Gert Heyns at the Lesotho Sky 2014

All the Lesotho Sky race stories on one page.

The Lesotho Sky is the small 6 stage stage race over massive mountains on crazy beautiful trails. It is held annually at the start of spring in the high mountains of Lesotho, Africa’s most breathtaking kingdom. Entries are limited to only 100 riders. This keeps the race small and the stoke big. Read all about the Lesotho Sky race stories here on our blog.

  • Lesotho Sky 2018 Route: A brand new adventure

    The all new Lesotho Sky 2018 route forms part of exciting new changes we are implementing to improve the event as a whole. This year. we will base ourselves around our home in the mountains at Roma Trading Post Lodge and for the 8th year......

  • Lesotho Sky 2018 Supporters Package

    Lesotho Sky Supporters Package

    We’ve put together a Lesotho Sky 2018 Supporters Package that consists of two options for your friends or family who want to support you during the race. Camping All Inclusive Price: R5000 Includes single tent, three meals per day, hot showers. No Tent All Inclusive......

  • The heart and soul of the MTB stage race

    At the heart and soul of every stage race lies the tented race village. The intoxicating smells of chain lube, degreasers, sweaty bib shorts and freshly brewed coffee are ingredients for a poem yet to be written. It’s there where we size each other up......

  • Kingdom Enduro – A brand new adventure

    We are stoked to announce that Lesotho will be the first African country to host an EWS qualifier. The Kingdom Enduro has recently been added to the list of 50 Enduro events from 24 countries and 4 continents around the globe as an official EWS......

  • Jan’s Story – Semonkong Loop – Day 6

    The Lesotho Sky Stage 6, Semonkong Loop: I was highly optimistic for today as I knew that I could only feel better from this point on. I was chipper, happy as a pig in mud in this awesome environment and surprisingly relaxed. However, one image during......

  • Jan’s story – Day 5

    The big question was answered at 5:30. Can I move or was I being hopeful to think that I would be racing. I am still at odds to understand how my body healed so well overnight. I suppose one could say that many hands do......

  • Malealea to Ramabanta – A beautiful day.

    Today has been a beautiful day in the mountain bike kingdom. The 5th and penultimate stage was a new spin on an old classic. In the past we rode from Ramabanta to Malealea, this year we turned it around. After two horrid days in cold......

  • Jan’s Story – Day 4

    Stage 4 my memory bank – The rain that dislodged any hope of racing on Wednesday pounced on us when the sun set and the moon thought it would share its light with us. It had arrived with menace, vigour and determination. A desire to......

  • The Mother-in-Law of all stages

    It’s been a very tough day on the bike. Today was the Queen Stage, the route that rules them all. So just on the paper alone, riders knew that today would test their true characters. But throw in a Lesotho cold front, with icy cold......

  • Jan’s Story – Day 3

    Highs and lows. A theme written into the ground and into the unfolding of today’s events. Referring to it as a low is over exaggerated but if compared to Day One and Two’s experience it did not carry the same level of euphoria. As I......

  • Jan’s Story – Day 2

    Stage 2 – Ramabanta Trading Post Lodge to Roma Trading Post Lodge (with a couple of local lodges along the way too, 😁. I am not far off the mark in all seriousness. At the top of one of the climbs, I complimented a gent standing......

  • Ramabanta Loop: Got hair on your teeth?

    In southern Africa people have a saying: “He’s got hair on his teeth.” It’s a saying with German roots and it means that someone is not scared of anything. It is also used to describe something difficult that lies ahead: “You gotta have hair on......

  • Jan’s Story – Day 1

    Jan Withaar and teammate Grant Usher ride for Team 24/7 Security Services. They finished 3rd overall on Day 1. This is Jan’s account of the day. The past week was an act in trying to recover from traveling induced poor sleeping patterns and muscle fatigue.......

  • The 7th edition of Lesotho Sky

    It’s the start of the 7th edition of the Lesotho Sky. What’s started seven years ago with a handful of passionate (and crazy) mountain bikers, grew into one of Africa’s must-do MTB events of the year. This year is going to be an all new......

  • Our Response To The Political Unrest

    On Tuesday the 7th of September Lesotho army commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead at a barracks when two senior officers tried to force their way into his office. The two officers were killed by Motsomotso’s bodyguards. The bloody shootout took place two......

  • Irene J Notrem Foundation sponsors a local rider.

    We are proud to announce that the Irene J Notrem Foundation (IJNF) will be sponsoring one Basotho Rider in this year’s Lesotho Sky Race. IJNF is an American non-profit organization that supports youth education throughout Lesotho, South Africa and the USA. Irene Notrem is affectionately......

  • Thaba Bosiu - Qiloane - Lesotho Sky

    Thaba Bosiu: A mountain by day, a fortress by night.

    The 2017 Lesotho Sky is going to be steeped in heritage and culture. We intend to take riders on trails not only loaded with stoke, but rich in Basotho culture. As race organisers, we don’t take our life in Lesotho for granted. We’ve fallen in......

  • The 2017 Route – Kings, cannibals and climbs

    The route launch is finally here and man, are we excited! It’s been a long time coming with a lot of hard work behind the scenes to finalise this brand-new route. The 2017 Lesotho Sky stage race will be a race steeped in African history......

  • Claudi Calouri, Kevin Landry and Isaac Molapo during Following the horsemen. Photo by Dan Milner

    Following the horsemen

    “My name is Michael Ramashamole. Chief of Ha Simeone. I will show you the past. Before trucks and busses. We only had our trails. The soft passing of foot and hoof. These paths allow the mountains to breath. They are our communication. They are our......

  • Need altitude training? Come and make a weekend of it.

    They say training needs the right attitude, but for a grueling stage race high up in the Lesotho mountains, it needs altitude.  Every year, we get the same requests from riders who want to come for a few days to get used to the altitude......