Brave Hearts in Scotland – Commonwealth Games Report

The Sufferfest ACE Lesotho Mountain Bike MTB Team News

Two of our star riders put on a very brave show representing Team Lesotho at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Both riders took on the tough mountain bike Cross-Country (XC) course and the monstrous 160km road race.

We are very proud of the role that our team played in preparing Phetetso Monese and Teboho Khantsi for these world class performances.

Recently crowned national champion, Phetetso, looked very calm and composed in the XC race and riding way in front of the representatives from other “black” African nations. We were thrilled with his excellent finishing position of 21st out of 33 starters in a world class race.  It is a giant leap forward from the back of the field performances of Team Lesotho in previous major championships.

Commonwealth Games Mountainbiking140Teboho found the pace of the XC very hot, but still finished in a credible 28th position. However tables were turned in the last day of the Games when both riders challenged the 160km road race in miserable conditions. This time it was Teboho’s chance to shine and he did so with style! He out performed many “professional” road riders including some of the top African contenders. Phetetso Monese suffered from a flat tyre early on in the race and was unable to get a change quickly enough.

Such was the hot pace of the race that only 12 of the original 150 starters were able to finish. Many of the riders, including our two, were pulled off to avoid overlapping on the 12 laps of the 14km circuit. Teboho was racing in 74th position before he was pulled out.

The gold medal was won by Tour de France contender Geraint Thomas, underpinning the quality of the field of riders.

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