New Zealand’s Chris Birch was pipped for the win at this year’s 44th annual Roof of Africa extreme enduro in Lesotho.
Birch – who won this race outright in 2008, 2009 and last year – was fifth overall after the first day and took the outright lead on day two, on target to make it a record four Roof of Africa wins in a row, but he had to bow to old foe Graham Jarvis, of Britain, at the end of the great event yesterday.
Birch settled for runner-up spot, with Jade Gutzeit finishing third, Marc Torlage fourth and Brian Capper rounding out the top five.
“This was one of the toughest Roofs for me,” said Birch. “Feeling a bit battered but happy with my result. I have enjoyed amazing support from friends, fans and sponsors. Thank you to you all.”
Meanwhile, the other members of Kiwi contingent among the 233 competitors also made it to the finish with Mitchell Nield finishing 10th, Mike Skinner 13th, Karl Power 15th, Phil Cheater (pictured above) coming home 29th and Chris Power ending up 33rd.
“It was an unbelievable Roof of Africa,” said Karl Power. “I took some gambles with navigation – won some and lost some. Kept chipping away was the key. Could only manage 15th. I know what to prep for next time! Thanks Shimwells Yamaha and the team.”
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