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Roof of Africa challenge proves it’s hard to beat

Pascalinah Kabi

 MASERU — Lesotho’s Roof of Africa off-road challenge will be part of the new World Xtreme Enduro Championship.

The new championship, starting in 2011, is a worldwide tour of extreme enduro events that culminates in one champion at the end of the year.

The Roof of Africa event — as well as The Tough One (England), Hell’s Gate (Italy), Erzergrodeo (Austria) and Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) – will be part of the World Xtreme Enduro Championship series.

The latter four races this year took place in January, February, June and September respectively.

Lesotho’s Roof of Africa will be the last of the Big Five races to be run from November 25 to 27.

Dubbed the Mother of Hardenduro, the local event has attracted more than 100 bikers from around the world including defending champion Chris Birch.

Roof of Africa co-ordinator Keketso Malebo told the Sunday Express the local race was going to serve as a good preparation for next year’s World Xtreme Enduro Championship.

“The Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa is earmarked to form part of the 2011 World Xtreme Enduro Championship,” he said.

“This is going to be one of the intensive preparations for top riders from around the world because of its nature.”

“The track is also almost similar to next year’s World Xtreme Enduro Championship, hence it’s part of the preparations,” he added.

Malebo said they were still expecting more participants for this year’s Roof of Africa race.

“More than 100 riders have already registered for the race and we are still expecting more,” he said.

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