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.

  • 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......

  • Pump For Peace – One of kind pump track at Roma

    We took hands with Velosolutions and Have A Good One to bring you the first Pump For Peace project in Africa – a one of its kind pump track in Roma. The mountain bike kingdom has recently opened its first pump track in Roma and it......

  • 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

    MTB race advice by Darol Howes. Since the first Lesotho Sky, we have given the GPS route to our riders to use as reference, although the route was always marked out. In 2016 however, we moved to a fully GPS navigation for the race. This my best......

  • Lesotho Sky 2016: Done and dusted

    The 6th edition of the Lesotho Sky is done and dusted. What started in 2011 with a handful of passionate mountain bikers grew into one of Africa’s most spectacular and toughest stage races. The Lesotho Sky 2016 race, with its 392km of mostly single tracks,......

  • Lesotho Sky 2016 Race Report: Day 5

    Welcome to Lesotho Sky 2016 Day 5. There’s something special about the people who come to ride the Lesotho Sky. Throughout the week the Afrikaans word gees came up in conversation. Gees is something you have or experience. It literally means spirit, but it can......