Oakley treats Team Lesotho MTB at the World MTB Champs

With less than one week to go before the biggest race in Team Lesotho history, global sports eyewear giant – OAKLEY, stepped in to help the riders get to the UCI World More »

Samsung OlympAfrica Youth Games – Lesotho

The first staging of the Samsung OlympAfrica Youth Games was held at Lepereng Olympic Centre, Maseru from 22-23 September 2012.  This event was aimed at under 15 school children and Cycling was More »

UCI World Cycling Tour Final

On the 26/08/2012, Team Lesotho Cycling took to the ROAD again.  Not since 2008 has Lesotho been able to enter a team to an international Road cycling event, due to limited finances. More »

Powerade Sponsored Bike Handover

On 23/08/2012, Lesotho Cycling officially received the handover of 40 bicycles, helmets and pumps from Maluti Mountain Brewery’s Powerade sponsorship.  MMB Managing Director, Anthony Grendon expressed his satisfaction in a project that More »

Farewell To Realeboha Moselantja Pule

On the 4th August 2012, Lesotho cyclists paid their respects and bade farewell to fallen hero, Realeboha Moselantja Pule.  17 year-old Miss Pule was the reigning Junior Women Champion of Lesotho on More »

 

Lesotho Sky Race Promotes Local Riders

lesotho sky podium

The 2013 Lesotho Sky 6 day MTB Stage race ended successfully on Friday 27th September.  The third edition of this race took on extra significance with UCI Class 2 status.

As expected the Pro Teams dominated the race, but there was also much improved performances from several of the local Lesotho teams.  First in the GC was Team Scott Factory SA led by World-ranked 25th rider, Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes.  Second overall was Team Versluys/ Contago with world-ranked 27th rider, Kevin Van Hoovels from Belgian, partnered by South African Louis Bressler Knipe.  World renowned German-based marathon team Craft-Rocky Mountain represented by Daniel Gathof and youngster Jochen Weisenseel came home in 3rd position.  Just to highlight the level of the competition, Daniel was fresh from a top 20 result in a world-class marathon race in Switzerland just two weeks previous.

The Lesotho teams followed close behind, headed by Team Standard Lesotho Bank with national marathon champion, Phetetso Monese and national cross-country champion, Tumisang Taabe.

Alliance Insurance must have been so proud to see their two sponsored teams, packed with young exciting talent, crossing over next.  Team 1 (Jonase Machere [26 years old] and Sechaba Khoarahla [22]) came in front of Team 2 (Teboho Khantsi [22] and Lechesa Tohlang [21]).

The youngest rider in the race, 19 year-old Tseko Shelile and veteran partner Lethusang Ntili, in the colours of Vodacom Lesotho secured the 7th position and rounding out the International Elite category were Letseng Diamonds pair of Ntohla Makukuno and Sello Moerane.

Team Nedbank were very unlucky with a broken bike frame on stage 4 which ended their race and one of the riders from Team Maluti Mountain Brewery had to pull out due to sickness.  They had been as high as 5th position before the illness struck.

We have to acknowledge the hard work of all the teams to pull through and make us proud of their effort.  We also congratulate and thank Christian Schmidt and Darol Howes and their team at Lesotho Sky for pulling off such a great race!

After the excitement of the race, attention is now focussed on the International Cycling Union (UCI) world rankings.  Lesotho riders have picked up some valuable points to add to those won at World, Continental and national championships.  Will it be enough to secure second spot of African nations when the Ranking Publications are released on 31 December 2013?

Oakley treats Team Lesotho MTB at the World MTB Champs

Courtesy of Oakley/ photo by Craig Kolesky

Courtesy of Oakley/ photo by Craig Kolesky

With less than one week to go before the biggest race in Team Lesotho history, global sports eyewear giant – OAKLEY, stepped in to help the riders get to the UCI World MTB Championships in Pietermaritzburg.

Oakley supplied cash for team accommodation, food, travel and bike parts and also kitted the team out with the latest models of OAKLEY sports and casual glasses.  They also treated the team like stars in their plush team area, alongside the superstars of world mountain biking.

It was a breath of fresh air for a team that is used to disappointment from sponsors who do not think they are a worthy investment.

Team Lesotho did not win any medals in the championships, but each rider showed their courage, determination and pride to tackle one of the most difficult courses in world cycling.  I believe that we also represented Africa well as the only black African team to enter the competition that was held for the first time on the continent.

All of the seven riders managed to finish their respective races and to get a world ranking result.  As individuals, our riders were mostly towards the back of the pack, but as a team we have achieved amazing results: -

Junior Team = 29 out of 35 nations – Lichaba WEST (66), Malefetsane LESOFE (67), Motlatsi PHALATSI (68)

Under 23 Team = 25 out of 25 nations – Teboho KHANTSI (55)

Elite Team = 25 out of 29 nations – Tumisang TAABE (67), Phetetso MONESE (68), Thuso MAKATISE (69).

 

 

 

2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships Team

Lesotho Cycling is proud to announce the 7 man team to represent Lesotho, the proud African Mountain Kingdom, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships from 26 Aug- 01 Sept.

This will be the first time that a cycling team from Lesotho has participated in any World Championships and we are taking full advantage of this prestigious race being held on African soil.

Team Lesotho MTB is spearheaded by 2013 National Marathon Champion, Phetetso Monese, who has recently signed a sponsorship deal with GIANT.  Dragon’s Sports (Giant SA) are in the process of shipping a brand new Giant XTC Composite 29er bike to Phetetso in time for the Worlds.  Phetetso is also an accomplished XCO rider and aims to maintain his position as the highest ranked black African rider in the UCI World Rankings.

Another of the team leaders holds a unique record.  Tumisang Taabe is currently the National XCO Champion and the President of the National Federation at the same time.  It will be his first time to race at this high level, but ‘Tumi’ is sure to make a mark.

Junior rider, Lichaba West, training on the Worlds XCO course.

In the Junior division, Lichaba West, hopes to put all his experience from schooling and racing in UK to good use.  He has been training with the South African Junior Team on the Cascades XCO course and has managed to master most of the technical obstacles, such as Shaka’s Playground and Treehouse, that are likely to induce fear into the rest of the team when they see them for the first time at the Worlds.

The full team is as follows:

Juniors:  Lichaba WEST, Malefetsane LESOFE, Motlatsi PHALATSI.

Under 23:  Teboho KHANTSI.

Elite:  Tumisang TAABE, Thuso MAKATISE, Phetetso MONESE.

Team Managers/ Coaches:  Seabata MAEPA, Mark WEST, Khotso NTSANE.

Cycling Continues Despite National Sports Standstill

Since the beginning of April, most sports in Lesotho have been forced to postpone their activities due to lack of funds coming through the sports commission from the government.  Even our own scheduled races have been put on hold because of these financial contraints.

However, Lesotho Cycling President, Tumisang Taabe, has put his hand in his own pocket to keep the Cycling wheels turning, and last weekend witnessed the 3rd event in a row.

Phetetso Monese won the 65km road race along the undulating route through Koro-Koro, followed by National Champion Teboho Khants’i and then the man himself, Tumisang Taabe scooped 3rd prize.

A few years ago, the very thought of organising such a high profile race would not have been easy for Tumi.  But he has risen from humble beginnings to become a well repected businessman, President of the National Cycling Federation and pillar of his community.

Tumi’s Bicycle Shop business has been boosted over the past few years, by a partnership with Mike’s Bikes Africa.  The project empowers local African entrepreneurs with a simple business model and a regular supply of stock, whilst at the same time providing the community with bicycles at very affordable prices.  These bicycles are not only shown off at the many cycling races, but are used as a basic means of transport for factory workers and for self-employed businessmen to carry bulky stock.

Tumi is also very passionate about developning the standard of cycling in Lesotho and the shorter 40km race on Sunday was dominated by boys and girls, ‘discovered’ by him.  Kamohelo Molibeli cames home first in 1 hr 17m followed by Seboka Matala.  Veteran rider Thuso Makatise squeezed into 3rd place, just in front another Tumi discovery, 17 year-old Malefetsane Lesofe.  19 year-old Relebohile Mothobi secured an emphatic win in the girls race.

Previously, Tumi hosted another road race on 18/05/2013, between Lepereng Olympic Centre and Metolong Dam Site, which produced the same top 3 results as Sunday’s race (1. Phetetso Monese, 2. Teboho Khants’i, 3. Tumisang Taabe: girls 1. Relebohile Mothobi).  Also on 12/05/2013 Tumi hosted a mountain bike race from his shop in Khubetsoana (1. Teboho Khants’i, 2. Tumisang Taabe, 3. Phetetso Monese: Girls 1. Relebohile Mothobi).

National Road Cycling Championships

mikes bikes

The Mike’s Bikes Lesotho National Road Cycling Championships 2013 were held over the Easter weekend.

In the main event, the 130km road race, 22 year-old Teboho Khantsi prevailed on the undulating course in atrocious weather conditions in the capital city Maseru, to clinch his first national champion jersey.

Former champion, Phetetso Monese, who had won the individual time trial event on Friday, had to settle with 3rd place after succumbing to two punctures.  Jonase Machere took full advantage of Monese’s second puncture to bridge the gap and out-sprint him in the finishing straight.

19 year-old girl, Relebohile Mothobi, showed her dominance by scooping both the 65km women’s race and the 30km individual time trial.  Reentseng Nakeli had to settle with 2nd position in both events.

Lesotho Cycling Federation acknowledge the input of US cycling shop chain, Mike’s Bikes, who stepped in at the last minute with sponsorship to ensure that the championships could go ahead.  Mike’s Bikes run a programme of sending second-hand/surplus bikes and equipment to Africa and Lesotho is one of the beneficiaries.  see mikesbikes.com and mikesbikesafrica.com

The full results are as follows: -

WOMEN ELITE 30km Time Trial                                     WOMEN ELITE 65km Road Race

MEN ELITE 30km Time Trial                                            MEN ELITE 130km Road Race

JUNIOR MEN 30km Time Trial

African Championships Success

SAMSUNG

Lesotho cyclists are celebrating after their success in the African Continental Mountain Bike Championships, held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa last weekend. The team managed to gain vital international points to cement their third position in African cycling and jumped eleven places in world rankings to 44th position.

In the elite category, Phetetso Monese from Maputsoe rode strongly and finished in an excellent 7th position.  Only 5 countries competed in the championships – South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Lesotho – with other African’s preferring to race on the road in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town on Sunday.

18 year-old Lichaba West rode extremely well in the largest of categories – the Juniors.  Many young, talented South Africans turned out on home soil to vie for the African Champion prize.  In a close race, Lichaba finished just behind the leaders in 20th position.

The Lesotho team results were rounded off by good rides from Lechesa Tohlang and Teboho Khants’i who finished 15th and 16th position in the under 23 category.  It was their first time to ride in such a high level competition and they struggled with the high pace at the start but finished strongly.

The focus now is to prepare for the World Mountain Bike Championships which will be held at the same venue at the end of August. The riders have gained vital experience and will know exactly what to expect and how to prepare themselves.

The trip was funded by the Lesotho Sports & Recreation Commission and we also received support from Dyelec Lesotho and Data Deal Security Systems towards tyres and cycling equipment for the riders.

Full Results:

Elite Category:

Rank Name Nat.

Age*

Result

Points

1 Philip BUYS RSA

25

1:28:20

200

2 Yannick LINCOLN MRI

31

1:32:19

150

3 Heinrich KÖHNE NAM

28

1:37:48

120

4 Stuart MARAIS RSA

28

1:39:37

100

5 Renay GROUSTRA RSA

27

1:42:18

95

6 Timothy STARK RSA

24

90

7 Phetetso MONESE LES

29

 

85

 

Under 23 Category:

Rank Name Nat.

Age*

Result

Points

1 Brendon DAVIDS RSA

20

1:25:38

60

2 James REID RSA

21

1:27:37

40

3 Arno DU TOIT RSA

20

1:27:50

30

4 Luke ROBERTS RSA

20

1:28:03

25

5 Rourke CROESER RSA

22

1:28:16

20

6 Gert HEYNS RSA

20

1:28:40

18

7 Travis WALKER RSA

21

1:31:02

16

8 Stephan REYNEKE RSA

20

1:34:54

14

9 Patrick BELTON RSA

19

1:36:20

12

10 Paul RODENBACH RSA

19

1:38:44

10

11 Jason MEATON RSA

21

1:40:18

8

12 Kyle DORKIN RSA

19

6

13 Callen WATSON RSA

20

4

14 Shaun Craig SILVER RSA

22

2

15 Lechesa TOHLANG LES

21

 

1

16 Teboho KHANTSI LES

22

 

Junior Category:

Rank Name Nat.

Age*

Result

1 Dylan REBELLO RSA

18

1:13:38

2 Martin FREYER NAM

18

1:14:13

3 Ivan VENTER RSA

17

1:14:39

4 Sybrand STRAUSS RSA

17

1:16:12

5 Harrie MALAN RSA

17

1:16:17

6 Louw KRIEL RSA

17

1:16:35

7 Alan HATHERLY RSA

17

1:18:07

8 Nicol CARSTENS RSA

17

1:18:28

9 Channing SMITH RSA

18

1:18:36

10 Jannes BUJIS RSA

18

1:18:38

11 Michael PRETORIUS NAM

18

1:18:58

12 Frans GROTEPASS RSA

18

1:19:37

13 Gareth ANDREWS RSA

18

1:19:37

14 Marc FOURIE RSA

17

1:21:44

15 Joel HIEBER RSA

17

1:22:12

16 Corbin MANN RSA

17

1:23:23

17 Matthew WILKINSON RSA

18

1:24:24

18 Keaton KOREVAAR RSA

18

1:26:26

19 Bryce RAWLINS RSA

18

1:29:02

20 Lichaba WEST LES

18

1:29:22

21 Carlo MARZOPPI RSA

17

1:30:21

22 Carel VAN WYK RSA

18

1:30:30

23 Sean ATTRIDGE RSA

18

1:32:26

24 Daniel LINDEQUE RSA

17

25 Alex GIFFORD ZIM

18

26 Clinton PAYNE RSA

17

27 Bradley ROSS RSA

18

28 Guy GROSS ZIM

17

29 Bennie HATTINGH RSA

18

30 Mark MACKENZIE ZIM

18

5 Lesotho Riders to Compete in African MTB Champs

lichaba wc

Lesotho Cycling is sending a team of 5 riders to the upcoming African Continental Mountain Bike Championships to be held in Pietermaritzburg this weekend, 8-10 March 2013.

The team comprises of National Champion, Phetetso Monese, in the Elite category, Teboho Khantsi and Lechesa Tohlang in the under 23 category and Lichaba West and Pusetso Mofo in the Junior (under 18) category.

The Olympic Cross-country course in Pietermaritzburg is one of the toughest courses in the world and will be used for the World Championships later this year. The race consists of 5.5km laps through a forested area with steep climbs and dangerous descents, including rough rocky sections. The Elites and under 23s will ride a total of 6 laps = 33km, whereas the Juniors will ride 4 laps = 22km.

South Africa will surely put out a very strong team for the Championships in order to get a better ranking for the World Championships, with reigning African Champion, Philip Buys as the favoirite.  They will be missing fallen hero, former world champion Burry Stander, who was killed by a minibus taxi whilst training in January.  It also reminds us of the tragedy that took the life of our own Junior Women’s champion, Realeboha Pule, last August.

Other countries expected to enter strong teams are Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Mauritius, Zambia and Kenya.

The team will be managed by Seabata Maepa, with Mark West assisting as team coach.

Lesotho Cycling President to Attend CAC Congress in Egypt

Lesotho Cycling President, Tumisang Taabe, has received a special invitation to the upcoming Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) Congress to be held on 16/02/2013 as special guest of CAC President, Dr Wagih Azzam.

Mr. Taabe will report on the state of cycling in Lesotho, which has continued to grow over recent years.

The two presidents first met at the world masters cycling championships in August and have continued to correspond regularly since.  Mr. Taabe (affectionately know to most as Tumi) was at the cycling championships as both a rider and a VIP guest.

Mr. Taabe will travel to Egypt on 14/02/2013 and return on 17/02/2013.

 

2012 World Rankings

The final UCI MTB XCO rankings of 2012, reveal Lesotho in a credible 55th position.  That represents 3rd of African nations, behind South Africa and Namibia.

The top ranked Lesotho rider is Phetetso Monese in 230th position out of 1178 riders who gained points last year.

Junior rider, Lichaba West, is ranked 42nd out of 192.

 

Morija MTB Challenge Results

Photo courtesy of Meri Hyöki photography

The 3rd edition of our annual Morija MTB Challenge took place on Sunday 21st October and it was well attended by local cyclists and visitors from South Africa and further afield.  Altogether 74 riders took to the trail.

Thanks to everyone who organised and took part in the race!

Check the links below for official results and photos of the event.

morija mtb 2012 official results

 

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