What is The Munga?
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“At the Munga we celebrate what it is to be human. We know the fight. We know what it means to grovel, and grind, and crawl in desperation to the light at the end of the tunnel. We know what it’s like to hang on to a thread, but claw and pull it back till it’s a tight rope, and walk that thin line, balancing the life and death of dreams, till at last we lean forward and the momentum of action carries us inexorably towards our destiny! At the Munga, we know what it’s like to live, but really live”
Alex Harris – Munga Race Director
THIS IS THE MUNGA
THE ULTIMATE LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE YOU CAN HAVE ON A BICYCLE.
Can a bicycle race change your life?
The Munga was launched way back in 2014, and at first it seemed like a crazy idea. To race non-stop for 1000km across the arid Karoo in summer, really? But it soon became the go to ultra-endurance mountain bike race in South Africa, and the bench mark by which all other long races are measured. In it’s short history, the race has become somewhat of an iconic event, and a bucket list race for anyone who has ever been on a mountain bike! When people ask you if you have done the Munga, they are not interested in your time.
It’s a yes or no answer!
THE MUNGA MERCHANDISE
PEOPLE LOVE OUR RACE.
THEY LOVE OUR BRAND.
THEY LOVE OUR LOGO.
While we are happy for riders to use our logo on their own kit as part of their charity drives etc. when it comes to the Munga officially putting out kit, only the best will do! Period. To that end, we are fostering some exciting relationships to help meet the demand of our fans, but also the quality we expect.
VAN H CLOTHING
Van H Clothing is our official cycling apparel partner and produce a high-quality product that is simply beautiful. Add to that our brand and stripes, and you have something really desirable. However, if you want to wear one of their shirts with a Munga stripe on it, you first have to earn it! But you are always welcome to wear a Munga shirt without the stripe until you have done your first race. Check out the super sexy Van H Munga range here!
What would a Munga wardrobe be without socks! For a Munga stripe or our logo that lets riders behind you know exactly why they are behind you…check out the Munga range at our official sock partner SOX.
GRAVEL & TOUR
For first time racers or experienced campaigners these guys will have you covered.
Over the years G&T has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the best bikes, the best gear to get you, hassle-free and well-prepared, to your destination. From crossing deserts, countries and continents, G&T is the go-to-resource for the very best ultra-distance racing and adventure bike-packing gear.
MORE TO THE MUNGA
THE MUNGA VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME
The Munga exists to be a blessing to our riders, the communities we go through and those that follow our brand. This includes our volunteers. We understand that there is a place for non-paid volunteer work but that is not at the Munga. Unless you absolutely insist, all our volunteers get paid. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at one of our races and help pay off your future entry! For details, download the doc here.
THE MUNGA TOURS PROGRAMME
Common in the DNA of all our riders and fans is the sheer love of riding their bikes in remote and spectacular places. While the Munga was born out of racing, we also offer the opportunity to take your bike to some spectacular places around the world, or even locally on the Munga route in a leisurely style.
So whether its on Kilimanjaro, Tibet, Scotland or the Karoo, you are sure to find a tour that will take you somewhere special in the company of a seasoned explorer. Click here find out where you can go!
EARN YOUR STRIPES
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Everytime you complete a Munga in the time period, you receive a commission. Starting with a Lance Corporal, or one stripe, when you complete your second Munga you get promoted to full Corporal, or two stripes. The next one is a Sergeant, or three stripes, and so on, and so on. Each Munga recruit who crosses the finish line in the allocated time will receive his or her corresponding stripe to wear with pride. The Munga stripes are a right of passage to be worn proudly by those who have earned them and been promoted. But they are also an incentive to stay in the fight against the ordinary.
We want you, to join the army in the fight against mediocrity!
The fact that there are ten levels of rank implies more than one Munga event. Yup. That’s right. The intention is to roll out similar format Munga races around the world where recruits can enter multiple campaigns (races) in a year and be promoted through the ranks. Actual rewards will be revealed over the course of the next few years, so watch this space. And if you cannot wait for a second Munga event, why not enter the Munga Grit, another road to stripes!
BELOW ARE THE TEN LEVELS OF RANK IN THE MUNGA ARMY.
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