Top cyclists off to Europe
Top cyclists Phethetso Monese and Teboho Khantsi leave the country on Wednesday this week to fight it out in the Mountain Bike World Championships to be held in Switzerland from 9-10 July.
Lesotho Sky Events Manager, Kananelo Masia, said the riders will be making their debut in the competition after qualifying for the event at the Africa Championships held in AfriSki early this year.
“This is their first time in the World Champs after they made good times in the continental championship held here in Lesotho early this year. They will leave the country on Wednesday for Johannesburg where they will take a plane straight to Switzerland,” Masia said.
After the Switzerland competition, the duo will take part in the Transalp race set for 17-23 July. The race begins in Switzerland and takes the riders to Germany and ends in Italy.
Masia said this competitions would be vital for Monese who is fine-tuning his preparations for the Olympic Games to be held in Brazil next month.
“It looks like a tight schedule but that is what they need to become the best because they will be competing with the best riders in the world. The competition will also help Monese, who is using this races as part of his preparations for the Rio Olympics,” he said.
Masia said the points the duo will get in this race will also help the country when the time comes for international rankings. Lesotho is ranked second in Africa behind South Africa.
“We are also hoping they will do well in all these competitions as that will help the country when it gets to Union of International Cycling rankings. Monese ranks 116 worldwide while the country is ranked second in Africa behind South Africa,” said Masia.