The Munga

The Munga is not your average MTB event. It’s a crazy, single stage mountain bike race across some of the toughest terrain south of the equator. A 1000km rush from Bloemfontein to Wellington in the middle of the South African summer. It is not called the toughest race on earth for nothing.

Can a MTB race change your life? Most definitely – and not only these athletes but children’s lives too.

The Munga will not be won on Day 1, or Day 2 for that matter. It’s not a race that the fastest person will win, nor will the strongest person prevail. It is a race that requires an unusual kind of mettle. The stuff that is forged in the furnace of real life, resilience, relentless dogged determination and a never quit attitude. The stuff that you learn when you lose. The stuff that makes you cry. These are things that will stand you in good stead when you set out from the start line!

Who will prevail…? This of course, is one of the great Munga mysteries!

The Munga runs over a little more than 1000 kilometres. There are 5 race villages where riders can rest, eat and get mechanical assistance. There are also a number of water points placed between 50 and 60 kilometres apart. The race is semi-supported meaning that riders will be provided with support from race officials and at race villages, but will not be permitted to have support along the route. Everything a rider needs must be taken along, or bought along the way. Everything needed must be carried on the bike.

Riders are supplied with a satellite tracking device and can be tracked in real time 24/7 on

Who will you be tracking?

These passionate mountain bikers are racing 1000km to put a smile on the faces of children in need of plastic & reconstructive surgery.

Partner with them and the Smile Foundation by making a donation on the links below and let’s change lives!

Back the team with Back-a-buddy

Hanno Smit Sean Shaw Braam Nel Ryno De Kock Tracey Campbell Joggie Rautenbach Dave Mitchell Fietie Rocher Pieter Strobos Justin Colling
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