Lesotho2018 Endurance edition 


Our 7th Lesotho High Altitude Challenge was called the `Enduro Edition', mainly for the distance, or so we thought. The `Enduro Edition' was meant to be a little less climbing, and to have a break from Matebeng Pass, which is a real psychological nightmare. Our aim is to stay off the beaten track and generally stick to district type roads. Although `district type roads' in Lesotho differ quite a bit to those we are used to in SA. We spent a lot of time this year looking for alternative routes, but as time goes by the local authorities keep tarring the roads. We considered modifying the old Day 2 up Matebong Pass, but that turned into an impossible challenge, where even 4x4 vehicles can't go.

So the final route was decided upon at the last 
minute: Day 1 was the same; Day 2, the first quarter was the same and the balance was new, and we ended at a lodge that we had stayed at before (Senqu Hotel); Day 3 was a route we had ridden before but this time in reverse, starting at 7500' and finishing at 11,000'. This year was also going to be really challenging due to a large field of 30 riders, 7 of whom were ladies who performed phenomenally well, and a very diverse group of guys. The backup team certainly had a task at hand spreading themselves between the racing snakes and the puff adders.

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2017 XTREME EDITION 2: Thabang Childrens Project | Little Eden Society

Yes, they were actually crazy enough to do it again! And this year it turned out to be more like a triathlon than a cycle challenge, with cyclists literally climbing mountains and swimming through rivers with their bikes in the air! Heavy rainfall during the preceding weeks resulted in the already terrible road surfaces faced on day 2 being almost completely non existant and the new route that had cyclists climbing over and then down the escarpment on day 3 posed a bigger challenge than anyone could have predicted. Read more...

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2016 XTREME EDITION: Johannesburg Hospital School | Vita Nova Center

The Lesotho High Altitude Cycle Challenge is exactly that. Intended to test a cyclist’s ability to handle extreme conditions, murderous climbs, terrifying down-hills and grueling distances on terrible roads, all at high altitude which in itself creates its own challenges such as lack of oxygen, loss of appetite, less than optimal performance and slower recovery. All this already makes this a unique event that is definitely not for the weak or the faint hearted. And then it was decided that we should push the limits even more… Presenting: The Lesotho High Altitude Cycle Challenge 2016 Xtreme Edition! Read more...

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2015: Sunshine Association | Pathways Roodepoort | Smile Foundation

2015 sees the 4th rendition of this amazing cycling event. This year we had the privilege of hosting 40 dedicated cyclists and a couple of “in the closet” cyclists disguised as back up team.

What makes this cycle challenge unique is the fact that it takes place at extremely high altitudes, the highest point above sea level on route being 11 000 feet, effecting not only performance levels due to lack of oxygen but also recovery time and dehydration rates. As always, extremely steep gradients, poor road conditions and constant temperature variations took their toll on body and mind, but the awe-inspiriting beauty of the Lesotho landscape rewards perseverance time and time again! Read more...

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2014: Sunshine Association | 94.7 Hear for Life Trust | Smile Foundation

"Attitudes are contagious and Trollope’s is worth catching"  - Dawie Becker

Yes we did it again! Following the success of the previous two years, the team at Trollope Mining Services decided to take on the epic challenge of cycling across the mountainous landscape of Lesotho in the name of charity for a third time, and with great success! Read more...