad Adventure Club – Ten Year Celebrations

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

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