Raising ‘The Roof’!

by Naomi on December 1, 2010

in Daily Life

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What a WILD few days – The Roof of Africa 2010, which concluded on Saturday in Lesotho. Fittingly tough for “The Mother of Hardenduro”, it took no prisoners, conceding twenty-two gold medal finishers from a field of about two hundred and sixty. Twenty-four riders earned silver medals and a mere six took home the bronzes. Phenomenal achievements all! The war stories brought tears to the eyes and huge respect to the heart. This event that traverses the massive Maluti mountains, is not for sissies! Unfortunately, after a solid start, Dave’s race ended in a DNF when his motor blew halfway through Friday’s gruelling stint. These few photo’s tell a snippet of our story:

Bike Prep - Roof of Africa 2010

DAVE ESTMENT racing 'around the houses' - Roof of Africa 2010

Parked in Friday's boggy 'pits' - Roof of Africa 2010

DAVE's bike in Friday's starting queue - Roof of Africa 2010

DAVE pulling off on Friday - Roof of Africa 2010

Team 'Ysterperd' pit crew at another DSP - Roof of Africa 2010

Team 'Ysterperd' pit crew doing their thing - Roof of Africa 2010

DAVE in good humour at the end of his race - Roof of Africa 2010

Ramabanta DSP - Roof of Africa 2010

Chilling at Ramabanta DSP - Roof of Africa 2010

Dreaded Bushman's pass - Roof of Africa 2010

Another view of Bushman's pass - Roof of Africa 2010

Rider's view of the finish line - Roof of Africa 2010

All in all, this year’s ‘Roof’ raised the bar. It was way better organized and more spectator-friendly than last year’s, drawing crowds of fans and some top international competitors. These were headed up by New Zealander Chris Birch, who won spectacularly for the third time in a row, followed by South Africa’s own Jade Gutzeit and Germany’s Andreas Lettenbichler, ‘Lettie’ for short. Here they are at the Red Bull finish line:

CHRIS BIRCH at the finish line - Roof of Africa 2010

CHRIS BIRCH's smile after winning the Roof of Africa 2010

JADE GUTZEIT at the finish line - Roof of Africa 2010

JADE GUTZEIT relaxing after the Roof of Africa 2010

ANDERAS LETENBICHLER tossing his bike - Roof of africa 2010

'LETTIE' punching the air - Roof of Africa 2010

'LETTIE' after finishing the Roof of Africa 2010

Champagne on the podium - Roof of Africa 2010

To read more about all the guts and glory, visit: www.roof-of-africa.com, and for loads more photo’s, here’s a link to Dave’s Facebook album: Roof of Africa 2010.

Sincere THANKS to all our friends who helped us tremendously, huge CONGRATS to the winners and WELL DONE to everyone who took part! One thing’s for sure: our deposit will be paid the moment booking opens for next year.

Now, just in case you’re thinking the event is all about the riders, this video explains a whole lot more:

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy December 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

Is it OK if I ask Greg to guest blog this on blabla?
Hope you had a super birthday yesterday πŸ™‚


Naomi December 1, 2010 at 9:52 am

With pleasure, Cindy, that would be cool! I had a wonderful time, thank you πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to get back into reading your fabulous blog too – just running crazy this last while!


souldipper December 1, 2010 at 9:38 am

What a competition. Sorry about Dave’s experience, but ever the good sport…! And in one piece. πŸ™‚ Hope they did a special tribute to the photographer’s birthday.


Naomi December 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

He was really great about it, Amy – earned even more respect! And of course, it took the stress off me early, which was wonderful, I can’t deny πŸ™‚

Actually one of our friends celebrated her birthday at the Roof (mine was afterwards), so she brought a huge tub of chocolate cake, complete with bright blue icing because she’s a staunch Yamaha fan!


Sandy Salle December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm

So much fun reading your story and seeing your beautiful photos. I know Dave must have been gutted, after all his hard training, shame. He did exceptionally well though, and I’m sure your stresses of him having injuries made it all the better. Proud of you Dave and Naomi.


Naomi December 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Ah, thanks so much, Sandy! xo

Many guys were gutted after the better part of a year’s training – a few from mechanical failure, including a friend who is a top rider, another who was running in third place but injured his foot badly, loads that were time-barred and even an excellent rider who collided with an in-the-way photographer right near the start, ending his race…to each his own epic tale!


the WORST mother December 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Wow! When I was little I used to dream about having a motorcycle one day. The closest I ever got was a boyfriend with an off road bike–that was sooooo much fun. I wonder if you ride, Naomi?
Thanks for the ‘ride’.


Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

Great pleasure, Lin! Actually, I can picture you having a go on a bike, and loving it πŸ˜€ I think I would’ve too when I was younger. As for more recently, I’ve puttered around a bit, but have no hope of keeping up with Dave, so leave it to him…also, it’s quite cool for one of us to stay whole, so I’m happy to volunteer!


kateshrewsday December 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Naomi, fabulous photos and commentary, and such a treat for me sitting on a little dark rainy island to see all the stunning scenery which formed the backdrop to the event. Being part of something like this is such an amazing achievement. Congartulations to you both πŸ™‚


Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

THANKS, Kate! Happy to discover that you’ve had some snow today, to brighten things up πŸ™‚ Enjoy!


kateshrewsday December 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Or even congratulations!


Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:37 am



Lance December 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Looks like a real adrenaline rush!!! (Sorry to hear it didn’t end as planned for Dave…but I’m sure it was still a thrill to compete!!)


Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

Loads of thrills all around, Lance, thank you! Spectating alone was quite an adrenaline rush πŸ™‚


Tokeloshe December 2, 2010 at 2:33 am

Wow what an adventure !

Great post and excellent photos.
Great action shots.


Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

Thanks a ton, Tok! Love your Xmas profile pic πŸ˜‰


Anonymous December 2, 2010 at 3:26 am

Looks like everybody had a great time….I’ve not been on a dirt-bike in about 12 years.



Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

Ah, so you’re a dirt biker too, Raven – as well as a great photographer…all the best pastimes! Would love to see some more of your work πŸ™‚


nrhatch December 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

Spectacular montage of the event!


Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

THANK you, Nancy!


Heart December 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Holy cr*p!! Your life is so adventurous, and I keep thinking, I am the one who is challenging it all πŸ˜‰ Great to see you back Naomi!! And love the pictures, hope Dave did not injure himself, and as my son says, mom it’s OK not to win a price, participation is key.. Of course, I am mad at him when he gives me those words of wisdom, because I know he is too little and being lazy to try hard.. Ha ha..
The pictures I absolutely like are “DAVE racing ‘around the houses'” and “DAVE in good humour at the end of his race” .. Great angle shots!


Naomi December 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

THANKS, Rachana – you’re a sweetheart! Dave didn’t injure himself at all, which I’m hugely grateful for, especially in light of his countless past injuries. Your son sounds right on the money! I’ll pass his advice on to Dave for next year’s racing season πŸ˜‰


Tammy McLeod December 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Naomi, these photos really capture the jubilation of the event! And it was your birthday also? Happy Year! I love the faces of the riders and the rugged terrain. Thanks for sharing.


Naomi December 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Thanks so much for your kind comment and wishes, Tammy πŸ™‚ The Lesotho countryside is quite breath-taking!


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