Young eduro biker conquers Roof of Africa

2017-11-23 06:00
=Jason Landman (left) with Alfie Cox (9 times Roof of Africa winner, multiple SA enduro champion) at the finish line. INSERT: Jason in action.                   Photos:SUPPLIED

=Jason Landman (left) with Alfie Cox (9 times Roof of Africa winner, multiple SA enduro champion) at the finish line. INSERT: Jason in action. Photos:SUPPLIED

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The 16 year old extreme sport enduro motorcyclist, Jason Landman, a Grade 10 learner at Daniel Pienaar THS, successfully completed his first attempt of the Roof of Africa endurance event.

It was the 50th edition of the Roof of Africa held last weekend in Lesotho.

On Day One, last Thursday, in the time trail Jason finished 117th overall in Bronze Class out of 137 riders. Thursday’s 09:00 start was delayed to 11:00 owing to below zero temperatures and snow and riders faced day one riding in snow and muddy conditions aggravated by overnight rain the night before.

It was a long day in the saddle with Jason finishing the day in 5 hours 40 minutes.

On the second day, last Friday, Jason finished 78th overall in his class.

Conditions were extremely technical which included a long and winding accent up Belekome Pass which consists of rocks and rocky step-ups throughout. This Jason confirmed was the toughest section of the race and the ascent took him just over 1 hour to get up and finish the Belekome Pass climb.

On the final day, last Saturday, Jason managed to climb further up the leader board and finished 64th overall for the day.

The final and overall official Bronze Race results placed Jason in 88th Position overall out of 137 Bronze riders with 18 riders not finishing the race in Bronze Class.

  • Jason is very happy with his first attempt at the Roof of Africa and will definitely be going for a good finish in Silver Class in ROA 2018.

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