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Morija Mountain Bike Challenge roars into life

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The annual Morija Mountain Bike Challenge roars into life this morning with 120 riders eyeing the top spots in the 30 and 60-kilometre categories.
The race will take place in Morija, about 42km south of Maseru.
Morija Mountain Bike Challenge organising committee public relations officer, Mothobi Ramaisa, told the Sunday Express all was set for the race.
“The registration lines will be closed this morning and so far there are 120 riders who have registered to compete in this year’s race,” Ramaisa said on Friday.
“These 120 riders have been drawn from Lesotho and South Africa and there are also locally-based Chinese companies which have registered their respective teams to compete on today.”
He said the 30km race is for the juniors while seniors and veterans will take part in the 60km category.
“While we are not very strict in the 30km category, we are only allowing elites, seniors and veterans to compete in the 60km category because it is the toughest and the highlight of the race,” he said.
Ramaisa said the race has drastically improved since its introduction in 2010.
“Since we first launched the race in 2010, the race has seen a significant growth in terms of the number of riders.
“In 2010 there were 84 riders, last year saw 100 competitors while this year, 120 participants have so far registered to compete,” he said.
He said they have also received maximum support from Morija police, local chiefs, Scott Hospital as well as other stakeholders and villagers.

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