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Local cyclists fight it out in world marathon

‘Mamohlakola Letuka

TWO of Lesotho’s top cyclists, Phetetso Manse and Teboho Khantsi, are part of the 2014 UCI World Mountain Bike Marathon being held today in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
The two riders left the country last Thursday and are using the race as part of their preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games set for Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August.
“Our team is preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and taking part in Sunday’s marathon will be very helpful to their preparations,”
said team manager, Sahaole Mpopo.

“This month, both Manse and Khantsi have already competed in races such as the Botswana Kalahari Mountain Bike Challenge, where they took second place, and the Mountain Bike Cross Country race held in Port Elizabeth last weekend, taking 15th and 17th positions, respectively.
“We are confident they will improve as they continue to prepare for Glasgow, and bring medals from the championship which draws some of the finest athletes from around the world.”

According to Mpopo, the team will participate in one more competition before the Glasgow showdown.
“Our riders have competed in different competitions as they prepare for the Commonwealth Games, and this has benefitted them immensely, while also helping to improve their continental rankings. By the time they go to Glasgow, we are hoping they would be in perfect condition to challenge for honours, and not just be part of the crowd at the Games.”

Mpopo further paid tribute to Sky Events (Pty) Ltd — an events and adventure-tourism company based in Maseru, which hosts the annual, six-day Lesotho Sky Mountain Bike Stage Race in September.
“We have been working with Lesotho Sky very closely since 2010, and they have helped us a lot as a federation by launching an international competition in our own backyard,” said Mpopo.

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