By: Lilemo Matlotlo
Monese and Manasi’ pairs are showing tremendous performance at Lesotho Sky League.
With only two days Lesotho Sky League is underway at Roma. The Basotho riding pairs are showing tremendous performance as they exchange with a top spot of the competition though they are categorized in Men Team.
In a nutshell, there are about 43 participants from 11 countries in this competition competing under different categories which are: Sole men, Men Team, Sole Women, Women Team and Mixed Team.
The Men Team forming a large category in this competition; consisting of 18 participants.
A pair of Phetetso Monese of Lesotho, and the South African born, Pieter Korkie, has occupied the top position after demoting the Basotho duo comprised of Katleho Manasi and Eric Ramohanoe to the second spot of Lesotho Sky League campaign on Tuesday.
The twosome, Monese and Korkie have finished the second race in 4:29:18 time, which mounts to total time of 6:41:56 when added to the time of 2:12:38 of their first race.
Meanwhile, Ramohanoe and Manasi have completed their second race in 4:52:03 time that sum up to a total time of 7:03:15 when added to 2:11:12 time of their first race.
As a result, Monese’s pair has opened a valuable gap of +21:19 in between of them at the top spot and Manasi’s duo at the second position of the log standings.
Out of 328km long with 8913m vertical climbing of the total route expected to be covered at the end of this competition, about 123.9 km has been covered, with approximately 204.1km remaining to be completed.
Today there will be a race covering a short loop of 36,2km at Malealea. It is yet to be seen as to how long the rivalry for the first spot between Basotho riders will last.
Will Monese and Korkie hold on, enjoying a top seat until the end of the competition or Manasi and Ramohanoe will demote them, or an unknown pair from Men Team category at bottom position will spoil the party at the end?
The road to victory is still long. It will be seen on the final day as who will be the winner.