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Annual Lesotho sky cycling kicks off

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The annual Lesotho Sky cycling competition roars into life in Roma this morning.
The six-day competition has attracted a record of 44 cyclists from Lesotho, South Africa, Israel and Austria.
The annual competition will be taking place around Roma Trading Post, Molengoane Lodge (Nazareth), Ramabanta Trading Post as well as Malealea Lodge locations.
Lesotho Sky event director and founder, Christian Schmidt, told the Sunday Express 32 of the 44 competitors were expected to arrive in the country yesterday.
“We are expecting riders from Israel, South Africa and Austria to arrive in the country (yesterday) and we are very excited to host this second edition of the competition,” Schmidt said on Friday.
He said the competition will still go on as planned even if it rains this morning.
“In terms of rain there will be no changes as we will go on as planned but should there be thunderstorms, we will probably call off the event until the storms are clear,” he said.
There are 12 local competitors in this year’s edition, he said.
In a separate interview, last year’s runner-up team member, Tumisang Taabe, told this paper they are eyeing gold this year.
Taabe, who teamed up with Katleho Lifahlo last year, said he has a new partner for the competition.
“We are competing and are eyeing top spot even though I have dropped Lifahlo because of his poor performance,” Taabe said.

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