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Title: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 07, 2016, 09:28:29 pm
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So much has already been said, thanks to those who have shared their stories, good or bad.

I start this ride report mostly because I want to have a designated stage to share the pictures and video
Daniel Roscher Potgieter took along with including some thoughts of my own. This year's event could have
gone a LOT smoother but I'm not going to dwell on that too long. The behavior of Lesotho's Minister of Tourism
was sad and I think it was really unfair to the Bronze riders to be given so little time to get out and do the
Time Trial on Thursday but it turns out that this was only the start. Personally my mouth still waters for the
1000 energy bars they promised that I never lay an eye on!

Most of the media I will share is compliments of Daniel. He is an very enthusiastic young medical student
and have grown a fondness for Lesotho since participating in Lesotho Sky 2015 Mountain Bike Race.
That is where we met, one year later he tagged along to support me. This time round I put my camera in
his hand and hoped for the best. Thanks to Daniel!

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Roof of Africa 2016

After all the planning and preparation, the looking forward and training, the excitement and adventure,
The Roof of Africa 2016 is done. I want to say "done and dusted" but for many that wouldn't be the case.
Personally I wished the "high" could last a bit longer. The aftermath left me with pains and aches, bruises
and scabs where I rather not point out. Just turning in bed is a very uncomfortable affair.
My kit is torn and stinking dirty, my poor David kwaai verniel. Despite this the past weekend was very much worth it.
I absolutely adore the sport but as specially the people it brings together. The bikes, the people and the places we see.

This year the event left us with a bittersweet sensation. The Bronze route wasn't suitable for the class
and left many riders broken and disappointed. I'm sad to share the news of Willie-John le Hanie's (#444)
accident and subsequent passing away. We can only imagine his family's despair and sorrow.
Our thoughts and condolences goes out to those in grief.

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I am torn between two when it comes to Roof 2016.

On the one side I can't help to wonder if Willie would have been spared if the Bronze riders didn't have
to do Snake Bite Pass on the Friday route. I understand the anger many of the Bronze riders had on the
day because their route was just too difficult for the average Bronze rider. One rider said that he expected
to enjoy his experience and was furious it didn't work out like that. On the route from Saturday I couldn't
believe when I saw Bronze riders on some of the trails I thought were Silver and Gold difficulty. Some of the
off-camber riding was downright dangerous with no margin for error! Having said that I felt that the Silver route
was suitable for the class, even manageable by the average Silver rider.

On the other hand there is the argument that, if you want to have a easy time and smooth ride with little
risk you should rather attend the Madalas or other rides catered for the purpose. The Roof is not called
"the mother of hard enduro" for nothing. It is supposed to be freaking ridiculous and almost impossible.
There are many soft rides out there for people to enjoy without discomfort or risk, Roof is the one that is
supposed to be a notch, or two, above the rest. I will argue that this is exactly why the event is so popular,
apart from the fact that it takes place in the spectacularly beautiful landscapes of Lesotho.

Personally I look at it like this: If I order a plain "soft twirl" ice-cream from KFC and pay for a plain one but the
lady hands me one that includes a flake it is a bonus and I'm happy for it. In such case I can't handle the flake,
well, then I just lick the ice-cream around it and call it a day… (and be sure to return the next time with more of an appetite)

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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 08, 2016, 06:34:11 am
It's started...! :) More. More!!


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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Dustman on December 08, 2016, 07:25:00 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: billy-joe on December 08, 2016, 07:29:19 am
looking fwd to this.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: J-dog on December 08, 2016, 07:35:51 am
 :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Dwerg on December 08, 2016, 07:53:31 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Buff on December 08, 2016, 09:54:52 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Pom17 on December 08, 2016, 11:25:46 am
 :lamer:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Crossed-up on December 08, 2016, 11:35:58 am
Looking forward to this. :sip:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 10, 2016, 11:45:58 am
I just came off the phone having a discussion with Losper about the circumstances of Willie's
accident and feel compelled in the most serious sense to share the following. This is not aimed
at Willie because I didn't know him nor do I have knowledge of his riding history.

This is aimed at guys and girls who would like to ride the Roof of Africa but have never been to
Lesotho or only been to the lowlands and knows little to nothing about the country. This even
counts if you just want to participate in the Bronze Qualifier.

NEVER underestimate Lesotho. The Mountain Kingdom can be as dangerous as it is beautiful
and it is spectacularly beautiful! Do not assume if you can competently ride a bike and have done
various Enduro events in SA or abroad that you automatically have a "license" to ride in Lesotho.

I speak out of personal experience. Lesotho has humbled me on numerous occasions.  By humbled
I mean I have been scared to the point of nearly soiling my pants, I have been exhausted to the point
of passing out and I have been stressed to the point of wanting to cry! I have seen this over and over
again, guys rock up to ride there for the first time, believing there is nothing to it and then crumble when
the first proper Lesotho terrain starts. Seriously, trust me on this…

Lesotho has a vast capacity to offer visitors thrills and adventures and The Roof of Africa was for
me the best and most exiting experience I have ever had. Twice. I will be the first one to tell you to go,
but here is how I recon you go about it.

1 - Go and spectate the Roof. Don't just sit in the pits, walk out on the route for at least 1-2km at every
     spectators point and see for yourself what is going down.

2 - Be a part someone's pit crew. Get first-hand experience of what it takes to participate.

3 - Go to Lesotho for weekend fun rides with your friends. Start with easier tracks and then work your
     way up. Losper is the king when it comes to tracks in the mountains and I'm sure he will be happy to
     share them. Attend the Lesotho Madalas. Attend a Wild Will or Enduro World Lesotho training weekend.
     Get to know the place a bit better in this way whilst learning from riders with Lesotho experience.

4 - Now you are ready to ride the Roof of Africa.

If you feel like this made any sense please share it on other forums so riders may see and do.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: JustBendIt on December 10, 2016, 04:03:55 pm
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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 11, 2016, 06:17:51 am
Michiel - brilliant statement that hits the nail on the head.  :3some:
"NEVER underestimate Lesotho".
The Roof is no longer a bucket list event for macho weekend warriors to get a medal.

Photo is stunning  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Kamanya on December 11, 2016, 08:23:08 am
Moaaaaarrrrr!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 11, 2016, 07:51:15 pm
Ok Michiel... enough tease! When we getting a ride report??


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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 11, 2016, 11:12:49 pm
Ai guys, I'm suffering from a bad case of post-Roof depression. Don't expect anything like last years report,
which was pre-meditated.

The run-up to the Roof is always half of the excitement. With only a month to go we crammed in one or two
last rides with the hope that this will solve the lack of training during the year. I prefer not to ride at least two
weeks or more before the event to avoid last-minute injuries or damaging the bike and to hunger myself out
for 3 days of some serious time in the saddle.

For all the months of waiting the day suddenly came. Once in Lesotho the reality really set in. I love the bustle
in Maseru as specially around the hotel where the professional teams always set up camp. Registration at the
hotel went without incident and I even got to shake the hand of the legend, Graham Jarvis. The opportunity kinda
caught me off-guard and I unimaginatively asked: "how do you feel?" to which Mr. Jarvis responded: "old".
I think he must be so tired of everyone always bugging him for attention and small talk. Afterwards
I thought I should have asked him how he approach a riverbed or path strewn with loose football-sized rocks
because this always beats my best attempts at riding it. Ah well, next time...

Wade Young is really my favorite star rider and maybe one day I will muster the confidence to ask him that question.
After his injury at Sea to Sky he wasn't able to participate in this years Roof.

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The evening came and race brief was the usual drawn-out formality with political correctness temporarily getting
in the way of sport and adventure. As per usual we waited 30min+ for the belated Minister of Tourism to come and
read (or mumble) from a piece of paper and Peter Luck talked a lot but said nothing. My highlight is always
when Justin comes on stage. I like the way he speaks and obviously we really only want to hear what he's
got to say about the routes. Besides Justin I enjoy the occasion for all the people that I see there. Some I
know and strike up vibrant conversations and others I just check out with interest. I event bumped into Craig
from The Impi! Good man that is. He rides Gold Class each year and organizes one hell of an event back home
in Dundee.

Thursday morning is when the nerves really gets on edge. Off to Maseru again. We stay lodged 50km out of town.
With Round the Houses a part of the event it has become a good time to mingle with fellow competitors one
last time before we scatter off into the mountains. I bumped into Louis Bresler Knipe and Luke Walker, both
ambassadors for the sport. Calvin Hume was there too and looking good. With his race number indicating 101
I knew he was in it to win it. Calvin is one of those kids who went from nothing to something to behold within
one year!

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Found this picture I really like of Travis Teasedale waiting at for his turn to race at Round the Houses in Maseru.
Credits to the photographer.

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I was lucky to be in the first Silver group to race Round the Houses which gave me lots of time to continue
to Bushman's Pass to ride the Time Trial. Losper on the other hand only got to Bushman's at 2H30 PM and
only finished the Time Trial short before dark. This is a bit unfair towards the Bronze Riders. I hope the organizers
address this next year.

It was so strange. At Time Trial I felt super nervous. Didn't want to get in line to start but didn't want the experience
to end either. Nervous and exited! Once up in the mountains and with a cool fresh wind blowing I knew it was time
for action. I wanted to pause the moment forever.

The Time Trial didn't go as smooth as I'd hoped. I didn't feel completely in control of the bike and couldn't establish
a rhythm, even going over the bars at one point. Managed to clock a mid-group time which at least put me ahead
of the bottleneck causing riders for the first race day.

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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 12, 2016, 08:23:25 am
Cool, bring it on Michiel.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 12, 2016, 12:44:47 pm
Really enjoying this, Michiel, thanks for your labour of love. :thumleft:

Thanks also for your wise comments and advice.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: OomD on December 12, 2016, 12:53:26 pm
Nice so far!  :sip:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 12, 2016, 07:00:21 pm
It was so strange. At Time Trial I felt super nervous. Didn't want to get in line to start but didn't want the experience
to end either. Nervous and exited! Once up in the mountains and with a cool fresh wind blowing I knew it was time
for action. I wanted to pause the moment forever.

The Time Trial didn't go as smooth as I'd hoped. I didn't feel completely in control of the bike and couldn't establish
a rhythm, event going over the bars at one point. Managed to clock a mid-group time which at least put me ahead
of the bottleneck causing riders for the first race day.

I heard the time trial was quite tough this year? Did you experience any bottlenecks or does the staggered start give everyone a pretty clear run?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 12, 2016, 10:40:22 pm
I would describe the Time Trial as rough but not overly technical. At the time I headed out to clock my starting
position for the first race day there were few riders on the route and most of them were Gold and top Silver
class so I didn't encounter a single bottleneck anywhere on the route. In fact, compared to the rest, I must
have been one of the slower and weaker riders out at that point.

Unlike 2015 the Time Trial of 2016 followed new paths on the highlands which means the track is very narrow
and bumpy, sometimes overgrown with shrubs or no path at all. I suppose it was a faster sort of route with few
technical sections but bumpy and jerky as hell. Not a nice ride at all.

Here are some pictures from Time Trial. I gave Daniel the bakkie keys and sugested after I left he drive down
the back-side of Bushman's Pass to Fossi where the Time Trial route crossed underneath the tar road twice
and headed up an climb where spectators can see some action. His first shot was of Travis Teasedale making
waves as he blasted through the Makhaleng River. This can only mean Travis took his time and waited more
than an hour before he went out for his lap. I thought about this and realised it might be a stragedy to let the
first riders clear out a path in the bushes so he can set a quicker time by not having to navigate virgin terrain.

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You can always tell between a pro rider and a weekend warrior. That river crossing is strewn with submerged
loose and slippery rocks sized anything from tennis balls to soccer balls. Because of the water it is really hard to
tell where the big ones are so most average riders make the crossing slowly and cautiously. Not Mr Teasedale!

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The climb out on the other side gave riders their first taste of a good steep uphill. No 311, my 2015 lucky number.
Goooo Janneman!

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The Time Trial also included a complete new passage up a valley I've never see before. We made our way up a gradual
slope, covered in thick bushes, all along a stream with tens of little waterfalls. The path was a bit treacherous for it ran on the
edge of a 10m drop into the stream so there wasn't any opportunity to enjoy the views.

After +-40km we finished at Bushman's top.

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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 13, 2016, 05:13:26 am
Seeing that pic of the water crossing and the guy stalled in the middle always makes me wonder why so many guys do not know the quick and simple mod of rerouting and curling up the carb breather pipes (this prevents those temporary stalls, stress and frustrations restarting … never mind time lost).
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 13, 2016, 07:30:17 am
Clearly I'm one. Say more?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 13, 2016, 08:36:43 am
I'm another. ;D

I would be really grateful if you could post pic or two to show the less mechanically astute of us exactly how. :deal:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 13, 2016, 10:35:53 am
Essentially I came across this a few years back when reading an article by Graham Jarvis on his standard bike prep.

I then did it on my son's race bikes and worked a treat. Basically the hoses on a carb are either petrol vent or air vent - the idea is to raise the level of the air vent ones so a vacuum is not caused when submerged in water. What is happening when the bike bogs is not water getting into the carb, rather petrol cannot get into the carb (is starved) without pushing displaced air out and the pressure difference is not adequate to push the water aside to let that air out. (This is a bit like putting your finger on a coke bottle straw, then pulling the straw out of the  bottle - only in reverse.) Do a simple test - put your bike on a stand and take a cup of water and hold the vents at the swing arm in the cup ... in a few seconds the engine will bog (you can also use this to test which tubes to vent). What happens in real life is the bike bogs and cuts out and you then push the bike out the water and try to start … eventually the carb bowl fills again and the bike starts. One has not actually drowned the bike you have starved it! That is why often the bike may want to bog but you happen to make it through … claiming  "I almost drowned it":) - in reality you were lucky the vent hoses were not submerged for longer and you stalled!

Some people put a t-piece in the breather pipes and route the extra breathers up under the seat etc. Does not make sense to me. What I learnt from Jarvis was simply to pull them out of the retainers and coil them and cable tie high up under the frame. On the KTM this is often the two outlets that face upward coming out the carb.

There are some pics and a description here … or Google is your friend (some make it sound way too complicated).
http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/497546-water-crossing-carburator-tubes/

I also attach a pic of my sons bike with the two tubes coiled up under the airbox - you see one vent outlet in the photo the other is in exactly the same position on the other side of the carb (three fuel vents still vent down).  :thumleft:

Here endeth the lesson  :ricky:

PS Apologies Michiel for the hijack  - this should probably be reposted in Technical section?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: nobbybuster on December 13, 2016, 11:42:50 am
You failed to mention the cliff that we had to go down about 3km from the end, or have you managed to block that from your memory, it scared the crap out of me!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 13, 2016, 11:45:01 am
Shot Dom. Will check it out.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 13, 2016, 09:39:06 pm

PS Apologies Michiel for the hijack  - this should probably be reposted in Technical section?

Good mod that. Thanks for sharing and elaborating.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 13, 2016, 09:49:08 pm
You failed to mention the cliff that we had to go down about 3km from the end, or have you managed to block that from your memory, it scared the crap out of me!

Yes, you are absolutely right. Describing that descent as "a cliff" sums it up. I happened to have slid down there on my bum
twice before so I knew what to expect. Seeing Gold riders actually ride their bikes down most of it gave me enough confidence
to nurse the bike down more successful than previous attempts. That is a scary section as specially when the gear lever scrapes
on the rocks and knock the bike into neutral disengaging the rear wheel and sending the bike out of control whilst dragging you with it.
Now that is a kak feeling.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Buff on December 14, 2016, 10:18:01 am
Kom nou, tik boetie, ons wag in spanning  ;) ;D

Loving your report Michiel, sorry I missed seeing you there this year but it was hectic and everyone looks the same in battle gear  ::)

Your warning on doing the Roof is well advised. I went up in 2013 to determine if I'll be able to manage it and that just so happened to be the wet & extremely difficult year (mostly due to grip/mud issues). It put me off doing the Roof all together but recently the feelings of an unfinished bucket list item is returning and I'm seriously considering giving it a go in 2017.

With the Roof turning 50 next and as well as myself reaching that big milestone it seems fitting  :ricky:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 14, 2016, 10:23:22 am
Roof is 48 next year - two years were cancelled.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Losper on December 14, 2016, 11:10:09 am
Your warning on doing the Roof is well advised. I went up in 2013 to determine if I'll be able to manage it and that just so happened to be the wet & extremely difficult year (mostly due to grip/mud issues). It put me off doing the Roof all together but recently the feelings of an unfinished bucket list item is returning and I'm seriously considering giving it a go in 2017.
With the Roof turning 50 next and as well as myself reaching that big milestone it seems fitting  :ricky:

Buff, I have done the Roof 3 times already ( finished only once ) and every time directly after the Roof I always tell my wife " I will never do it again" but then just about a week later I seem to forget about the pain and wants to do it again.
With all the negative feedback about the recent Roof and with Darryl and William doing the routes next year I think the next Roof is gonna be an awesome event.
So, I will be seeing you there :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: edgy on December 14, 2016, 11:16:38 am
Im hoping to be there next year with Little Edgy :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Buff on December 14, 2016, 11:34:32 am
Roof is 48 next year - two years were cancelled.

Talk about yanking the rug out from under someone  :laughing4: I'll have to find another source of motivation  ;)

@Losper... sounds like a solid plan  :thumleft: If I look at what my friends looked like after finishing this years event then it seriously makes me worry about my own sanity, why do we feel the need to push ourselves like that?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Pom17 on December 14, 2016, 12:21:45 pm
Come now Buff. You have the Blu Cru to sort everything. Or will the Yami stay at home  :pot:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 14, 2016, 03:07:26 pm
Kom nou, tik boetie, ons wag in spanning  ;) ;D


He's saving it for xmas!  :bueller:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Losper on December 14, 2016, 10:25:28 pm
Since we are waiting for Michiel  :biggrin: here are a few pictures of that silly downhill section that was in the time trail.
To think that some gold riders actually rode down this thing standing on their pegs is just totally beyond me.
(Photos taken on a ride we did in 2014)
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Sithe on December 15, 2016, 11:22:48 am
Which downhill is that Losper, is it an unnamed pass? How far into the trial was it?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 15, 2016, 12:01:50 pm
Which downhill is that Losper, is it an unnamed pass? How far into the trial was it?

Called a cliff (see above) ... and below  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Losper on December 15, 2016, 12:33:51 pm
Which downhill is that Losper, is it an unnamed pass? How far into the trial was it?
Sithe, it is about 800m from the finish and is visible from the finish point.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: ETS on December 15, 2016, 03:45:56 pm
Im hoping to be there next year with Little Edgy :thumleft:

Lekker!! Andries and i will be spectating so this time we can help you  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: trevorwb on December 15, 2016, 06:16:00 pm
Those pictures don't do that cliff justice.It was hecticly steep .
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 18, 2016, 08:48:08 am
Kom nou Michiel... how are we supposed to live vicariously through your stories when there aren't any..?!?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 20, 2016, 10:50:27 am
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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 20, 2016, 11:03:53 am
Kom nou Michiel... how are we supposed to live vicariously through your stories when there aren't any..?!?


Vicariously is the adverb form of the word vicarious, which also involves experiencing something through another person. The Latin influence is the word vicarius, which means “substitute.” If you experience something vicariously, in a sense you're a substitute who's getting something secondhand.

Ok so as nothing happening here I vote we move this thread to the secondhand Buy and Sell thread  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Cracker on December 20, 2016, 12:03:06 pm
No need to shout, we knew that already .....
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 20, 2016, 12:14:01 pm
No need to shout, we knew that already .....

Who's SHOUTING - shouting is uppercase. Bold and big is just demonstrative?
 :lol8:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 23, 2016, 05:02:53 am
Yes, totally unacceptable but in the process I learnt a new word. Thanks for keeping it going gents.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 23, 2016, 05:07:03 am
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Friday

Not wanting to repeat the partially unpleasant ride from the Time Trial I made a conscious decision. I am not
going to race, I am simply going to enjoy. Today is going to be a joyride!

This is what I looked like on Thursday afternoon. Credits to the photographer.

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The first couple of kilometers of the day followed the same path as last year's route. Not 20 minutes in we made
our way up a long and steep, yet smooth and straight hill climb. A dozen riders bottlenecked ahead of me but
in anticipation of this I kept up momentum and managed to pass without further due. Reaching the top of our
first mountains I suddenly found myself in the most beautiful location. With ample rainfall the landscape have
been transformed. I haven't seen Lesotho like this since 2010.

Following three riders evenly spaced ahead of me the experience shifted into perspective. Imaging riding right
on the very back of a dragon. Not a scaly and boney one, a voluptuous, fat, rounded big momma with smooth
soft skin. At pace we made our way from the head, down the neck, gently up the shoulders, over the belly,
along the hips and swooped down a long curved tail all the while in sight of landscapes from heaven. Euphoria
carried me to the first refuel where Daniel ran far into the route to photograph riders and my crew set up gazebo
next to the big guns.

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SGB (Stefan Boshoff) offered my crew link in with him. He was on duty to see to it that junior had the best
shot at competing also in Silver Class. The pit area was like an carnival, like "die boeremark" on Saturdays
only this was situated high up in the remote mountains half way to Mohale Dam.

For the first time I felt how the professional riders must feel. The moment the bike got to a standstill I simply
walked away from it because the "team" took over. Whilst I ate from a lunch box lovingly made by Losper's
better half the experts refueled my boney, topped up my water bladder and checked that everything is hunky-dory.
You got to give it to them.

This picture is by Gary Clark, another enthusiastic supporter.

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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Rossdog on December 23, 2016, 06:12:11 am
Nice going Michiel. Attitude is everything!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 24, 2016, 11:47:28 am
He's back!!!!  :thumleft: We thought we lost you there Michiel!  More... more... more!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Rossdog on December 24, 2016, 02:46:40 pm
He's gone again...
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 24, 2016, 03:08:55 pm
Viciously vacarious exploitation  O0 
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Cracker on December 24, 2016, 04:55:39 pm
What did you get for your birthday - a dictionary?

Or just twiddling thumbs till next year's roof ..................
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 24, 2016, 05:30:29 pm
What did you get for your birthday - a dictionary?

Or just twiddling thumbs till next year's roof ..................

Just pulling MaxTP's chain a little … go back a few posts  :pot:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 24, 2016, 09:31:26 pm
Haha Dom. Vicious indeed! Seems Michiel's post Roof depression is worse than we thought...
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 25, 2016, 12:32:35 pm
Jaco Kruger, another Bloem boy I look up to, established motocross rider come mad enduro competitor didn't
participate this year due to injuries but came through to support his fellow riders from Bloemfontein. Jaco put in
some time as mentor with the Revvit Racing team over the last 3 years and is likely Regardt's biggest supporter
after dad himself. From left to right. Dalton de Bruin, Carl-Reinhardt Cronje, Regardt van Niewenhuizen and
Jaco Kruger. This picture was taken at Roof 2015.

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The reason I mention Jaco is:

By the time my tummy was full and my ride ready I blasted out of the pits with some new inspiration. On the inside
of my left hand guard SGB, suitable for the Country Trax instructor he is, wrote: "kyk op". Across to the right side
Jaco kept character and scribbled: "los die brieke  :)" See, compared to this bunch I'm known as a slow and cautious
rider and will likely never hear the end of it.  ::)

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Now with supporters like that you can only but ride like the wind and ride I did. The next section for Silver and Gold
riders was a loop over the highlands and back again to the same refuel area. Silver hooked a left just before the
now famous or rather infamous Moselemane Pass while Gold riders had to negotiate all those switchbacks in a
downwards direction.

Still within sight of the refuel area we negotiated one mother of a climb. Near the top there was a little bottle neck
but cleared quickly. I had to get creative with my lines because riders ahead of me pulverized all the good ones.
Once on top I found a rider in the process of dismantling his bike and stopped to check what's up.

What followed will stay etched in my memory. The rider, still wearing his helmet, looked at me and held out a 5amp
fuse. He said: "please don't you have one of these for me?" It wasn't what he asked, he could just as well have said
nothing because his eyes said it all! He was in a predicament, desperately needed help and wasn't too proud to ask
for it. The fuse was for the fan and necessary to preserve the bike for whatever lay ahead. I responded with nothing
but a big smile, pulled off my bumbag and produced just the item needed. Guess you could say I felt like a knight on
an orange horse.

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The rest of the loop went without incident as we rode on mostly highland grassy plains whilst looking down into rivers
that winds on solid bedrock. At one point I noticed something I've come to know round these parts, a whole field of
cannabis! I kid you not, it was like 1ha of ground completely covered in the plant. Just for incase no-one else noticed
I stopped, picked one leaf and shared it with the rider behind me.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Crossed-up on December 25, 2016, 12:55:01 pm
Hey, happy Christmas, Michiel. Nice to see some more reporting on your epic.

You were like an early Father Christmas to that rider!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 25, 2016, 05:57:20 pm
Thanks John! You too.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 25, 2016, 06:11:05 pm
All in all the first half of the day made for some proper racing and by the time I came in for the second refuel
I was floating on excitement and adrenalin. I will post a little string of videos that will show how I ride past the
marshall and strike up a conversation with Sithe.

The second half of Friday was when the shit came down.

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This rider was in Silver lead when his bike's chain snapped. I remember crossing paths and riding with Losper
for a little distance. Then we went down one insane pass. At this point I already ran out of water and was thirsty
as hell. Descending the pass took the last out of me. Despite my best efforts and even pushing the bike I still
managed to front-flip it and ended up partially trapped underneath it. Just then one Gold rider passed me riding
his bike on the pegs. Thats when you realize you still got some training to do.

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By some miracle we crossed a clear flowing stream halfway down the pass and needless to say I wasn't the only
rider who slurped water right from the source. It was an oasis!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 25, 2016, 07:46:46 pm
Love that last photo, Michiel! Thanks

And merry Christmas!! I just say it's quite chastening when one thinks you're improving and you see the gulf in class that exists to the really top guys! Haha. Nice work - thanks!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on December 25, 2016, 09:15:11 pm
Love that last photo, Michiel! Thanks

And merry Christmas!! I just say it's quite chastening when one thinks you're improving and you see the gulf in class that exists to the really top guys! Haha. Nice work - thanks!

Just reaching for my Thesaurus  8)

Thanks Michiel for keeping us beguiled after chastising you so.  :loll:

Merry Christmas boet  8)
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 29, 2016, 05:38:50 am
Thanks for the wishes well. Let me then be the first one to greet all the readers a Happy 2017.  :thumleft:

Sorry for the slow postings, I'm busy writing up the next entry. Inspiration comes hard when you're not in
the mountains anymore.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on December 30, 2016, 03:28:23 am
Nearing the bottom of this pass I came across the one and only Ashley Thorn. It seems like Mr Thorn makes a
point of it to go into the route at some strategic points each year. Like the year before I stopped for a chat. He
informed me that he received word of a bad bottle neck that has started to form where all the classes joined track
further on.

I didn't make much of it and continued. After the "self refuel" where coincidentally there were no much needed
"1000 energy bars" I pulled myself together and picked up pace again. Some pleasant, flowing, riding followed
until I hit "THE BOTTLE NECK". For those who were serious on racing it was a fuckup of note. All classes were
now on the same narrow track leading up one hell of a mountain pass.  These pictures were taken right at the start
of the climb. Unfortunately I didn't take any more for the rest of the ride because I got set on trying to find alternative
lines to ensure progress.

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Just to give you an idea of the location. We were basically climbing a narrow ridge between Mangaluba Pass
and Snake Bite Pass. Trust me, this is serious terrain. I've been up and down either side but never thought there
was a way right up the middle. In situations like these most riders adhere to the gentleman's agreement of keeping
your position on the track and not squeezing past the riders in front of you. You basically wait your turn unless you
can find another line in another place on the ridge. Gold riders have right of way though. If you see a Gold rider
approaching you lean the bike over and let them pass.

Apart from good sportsmanship and giving the top riders right of way I always think about it like this: A Gold rider
is unlikely to cause a hold-up so you might just as well give them the track and off they go.

From this picture on Google Earth it doesn't look like much but we were on a ride of note. To the left I roughly
marked Mangaluba and to the right Snake Bite. The pictures were taken at "A" and "B" is where the real problem was.
Apart from a flat section in the middle that wound along the contour of the mountain I guess you could say the whole
of the green line was grid-locked with more than 200 bikes. Roof 2016 will forever be remembered by what went down
on the length of the green line you see.

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Still in sight of more riders approaching the start of the bottle neck I noticed one Bronze rider making his way back down
with the help of a Basotho man. The rider walked while the Basotho man pushed his bike. He was too tired to care. By
the time they passed me the Basotho nearly lost control of the bike as it rushed downhill over bushes and rocks. I asked
him to wait so the rider can catch up, offered the rider something to eat but he just declined and took no note of further
efforts to encourage him to get back on the bike and try again. I've never seen someone so tired and broken.

Further up more Bronze riders turned around and headed back down the pass. I looked at the riders directly in front
and behind me with disbelief. Could it be all that bad to give up just like that? Four of us decided we're going to give
it our best shot even if it means carrying the bikes up.

In retrospect that particular section of the pass wasn't all that difficult but because of the gridlock we chose some daring lines.
At one point we teamed together and pulled the bikes up and around a steep section to clear a bunch of stationary riders.
By myself again I resorted to bench-pressing my bike where I couldn't ride it anymore and then I hit the flat section. With
the worst of that behind me and all of a sudden alone on the track I made my way on the off-camber towards where I knew
Snake Bite pass was. As I rounded the corner I was delighted to find a group of riders from my neck of the woods.
Hannes van Tonder and Andries Etsebeth, Ets's son, amongst others. They gathered to make a decision to also turn
around because what no one knew up to that point was that the real problem was at the very top of Snake Bite. Hannes
pointed to some riders on a near impossible slope in the distance and explained that he has been watching for the last 30min
and they haven't moved an inch. By now it was already past 3pm and it became clear that at this rate we're going to spend the
night in the mountains. Andries and I was set on trying to continue along the route but then one senior Roof rider convinced
us otherwise. The consensus was that we still had another day ahead of us.

For me the alternative was to ride down Snake Bite from where we were and meet up with the route on the other side where
it descends into the lowlands. Strange enough I was the only one who knew how to find the trail and led the way. We were
about 10 riders in the group that took this alternative.

Once at the bottom of Snake Bite we left the disappointment behind us and enjoyed some flowing fun riding along the foothills
where, low and behold, I caught up with Losper! Imagine my surprise. He also bailed out on the route. Not far from there we
joined up with the route again. I was delighted to see Wynand Badenhorst at that point. He is a top Gold rider also from the
Free State and a big inspiration to me. Wynand obviously completed the route right over Snake Bite and down Push Me.
By the way he looked it was clear the route wasn't suitable for the average rider. From there we continued to the finish.

All in all I really enjoyed the day. Not being able to complete the whole route was a disappointment but I was happy to ride
most of it and finish, not by bailing on tar, but by riding up Bushman's Pass on the designated track. For me it was a perfect day.
The first half saw some proper racing and the second half turned into a 300 bike social ride. I mean, when ever will I have the
chance to ride with Wynand Badenhorst on a Roof again!

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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Rossdog on December 30, 2016, 06:14:15 am
Nice Michiel. Keep it coming please.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: JustBendIt on December 30, 2016, 11:52:40 am
loving it ... keep it up
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Cdp13 on January 02, 2017, 07:46:49 pm
Fantasties geskryf soos altyd. Ons soek nog!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on January 03, 2017, 11:00:57 pm
Back in the "racing" van I collapsed into one of the rear seats and felt like someone who had about as much
fun as he can handle. Christopher Style is my main man. We tackled Roof 2015 together after riding as a team
the whole year. We didn't race the Roof together but shared the adventure in every other way. This year he
saved my butt and offered to be my support crew. With Christopher also came Gary, sometimes called Gary Jarvis
because occasionally he does something just right but mostly gets it spectacularly wrong. Gary is one of those
guys who will flip a bike so violently that it gets completely airborne and when it touches down the handlebars
are the first to come into contact with the ground. And then of course my camera man Daniel!

The racing van, a Mercedes Vito, is Christopher's work van during business hours and turned out to be perfect
for the job. During the day they had their own adventure in negotiating a steep and rutted gravel pass in order
to get to and from the refuel point. I had a good laugh at their stories of how momentum was key. Turns out
Chris is not only a daredevil rider but can turn a van into an off road vehicle too. All the while Gary and Daniel
screaming and clutching their seats.

So off we went back to the lodge. Once we arrived I wanted to follow my usual routine and see to the
maintenance of the bike myself. This time it was different though because I had a very capable and eager team.
At first it felt strange because I always want to be in control but then I relaxed and let them do their thing.
They treated me like a star! Now this is what makes the whole experience. I will be forever grateful. At one
point I noticed Gary opening the radiator cap to check is the fluid level is still correct. I thought it wasn't
necessary because I didn't overheat the bike. I stopped him. Then I realized I was being rude. Low and behold
the radiator took half a cup of water! Gary was right.

This was still strange tough. Upon investigating I discovered the water didn't boil away, it went into the gearbox!!!
With the gearbox oil as while as milk the water pump seal obviously failed. This was a problem. I quickly phoned SGB.
He in turn phoned his good friend Alfie Cox. Alfie reassured me and explained this wasn't anything to be worried
about for now. As long as I kept the coolant level in check, short of the gearbox filling completely with water I can
keep on riding to complete the last day. I felt relieved. Thanks team!

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Saturday - the final race day.

From front to back. Regardt van Nieuwenhuizen (no 20), Calvin Hume and Behan Boshoff (SGB's lighty)

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I'm going to sum this up. The route from Saturday saw mostly new tracks. Once we left the familiar "waterfall" area
I was in complete unknown terrain. It was magnificent! Some scary and shit off-camber riding at times and then
there were all those thick scrubs and bushes we had to plough through! It was pretty awesome but I wasn't
enjoying it as I should have. My body was just too battered and tired. In short, I kakked off! The passes Never
Ending Story and Puke (junior) were highlights.

In the pits. The first refuel of the day.

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Losper and Christopher. I wished I could hear this conversation.

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By the time I covered the first stretch of the day and slumped into the seat SGB pulled out for me I felt like I wasn't
going to make it all the way. Christopher did a quick oil change while I munched on something Gary put in my hand.

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Saturday was proper. I thought that they would make us suffer right to the end but to my relief we got some smooth
riding towards the finish. With the Motul arch almost in sight I found Daniel in the most un-suspecting place. He hiked
up a mountain to support the riders and take videos and pictures. Daniel!

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No 20 is Regardt van Nieuwenhuizen. He flew across the finish less than 20min after this picture was taken.
Good to see I wasn't the only one walking this section.

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The last 8km I picked up the pace again and drew the final drop of energy to climb up to the finish line and pass the
checkered flag on the pegs. My team was there right under the arch! What a moment of triumph!

Christopher and Daniel to carry me home.

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Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on January 04, 2017, 05:59:42 am
Lekker, lekker - thanks. And again CONGRATS Michiel on another Roof!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Rossdog on January 04, 2017, 07:05:33 am
Well done Michiel!!

Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 04, 2017, 08:11:10 am
Amazing Michiel - truly well done! Silver is a serious accomplishment. Sounds like it was a really tough weekend.

On balance did you enjoy it or was it more of an extremely tough survival experience? You don't sound like you had the joyful spring in your step you had last year?
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Cracker on January 04, 2017, 02:17:58 pm
As much as a picture is worth a thousand words, your words paint a damn good picture.

Thanks, Michiel  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: shark_za on January 04, 2017, 03:08:56 pm
Well done Michiel!
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on January 08, 2017, 05:49:07 pm
Amazing Michiel - truly well done! Silver is a serious accomplishment. Sounds like it was a really tough weekend.

On balance did you enjoy it or was it more of an extremely tough survival experience? You don't sound like you had the joyful spring in your step you had last year?

Riding Bronze in 2015 was a fun, manageable and easy experience. I was better prepared, didn't have to dig as deep
and had ample time to look around and enjoy the experience. In comparison Silver of 2016 was necessarily more difficult,
longer in distance and I had to dig a bit deeper. Friday was fun despite the big bottle neck, maybe even because of the
big bottle neck. Come Saturday the route felt more difficult whilst I had less endurance left to tap from.

In answering your question, I enjoyed Bronze more than Silver simply because Bronze left me with some energy to do so.
Having said that the feeling of accomplishment kind of makes up for the rest. Understandably we always aim a bit higher
and like to see the next level trophy added to the collection. Which brings me to a very evil thought...

Bronze 2015, Silver 2016, 2017???  >:D
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BiG DoM on January 08, 2017, 06:15:59 pm
YES you need that GOLD!  :3some: Not evil at all.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Michiel on January 08, 2017, 06:32:03 pm
A big thanks to everyone! The reward lies in being able to share the experience.
Thanks for sticking around and enjoying the good and bad memories with me. I'd like to congratulate
everyone that participated regardless of finishing and hope to see even more friends and friends to be
make the journey in 2017.

In the end Regardt van Nieuwenhuizen took 16th position in Gold class with Wynand Badenhorst two
places behind. A serious accomplishment. Proud of our Free State boys!

In Silver class young Calvin Hume took the top spot on the podium and his little buddy Luke Walker
coming in 4th. How these kids manage a feat like this is beyond me. Maybe it goes to show that finesse
beats brute power when it comes to hard enduro. I for one will be watching these upcoming talents with
interest. Lets see what 2017 brings for the sport.

SGB can be super proud of his lightly, Behan Boshoff, taking 10th position in Silver. With an injury Behan
was out till 1 month before the Roof yet he rose to the challenge. Some formidable talent here.

From my neck in the woods Hannes van Tonder came in 33rd position. Another proud rider. This year
Hannes left most of us in the dust and polished Silver. Ets's son, Andries Etsebeth took 56th position.
Congrats dad and son. For much of the race I enjoyed trailing Andries and came in 63rd myself.

Another applause to everyone be it contestants or crew.  :thumleft:

Then there are the spectators whom without this event won't exist!!! Your unconditional support is unequalled.

Last but not least, thanks yet again to my support crew. Christopher Style, Gary (Jarvis) Clark, my camera
man Daniel Roscher Potgieter and SGB (Stefan Boshoff) who fathered me to the end.  :)
Gratitude can't reward Losper and wife Sonja Laubscher who have by now practically taken me into their
home, caring for me like their own.

Talk about Daniel. Here are the fruits of his video camera work. I strung the footage together in a simple
edit to best tell the story.

https://www.youtube.com/v/2AuMmJU6YB8&t=39s
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Losper on January 08, 2017, 06:57:48 pm
Evil thought Michiel, evil indeed but you can do it, I've got no doubt about that.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: Sithe on January 09, 2017, 03:13:34 pm
Awesome accomplishment and well  :thumleft:

I saw the Youtube video. I think I was number 9 on the views list and I may have seen my ugly face there as well   >:D :biggrin:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 15, 2017, 08:01:25 pm
Which brings me to a very evil thought...

Bronze 2015, Silver 2016, 2017???  >:D

As they say in tropics... "Just do it!!"

We'll expect nothing less, and cheer you all the way. Thanks for the journey of 2016.
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 17, 2017, 09:56:53 am
Thanks for all this Michiel, its was great to follow along :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: JAmBer on January 24, 2017, 11:58:01 am
Thanks for sharing, Michiel, it was a great read! And congratulations on finishing!

Now you've got me also thinking about what riding I might do this year...
Title: Re: Roof 2016 Ride Report
Post by: landieman on January 26, 2017, 08:35:40 am
thanks for sharing :thumleft:maybe one day