By: Lilemo Matlotlo
Three Basotho riders had a positive start in Lesotho Sky Cycling League last Monday at Roma as the trio finished in first and second position consecutively.
Katleho Manasi, Eric Ramohanoe and Phetetso Monese are Basotho riders who made a remarkable performance on the first day of the cycling competition which run in six day time (Monday to Saturday this week).
The duo, Manasi and Ramohanoe from African Dream Team finished on the first position while Monese who paired with South African rider, Pieter Korkie for Alliance Insurance team surfaced to the second spot of the competition under a burner of Men Team.
Manasi’s team made it to the finishing line in 2:11:12 time, with Monese’s team finishing the race in 2:12:38 time.
Monasi’s team led Monese’s team with 1 minute and 28 seconds. Only loop of 38,9km covered this far, with approximately 289.1km long and 8913m vertical climbing yet to be completed.
In an interview with Katleho Manasi last night, he told Lesotho Sports Blizz that they won the first day race because the communication was effective between him and his partner.
He added that they will work hard to deny Monese’s team from beating them on time.
“We worked well with my partner. We managed to make it to the first position in today’s competition.
“I think we understood each other well when we were talking hence we won. Most of people we were competing with are very strong. The likes of Phetetso Monese, he is good in long loops but today it was a short loop,” Manasi continues.
“So our aim is to prevent them (Monese’s team) from beating us on time in the following round.”
In another interview with Phetetso Monese, he said they made it to the second spot of the competition and they are satisfied although their aim was to reach the first position.
“We made it to the second position of this competition. We are satisfied but our target was to go to the top position from day one of this competition.
“It was just a mistake to be in a second position as the altitude let my partner Pieter Korkie down.
“I was the first person to finish the race but my partner was far behind me. So according to the rules regulating this competition we had to be in a second position,” he said.
All in all there were about 43 participants from 11 countries competing under different categories which are: Sole Men, Men Team, Sole Women, Women Team and Mixed Team. With Men team forming a lager category in this competition, consisting of 18 participants.