Congratulations to all the guys that participated this year - we look forward to seeing you at the Roof of Africa 4 - 7 December 2019. Struggle stories… Four members of SOHR: Dino Zimmides, Sean Tagney, Troy Nagel and James Luyt (known as the ‘MP’s’) took a bet last year on an enduro ride in Swaziland that they would all complete the Bronze Qualifier this year! Much excitement and lots of training! Less drinking and partying for the guys as they prepped for the event! James Luyt’s clutch starting giving him hassles 20km before the finish line - he was able to ride very slowly in 1st and 2nd gear and a bit of free-wheeling down the hill. Determined to finish he pushed it where necessary! At the last checkpoint about 12km before the finish-line, James had absolutely NO power and his clutch had packed up completely! Another rider Moshate Letlela (No 66) stopped and assisted him to the Finish line saying “This is your first Bronze Qualifier - you have to finish” James made it!! A very big THANK YOU to Moshate for being such a super supportive biker - makes for a wonderful riding community! Sean Tagney pulled him with a rope back to the SOHR Pits. Troy Nagel pushed hard for 98 km’s and then had a fall literally before the finish line popping out his shoulder. Marshalls and paramedics said he must accompany them and they will strap him up - not sure if it was broken or dislocated! Troy was determined to finish and he said he doesn’t care what happens - he will have it strapped once he finishes! He got his medal - got strapped and they operated on Thursday! He is back in the game! A riders Perspective: By Mo Moosa I have rallied cars in the South African National Rally Championship for 7 years and have won the National title in Class A6 in 2009. I was part of a professional setup and was sponsored by Total and Toyota SA and competed in the ultimate class S2000 against the best in SA. Growing up on a farm, I have ridden bikes all of my life and still own the 1983 Model Yamaha PW80 that I rode as a child. When I stopped rallying I looked for something to fill that gap and my friend; Brian Capper; introduced me to Hard Enduro in August 2015. It ticked all the boxes for me, in that there were a new set of skills to master, it was very physical and it provided that much needed adrenaline rush that I missed. I started off on a 2012 KTM 200XC-W and then to a 2014 KTM Family gathering Derek Hardy. Mo Moosa.
250 6days. Now I ride a 2018 Husqvarna TE300. I also ride a Honda Africa Twin and was chosen as one of the top 28 for the 2018 Honda Quest. I am blessed to live in the stunning Tzaneen area where we have some amazing riding. We have a cool group of riders here, and rides happen most weekends. I’ve also done quite a few of the LEC races and did the 2017 the Sea to Ski adventure - being one of 14 riders to complete the entire route including the virtually unridable WET Donkeys D!$# pass, finishing the day riding at 9:30PM after being on the saddle for over 14hours. I must admit that the learning curve has been very steep and I was shocked at the levels of fitness required to for Enduro. It was also frustrating at times because of my late start in Enduro I’m not as competitive as I’d like to be (YET). A few of my riding buddies have successfully completed the ROA in various classes and I set about establishing what I need to do to prepare. My new year’s resolution was easy..... My riding goal for 2019 was to do the Bronze Roof of Africa. Since the start of Jan 2019 I’ve done around 1600km of hard riding and around 60 hours in the gym. In addition to the training I finished the LEC Casterbridge Eduro in March and then in April I did a training camp in Ramabanta with Jason Livingstone of Trail Boss Enduro. This was the one step that improved my riding more than anything else I’ve done in the past. We did the infamous Ntsupi pass as part of the training – needless to say it was tough but also highlighted many of my weaknesses that I needed to work on. I had a month to iron out all the kinks on myself and the bike. She got a new top end and suspension upgrade... I’m really happy with the Dal Soggio front end kit that Justin at Shock logic installed. Arriving nice and early on Friday before the race we were able to drive out to a few of the spectator