Once upon a time in Lesotho... Since 43 years the worldÂ´s best Hardenduro riders meet in the Maluti Mountain canyons. ThatÂ´s where they are challenged by the toughest and most spectacular offroad trails found anywhere on this planet.
The Roof of Africa begins for around 300 riders in the heart of the capital Maseru. Next come 500 challenging offroad kilometers spread across three respective day stages. Only five per cent in the potent field are bound to cross the finish line. Throughout, the daredevils have to master gnarly single trails winding up to 3,000 meters altitude, nasty river passages and giant stone sections. Rain or shine, at the Roof itÂ´s common to witness exhausted individuals desperately trying to drag their bike towards the chequered flag.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDoKH...layer_embedded
Saturday 26 November, Lesotho â€“ The British extreme enduro motorcycle rider, Graham Jarvis (Flite Extreme Husaberg) won the 2011 Roof of Africa after beating the three time winner, Chris Birch (Comsol Alfie Cox KTM) on his first attempt at the 44th running of this event in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The South African, Jade Gutzeit (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) finished third after he lost the close three day battle with Birch a few hundred metres before the chequered flag.
Jarvis added the Roof of Africa race victory to his 2011 list that consisted of four (of the five) world extreme enduro races, but admitted that racing for more than seven hours each day for two days made his first Roof of Africa experience quite tough. They competed in the Gold Class where competitors had to tackle routes that included various treacherous mountain passes with a distance of 200 kilometres on both Friday and Saturday.