1.1 Minimum age of participation is 19 years on first day of the event.
1.2 Riders must be in good health and well trained.
1.3 Lesotho Sky does not assess riders, it is in the riders’ own responsibility to ensure they are well trained and healthy.
2.1 During the race, the Lesotho Sky Medical Officer or Race Official reserves the right to withdraw a rider who is not deemed physically capable of continuing the race.
2.2 Any medical expenses incurred will be for the competitor’s account and the competitor’s responsibility to pay.
2.3 All competitors need comprehensive medical aid which will cover any medical expense which may be incurred whilst participating in Lesotho Sky. Please note Lesotho is a foreign country and your medical aid must be prepared to pay for injuries/illness costs that have occurred/been acquired in Lesotho and/or South Africa.
3.1 Only ”Race Ready” Mountain bikes will be allowed to start each day of the race. “Race Ready” referrers to the following:
• Bicycles must be in good working order.
• Bicycles must be marked with the supplied Lesotho sky number boards.
3.2 Maintenance of bicycles during the race is the responsibility of each rider.
3.3 Other basic bike repair services will be provided at various camps/lodges of the Lesotho Sky event.
3.4 In all cases of maintenance and repair, riders are required to complete the full distance of the stage with their bikes and within the time allowed.
4. Helmets and Clothing
4.1 A rider not wearing a helmet at any stage of the race will be disqualified immediately.
4.2 All helmets must comply with international “ANSI” standards.
4.3 Appropriate riding attire must be worn at all times.
4.4 It is recommended that eye protection and fully enclosed footwear be worn.
5. Rider Identification
5.1 Bike numbers must be firmly fixed on the front of the bike, and must not be obscured by cables or any other item.
5.2 Race numbers must not be modified or mutilated in any way, including cutting, adding stickers, removing existing stickers or trimming.
5.3 A rider’s sponsor badge/logo should not cover any of the Lesotho Sky branding.
6.1 The time of each day starts at the start gun, regardless of if you are late.
6.2 The time of the end of each day is taken from when last rider of your team crosses the line.
6.3 If riders are part of a team, riders must be within 2 minutes of their team mates throughout the course of the race. Breaking this rule will result in a 1hr time penalty. Upon the 3rd offence riders will be disqualified.
6.4 Teams that don’t meet their cut-off times will be taken off the route by the sweep vehicle. These teams may continue riding the race, but will not qualify as stage or race finishers.
7. Compulsory Equipment
These items must be considered the bare minimum, and it is strongly recommended that riders ensure that they are fully prepared to deal with emergencies they may encounter. The following items must, however, be carried by the team during the race:
7.1 First Aid Kit – consisting of a minimum of:
7.1.1 Foil survival blanket/Space blanket
7.1.2 First Aid Dressings x 3
7.1.3 Adhesive first aid plasters x 5
7.1.4 Sun-block with a minimum SPF factor of 30
7.2 Any riders on specific personal medications are responsible for supplying and carrying such medication.
7.3 At least 2 liters liquid capacity per rider
7.4 Multi-tool or bike repair tools
7.5 Mobile telephone that has connection to a Lesotho mobile network
7.6 At least one live tracking device per team.
8. Route and Stages
8.1 Riders must complete the full designated route and distance of all stages.
8.2 Only riders to complete all stages are considered to be finishers of the Lesotho Sky.
8.3 The official route of the Lesotho Sky is a GPS route. There will be markers but only as reference.
8.4 Riders may be required to hand in their GPS for inspection after the finish of a stage.
9.1 In each stage, there will be mandatory checkpoints, usually at the water points.
9.2 Teams which do not pass the checkpoints, will be disqualified.
9.3 Some of the checkpoints can be in local shops, you may buy what you like and encouraged to do so. A cold coke goes down a treat. Supporting these local businesses is part of Lesotho Sky’s goals.
10. Seconding and Support
10.1 Competitors may receive assistance from a fellow competitor.
10.2 Outside seconding, assistance or feeding is permitted in designated areas only.
11. Withdrawals and the Formation of New Teams
11.1 If a rider has pulled out of the race the rider or representative thereof must inform race office.
11.2 If a rider’s partner has pulled out of the race he/she is permitted and encouraged to form new teams.
12.1 Doping is not permitted on Lesotho Sky and will be dealt with serious consequences.
12.2 Any rider who has Any rider found guilty of doping after 18th September 2015 will be banned for life from the Lesotho Sky.
13. Disqualification and Penalties
13.1 Teams may be disqualified at the discretion of Race director / Race Office for any reason highlighted by the race rules.
14.1 Riders are to be courteous at all times. Any disrespect towards fellow competitors, race officials and the locals will be considered a serious offence and disqualification or time penalties will be enforced.
14.2 All regular traffic regulations must be observed at all times during the race.
14.3 No littering or unnecessary damage to the environment will be tolerated and can result in immediate exclusion.
Where any additional rule interpretation is required, or where specific provision for any incident has not been made in these rules, the decision of the race administrator will be final.