About this event:
Snow+Rock Enduro 2019, a bucket list riding experience, is set to take place in the mountains of Lesotho at Afriski Mountain Resort from 25-27 October.
In partnership with Wild West, these 2 days of riding will feature lowland and high-altitude routes over remote sections of the Maluti Mountains. Novice to advanced enduro riders are catered for on a selection of self-navigated or guided routes lead by experienced Afriski guides, all of whom have knowledge of the local routes through valleys, rivers and rugged terrain.
“Snow+Rock Enduro is a perfect getaway to explore the incredible riding terrain and scenery Lesotho has to offer. A great adventure without the competitive pressure of sanctioned races” – Hein Kock
This is an event for the whole family as other adventure activities are also included. Mountain biking, monster rolling, paintball games and guided hikes will be on offer for all members of your family. Hearty meals, hot chocolate or Maluti beers will also be on offer at Africa’s highest restaurant – Sky Restaurant.
The Lowland ride start is situated just over the Calendonspoort border (approximately 350km from Johannesburg). It is possible to leave home and drive directly to the Snow+Rock Enduro start on Friday morning. However, if you’d rather break up the trip, you can stay over in Fouriesberg, Clarens or Afriski on Thursday evening and have a more relaxed start to the day.
Afriski Mountain Resort offers a range of accommodation and catering options from backpackers to mountain chalets. View our accommodation options here. Alternatively, there are a number of B&Bs close to the border and in Lesotho itself. We recommend the below guest houses and bookings can either be done through our central reservations or directly.
- Mamohase B&B – Moruti +266 5904 7042
- Qhanolla Guesthouse
- Wynford Farm
- Fouriesburg Inn
- Pumula Guest Farm
- Clarens Bookings – email@example.com
Day 1 contains lots of what makes riding in Lesotho amazing: flowing single track, rewarding rocky sections and adrenaline-soaked downhills. The day begins with riders zipping across sandstone faces before the rocky uphill sections around Proposal Pass. Say “I do” and power up them!
The climb up Tech Nine Hill is totally worth it for the views – and for the speedy downhill and riverbed sections that follow.
We’ll have marshals in place for all the route splits, so whichever category you’re in, you’ll always know that you’re on the right track. Advanced riders will be required to complete Dylan’s Pass, while Intermediate riders have the option of going around instead.
While the Advanced Riders tackle Crazy Village and Ben’s Pass, Intermediate riders will get to enjoy some lovely single-track before riders of all categories reunite for the legendary Dirt Breath Express section back to the finish.
Novice riders meanwhile will get to enjoy awesome, ridable tracks with great views of the racing action. They’ll be in the safe hands of experienced guides who’ll ensure that they get the most out of their first experience of riding in Lesotho.
Today’s routes reveal some of the hidden gems of Lesotho’s landscape, and best of all, they start and end at the beautiful Afriski mountain resort. The day begins with riders getting their fill of single track on Black Mountain Pass.
Advanced Riders will need to be good at choosing their lines as they move on to Double Dutch Pass while Intermediate riders enjoy an extra helping of flowing single track before both categories reunite at Mali Bridge.
Intermediate riders will find the Goldilocks route back to Afriski to be ‘just right’ while Advanced riders will get their just desserts as they tackle a series of passes and rock gardens. At Stingle Pass, they’re guaranteed to get lots of support as this is one of the best spots for spectators to watch the action.
Advanced riders will need to make sure they pass through all the designated checkpoints on the route. Before they get to play on the Goldilocks section, they’ll have to conquer the wonderfully named Bash Plate Pass.
The Day 2 Novice route is easy enough for brand new riders and kids to complete – but just hard enough that they’ll get a real sense of achievement when they do.
… and a proper party at Sky Restaurant, the highest restaurant in Africa. There will be an informal prize giving with a few fun prizes and a chance to share your war stories before we kick it up a gear and get the party started.
Entry fee: R750
All entries include a goodie bag and an event T-shirt