In April I arrived in Lesotho with Kevin and Claudio to ride a six day traverse of its southern mountains, an idea put together by Christian Schmidt and Darol Howes, a couple of local mountain bikers who organise the Lesotho Sky XC race. Their idea was to showcase this amazing country and put it on the mountain bikers’ map. The route they had plotted for us to follow was a 180-Kilometre long ride across wild mountains and through remote villages connected only by horse trails. Nobody had ridden this route end–to-end, and to make sure we finished it we had HaveAGoodOne’s Tobi Steinigeweg and Max Stolarow along to film the endeavour.
Lesotho has few roads, especially within its interior mountains. But the car-salesman’s loss is the mountain biker’s gain. Here the horse is the vehicle of choice, and a century of horse riding has left a legacy of singletrack trails that crisscross the mountains between villages. Our 6-day ride followed these horse trails, and out front we were led and guided by a horseman, Leputhing ‘Isaac’ Molapo. Isaac is 22 years old and one of the latest generation continuing the country’s iconic horsemen tradition.