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.

  • 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......

  • Lesotho Sky 2016 Race Report: Day 4

    Lesotho Sky 2016 race report day 4 Today was another awesome day as Phetetso Monese celebrated his 32nd birthday and took the stage win with teammate Stuart Marais for team Vodacom Lesotho. Daniel Gathof rode over a ploughed field and had to down a beer......

  • Lesotho Sky 2016 Race Report: Day 3

    All photos: Wayne Reiche This stage is probably among the toughest stages in any official mountain bike race in southern Africa. It is 86km of pure grind and grit. For the first half of the stage, riders had tricky river crossings to deal with, and......

  • Lesotho Sky 2016 Race Report: Day 2

    Lesotho Sky 2016 Race Report Day 2: The Malealea Loop took riders on the same route as the legendary Lesotho race, The Malealea monster.  52 km the route is a perfect blend of fast flowing single tracks, gnarly downhill switchbacks and endless climbs. Due to......

  • Lesotho Sky 2016 Race Report: Day 1

    It was a day that started in icy cold conditions. After another great evening at the legendary Ramabanta Trading Post lodge, everyone was eager to get one their bikes and take on the gruelling 69 km journey all the way to Malealea. The 2016 race......

  • The Maletsunyane Falls

    The Maletsunyane Falls is a 192-metre-high waterfall in Lesotho. The fall of the water from the Maletsunyane River crashes in a puff of smoke down into the majestic gorge. No wonder the name of the nearby town, Semonkong literally means “place of smoke”. The gorge......

  • The Lesotho Trading Post

    A big part of the Lesotho Sky stage race revolves around the history of the Lesotho trading post. Two of the well know historical tradings are at Roma and Ramabanta. Starting and eventually finishing at the Ramabanta Trading Post, the race follows the ancient trade......

  • Thaba Li Mele – Nipple Mountain

    During the stage race, riders will traverse the most prominent landmark during the Lesotho Sky stage race – Thaba Li Mele, also known as Nipple Mountain. Keen observers and regular Lesotho Sky riders will know that the outline of this mountain peak inspired the Lesotho......

  • The Makhalaneng River

    Makhalaneng River The Lesotho Sky race, criss-cross and snakes alongside one of Lesotho’s beautiful rivers, The Makhaleng. The river originates north-west of the 2886 m high Machache in the Maluti Mountains. It flows south-west across the Lesotho Highlands past the towns and villages of Molimo-Nthuse,......

  • Gate of Paradise Pass

    Gate of Paradise Pass The Gate of Paradise Pass is a well known (and feared) climb during the Lesotho Sky stage race. Founder of the Malealea trading post, Mervyn Bosworth-Smith had a passion for road-making. He built the road from the Malealea Lodge to the......

  • The Malealea Monster

    The Malealea Monster Now an established part of the Lesotho MTB calendar the Malealea Monster is a route and yearly race pioneered by the Malealea lodge manager Michael Deutschmann. Through some great knowledge of the area and innovative work with the local community the route......

  • The Beauty of the Botsoela Waterfall

    The Botsoela Waterfall The Botsoela waterfall near Malealea is one of the many Lesotho landmarks to feature during the Lesotho Sky stage race. The Malealea Lodge offers guided pony treks to this breathtakingly beautiful site that will turn any yoke into stoke. A quick Google......

  • It’s a mountain biker’s ride of passage

    Days before the start of the 2015 Lesotho Sky race, I got my bike back from the bike shop. “Are you seriously going to ride it with this gear ratio?” asked Donna, the local mechanic. I was running a one by nine with a 36......

  • Lifetime ban for doping cyclist at Lesotho Sky

    Rourke Croeser received a lifetime doping ban after being tested positive for EPO and Phentermine. He has subsequently been stripped of his title for the 2015 Lesotho Sky. This judgment sees his team mate Max Knox also losing his title. Any rider found guilty of......