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Title: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 18, 2015, 10:02:48 pm
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I'd like to dedicate this ride report to a Good Samaritan called Henry who sponsored my entry to ride the
2015 Roof of Africa without expectation of personal benefit other than to support sport and recreation in
South Africa and help people to achieve their dreams.


The Roof doesn't need any introduction. For those that are not sure what exactly it involves I always
refer to something I once read on Wilddogs. There was a discussion on the different classes in the Roof namely
Bronze, Silver and Gold. One member asked about what exactly the difference was and famously another member
simply replied: "Afkak, Afkakker en Afkakste!" I need say no more…

I'm going to fetch this far but try to be sweet n short.

My first introduction to the Roof came three years ago when I joined SGB's yearly group and spectated from the
seat of my KLR. The year after that I went again but this time as Losper's pit crew and did the same last year.

Ride report from 2014: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=164614.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=164614.0)

Lesotho is the most amazing place to go for a decent afkak ride but I always held firm that I will never ride the
Roof because I don't like to be hurried along and despise a "race" atmosphere. Never say never! It turns out that
after seeing Losper and his son Ruan ride the Roof I ended up hooked as well.

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At this point I'd like to introduce Christopher Style. Though a recent addition to my group of friends from Bloemfontein
I found a common interest with Christopher on various topics but as specially Extreme Enduro. It so happened then that
on the second race day of 2014 Christopher and I stood on the edge of a mountain looking at the riders coming in for a
refuel stop, waiting on Losper, and simultaneously came up with the same idea. Lets commit to ride this thing in 2015!

The next 12 months was the prelude to what I can honestly say the best motorcycling experience of my life!

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Title: Re: Mother of all Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 18, 2015, 11:02:09 pm
Here we go.... Looking forward to this one. I may have come up with a similar idea myself for 2016! 😈
Title: Re: Mother of all Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Mr Zog on December 19, 2015, 08:07:29 am
As usual, I expect this RR to be of the high standard and quality we have come to know from Michiel. And of course the pics will be awesome too...  :drif:

I am waiting M!  :ricky:  :peepwall:  :sip:
Title: Re: Mother of all Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: JustBendIt on December 19, 2015, 09:00:49 am
Can't wait ...
Title: Re: Mother of all Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Kawaki on December 20, 2015, 06:14:58 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Mother of all Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 20, 2015, 08:00:41 pm
As per usual I will post an entry to the ride report each evening. At the end will be the customary video for your enjoyment.  ;)
I have asked Christopher to contribute to this ride report for it seems to me he had arguably a more memorable experience than
myself having raced in the midst of the chaos. Christopher also seems to remember more vividly the adventure we had and
makes me laugh when he talks about it.

Back to the story.

A neat little trick I learnt from Losper is that "Roof Training" makes for a very good excuse to get the wife or girlfriend to
tolerate more frequent riding. Of course it isn't all smoke screen, the best way to prepare for a Roof is to ride your bike
in similar conditions as much as possible. Get bike fit, so to speak. Christopher also had to brush up on his navigation.
I will leave it to him to explain why. Some of the events Christopher and I rode together that stands out are of course
the Bronze Qualifier, The Madalas and The Impi. Christopher and I also went to Lesotho for a training weekend and had
rides here by me on the farm.

Christopher in action at the Bronze Qualifier.

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I felt relieved to qualify since only 120 riders from something like 280 entries were allowed to proceed.

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As the year progressed it seemed like we were improving. The Impi was an excellent pre-Roof testing ground.
Here Christopher got the challenges of navigating under the knee as The Impi is infamous for its difficulty not
only in navigating but also being a very technical and long ride.

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Unlike myself Christopher was fairly new to Lesotho. I braved it to take him to Mangaluba Pass where I got broken
two years before and he took it in his stride. We tried to remind ourselves on the different techniques of riding and
used places like Mangaluba to put it to practise.

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Title: Re: Mother of all Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BLK on December 20, 2015, 08:52:45 pm
As usual, I expect this RR to be of the high standard and quality we have come to know from Michiel. And of course the pics will be awesome too...  :drif:

I am waiting M!  :ricky:  :peepwall:  :sip:

Have to agree with Mr Z that Michiels RR's make for great reading and is well put together.

Thks Michiel
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Dwerg on December 20, 2015, 09:10:42 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on December 20, 2015, 10:50:40 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: onderbroek on December 21, 2015, 06:53:26 am
woohooo!

Sub
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 21, 2015, 10:10:38 pm
With one month to go Christopher and I decided to take a different strategy than the Revvit Racing
boys also situated in Bloemfontein. They were riding and training right up to a week before the event.
No, I wanted to sustain for at least a month so by the time the big day came I would be really hungry
for riding my bike.

Another consideration was also not risking severe damage to the bike and not having enough time to
sort it out. It just so happened that one of the boys blew an engine on the last training ride and dad
ended up buying a whole new bike to amend the situation...

Revvit Racing, from left to right: Regardt van Nieuwenhuizen, Carl-Reinhardt Cronje, Behan Boshoff
and Dalton de Bruin with team leader Jaco Kruger in the front. The kids are too fast to ride alongside
but we do enjoy the same events.

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Rubbing shoulders with the more serious competitors means that there are always a bit of a joust
going on. Details about training, fitness and diet makes many conversations. Being more relaxed
and having a general lack in competitiveness I turned to a year long joke on the topic. Every time
anyone asked about how my training came on or what I was doing about a "race" diet I elaborated on
how I was making progress with my ice cream diet.

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See, as I explained to one of the kids later on, never underestimate the power of belief. I figured that
if my Grandmother can make herself ill by thinking so I can eat myself into top condition by believing
ice cream is really good for me. This wasn't just a joke either. I do consume liters of ice cream every week.

Valid or not, I did have one real and realistic thing going for me. I was going to compete with the best
Enduro bike in the World! (300XCW) Now this you don't have to "believe" because it is a fact.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 21, 2015, 10:24:02 pm
So with only days to go there was only one more thing to do. Get the bike sorted! New rubber.

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These long tire levers make the job of fitting a mousse easy.

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My boney being quite new still there wasn't really much to sort out. I did discover the fan switch housing was cracked
but sorted it out quickly.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 21, 2015, 10:37:08 pm
A quick test ride later and we were ready! When you look at your bike, doesn't it just want to make
you ride? Well, this is the way I felt then. Super exited!

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on December 21, 2015, 10:46:21 pm
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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Crossed-up on December 22, 2015, 06:48:39 am
Enjoying your report, Michiel.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 23, 2015, 10:56:57 am
Where's our daily fix??
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MickeyT on December 23, 2015, 12:05:09 pm
 :sip:  Gooi hom, pappa!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rokie on December 23, 2015, 01:48:30 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 23, 2015, 07:40:06 pm
Sorry, sorry sorry. I've been dragging this out to give Chris time to catch up. Still not sure what what...

Anyway, onwards!

The thing about an big event like the Roof of Africa in a small and relatively undeveloped country like Lesotho
is that proper accommodation can be scarce. Of course all the good places are booked full way in advance.
Each year we book early at Khotsong Lodge. It is conveniently located, not as expensive as places in Maseru,
have lots of space for trailers and cars but the service is shocking. The rooms are poorly outfitted and their
Restaurant could just as well be demolished. This all means that we have to take along with us whatever we
will need to survive 4 days. I was supposed to bring a kettle and microwave amongst other things but completely
forgot about it all packed and ready to travel. So that is what is missing in this picture...

Did remember to put on my "special occasions" cap.

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From the farm to Bloemfontein my little 1986 Toyota Conquest made good and then I jumped on Losper's back!
The whole thing was now gaining momentum. Lots of friends from Bloemfontein shared the road to Maseru.
Contestants, crew, family and friends to spectate. Alongside the excitement a little bit of nervousness was now growing.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Mr Zog on December 24, 2015, 10:02:21 am
Quote
So that is what is missing in this picture...

Your seat belt.  Ry sonder hom, ek bliksem vir jou! Seriaas!  :eek7: :lamer:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 24, 2015, 08:26:26 pm
My car is free of dings, dongs and flashing lights that annoy you to the point of buckling up.
Don't worry though, I quickly put it on when I see law enforcement officers...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 24, 2015, 09:48:38 pm
The roads from North/East, South and West funnels together at Maseru bridge where we queued with travelers
from all over the country and beyond. At the fancy hotel on top of the hill, former Lesotho Sun, it was clear that
we were in for business. The Factory Teams had gazebos up and bikes on display with famous faces all round.
Alfie and the rest of them were there looking busy with final adjustments. I even saw a few of our new friends
we made during the last year while doing all those "roof training" events.

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Registration takes place at the Hotel so it attracts lots of people to chat to. I felt like a dog at the park.
Inside there are different tables with very friendly and helpful ladies guiding the entrants through the stages
of registration. Christopher and Losper standing at the table where we collect our, so called, Yellow Bricks.
These are GPS locating and emergency beacon devices. All competitors must ride with them for safety purposes.

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By the time I got my goodie bags and Roof T-shirt I climaxed with excitement! Janine, Christopher's wife,
commented I looked like I just went shopping. In truth the bags were mostly filled with useless stuff but
the sum total still produced satisfactory results.

Back outside again more sniffing, barking and tail wagging commenced. We haven't even ridden our bikes,
yet I felt like this was already my monies worth.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 24, 2015, 11:57:02 pm
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Christopher says: "It feels like yesterday I went to spectate the final Race Day of 2014 Roof of Africa.
At the time I just had to go see for myself what the hype was all about. Little did I know that this day
will be etched into my memory for then is when my Roof dream began. With a little encouragement from
Michiel I committed to ride the next race. Training for the Roof was half the fun, an excellent excuse to
ride more often than usual. But like anything else in life overdoing it takes the specialness away again.
I can remember that around a month before the event the fun faded away for I overcompensated on bike
preparation. This quickly turned into a very expensive exercise and frequent burning of the midnight oil…

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I am fortunate though to have a good friend and partner in crime, Riaan Venter, who gave time to help.
The advantage of the bike being in pieces, literally, was that no riding happened during the weeks leading
up to the race. By the time we finished registration I couldn't wait to get on the bike!

Riding the Roof is no easy task logistics wise. A lot of work goes into planning and packing. Thanks to Janine
(my better half), Riaan, family and friends like Losper that bought into my dream and the part that they palyed
because the whole experience wouldn't have been possible without them."

Getting to registration was exciting. We were delighted to see friends we met throughout the year at Roof training
events like The Impi. The atmosphere was electric. A good vibe that cannot be explained. Graham Jarvis, what an
awesome guy, humble and friendly he didn't mind posing with another one of his big fans. Gerhard is Riaan Venter's son.

Though we knew Mr. Jarvis was racing in Gold Class, it was cool never the less to think we were to compete in the
same event as this living legend! What an awesome experience!

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 25, 2015, 09:21:15 am
My car is free of dings, dongs and flashing lights that annoy you to the point of buckling up.
Don't worry though, I quickly put it on when I see law enforcement officers...  :thumleft:

Sounds like your bike is worth more than your car? I excellent priorities!! 👍

Loving this report. Races like this or Amageza are over so quickly and there's so much planning, dreaming and preparation that goes into it, it's great to slowly relive it and savour it over time.

Hopefully when we're old and grey this forum will still be alive and we'll be able to come back and live it all again.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Mr Zog on December 25, 2015, 10:15:31 am
My car is free of dings, dongs and flashing lights that annoy you to the point of buckling up.
Don't worry though, I quickly put it on when I see law enforcement officers...  :thumleft:

Hijack  :deal:

You'll wear a helmet, gloves, body armour, boots, goggles when riding your bike.

A simple seat belt will save your life. I'm a paramedic, I've seen it more times than I can care to count.

Please boet. Don't just wear it for the cops.

Hijack off.


Now tell us more about the roof!!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 25, 2015, 11:32:21 am

Sounds like your bike is worth more than your car? I excellent priorities!! 👍

Loving this report. Races like this or Amageza are over so quickly and there's so much planning, dreaming and preparation that goes into it, it's great to slowly relive it and savour it over time.

Hopefully when we're old and grey this forum will still be alive and we'll be able to come back and live it all again.

The bike, I call him David, cost me R90 000 all in all. The car, I call her Ta-Mart, I paid R8 500 for.
David is just about 10x more valuable, in monetary sense, than my next most valuable belonging,
my computer. Yes, I guess we all do have our priorities...

This was probably the best it got... That is near half a million Rands worth of HPN being towed by Ta-Mart.  ;D
That little car pulled the load, including full luggage for two people for a week and HPN builder Dustdevil's fat
butt, from Middelburg, EC to Cape Town and back!

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You are absolutely right. This forum may be all that outlives us to tell of the adventures and happy
days. I do hope its future is secure. There are truly some excellent write-ups, comments and thoughts
of wisdom on this forum in its totality. A monument to mankind, good and bad. I can't help to think
of one topic in particular that touched me to be found in Religion and Politics. Right here you can see
humans at their best and worst, the stupidity, the enlightenment, the love and hate and of course the
humor! Its quite long and there are a lot of white noise to wage through but still an excellent piece.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=71891.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=71891.0)
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rooi Wolf on December 26, 2015, 08:01:46 am
Lekker Michiel.

Waiting for the rest  :sip:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Eben.E on December 26, 2015, 08:29:21 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 26, 2015, 09:52:03 pm
Race brief was held at the other Hotel in Maseru. I unfortunately didn't take any pictures there to go with
my report but imagine a lot of very exited and maybe some slightly nervous riders all bundled together in
a conference hall listening to the organizers talk us through the next 3 days. Basically the Time Trial was
to be the most difficult yet in Roof history and we were warned about very hot and dry conditions out there.

Back at the lodge I suddenly felt extremely tired. All the excitement turned out to be too much for one day.
Meanwhile I also sank into a state of light panic. The reality of the task ahead has now sunk in. Losper, my
main man and pit crew guy, was to take some friends out for a private ride of their own while Christopher
and I went to Round the Houses and raced the Time Trial so there was no one to hold my hand the next day.
Being a first time Roof rider I also had lots of uncertainties milling around in my head. Where?, when?, how?,
who?, what? ex ex. I gave up and just went to sleep with the hope that the rising sun will shed light on all.

Up very early on our first day of Roof. The bikes need to be at the impound in Maseru by 8AM. Last minute
finishing touches were quickly added. Race tags on helmet and front mud guard. Race number and decal.
Our race numbers reflected our qualifying positions earlier in the year. My number be 311. 300 for Bronze
Class and 11 for I qualified in 11th place. Christopher has an interesting story to tell here...

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Christopher.

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Losper having breakfast all the while keeping an eye on the newbies.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 27, 2015, 10:15:09 pm
Round the Houses I suspect has always been an advertising gimmick. A stage for the race sponsors
to put up their banners and obviously a chance for the spectators and general public of Maseru to
have a piece of the fun. For the riders though I think not so much fun. Racing on the streets of Maseru
with people crossing the street and the dynamics of knobbly tires on tarmac just sounded too much
of an unnecessary risk. The real reason we were here was to ride in the mountains and screwing it
all up on the streets didn't make sense.

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With David safely parked in the designated area by 8AM I had lots of time to kill. See, the race around
the houses of Maseru takes place every 30min and the riders are grouped in bundles starting with Gold
Class. This meant I only got my chance to get this done after 12... I wasn't looking forward to hanging
around in the blazing sun.

Fortunately the time flew by as there were stacks of new people to chat to. The Revvit boys were also there.
This one was franticly busy making last minute preparations to his brand new bike.

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Once done it was a scramble to get the bikes in.

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Seeing all these bonies lined up like this made me real exited! It was indeed happening!

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Meanwhile there were some welcome distractions.

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Then the big guns started lining up for the first race of the day. First there is an observation lap and then all
hell breaks loose for another 3 laps.

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The curious crowd.

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Viewing lap for the top riders almost done.

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Dead halt and a moment to get the line-up right.

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Jip, I'm a secret admirer. Got a good shot of them blasting off the start line but you'll have to wait for
the video to see that.

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Then it was my turn. It just so happened that I actually enjoyed the whole experience and wouldn't have
wanted it otherwise. Round the Houses added another interesting angle to the whole event. In fact, it sort
of reminded me of what the road bikers call a "mass ride" into town at them rallies I used to go to back in the day.

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Christopher looking on as I made my way to the start line. It was to be another hour before he got his turn.
These two pictures are compliments of Janine Style, Chris's wife.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 27, 2015, 11:01:44 pm
After dusting the formalities in Maseru it was a dash to the Mountains to start the real racing. Unfortunately
I don't have a single picture to share. I was in a hurry to set up a good time for this is the position I will start
in on our First Race Day. See, starting high up in the ranks means little to no bottle-necks during the race which
is preferable if you want to finish the route before the time bar.

The Bronze Class had a slightly shorter route for Time Trial than Silver and Gold but Bronze had to ride down
Spiderman Pass which was murderous! For the rest the route was superb! The very first 5km included some
of the best supertube riding I've done in Lesotho. Stunning!

My video will showcase the Time Trial. I'm done with the edit. Just need to upload it to my YouTube channel.
Can't wait to share it with you.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 28, 2015, 06:26:33 am
Awesome! What's 'supertube riding'?
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Wolfmother on December 28, 2015, 07:20:29 am
 :drif: bitter jaloers, kan nie wag vir die res nie!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on December 28, 2015, 07:31:49 am
As always, superb report Michiel. Thanks!

Overall, in terms of difficulty, how would you rate the ROA compared to the last day of 2014 Sea to Ski (the infamous Pondo Gates)?
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 28, 2015, 10:22:30 pm
Awesome! What's 'supertube riding'?

I'll need to go show you to be sure you get the idea, but in short it is like a natural single track
through the landscape of Lesotho's mountains void of rocks, mostly anyway, and in the shape
of a supertube. Like a motocross track with berms, table tops, jumps, double jumps, triple jumps
and a water crossing here and there to cool you down if the wind in your face hasn't already.

There tracks are common along the foothills of Lesotho's big mountains but can also be found
sometimes right down the side of a huge mountain. Sometimes the "tube" is tight and flanked
by bushes and sometimes it is wide and open. Some of them you can literally ride up the walls
and leap from one to the other. I can describe it as deep, evenly eroded red or black soil tunnels.

These are best ridden at higher speeds with power slides, wheelies, drifting, jumps and general
playfulness being the order of the day.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 28, 2015, 10:27:01 pm
:drif: bitter jaloers, kan nie wag vir die res nie!

Hey man! Lekker om van jou te hoor! Kom, jy is nog jonk. Nou is jou kans.  :deal:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 28, 2015, 10:37:57 pm
As always, superb report Michiel. Thanks!

Overall, in terms of difficulty, how would you rate the ROA compared to the last day of 2014 Sea to Ski (the infamous Pondo Gates)?

Ah! Good comparison. Sea to Ski obviously has to cover more distance to get the riders to the next
overnight destination but as far as technical difficulty I would say Day 2 at Sea to Ski compared well
to Race Day 1 of Bronze Class with Elephants Trunk and some of those mad downhills Mike made
us ride. Day 3 of Sea to Ski with Pondos and the other crazy stuff could be judged a wee bit more
difficult than Race Day 2 of Bronze Class.

Sea to Ski compares to riding a Bronze Class Roof but Sea to Ski has a lot more dangerous stuff
where if you get it wrong you are fucked stuffed. With the Roof I felt safe all the time.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 28, 2015, 11:06:06 pm
Here is a picture of me as I left to ride the Time Trial. Credits to Photographer Craig Barendsen
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 29, 2015, 12:13:42 am
Christopher says: "Back in May this year I was still finding my way around the workings of a GPS.
As my luck would have it I broke the screen on my new GPS, meant for our Roof endeavor,
a week before the Qualifier. With a loan unit then I left the Start line. The first of two
different loops went well as we all just rode in a bundle and I needn't navigate. The
second loop stretched the field out a bit and by the time I sped from the bottom of
Belekomo Pass I was some distance ahead of riders still stuck on the pass.

I was now making quick progress on flowing single track when I made a stupid navigational
error that cost me dearly. A stones throw from the finish line I wrongly followed
markers that lead me back on to the first loop. Took me a while before I realized
my mistake and by then I got myself lost somewhere on the foothills of Bushman's Pass.
Two long and frustrating hours passed before I got back on track and crossed the finish
line in 157th position.

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My Roof dream was shattered for only the first 120 riders was to qualify. I wasn't going
to give up that easily though. After contacting the organizers I had to wait in suspense
for all the qualifiers to enter first. Only if some of them decided not to advance will
non-qualifiers be allowed to enter. It seemed like high hopes but I didn't loose hope. I got lucky!

Training then started a bit late but in earnest. To avoid another navigation cock-up
Michiel threw me in at the deep end by putting me ahead at The Impi hard enduro.
Navigating was my weak point and Michiel reckoned The Impi will sort that out.
In retrospect The Impi proved an excellent training ground for The Roof. A Time Trial
and two days of racing in heavy technical and unmarked terrain navigating by GPS only.

Now Michiel is arguably a better skilled rider than I am yet gave me the opportunity
to ride in front and practice following the GPS, correcting me where I went wrong,
thus giving me the much needed experience to go and take on the Mother of Hard Enduro.
Long story short because of the above I found myself in the last row of the last
Round the Houses race which meant everybody was ahead of me on the Time Trial.
I had my work cut out for me!"

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: 1ougat on December 29, 2015, 07:34:06 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on December 29, 2015, 10:25:49 am
As always, superb report Michiel. Thanks!

Overall, in terms of difficulty, how would you rate the ROA compared to the last day of 2014 Sea to Ski (the infamous Pondo Gates)?

Ah! Good comparison. Sea to Ski obviously has to cover more distance to get the riders to the next
overnight destination but as far as technical difficulty I would say Day 2 at Sea to Ski compared well
to Race Day 1 of Bronze Class with Elephants Trunk and some of those mad downhills Mike made
us ride. Day 3 of Sea to Ski with Pondos and the other crazy stuff could be judged a wee bit more
difficult than Race Day 2 of Bronze Class.

Sea to Ski compares to riding a Bronze Class Roof but Sea to Ski has a lot more dangerous stuff
where if you get it wrong you are fucked stuffed. With the Roof I felt safe all the time.

Thanks! This gives me confidence. Strangely, I battled most on Day 1 of 2014 S2S, as my tyre choice was wrong for that first muddy climb. The rest was totally do-able for me.

You are right about some of the dangerous off-cambers at S2S. Mike Glover certainly has balls! If a rider had to slip off some of those mountains, I'm not sure how the rider/body would ever be recovered.

I'm enjoying this report. Thanks!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 29, 2015, 10:59:49 pm
Fortune and misfortune at the Time Trial has turned the tables for some riders. Andries Etsebeth,
a friend I made through the sport during the last 3 years, put me in the dust at the qualifier by
winning a 6th place finish. Andries is a younger, fitter and more skilled rider with previous experience
of the Roof having ridden Silver Class the previous year and Bronze Class years before. During the
Time Trial Andries got the bike wedged between some rocks and derailed the chain in the process.

This cost him dearly for more than an hour passed before he got going again. This spot turned out
to be a freak location as the same happened to more riders as Andries sat there wrestling with an
chain that wedged between front sprocket and swing arm. With the experience of fixing it gained
he spent more time helping others out of their predicament. See, the Time Trial doesn't only determine
ones starting position for the race but the time spent negotiating it also be included in the total race
time for the event. Not only did Andries loose a strategic starting position but he also suffered the
time penalty. I felt really upset for his sake.

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Fortune shone on me and I was lucky to more or less keep my location in the ranks by finishing 15th.

Race Day 1

Racing started as early as 6AM for the Gold riders. Bronze Class only 2 hours later. I guess we could
have slept in a bit longer but I was so nervous and exited that we rocked up at the Start/Finish location
in time to sample the atmosphere before kitting up and moving in for the start order.

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This is Hannes van Tonder. A Silver rider from Fauresmith of all places. Fauresmith is my neighboring town.
Hannes isn't new to the Roof, in fact, he's an old hand but misfortune has also plagued him over the years.
He keeps on coming back though.

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A bunch of psyched up riders!

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Too soon it was my turn to take position under the canopy. Picture says it all. With the best bike in
the world under me and some formidable supporters behind me I felt on top of the world!

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These are my supporters!!!  ;D

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 29, 2015, 11:16:16 pm
Once the racing started the picture taking stopped. Unfortunately...

I snapped these two quite early on in the day while waiting for the riders in front of me to negotiate a difficult downhill section.

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From here on I will just tell of the experience and throw in what images I got from different sources. The video, which
is now finished and uploaded, will give you a better idea. You'll have to wait for it though. Don't bother looking at my
channel on Youtube... I made it unlisted to keep the cat in the bag till the time is right.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: alanB on December 30, 2015, 10:02:30 am
Well done  :thumleft:

Anyone who can finish the Roof is entitled to a knighthood IMO.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 30, 2015, 08:48:49 pm
Well done  :thumleft:

Anyone who can finish the Roof is entitled to a knighthood IMO.  :thumleft:

Thanks. It depends on how you look at it too. If you are into the sport and have experience riding in Lesotho then finishing
a Bronze isn't all that much an achievement, it is a very cool scoot still. If you are new to the sport and haven't been to
Lesotho then its a different story. For the Gold riders I have serious respect though. Few appreciate what it takes to finish a Roof Gold.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: JustBendIt on December 30, 2015, 10:09:56 pm
Great RR so far ... Please keep it coming
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on December 31, 2015, 06:25:37 am
The general character of Race Day 1 was that of smooth, fast and really enjoyable riding.
A real riders route and lots of new track too! I must be honest, I can't remember all the details.
Not even then when the experience was still fresh. It just became too much. A jumble of happy
and exiting experiences contributing to one crazy day of awesomeness.

Picture credits to the photographers.

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Little moments stand out though. Early on in the day as we came in to the first official spectator
point I sped downhill on the route across an area where a field used to be years ago. Hitting the
contours of the field with just the right speed to become airborne long enough so when I touched
down I immediately hit the next contour and got airborne again. I must have kangarooed more
than a hundred meters before the terrain leveled out again. The race atmosphere was energizing.
Instead of annoying me, the presence of riders behind and in front of me rather exited and motivated
me. It was like we were all part of a machine and everyone was pulling their weight to make this
machine run at maximum.

The real contributing factor was the spectators. All along the route strangers, friends and crew members
carried us on their cheers. This lifted me high above the rocks and gave me an energy that I never
experienced before.

Another vivid memory came near Ramabanta where we negotiated a very steep and loose off camber
downhill into the river. It was the location of a perfect spectators point. Lots and lots of people gathered
to watch riders negotiate the downhill, ride through the water in the river and out the other side where
the river was crossed once again and we made our way up the mountain. I stopped for a moment to plan
my descent but still got it wrong and fell in a plume of dust with the bike nearly skidding over the edge.

First picture by Janine Style.

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This one might have been a really cool picture if it was in focus. I share it anyway since it still captures the moment.

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Despite this I felt that the route was a wee bit too easy. I would have liked it to be more technical.
The second half was though. Just enough to qualify it for a Roof Bronze. Nearing the finish I became
aware of a bundle of riders chasing behind me and I decided to push harder so they won't displace
my position in the ranks. I was riding like the wind! These are the times when you realize your 300 2T
doesn't just have the ability to crawl up insane steep slopes like a donkey but it is also light footed like
a goat and mighty powerful on the fast stuff.

My day went without any serious incident and I finished in good time. All in all a very happy bunny!!!

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Buff on December 31, 2015, 08:05:51 am
Loving your RR and really looking forward to your vid Michiel  :thumleft: I see you and Gareth Loubsher (another CT training mate) were pretty evenly matched, meaning your riding skill has skyrocketed in recent years, well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 01, 2016, 10:54:53 am
Too babelaas for an update today Michiel?
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 01, 2016, 09:24:51 pm
Too babelaas for an update today Michiel?

Ag sorry man, my bad. I haven't been updating as consistent as I'd like. I don't drink, its mostly writers block.  ;D

On our way back to the Lodge Losper stopped to get some groceries in Roma. I thought the shop name was quite funny.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 01, 2016, 10:01:04 pm
By the time the sun rose on the final day, Race day 2, I felt like I have become part of a big family.
Everyone present were magically tuned in on the same channel. Whether you were riding or spectating.

Kids helping their dad no doubt with the GPS.

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I could tell right here were the next generation Roof riders taking notes. See rider no 143? That is Calvin Hume.
I met Calvin at Umzumbe X. We rode together and helped each other, well, I mostly had to help him. Couple of
months later and he rides so well now that I look like a beginner. These 16 year olds improve by leaps and bounds.
Their skill doubles each flippin week!  ::)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1066_zpsboepavns.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1066_zpsboepavns.jpg.html)

BiG DoM and son Josh. Josh done brilliant the day before.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1068_zpsj3asxacp.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1068_zpsj3asxacp.jpg.html)

My turn to have a picture with the young star.

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Two Wilddog legends in one picture.

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Hannes was having good fortune for a change.

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With the Revvit Racing boys who are also in good spirit and ranking.

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This is it. Lining up to give the last day hell!

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(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1078_zpsgnasxpvz.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1078_zpsgnasxpvz.jpg.html)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1086_zpsgt1yuhaf.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1086_zpsgt1yuhaf.jpg.html)

This is one of my favorite pictures form 2015.

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Louis Bresler Knipe. I got to know Louis at Lesotho Sky doing what he is famous for. Turns out that Louis also rides
enduro and very well too! Very nice guy form Cape Town side.

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(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1087_zpssh9aatob.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1087_zpssh9aatob.jpg.html)

Louis when he doesn't ride motorcycles.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 01, 2016, 10:14:32 pm
I met these two on the route the day before. Charl Weyer and Wayne Bouchier riding as a team.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 01, 2016, 10:16:44 pm
So what can I say about the route of the final day?  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 01, 2016, 10:57:11 pm
This sport, the bike I bought and most important the people that I befriended while doing so was truly
the best thing that could ever have happened to me. Honestly. You have no idea how happy it makes me.
How truly fortunate I must be. This day all of the above rose to a whole new level.

The route of Race day 2 was the one I expected from a extreme enduro like the Roof. The day before I
saw Mr. Ashley Thorn on the roue and stopped to chat. I congratulated him on what I thought was an
excellent, well balanced route with lots of new sections I have never seen but added that I thought it
was too easy. He winked and promised the next day will set that straight. He was right.

See, when the going gets real hard I seem to enjoy it even more. The technical stuff is where I can
overtake riders with ease. We left the start line in groups of 5. Each rider a couple of seconds after
the other. I was right at the back of my group when we hit the first tech of the day about 3km in and
overtook all of them right there! My triumph was short lived though because soon after the track
straightened out and nearly all of them blasted past me again…

I can go on and on and on about the day and the route but somehow still feel like the message won't
get through. Short, it was just perfect. Again lots of new track only this time with some proper challenging
obstacles. Spectacular landscapes too. Hell, I'm going to let the video do the talking...  ;)

It ended up longer than I planned so for those who want a 3min video, just watch the first 3 minutes.
I recently found that one can adjust the video quality by clicking on the "gear" icon and selecting a
higher quality. The video was uploaded in fair quality so adjust it if it looks fuzzy.

https://www.youtube.com/v/dcBFx1GOdBQ
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Buff on January 02, 2016, 12:07:02 am
Amazing video Michiel, well worth the wait  :thumleft: Congrats once again, besides highlighting your skill level the video showcased what a humble and good sportsman you are  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 02, 2016, 12:33:01 am
Michiel - you are a star!
What a great generous guy, a relaxed yet excited attitude mixed with proper infectious enthusiasm.  ;)  

This is a proper RR - an excellent write-up, pics and vid.  :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: JustBendIt on January 02, 2016, 08:34:26 am
Very well done - excellent RR and awesome video  :thumleft:

I loved every minute of it and take my hat off to you - some of your helmet cam shots made me feel "naar" it looked so steep

I felt tired just watching the video
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 02, 2016, 08:37:50 am
You gotta know that helmet cams really DO NOT show gradient well at all - if it looks steep on camera it is fooking seereearse STEEP!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Crossed-up on January 02, 2016, 10:26:19 am
Excellent report and a fabulous effort! Well done all round!


Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: lj111 on January 02, 2016, 10:29:57 am
Well done Michiel!!
Great RR and video :thumleft:
You just added the Roof to my bucket list :ricky:
Hope to meet you in the mountains one day  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: katana on January 02, 2016, 11:06:54 am
Dankie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Jam on January 03, 2016, 02:02:16 pm
Thank you for the effort to put RR together and well done with the finish and the manner in which you went about the task!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 03, 2016, 09:37:13 pm
Thanks for the comments. Glad you're enjoying the report.  :thumleft:

I think the video sums it all up but I'd still like to share some last thoughts and pictures.

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By now Shaun Jones doesn't need an introduction. Though he rode closely in front of me for much of the race
I would never have met Shaun wasn't it for the events that unfolded on the last day. Shaun fell badly and tore
some ligaments in his knee. The rest is obvious from the video. Remarkably Shaun pulled through and finished
in the same ranking despite this drawback. At the finish I asked for a picture to remember the ride we shared
and was taken by surprised when he put his arm round my neck. Such spontaneous display of, gratitude I suppose,
will stay etched into my memory forever.

You know, as specially from those who are looking to also undertake such an adventure in future, a good question
at this point would be what the cost of it all adds up to. I would say it depends on how accurate and involved you
choose to make the equation. A rough estimate from my experience, including riding the initial Qualifier event,
comes to around R15 000. This now includes entry fees, accommodation, bike prep and fuel ex.

The truth is that my Roof experience was priceless. The Mandelas I had to put down fades away into nothing more
than small change compared to the rich experience it bought me.

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 03, 2016, 09:43:26 pm
Congrats Michiel - very well done! You going to be back next year? Silver? Was Bronze the right choice, or with your technical skills and time spent in the mountains do you think you could have gone straight for silver?
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 04, 2016, 06:34:02 am
Excellent, thanks for sharing! I can't open your video though for some reason  :-\. Do you perhaps have a Youtube link?

Thanks again & well done!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: lj111 on January 04, 2016, 07:43:43 am
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dcBFx1GOdBQ

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 04, 2016, 07:48:26 am
Thanks for the link!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 04, 2016, 08:05:06 am
Just watched the video Michiel. Awesome! I agree with your sentiments regarding 300cc 2 strokes. For this type of riding, they are just unbeatable IMO.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 04, 2016, 07:40:05 pm
Congrats Michiel - very well done! You going to be back next year? Silver? Was Bronze the right choice, or with your technical skills and time spent in the mountains do you think you could have gone straight for silver?

Thanks! Losper should never have let me ride the Roof... I'm one of those people who can't get enough
of a good thing. Hell yes! I'm definitely going to ride again. It was just too good to do just one time.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/roof2015_7_zps9kl5ig8m.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/roof2015_7_zps9kl5ig8m.jpg.html)

Regarding Bronze, it was absolutely the right decision to ride Bronze Class for my first Roof attempt.
I didn't want to prove anything, I just wanted to have fun and finish the route set out for me whilst having
time along the way to enjoy the scenery, smell the flowers and chat to the people I come across. Remember,
the weather always have the last say. I/we had it easy this year because the weather was mostly favorable.
Slightly hot and very dry but nothing serious. If it was raining I would have had my hands full, in fact, I/we
would have kakked off BIG time! When the dark soils of Lesotho gets wet it becomes so slippery even an gentle
incline can become near impossible to ride up and off-camber stuff... I don't even want to think about it!

For someone that rides very well (as specially the youngsters that have endless energy and no idea that they
can get hurt) and actively participate in other similar events throughout the year it might be worth jumping
straight to Silver.

Having said that, this year I would like to try my hand at riding Silver Class. It seems the next logical step.
I feel like I might have a chance in finishing it if all goes well. If it rains... well, then it will be the adventure
of a lifetime and I will make many more friends! I might be the one hugging people at the finish. How awesome
would that be?  :)
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: onderbroek on January 05, 2016, 08:29:08 am
Awesome RR - dankie Michiel
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BFG on January 05, 2016, 09:23:53 am
Awesome video. It's amazing how happy you seem to be ALL the time :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Dwerg on January 05, 2016, 10:42:39 am
Very cool and congrats!

What is your tyre choice as a matter of interest? Tubliss/mousses/tubes?
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Losper on January 05, 2016, 05:06:15 pm
Yes Michiel,  die koel is nou deur die kerk  :biggrin:
Awesome report and stunning video as usual.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 05, 2016, 09:15:15 pm
Very cool and congrats!

What is your tyre choice as a matter of interest? Tubliss/mousses/tubes?

This question normally sparks a thousand opinions. I have settled with what I think is the best solution for Extreme Enduro. (mostly slow technical riding)
It works so well for me (value for money, performance, lifespan, reliability) that I'm not even interested in anything else.

Mitas EF07 130/80-18 single green stripe with Michelin Bib Mousse 120/90-18 inside for the rear wheel and Mitas yellow stripe
with Bib Mousse for the front. The 120 Bib Mousse inside the 130 Mitas works perfect! Not too loose, not too firm. Masses of
grip right from the start yet long lifespan. I'm at 120 hours on the rear mousse and still going strong.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/David/DSCF0006_zpsk4vntgt0.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/David/DSCF0006_zpsk4vntgt0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 05, 2016, 09:39:04 pm
I made a terrible mistake... Just spoke to Hannes and realized I had it all wrong. Each year Hannes rides the Roof and
each year misfortune plagues him. He doesn't let that put him off though and keeps on going back for more, bless him!

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1045_zpsm6lkjemz.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1045_zpsm6lkjemz.jpg.html)

I wrote earlier that this year Hannes had better fortune, turns out this happy face and thumbs-up was only a facade.

Same as Andries, Hannes also had chain derail problems. He lost more than an hour on the first Race Day when it came
off twice and jammed up so badly he had to dismantle the clutch slave cylinder and remove the front sprocket. This was
because the chain block got damaged and acted as a derailleur rather than guide. Because of this loss in race time Hannes
ended up time-barred 25km before the finish on the second Race Day and never saw the checkered flag...

Hannes told me he will be back this year!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 05, 2016, 10:11:21 pm
A couple of pictures I took at the finish. No captions needed.

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(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1131_zpsruu7a0pn.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1131_zpsruu7a0pn.jpg.html)

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(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1134_zpsxit84zn2.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1134_zpsxit84zn2.jpg.html)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Roof%202015/DSCF1136_zpsb6ukojqd.jpg) (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/ethakotze/media/Roof%202015/DSCF1136_zpsb6ukojqd.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Pom17 on January 06, 2016, 07:28:02 am
Daai laaste bike gaan ook nerens met daai voorbriek in getrek  ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Sardine on January 06, 2016, 09:28:14 am
Fantastic RR!

But, how did you manage without goggles?! I would have thought it would be a rule that all riders must wear goggles.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 06, 2016, 10:06:13 am
Fantastic RR!

But, how did you manage without goggles?! I would have thought it would be a rule that all riders must wear goggles.

I think the rules do say no visor … but that may be the rally rules? I know they were saying no to Adv helmets for Amageza. Goggles can be a bitch for guys who wear glasses.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Sithe on January 06, 2016, 04:11:40 pm
Daai laaste bike gaan ook nerens met daai voorbriek in getrek  ;) :lol8:

 :lol8: :lol8:

I looked at that and thought tough girl ... then I see her fingers  >:D >:D
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 06, 2016, 04:29:44 pm
Daai laaste bike gaan ook nerens met daai voorbriek in getrek  ;) :lol8:

 :lol8: :lol8:

I looked at that and thought tough girl ... then I see her fingers  >:D >:D

Epic Fail material  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 06, 2016, 05:33:28 pm

Mitas EF07 130/80-18 single green stripe with Michelin Bib Mousse 120/90-18 inside for the rear wheel and Mitas yellow stripe
with Bib Mousse for the front. The 120 Bib Mousse inside the 130 Mitas works perfect! Not too loose, not too firm. Masses of
grip right from the start yet long lifespan. I'm at 120 hours on the rear mousse and still going strong.


Which yellow stripe front? EF06? C19? C21?

Been using a C21 myself and like it...
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 06, 2016, 07:39:57 pm

Mitas EF07 130/80-18 single green stripe with Michelin Bib Mousse 120/90-18 inside for the rear wheel and Mitas yellow stripe
with Bib Mousse for the front. The 120 Bib Mousse inside the 130 Mitas works perfect! Not too loose, not too firm. Masses of
grip right from the start yet long lifespan. I'm at 120 hours on the rear mousse and still going strong.


Which yellow stripe front? EF06? C19? C21?

Been using a C21 myself and like it...

I happen to use EF06 but the C21 is also a very good choice.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Michiel on January 06, 2016, 07:44:24 pm
Fantastic RR!

But, how did you manage without goggles?! I would have thought it would be a rule that all riders must wear goggles.

Thanks, appreciate the participation and comments!

I managed very well with my Adventure/DS helmet. In fact, I don't think I will get on with those goggles helmets.
When it is dusty I flick the visor down in less than a second with one hand while riding and when I want it open
again I repeat steps 1 to 1 with the same ease and lack in effort. Never lost a visor either... seen lots of guys lose goggles.

Can someone tell me why they would prohibit DS helmets in Off Road Races?
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 06, 2016, 08:30:28 pm
Good question - have wondered the same myself.  ::)
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 06, 2016, 08:33:39 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 07, 2016, 08:33:37 am
Can someone tell me why they would prohibit DS helmets in Off Road Races?



If I'm not mistaken, it has something to do with the strap buckles. Race helmets have to have double D shackle type buckles, whilst some DS helmets have clip in buckles.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: >>Thump°C on January 07, 2016, 09:13:10 am
very cool, looking forward to your report on when you do the Silver!!!
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: edgy on January 07, 2016, 09:24:52 am
That lady helping is Lisa Ackerman and she knows what shes doing on an offroad bike, she is one tough chick and has ridden plenty of Roof terrain! 
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 07, 2016, 10:14:00 am
That lady helping is Lisa Ackerman and she knows what shes doing on an offroad bike, she is one tough chick and has ridden plenty of Roof terrain! 

I can vouch for Lisa. She's the toughest and fittest chick I know, and she rides better than most men!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BiG DoM on January 07, 2016, 12:10:23 pm
That lady helping is Lisa Ackerman and she knows what shes doing on an offroad bike, she is one tough chick and has ridden plenty of Roof terrain! 

I can vouch for Lisa. She's the toughest and fittest chick I know, and she rides better than most men!

Agreed, also only see her now so withdraw my earlier epic fail comment  ;D Great lady and passionate about enduro :thumleft:With her experience she is probably just covering the brake  :3some:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Sithe on January 08, 2016, 10:47:22 am
That lady helping is Lisa Ackerman and she knows what shes doing on an offroad bike, she is one tough chick and has ridden plenty of Roof terrain! 

Sounds like she could be a good one ... can I get an intro  O0
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: edgy on January 08, 2016, 10:55:35 am
That lady helping is Lisa Ackerman and she knows what shes doing on an offroad bike, she is one tough chick and has ridden plenty of Roof terrain! 

Sounds like she could be a good one ... can I get an intro  O0

Meet hubby Riaan and you wouldnt want to! :lol8:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rossdog on January 08, 2016, 02:44:26 pm
True!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Horizon Seeker on January 08, 2016, 03:41:18 pm
So epic and inspirational man! I really hope to do The Roof one day! I definitely think this RR is worthy of the Roll of Honour!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Kawaki on January 26, 2016, 03:07:05 pm
Wel gedaan Michiel :thumleft:
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 29, 2016, 02:32:26 am
That was a great report Michiel! :thumleft:

Your passion for riding really comes through, and a nice guy too. What a great inspiration and attitude to follow. :ricky:

Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Rokie on February 04, 2016, 10:44:33 pm
brilliant!!!
Title: Re: Mother of Hard Enduro - Roof of Africa 2015 (ride report)
Post by: Mr Zog on February 12, 2016, 10:15:39 pm
Awesome Michiel  :thumleft: