Posted By Helge Pederson, 45007,
Thursday, March 05, 2015
It is all in your head. Alarms go off, warning you that you cannot do this. You fight back trying to convince yourself that you actually can ride to the top of Sani Pass. It might even feel like some kind of initiation to make it to the top of Lesotho. Everyone else has already shot ahead; who are you if you don’t make it?
As the tour leader, I try to balance pressure with reality. The day we entered Lesotho from South Africa, the main purpose of the ride was to conquer Sani Pass, hopefully without causing any accidents. Two riders listened carefully to my safety-first pep talk that morning and decided to take it easy, asking to ride with me. I would rather have been playing with the faster riders that most likely had reached the top while I was coaching these two riders to stay within their limits, but this is my job.
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