Motul Roof of Africa 2018: What to expect?

The ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’, the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa begins this week, December 6-8 in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. 


With an all-new route this year for the 51stedition of the event, riders can expect a new challenge from the oldest running Extreme Enduro. Motul will be the title sponsor for the third consecutive year, underlining their continuing support for this iconic event.  

Taking place in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, the Motul Roof of Africa is all about extremes, pitching riders into southern Africa’s highest peaks and passes, and its most beautiful scenery. 

With two thirds of this year’s route having never featured in the Roof before and the remaining third consisting of areas that have not featured in the race since 2010, even the most experienced of Hard Enduro riders will find themselves facing new and unfamiliar terrain. 

Riders to look out for this year at the Roof are reigning champion, Wade Young plus Travis Teasdale, Kyle Flanagan, Altus de Wet and Scott Bouverie. The only downer is a lack of international riders entered this year but this plays into the hands of the South African riders particularly. 


Crossing a stream at 2017 Motul Roof of Africa Photo by ZA Bikers Enduro21 1200


What can riders look forward to? 

Motul Roof of Africa event organiser, Peter Luck, says: “With an all-new route…Gold, Silver and Bronze riders have new challenges and the opportunity to explore previously unseen corners of Lesotho. It’s a fresh new approach to the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ and will prove the race is definitely not getting soft in its old age.” He adds, “We have also reviewed the documentation and scrutineering process and have streamlined this as part of the improvements to the Roof this year.”


Round the Houses 

The Motul Roof of Africa kicks off with the traditional ‘Round the Houses’ street race through Maseru. Starting at the Maseru Mall at 08h30 on Thursday December 6, competitors complete three laps of 3.6km each, with times being taken into account for the overall results. 

There are plans yet to be confirmed for Round the Houses to run a new, spectator and traffic friendly venue on the outskirts of Maseru.

After Round the Houses, competitors will be directed off the circuit and proceed to the Start of Racing Section 1.

Racing Sections 2 and 3 will follow on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December, with competitors being scored according to which of the three Classes (Gold, Silver or Bronze) they have entered.  


Roof of Africa ThursdayFriday routes


Prize Giving

A podium prize giving for the top three finishes of each class will take place after the top three Bronze riders have come in. Trophies will be awarded to competitors placed from 1st – 15th Overall in Gold Class and from 1st – 6th Overall in Silver and Bronze Classes. Finisher badges will be presented on the finish line to all qualifying competitors. 


Roof of Africa Saturday routes


Special Awards to look out for: 

Highest placed Mosotho entrant

Highest placed female entrant in each class

Spirit of the Roof 

Last finisher award (most time on the route)


More information on the Motul Roof of Africa 2018: 



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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester