Planning

Anyone can enter into Lesotho by having the following on your person when arriving at the borders:

  • A mask
  • A valid passport
  • Negative COVID-19 results. This COVID-19 test has to be taken within 72 hours before one’s planned entry into Lesotho. This test will then be valid for two weeks after the first entry.

In addition to this: Make sure to check the times at which the ports of entry are open – not all of them are accessible 24 hours a day.

On that note, the Maseru Bridge Border Post is open 24 hours. Competitors and crews may opt to use an alternate border post to Maseru Bridge when leaving Lesotho on Sunday to avoid the long queues at the South African Border Post. Those traveling to the North and to Natal can make use of the Peka Bridge Gate Border Post, whilst those traveling in the East London / Port Elizabeth direction should make use of the Van Rooyen’s Gate Border Post. Make sure that you present your passport for stamping when you exit South Africa as well as when you enter Lesotho. Likewise, when leaving, make sure your passport is stamped at both the Lesotho and South African Border posts.

Lesotho has a number of Border control crossings but as the event is in the vicinity of Maseru there are only 4 options that really matter for travellers to the event:

  • Maseru Bridge – this is open 24/7 but it is the busiest crossing point and you could get significant delays
  • Ficksburg/Maputsoe Bridge – this is also open 24/7 and is the second busiest crossing point. It’s about 80 km north of Maseru but the road between the two is tarmac.
  • Peka Bridge – this is not a busy crossing. It’s about 60 km north of Maseru and is only open between 08:00 and 16:00 hrs. Most of the road to Maseru is tarmac but there is also 6 to 8 km of gravel near to the Border crossing.
  • Van Rooyens Nek – 90 km South of Maseru, generally not very busy and recommended for people travelling from P.E. East London.

Ensure that your trailers’ licenses are up to date as these are often checked at the border. The 21-day grace period for license expiry is not applicable in Lesotho.

Documentation and Scrutineering

Documentation and Scrutineering are to be held on 24 November 2021 from 10:00 – 20:00. In order to stave off too much social contact competitors will have to book a time in which they wish to do their documentation. Time slots will be made available closer to the staging of the event, but will permit 60 competitors into the AVANI premises at hourly intervals. As far as possible all pre-event documentation will be done electronically. No in-person checking of competition licenses will be permitted. Competitors are to electronically forward a copy of their competition license (PDF) to the event organisers together with their entry form. Competitors can download copies of their competition licenses from the www.msaonline.co.za. Competitors will have to attend documentation and scrutineering to receive their information / goodie bag, download GPS tracks, undergo scrutineering of their motorcycles and helmets, get their Race Control tag scanned and to have tracking devices mounted to their motorcycles. Each rider will also have to pose for a “before” photo. Thus, there will be 6 stations that the riders have to visit within the premises and as such each station should only have 10 competitors present at a time.

Scrutineering requires that each rider visits the other five stations before ensuring that they have everything for the days to follow. Competitors need to have the Motul Roof of Africa competition numbers and sponsor decals on their motorcycle (collected at Documentation), ball ended clutch and brake levers, kill switch, spokes, wheel bearings, tyres and rims, secure silencer / exhaust, electric or kick start, operating brakes for the front and rear wheels, self-closing throttle, adequate and secure mudguards, folding foot pegs and a secure fuel tank without leaks. Riders are also to bring their motocross full face helmet.

Round the Houses

Round the Houses and racing section 1 (Thursday, 25 November 2021): Round the Houses will be run in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. All competitors entered into the Motul Roof of Africa have to participate in Round the Houses.

Competitors and their motorcycles should be in the prerace paddock on the Maseru Soccer Field by 08:30. After this time the competitors will be lined up. Competitors will be informed of their positioning beforehand.

At 09:00 the competitors will do a sighting lap. The race will commence strictly after this lap is completed.

For this section of the Motul Roof of Africa all standard regulations relating to circuit type racing must be adhered to. Competitors are also only to use conventional enduro tyres.

In order to ensure that riders do not spend too much time waiting around for their respective races we plan to have four races, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron.

Time Trial

(Silver, Bronze and Iron)

On completion of Round the Houses, the Silver, Bronze and Iron competitors will proceed to travel to Thaba Bosiu. Competitors may commence with their respective time trials any time between 10:00 and 15:00. It is the responsibility of each Silver, Bronze and Iron competitor to present themselves to the Start Officials between the specified times. Competitors have to complete this section before time bars are imposed. If, however a competitor does not finish the time trial, he / she will be given the slowest riders time plus a 30-minute penalty.

Endurocross

(Gold)

After Round the Houses, Gold competitors will engage in an Endurocross race staged at the Maseru Mall. Competitors have to be at the venue and ready for their first practice at 12:00. Competitors will then have a qualifying session and after, be divided into groups based on their qualifying times for the heat races. Heat races to be followed by a final.

Racing Section 2

Racing Section 2 will be staged on the 26th of November 2021, at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village. Gold riders will start based on their finish positions in the Endurocross event. Silver, Bronze and Iron riders will start based on their finish times of their time trial loop. Racing Section 2 will comprise of 100 – 220km of riding in the Mountain Kingdom. Fuel points, time bars and final distances will be announced and communicated closer to the event.

Racing Section 3

Racing Section 3 will be staged on the 27th of November 2021, at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village. Competitors will start this section based on their combined overall times from the first two racing sections. The first 30min after the leader departs will be on actual time, thereafter competitors will be set off on corrected time at intervals determined by the COC. Racing Section 3 will comprise of 100 – 180km of riding in the Mountain Kingdom. Fuel points, time bars and final distances will be announced and communicated closer to the event.

What do competitors and their crew need to cross the border?

  • Mask
  • Valid Passport
  • Negative COVID-19 results (no older than 72 hours before entering into Lesotho. Test certificate must display PCR.)

What do competitors need as their kit and on their motorcycles?

Kit

  • Motocross full face type helmet
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeved riding jersey
  • Upper body armour
  • Motocross type boots
  • Motocross type pants
  • Hydration pack with a capacity of at least a litre
  • Compliant First Aid Kit
  • Space Blanket
  • Copy of ID and Medical Insurance
  • Medical board
  • Rope
  • Whistle
  • Cell Phone
  • Minor repair kit

Motorcycle

  • Motul Roof of Africa Competition numbers (provided at Documentation)
  • Ball ended clutch and brake levers
  • Kill switch
  • Spokes
  • Wheel bearings
  • Tyres and rims
  • Secure exhaust / silencer: Exhaust noise within permissible limits
  • Electric / Kick start
  • Operating brakes for front and rear wheels
  • Secure adequate mudguards
  • Folding footpegs
  • Secure fuel tank with no leaks

What does the crew need at the pits?

  • Fire extinguisher (minimum 2.5kg)
  • Environmental mat
  • Refuse bags