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The Mother Of Hard Enduro.
13th – 16th November 2013
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Southern Africa’s premier off-
“In fact”, quoted organiser Peter Luck, “we had to draw the line at 400 local entries, and we had over 600 applications…at this stage we just can’t handle so many riders!”
What is the attraction of this famous race? It’s a combinatin of its reputation as the most challenging and sometimes dangerous off road race in the World, with the mystique of racing through the mountains of Lesotho. Here not only the physical conditions of the terrain, but also the unpredictable weather, where it can be sweltering sunshine at the base camp near the city of Maseru, with a full out snowstorm blanketing the mountain tops.
The Roof of Africa has always attracted top international competitors, and this year is no exception. Previous winners Graham Jarvis and Chris Birch will both be here, as will top Austrian rider Andreas “Lettie” Lettenbichler. He has a formidable reputation, and will put his past experience in the “Roof” to good use. The Hemmingway brothers Dan and Ben will also be back, and they will be joined by experienced UK racer Justin Carter, who has plenty of experience racing in Africa. Also fresh from a successful European enduro season is Austrian enduro Champion Lars Enoekl, who will be racing in Lesotho for the first time
Wade Young, the young South African winner of last year’s race, has become the target for previous winners Graham Jarvis and Chris Birch, both intent on taking the win this year. They won’t find this too easy, as Wade has proved himself again during earlier events this season, and is going to be tough to beat in his own back yard. Other South African riders determined to keep the trophy on home soil are Altus de Wet, who is having a great season locally, and Kenny Gilbert, who is at the sharp end of the results more often than not. Two other riders who can never be counted out are veterans Riaan van Niekerk and Darryl Curtis, the “Terrible twins”
One of the features of the Roof this year will be the continuous media reports from the race. There will be hourly updates and field reports posted on social and national media as the race progresses. There will be a fully mobile team out in the field to back the headquarter based media centre, which will make the event much more enjoyable for enthusiasts both in Lesotho and elsewhere