Father and son tackle ‘Mother of Hard Enduros’

2017-11-09 06:00
;Jason Landman (16) from Daniel Pienaar THS in Uitenhage will compete in Africa’s largest and oldest motorcycle offroad event, the Roof of Africa.Photo:SUPPLIED

;Jason Landman (16) from Daniel Pienaar THS in Uitenhage will compete in Africa’s largest and oldest motorcycle offroad event, the Roof of Africa.Photo:SUPPLIED

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16 Year old Jason Landman, a Grade 10 learner at Daniel Pienaar Technical High School, will be competing in 50th edition of Africa’s largest and oldest motorcycle offroad event, the Roof of Africa.

It is regarded as the “Mother of Hard Enduros” and is held in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho from 16-18 November. Jason will be competing in the Bronze Class.

“Entry requirements into the event are strict. Jason had to race the Bronze Qualifier earlier this year in order to qualify for the main event,” said Jacques Landman, Jason’s father, who is also riding the event.

The Roof of Africa is part of the 2017 Red Bull Hard Enduro Series and the only one hosted in South Africa. It annually attracts top riders both nationally and internationally who race in Gold, Silver and Bronze Classes for top 3 positions.

“For the rest of the riders receiving a finisher medal is considered a victory because man and machine are tested over the 3 days under extremely technical riding conditions,” said Landman.

Riders must complete up to 90km a day in terrain traversing up and down mountain passes. It starts at an altitude of 2 700 metres above sea level and for the rest of the race vary from 1 500 metres in the lowlands to more than 3 000 metres in the mountains.

“Several deep rivers may have to be crossed depending on weather conditions with daytime temperatures which can be as high as 35 degrees further adding to the challenge,” said Landman.

The event is a navigational race so the rider has to follow the race loop using his own GPS device mounted to his bike to the various way points.

Jason riding his KTM 250 will be supported by his father Jacques. There will definitely be some father-son rivalry expected in this epic “Mother of Hard Enduros”.

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