With the stage set for this week’s Roof of Africa, Sherco’s Wade Young is hunting down his third win in the event.
As South Africa’s top performing hard enduro rider, Young carries a lot of weight on his shoulders heading into the iconic Roof of Africa.
Now twice a winner — including the youngest ever — Young knows what it takes to get the job done on home turf.
And having missed the race in 2016 due to injury, he’s keen to make it a winning return to Lesotho.
“It was tough to miss the race in 2016 so I really want it to make it a winning return. Getting my Sherco on the top step of the podium is the goal,” told Young.
With a top drawer of talent entered, the level of competition is stacked for the 50th edition of the race — a fact not lost on Young.
“The talent pool for this race just keeps growing and growing,” continued Young. “There’s a lot of guys capable of pulling off an upset result so I know it’s not going to be easy.
“The course is also shorter but harder this year too. We’re expecting to spend the same amount of hours on the bike, so with less kilometres to ride, it’s going to be much more of a fight.
“But it’s my last race of the season and I’m keen to end it on a high - I’ll be giving it my best shot to win.”
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com