The 2015 Roof of Africa is to be held in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and starts on the 3rd of December. It is considered one of the absolute toughest off-road endurance events in the world. This means it attracts the best of the Xtreme Enduro competitors to take on the challenge.
The riders of Roof of Africa will have to battle altitudes from 1,500 meters above sea level in the lowland part of the course, up to 3,000 meters in the mountain route. Not only will it be the altitude that the riders have to endure, but also the course itself, comprising of sand and rock trails with hard surfaces and donkey passes through the mountains, which are known to be treturous, steep and rocky interspersed with deep rivers that will need to be crossed weather depending.
There are three classes for the bikes that take part. Gold; a 425km course, silver; a 380km course, and bronze; a 300km route, with the route difficulty decreasing accordingly. The event is normally won by a 250cc or 300cc class machine, but any type of motocycle may be used for the competition.
The type of race that the Roof of Africa is, means that competitors can get lost in very remote locations quite easily. Therefore, race organisers have decided to equip each rider with a YB Tracker throughout the race. The trackers will collect and transmit data, such as the riders speed, direction and gps co-ordinates, which will be collected and transmitted via the Iridium satellite network to our race player, which will be updated every fifteen minutes.