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Lesotho Sky 2017

 2 – 7 October

Lesotho Sky is a true African MTB experience. Trails as ancient as life in Lesotho. All natural, nothing manicured – majestic mountains that will leave the fittest breathless and biggest sceptic in awe and wonder.

Entries for the Lesotho Sky 2017 are almost sold out. #rideofpassage

What started in 2011 with a handful of passionate mountain bikers, grew into a UCI Class 1 MTB event and is now one of Africa’s most spectacular and toughest stage races. The race attracts riders from all over the world, with the 2016 race hosting people from 11 nations.

 

This year, we are launching a brand new route that will blow your mind! The 392 km of real mountain trails and 9880m elevation will bring out the best in your bike and make you fall in love with mountain biking all over again.

 

This race reflects the very fibre of life in this beautiful country. Nothing about the Lesotho Sky is manicured and we don’t build little bridges. It’s a brutally honest race in the company of people who loves nothing but the joy of riding a mountain bike. It’s a mountain biker’s ride of passage.

Winners of Lesotho Sky 2017 UCI Ladies

Our bikes handled the Lesotho rocks really well. It is such a stunning event. I can recommend it to anyone, it’s a definite bucket-list race.

Mariske Strauss.

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  • Although for since the very first Lesotho Sky, we have given the GPS route to our riders to use as reference, the route was always marked. This year however we are moving to GPS route all together. As such it is important that all riders know what is going on and have some sort of GPS device that works for them. So I am going to do my best to explain what works best for me, when following GPS tracks in Lesotho. We will send you the official GPS route prior to the start of the vent. It is important that you load and test these tracks onto your GPS prior to the start of the event. 1. Simplify your device: Maps and information is nice to have but will complicate your display a lot. Following the track is much easier if you turn off everything extra and just show the track in question. If your device has a high contrast mode, this will help greatly in seeing the route. 2. Set your zoom distance: I like to use the GPS set on 80m zoom. Some people like to use 2 devises: one zoomed in to 25 and one at 120m to give you a better overall feeling. 3. Set your device to “Track up”: Most devices are set this way but in the case that your device is set to “North Up” navigate to map settings and set it to “track up”. This will make sure that the map will orientate itself. 4. Recommended devices: Cyclist in general already have a GPS device that they use for every ride. And nearly all of them have the ability for you to navigate a track. I have used the following with great success Garmin edge 750 Garmin edge 800 Garmin edge 810 Garmin edge 25 Garmin trex 20 Garmin etrex 10 My Samsung galaxy S4 with STRAVA If you want something that will work really well, at the best possible price. Have a look at the Garmin Etrex 10, make sure you buy the bike mount with it. This GPS is as simple as it gets, no base map, just a track to follow and it has a black and white high contrast display that is easy to read in direct sunlight. Go and practice… Download a route to your device (Strava does this really well). Load a GPS trail from where you train and see how the system you use works and what works for you. Go out and ride, get the feel of following the GPS. This practice will go a long way when you face a choice of 3 different tracks all going a similar direction on the Lesotho Sky race. Ultimately the bets GPS setup is one that you are used to and comfortable with. The only way of doing this is to practice. I hope all of this helps, there will be big fines for anyone getting lost on the trail this year. See you all in the #MountainBikeKingdom, Darol

    GPS navigation in 3 simple steps

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