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 the...

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 mull...

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. Despite...

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...