ROOF OF AFRICA – ENTRIES OPEN
Entries are now open for the Roof of Africa – the last major extreme enduro race on the 2014 calendar.
2014 will mark the 47th edition of The Roof of Africa, held in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, South Africa. The race runs from December 3-6.
Considered one of the absolute toughest off-road endurance events in the world it attracts the world’s best Extreme Enduro competitors to take on the challenging route comprising sand and rock tracks, with hard surfaces and donkey paths, through mountain passes which are generally very steep and rocky.
The race will consist of a Round the Houses race, which is a short three-lap race run on the streets of the capital Maseru. This is an exciting stage and guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping for both riders and spectators alike as the bikes speed around the tar roads.
Directly after the Round the Houses riders will head off on a +/- 50 km Time Trial, which will determine the starting positions for the following days racing. The Time Trial will be a semi technical route with some nice open sections as well as a downhill pass or two just to get the heart rate up and offer a taste of what to expect the following day.
Day two is when the real racing begins. The route will no doubt be extreme as is the nature of the Roof of Africa. Pass after Pass, Goat track after Goat track and rock after rock you will make your way around the route in your various class’s and hopefully up to the final freshly cut climb to the finish where you will be welcomed by your crew.
Day 3 is when the Pros gear up for the final push for the win. The rest of the field is in survival mode with tired aching bodies ready to do battle once again. Another extreme day awaits with some brand new terrain especially for the new 70k Gold Loop. An extreme loop like no other awaits Gold of which 30 kms is unbelievably tough. Get through this in time and you are on your way to glory.
A common finish awaits all classes on the last day and as you arrive under the finish banner you will know you have completed the toughest race in the world and spent every ounce of energy to get there.
Entries only opened less than a week ago and there are already 65 gold riders and 25 Bronze booked for the 2014 Roof Of Africa. There has only been positive feedback from international competitors, who have always been concerned about rider safety in Lesotho.
This year, the route directors have set out to find the most extreme mountain passes, places where few if any people have ever ridden before. Many of these areas are extremely remote, so tracking and monitoring the safety of riders is a critical part of managing a race of this nature.
The Yellow brick tracker is a rugged and fully self-contained battery operated tracker which works anywhere on Earth. The Yellow brick will wake up every so often (e.g. every 5 minutes), obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmit that position back to an online map, which can be viewed.
If there is an emergency, the user presses the SOS button that will send a signal to control – and help can be despatched immediately – without any guess work as to where the rider is.
Renting the system, shipping it to Lesotho, paying the local tracking company to monitor and insuring the units all adds up – but, in the long run, a system like this ensures rider safety and as such is critical to a race of this nature.
The Roof of Africa will be safer with this system.
August 1st 2014 @ 10: am – Entry for Gold Class Opens
August 1st 2014 @ 10 am – Entry for Bronze Class opens – ONLY THE TOP 90 RIDERS WHO QUALIFIED MAY ENTER AS WELL AS THE 16 BRONZE FINISHERS FROM 2013 – A non-qualifier who enters will be removed from the entry – Bronze qualifiers have 2 weeks to enter and pay within 48 Hours as per the regulations, we will then start filling the empty places from number 91 onward until the Bronze entry has 100 Places in Total
August 15th 2014 @10 am – Silver Entry opens (Estimated +/-180 Places only)
The Cost of Entry is R 5000.00 (R3500 for Entry + R 1500 for the compulsory satellite tracking and scoring)
For more details visit: http://www.roofofafrica.info/