Lesotho Sky Day 2

It was eventful in the early hours of the morning as a massive thunderstorm hit Ramabanta. The lightning and thunder was seriously impressive. I lay huddled in my very comfortable bed and thanked my lucky stars that I wasn’t in a tent.

 The day dawned and we got packed up as it was a moving day; we were off to Malealea. At the route briefing the night before, we’d been told that the first part of the route was pretty technical and to take care, a couple of decent climbs were mentioned. At 8:00am we had a neutral start out of the resort and were waved off by the Basotho men and women we passed. Then straight into some single track and the fun began. For me it was the most fantastic riding; technical and challenging, you had to have your wits about you. I shot off along the trails and down the hills all smiles while poor Lolita walked a lot. The guys we were riding with were very encouraging and good sports. Due to the nature of the first 23kms it took us about 1hr 50 mins to complete. The scenery was absolutely incredible and at last we got to water point one, where our chains were very kindly lubed by some fellow riders. Finally the road opened up and we started to pick up the pace. Every climb came with a spectacular view and Lolita was telling me to look right regularly. All along the way there were cheers, smiles, greetings and little children’s voices asking for sweets.  Then somewhere around 59kms in I started to struggle but I kept pushing, but eventually we had to stop so my partner could give me an Ener-B honey gel. Battling the wind we hotfooted it to the finish as hard as we could, using every last ounce of energy in my body, and boy was it a sight for sore eyes. I was broken! My cadence revive went down like a homesick mole, and I started to feel a little better.

 Thanks to the chefs at Malealea Lodge for the delicious omelette for lunch that brought me back to life.

 I haven’t had too much time to explore the resort yet, but what I have seen of it so far, it’s pretty cool.

 Tomorrow promises to be more challenging per kilometre but a shorter distance of 55kms, says Darol, the race organiser.

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 Day 2 Results:

Men Elite

1st Max Knox and Rourke Crouser of Team Biogen (02.55.26) 2nd Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes of Team Scott Factory Racing (03.06.51) 3rd James Reid and Jens Schuermens of Team RECM Versluys (03.27.11)

Ladies Elite

1st Cherie Vale and Vera Adrian of Team Novus OMX Pro Team (04.04.03) 2nd Diana Carolin and Lolita van Aardt of Team Full Sus Ladies (04.32.30)

 Basotho teams

1st Alliance Insurance Company (3:38:19) 2nd Vodacom Lesotho (3:40:54) 3rd Total (3:46:51)

 by:

Diana Carolin

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Lesotho Sky Website: http://lesothosky.com/

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