There are only a few weeks left until the 2010 “Baboons” Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa takes place from 24 to 27 November this year. A team, made up of extremely experienced people, is in charge of organizing this event.
While the format of this Mother-of-Hardenduro race has been revised somewhat to provide competitors with a realistic chance of finishing the event, there has also been a change in the organizational structure. This year Adventure Lesotho (Pty) Ltd will head up the organizing committee that will include people with many years of experience organizing events and first-hand knowledge of Lesotho and the Roof of Africa race.
Adventure Lesotho organizes and executes adventure activities for local and international tourists and has worked extensively with businesses in organizing team building excursions. Last year they were involved in the merchandise sales of the Roof of Africa memorabilia in conjunction with the Beyond Bikes Association, a non-profit organization providing vocational training and aimed at facilitating income generating opportunities for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Lesotho. A central focus of the company is community empowerment and the development of sustainable local capacity.
Adventure Lesotho intends to raise the level of professionalism of Lesotho’s motorcycling events to a much higher level, through more efficient management and organization of racing activities. This will involve streamlining the activities that take place before and after races; the designing of packages that will increase the involvement of spectators at races and raising the corporate social responsibility awareness of the Roof of Africa race.
Heading this team is Lesotho’s Seamus McCarthy, a rider and racer who is the route director for the upcoming Roof of Africa. McCarthy has been involved in the race for many years and contributes from his experience as a competitor as well. He works closely with Peter Luck (Race Co-Coordinator) who has been involved in the Roof of Africa since 1978. Luck has competed in this event in earlier years and has been organizing multiple Roof of Africa races since then.
Heading up the Operations and Logistics department is another Mosotho former racer and Roof of Africa veteran, Chris Andrews. Tubatse Kuoe (Marshal Liaison) and Keke Malebo (Public Relations and Local Media) have both been involved with the Roof of Africa for quite some time. They are active members of the racing community in Lesotho.
The remainder of the team consists of Lichaba Manare (Managing Director) who has previously been involved in IT and NPO organizations and upon returning to Lesotho from studying and working in Cape Town, has undertaken to boost the country through tourism and event management; Mookho Sebatane (Administrative Manager); Kathleen McCarthy (Environmental Officer) who has developed the environmental and social framework for the event and Thabo Nthloki who will be the Community and Environmental Liaison Officer.
Adventure Lesotho also works closely together with the German company, Baboons GmbH, who play an important international role in the race, facilitating international entries and managing the Roof of Africa website.
With the amount of experience in the team, the new achievement levels, the revised route format as well as the intensive pre-Roof planning and organization, the organizers believe that the 2010 Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa will be a resounding success.
Competitors are urged to enter as the entries close on 5 November. Entry fees are R3 500 and competitors receive a R500 discount if entered by close of business on 5 November. Thereafter, full entry fee applies. Entries will only be accepted until 15 November 2010.