To conclude a successful 2018 racing season, South Coast rider Piwe Zulu and his Herbalife Nutrition bLU cRU Yamaha Racing team mate Thabang Katees recently faced the ultimate racing test.
The pair travelled to Lesotho to take on the Motul Roof of Africa, where they competed in the Silver Class.
Known as one of the toughest endurance races on the planet, the riders trained the entire year to qualify. They tackled the Maluti Mountains for three days on their motorbikes, facing competitors from around the world.
The race lived up to its reputation and competitors were pushed to the extreme to overcome numerous challenges, from rocky, technical sections to long stretches of mountainous terrain that tested both their navigational and riding skills.
“Coming face to face with the Maluti Mountains is always intimidating, but there is no better feeling than completing a challenge that you have training one entire year for. I am grateful for the support of my sponsors and my team,” said Zulu.
Securing a solid finish of 43rd in his class, Zulu is already planning for next year and intends to place even better when he tackles the 2019 Roof of Africa.
“I am happy with my results but the aim is always to do better,” he said.
The Round the Houses and time trial that kicks off Roof of Africa every year took up a new format in 2018 and Katees welcomed the change. “I enjoyed the exciting ride, especially with the introduction of the new format,” he said.
Thilo Naidoo, Herbalife Nutrition Country Director for Southern Africa congratulated both riders for their achievements during the season.
“It is great to see what a combination of good nutrition and training, paired with hard work, can deliver. Our riders are a great example to all aspiring athletes out there and we are proud of the way they faced every challenging race,” he concluded.