A total of 380 riders have already registered for the 2015 Roof of Africa off-road motorcycle race which gets underway on December 2.
Lesotho Off-Road Association (LORA) public relations officer, Keketso Malebo, says the annual competition is, once again, attracting top riders from around the world.
The Roof is considered one of the world’s toughest motorbike races due to the challenging nature of its course through the country’s rugged terrain, hence its attraction among international riders.
According to Malebo, preparations for the race are going along smoothly.
“Preparations are going very well for this annual competition and we have already registered 380 riders,” Malebo said.
“On the list, we have riders from Europe and South Africa, while four Basotho are also there, among them regulars Molamu Morojele and Mpeli Ntabe.”
Malebo further said the association expects over 7 000 visitors for the race, which has since become one of the country’s major tourist attractions.
“Last year we had over 7000 spectators with most of them coming from South Africa and that makes us happy because it improves the country’s economy,” said Malebo.
“Organisers of the race will be visiting villages through which the route passes and educating villagers on different issues, including how they can make money out of the race.”
Malebo said he expects a tough competition this year as 2011 winner, Graham Jarvis of the United Kingdom, would be out to reclaim the title from South Africa’s Wade Young (19) who was champion in 2012 and 2014.
The KwaZulu-Natal rider made history in 2012 when, at 16, he became the youngest-ever winner of the Roof.
New Zealand Chris Birch, who won the race three times in a row from 2008, will also be among the high-profile riders at the race.
Meanwhile, Malebo has announced the cancellation of the Lesotho Spectacular competition which had been set for this weekend in Matsieng.