Incredible enduro racing in Africa | wild weather and treacherous trails

Follow tech ed Tom as he races the Kingdom Enduro in Lesotho – his first-ever enduro race

Sometimes ideas have a habit of escalating far beyond initial thoughts. This was the case when technical editor Tom and his friend Sam from BikeVillage started chatting about heading off to somewhere warm to race an enduro in 2019.

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While a Forest of Dean mini enduro would have been the obvious choice for Tom’s first ever enduro race, that seemed a little unambitious. However, when ideas such as the Trans Madeira and Enduro2 didn’t quite work out, a quick bit of Googling turned up the Kingdom Enduro – an EWS qualifier in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

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It took just minutes for Sam to reply to the idea, and a few months later, after a couple of days practicing and acclimatising to the heat, they found themselves carrying their bikes up a Lesothan mountain…