Midlands Rider, Travis Teasdale (16) tackles ‘ROOF OF AFRICA’ for the first time
The sixteen-year-old Travis Teasdale has competed in many forms of dirt bike racing in his short career – from motocross to the Junior Off-road Championship and enduro races, but it will be the first time the newly-crowned Junior National Champion will tackle the ‘Roof of Africa’in Lesotho (14 – 16 Nov). This extreme enduro race is renown as one of the toughest and most gruelling motorcycle events in the world and is the ultimate enduro motorcycle race for many riders – young and old.
Racing for Team Brother Broadlink KTM, the Grace College scholar from Pietermaritzburg has dreamed about competing in the ‘Roof of Africa’ from an early age, but he had to wait until after his sixteenth birthday in July for his dream to materialise. This year, after clinching his second Junior National Off-road Championship title (he won the 125cc Class Championship title last year and the Open Class Championship this year) and winning the E2 (200cc) Class at the final round of the Liquorland SA National Enduro Motorcycle Championship at Matatiele where he finished third overall, he could at last walk into the Lesotho Sun Hotel on Wednesday 13 November to complete the documentation process for him to be able to be on the start line for the 46th ‘Roof of Africa’ in Lesotho.
About 600 motorcycle riders entered for this three-day race – only 400 entries were accepted – that consists of various mountain passes and routes where no motorcycle competitor has ventured before. Teasdale will be one of 120 entrants from all over the globe who will tackle the race in the Gold Class where riders have to complete the full race distance.
Twelve years ago, when Teadale was just four years old, his father (Jeff) entered him in his first motocross race with his PW50 at the Cato Ridge track just outside Pietermaritzburg. This is where the racing legend, Alfie Cox, resides and that same year (2001) Cox won the Roof of Africa for a record ninth time.
Teasdale has not looked back since his first race and just over a decade later he has is ready to tackle this famous race.
The ‘Roof of Africa’ is about the rider and his machine versus nature and some of the most feared mountain passes where even the goats and donkeys tread with care.
Follow his progress on www.dirtracing.co.za, on Twitter @TravisTeasdale and @ETdotKomm and on his Facebook page Travis Teasdale.