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Hard Enduro Calendar 2018—Roof Of Africa

The top extreme racers in the world talk about the Roof Of Africa

With his win over Graham Jarvis at last year’s Tennessee Knockout, plus his podiums at Erzberg and Hell’s Gate Hard Enduros in 2017, Cody Webb has established himself as one of the premier extreme off-road racers in the world. Webb is at his best when the terrain is the toughest and he seems to have a knack for putting himself in uncomfortable situations. One can only imagine if the KTM factory rider were a travel agent:

“Hello, you need a vacation? How about four straight days of dragging your bike up a goat trail?” Or, “Want to dine with the stars at Carl’s Diner?” Maybe, “How ’bout three days in Istanbul on a voyage that takes you from sea level to the uppermost reaches of Mount Olympus, finished off with a romp through 100 meters of rocks?”

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With Hard Enduros and extreme off-road racing becoming more and more popular, we had Webb, Graham Jarvis, David Knight, and Mario Roman give us a guided tour of the top Hard Enduro tourist attractions in the world.

Roof of Africa

A rider must have good navigation skills to do well at Roof of Africa.

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Roof Of Africa

2018 event dates TBA (traditionally November or December)
Maseru, Lesotho

Graham Jarvis:
Roof of Africa is more about navigation, but it’s a different type of terrain compared to the other extreme races. It’s all hardpack and rocks that just wear you down. You’re getting more blisters on your hands and it’s physical in a different way.

The most difficult part are the goat tracks—the difference there, there’s a lot of loose rocks. So it’s quite difficult. It’s unpredictable when you get on the loose stuff. That’s the worst thing about it. You’re trying to get a bit of speed but it just spins up, so you’re just trying to keep a constant speed.

Roof of Africa is up there as one of the most physical, just because there’s no rest. You’re always pounding the body, whereas compared in Romaniacs it’s a bit softer ground. You’ve got more flowing bits through the forest. Roof is just relentless.

Mario Roman:
This [2017] was my first year at Roof of Africa and it took me by surprise. It was fast in places, almost too fast, and I didn’t want to take such big risks in unfamiliar terrain, plus I had my bike set up for more technical terrain. It’s just such a different race from the rest.

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