What a wild few days – The Roof of Africa 2010, which concluded on Saturday 27th November in Lesotho. Fittingly tough for “The Mother of Hardenduro”, it took no prisoners, conceding twenty-two gold medal finishers from a field of about two hundred and fifty. Twenty-four riders earned silver medals and a mere six took home the bronzes. Phenomenal achievements all! The war stories brought tears to the eyes and huge respect to the heart. This event that traverses the massive Maluti mountains, is seriously challenging! It’s also not all about the riders. Here’s a great video that explains more about the event’s consideration for the community:
My husband Dave took part, but unfortunately after a solid start, his race ended when his motor blew halfway through Friday’s gruelling stint. Here are a few photo’s that tell a snippet of the story:
All in all, this year’s ‘Roof’ raised the bar. It was way better organized and more spectator-friendly than last year’s, drawing crowds of fans and some top international competitors. These were led by New Zealander Chris Birch, who won spectacularly for the third time in a row, followed by South Africa’s Jade Gutzeit and Germany’s Andreas Lettenbichler, ‘Lettie’ for short. Here they are at the Red Bull finish:
Sincere thanks to our friends who helped us tremendously, huge congrats to the winners and well done to everyone who took part! One thing’s for sure: our deposit will be paid the moment booking opens for 2011.