You have taken the first step in deciding to enter the Motul Roof of Africa. Next, you need to decide which class to enter – a slightly more difficult decision, but don’t worry, we have you covered.
First up you will need to understand the classes and how they work. The Motul Roof of Africa will offer you four classes to choose from: Gold, Silver, Bronze or Iron – the hardest of the four being Gold, with each class becoming easier and with the easiest being, Iron (we will delve deeper into their respective difficulties shortly).
Each class will include a Round the Houses race. Gold and Silver will then separate from the rest of the field for a very intense Endurocross event which will determine starting positions for the first mountain day. Bronze and Iron will head out to complete a 30 – 40km Time Trial to determine their starting positions. The next two mountain days each class can expect between 100km – 200km of absolutely incredible trails and passes through the picturesque Maloti Mountains.
Secondly you need to judge yourself based on the following criteria when selecting your class – fitness, mental endurance, riding skill/technique, experience and last but not least – vasbyt (the ability to soldier on when the going gets tough). This decision could be the difference between a devastating DNF or a racing experience that does not provide the right challenges.
Our tip to you would be to chat to friends, family or other competitors that have competed in the Roof before – they will be able to properly guide and advise you.