Yes we did it again! Following the success of the previous two years, the team at Trollope Mining Services decided to take on the epic challenge of cycling across the mountainous landscape of Lesotho in the name of charity for a third time, and with great success!
What has become known to be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging journey for every cyclist brave enough to sign up involved a slightly different route this year, commencing once again at the Caledonspoort border post near Fouriesburg and ending at Katse Lodge on Katse Dam, with a total distance covered of approximately 230km over three days. This new route would prove to not only present the team with a whole new set of challenges, but also, if at all possible, to offer even more breath-taking scenery than the ones before.
What makes this cycle challenge unique is the fact that it takes place at extremely high altitudes, the highest point above sea level on route being 11 000 feet, effecting not only performance levels due to lack of oxygen but also recovery time and dehydration rates. As always, extremely steep gradients, poor road conditions and constant temperature variations took their toll on body and mind, but the awe-inspiriting beauty of the Lesotho landscape rewards perseverance time and time again!
Completing this epic challenge is a great achievement for every cyclist. One that would not be possible without the unfailing support offered by the phenomenal backup team focused on making sure that a constant supply of drinks, food, snacks, extra kit, sun screen, medical supplies, moral support and spare parts is available at all times.
Trollope Mining Services would once again like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person involved in this challenge for their contribution to its success. Thanks to the overwhelming response from suppliers and sponsors, for which TMS is sincerely grateful, the Company was able to raise a total amount of:
R 1,300 700.00.