Video: Becoming 'The Fastest Girl in the Village' & Qualifying for Pump Track Worlds

Sep 13, 2021 at 11:29
by Alicia Leggett  

Khothalang Leuta's life changed thanks to a pump track built by an initiative called Pump for Peace, spearheaded by Claudio Caluori and his pump track and trail company Velosolutions. Not only does Velosolutions build pump tracks that will host events like the Pump Track World Championships, like the one Grow Cycling Foundation has been working on, but it also has a mission to make pump tracks a global phenomenon and has built pump tracks in disadvantaged and war-torn areas in an attempt to make riding as accessible as possible.

After building a pump track in southeast Asia, Claudio decided he wanted to keep the momentum going, and Pump for Peace was born. "When we were finished building [in Cambodia], we immediately saw all of these kids come out and ride with whatever they had," he said. 'Some of them had old rusty bikes, others didn’t even have pedals, but they kept riding. I had tears in my eyes. And so I thought, 'We have to make this possible everywhere in the world.'" Read more about Khothalang Luetha's story and Pump for Peace here.

bigquotesAs a girl growing up in Lesotho, Khothalang Leuta never imagined she could become a bike racer – until a pump track was built in her neighborhood and a dream was born. Watch as she discovers a love for biking and earns the chance to represent her country at the Pump Track World Championships in Portugal this October.

Listen to Khothalang speak about her experience in our Beyond The Ordinary podcast.

Leuta, who refers to herself as the “mother of the pump track,” taught herself how to ride. Her strong determination was fostered by her late father, who inspired her always to keep pushing. “That’s one of the things that makes me want to be on top – just to make him proud,” she says.

Not owning a bike of her own, Leuta has to walk to the pump track and borrow the local club bikes to practice. She enjoys handing out the bikes to the other kids who show up to ride, saying, “I always want to inspire youngsters, I feel happy that they support me… I want to do more for them to set a good example.”'

Now she’s inspiring members of the next generation as they see the opportunities that biking have opened up. “Khothalang teaches the younger community that life for a girl can be more than going to school, being married and raising a family,” says community leader Tumelo Makhetha, who's witnessed the impact that Leuta’s success has had on other young women in the area.

On October 15, 2021, Khothalang Leuta will compete at Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Finals in Lisbon, Portugal. She may be the first woman from her village to take on this adventure, but she hopes she won’t be the last.
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15 Comments

  • 14 0
 Gave me goosebumps. So great. I am happy to see such a great facility and access to equipment.
  • 11 0
 Absolutely LOVE this !
  • 7 0
 I wish more folks from developed nations could visit places like Lesotho, it'd provide some perspective. Living in Africa changed how I see the world and my place in it.
  • 2 0
 100% agree. It helps me to remember to be grateful for my situation and that I don't need a bunch of fancy shit to enjoy life!
  • 5 0
 NGL. I teared up toward the end there. These are the kinds of stories that make me donate even more to stuff like Grow Cycling Foundation.
  • 2 0
 Awesome, hard to believe nobody can help her out with her own bike? Maybe with handlebars that are a little narrower. Hopefully this video gets some attention but honestly it's a rider on a red bull produced film with no bike sponsor?
  • 4 0
 Amazing story, and hopefully just the beginning of it.
  • 3 0
 Perspective.
  • 2 0
 Brilliant story and inspirational.
  • 1 0
 Great inspiration. Thank you
  • 1 0
 Nothing is impossible. Just what you don´t try. Truly inspirational.
  • 1 0
 What a hero! Looking forward to seeing her race on the world stage.
  • 1 0
 Very cool
  • 1 0
 Soul searching.
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