Riders take on Roof of Africa race

2011-10-18 19:32

Riders from around the globe are set to compete in one of the world’s most gruelling enduro motorcycles races – the 2011 Roof of Africa.

The 2011 event will be the 44th year of the race, once open to cars as well as bikes, and is run in Lesotho. it promises to be even bigger and tougher than the 2010 event which saw the introduction of bronze, silver and gold achievements in distance covered.

Former competitor and owner of Red Cherry Adventures, Mike Glover, has been appointed race director and is hoping for a  memorable event.

He said: “The entries are streaming in and we have to date received about 140 of which quite a few are international.

“They include three-times defending champion Chris Birch, who has temporarily moved from New Zealand to South Africa, while 2010 podium finisher Andreas Lettenbichler of Germany has again entered on a Husqvarna."


Birch has won the South African National Enduro championship but though 2010 Roof of Africa runner-up and double SA National Off-Road title-holder Jade Gutzeit will again be a serious contender in 2011.

Off-road and enduro competitor Errol Dalton, who has entered the event more than 20 times, has been called in to assist with the route. It will start with the traditional “Around the Houses” race (three laps of 3.6km each) on November 24 through the streets of Maseru.

After the street race, competitors will compete in a time trial designed with a clover-leaf route. The results of the time trial will determine the start order for Racing Section Two on November 25.

Surviving riders will take on Racing Section Three on November 26. There will be cut-off times for entrants in the Bronze (50%) and Silver (75%) classes while entrants in the Gold class will have to complete the full race distance.

Competitors are only allowed to practice in Lesotho until November 4 and riders are urged to ensure they know and understand the rules and regulations. For more information and updates on the 2011 Roof of Africa click here!