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Lesotho Sky Mountain Biking: Entries are open for 2015


There has been much talk about the rather ominous yet extremely well reviewed Lesotho Sky recently. After its 4th successful event just a few weeks ago, entries to the event will open on 07 October 2014.

Event director Darol Howes says:

We are excited about opening entries again, it is exciting to see who comes back and which new names take up the challenge of coming and riding 6 awesome days in the Adventure Kingdom.

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Lesotho Sky MTB Challenge Recce

Day 1 – Lesotho has been on my travel radar, but not so you’d notice … Little land-locked country nestling somewhere against KZN and the Free State, with loads of mountains, dodgy roads and not much else to write home about. Right? How wrong can one be …

Lesotho Sky 2013 - Jacques Marais 03The Mountain Kingdom is everything you can want in an African travel destination, with a dizzying selection of action options vying for the attention of Outsiders from around the globe. It’s not even that far away – Maseru is less than 2hrs from Bloem along a peach of a highway – so no more excuses. And the one thing you cannot afford to leave behind when you cross the border to visit your Basotho brethren? Your mountain bike, buddy, because you’re gonna ride till you get used to the thin air up there.

My first day with the Lesotho Sky MTB Challenge crew (Christian Schmidt and Darol Howes) was relatively laid-back, with us exploring the time trail route within the immediate vicinity of Maseru for this kick-ass Stage Race … 3hrs of cattle-track tripping, donga dashing and pavement cruising eventually got us to Scoopie’s Shebeen, where I was initiated into the pleasures of Africa’s leading brew, Maluti, in quarts, of course.

Any Maseru sojourn is seriously incomplete without a visit to either the Oo-Lah-Lah Coffee Shop or Tumisang Taabe‘s Bike Shop, both institutions in their own right. Best of all, this was just the start of my journey into Africa’s ‘Little Tibet’.

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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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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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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

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