The 2019 Roof of Africa, the Mother of Hard Enduro, will see the 52nd edition will see a “new level of hard enduro” at the iconic Lesotho event. 


As the starting date for the 52nd edition of the Roof of Africa, December 4 - 7, fast approaches the details of this year’s edition of the Mother of Hard Enduro been revealed. 

Round the Houses is back

This year’s edition of the Roof of Africa will see the fan-favourite, ‘Round the Houses’ race return to the streets of Maseru on day one of competition. If you are familiar with some of the other hard enduro prologues on the world biggest events like Lagares and Romaniacs, this is exactly the opposite and has in the past delivered fast road racing on enduro bikes with knobby tyres. 

Round of the Houses will be followed by an Endurocross race for the Gold class and a time trial race in Thaba Bosiu for the Silver and Bronze classes in order to decide the following day’s starting order. 

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Graham Jarvis vs Wade Young

After missing the event in 2018, Graham Jarvis is back this year ready to dethrone defending champion and local hero Wade Young. With both riders having four Roof of Africa wins under their belts, 2019 could mean the end of the tie and being one step closer to Alfie Cox’s record of nine wins. 

Other riders to watch include Kyle Flanagan, third in 2018, Chris Birch, a three-time winner of the race, and Hard Enduro iron woman Kirsten Landman, who is aiming to improve her 25th place finish from 2018. 

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Two days in the Mountain Kingdom

Roof of Africa is infamous for its stunning scenery in the Lesotho mountains and day two will take the riders on up to 170 kilometres of Mountain Kingdom. Gold class riders depart from 6 a.m. and then the Silver and Bronze classes an hour later respectively. 

On the final day, Saturday December 7, all the classes will line up at Thaba Bosiu once more to tackle another 100 to 170 kilometres of hard enduro. Every rider to complete the track within the allowed time will receive a finisher’s medal at the prize giving ceremony. 

This year’s track will be a mix of classic Roof terrain together with new additions as route director Altus de Wet confirmed, “We’ve taken the opportunity to honour the heritage of the Roof, while mixing things up a little with a few new elements.” 

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“This will be the culmination of a great year of Hard Enduro riding in southern Africa,” said Charan Moore from the event’s organisation, Live Lesotho. “It’s an honour to be able to stage this iconic race in such a picturesque setting, and we can guarantee that once again, the Roof will deliver all the excitement and passion it is known for.” 

Motul will act as the title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year giving continuity to their support for this iconic event. 


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Igor Aguado
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