Top of “Marabaraba”. Image by Tammy Du Preez.

This brand new event will surely put Lesotho and Africa as a continent on the radar of the international enduro cycling community. It follows in the footsteps of the well renowned UCI 6 day XCM stage race: Lesotho Sky. As both events are organised with a strong commitment to developing cycling in Lesotho, the "Kingdom in the Sky".

We hope that this will draw more people to come to Lesotho with their bikes. It is an amazing country for adventure riding! Darol Howes, race director of the Kingdom Enduro

“Trail scouting”. Image by Boteng Molapo.

What does being part of the EWS mean?

Riders need to qualify to race in the EWS world series. There are a limited number of entries available for the 1000s of people who want to race at the highest level. Chris Ball the managing director of EWS says: “ Demand for EWS entries grows year on year and the qualifier events are a great way for riders, especially amateurs, to have a clear and fair pathway into the World Series.”

The ethos of Enduro meet the vibe of Lesotho Sky

This event has long been overdue. The ethos of Enduro and the organisers behind this event echoes the same vibe. Any person who as done the Lesotho Sky will know that race organisers Darol Howes and Christian Schmidt have a unique approach to 1st class mountain biking events. This new venture is a natural evolution and will see many previous Lesotho Sky riders swop their XCM bikes and lycra bib shorts for baggies and Enduro bikes. Enduro racing is more than just timing the downhills.

The essence of Enduro has just as much to with high-quality racing, as it is about the great ethos or the sport. The Lesotho MTB events are known for the unique atmosphere, community, competition and adventure. This is also the case for Enduro events worldwide. The organisers promise that their love for racing bikes with good mates will shine through in this new EWS qualifier.

“Rene Damseaux, Darol Howes and Christian Schmidt at the “Pink Elephant” Shebeen after a hard day in the trails.” Image by Boteng Molapo.

The marriage between Enduro racing and Lesotho culture is sure to develop into a must-do-event for any baggy wearing mountain biker searching for a kickass adventure. But, make no mistake. It's not going to be all fun and beers - the route will be hard. So if you got the skills, make sure you get your name on the entry list. For the first event, there will only be 40 spots available.