ADVENTURES ON A SILVERBACK IN LESOTHO
“Thank you, Silverback, for hooking me up with a proper bike to take on the gnarly Lesotho trails,” he started.
It was a rough this year, “long days included some very sketchy sections that tested my skills and the bike’s geometry to the max. At times I wished I was on the SESTA going up and on the Surface going down, “he explains.
Fourie wrote a journal every day of the Adventures on a Silverback in Lesotho.
Adventures On A Silverback In Lesotho – Day 1
“THIS YEAR, I’M ON A SILVERBACK SESTA PRO WITH THE SRAM EAGLE GROUPSET. JEEZ, WHAT A DIFFERENCE! ON THESE TRAILS, 140 MM TRAVEL AND SOME FATTER TIRES WOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN A GOOD CHOICE, BUT THE SHEER AMOUNT OF CLIMBING MAKES THIS BIKE PERFECT.”
“Our race was one of two halves. The first 30 km was a mixture of finding our lungs in the thin Lesotho air, soaking in the stoke and having a jol at the water points.”
ADVENTURES ON A SILVERBACK IN LESOTHO – DAY 2
“The first 30km was a gift.”
FALLING, A LOT
“Luckily we get to ride it again on Thursday, hopefully, I’ll keep the rubber side down and my Silverback flying.
ADVENTURES ON A SILVERBACK IN LESOTHO – DAY 3
“On a day like today, if you are not keeping your eye on the GPS, you are bound to make a wrong turn. “
ADVENTURES ON A SILVERBACK IN LESOTHO – DAY 4
A FRANTIC START
“Usually at a UCI mountain bike stage race, the elite riders and the rest of the bunch don’t really mingle at the starting line. “
ADVENTURES ON A SILVERBACK IN LESOTHO – DAY 5
THE SILENT TREK TO ROMA
“When they start off, it’s usually in chatter, but as the road gets longer and the climbs steeper, your bike takes you beyond the noise to a still place inside yourself.”
ADVENTURES ON A SILVERBACK IN LESOTHO – DAY 6
Bike and gear tips for next year:
- Slap on a pair of 2.35 / 2.4 size tires.
- Get a dropper post.
- Do not bring your carbon shoes.
- Check bike thoroughly after each day.
- Wear gloves.
Read Fourie’s full journal HERE.
Photo credits: Wayne Reiche
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