6. Roof of Africa
For its stunning landscapes alone, the Red Bull Roof of Africa deserves a solid spot on our list. It is also one of the longest-running rally races in motorsports, reaching back decades to when it was a car race. The Roof of Africa takes place in Maseru, Lesotho (pronounced le-soo-too), a kingdom landlocked within South Africa. Historic and scenic, this rally-style event is also as extreme as they come, demanding every ounce of strength from riders as they face mountain after mountain, one insane climb after another for three days and 250 miles. The course is somewhat marked, but riders have to rely on GPS to stay on track. Racers also have to be cautious with their equipment, as a damaged bike or broken equipment could not only end their race, but leave them stranded in the African wilderness.
It’s as breathtaking in scope as it is in scenery, making “The Roof” more like a treacherous hybrid of endurance racing and extreme enduros.
2016 Roof of Africa Highlights