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FEBRUARY 2024 SUBMISSIONS

Grant Mclean - Munga - without prejudice 🙂

Dear Diary,

Greetings Folks,

All content of the following story is true…to the best of my recollection..

 So I rolled into Panpoonskloof at 2 am together with 4 of my riding companions. The plan was an 1-hour sleep and leave at 3 am.

I was up and ready to roll at exactly 02h55…but alas … I was alone. Riding buddies were still fast asleep. I decide to leave …solo. A decision I later regretted….a lot.!!

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Sylvia du Raan - My Munga 2023

Dear Diary,

It started with a surprise entry to the Munga on 1 November 2023. #nopressure, it’s just about 1134 from Bloemfontein to Doolhof in Wellington.

Travelled to Bloemfontein with Joggie, Dean and Gert. In Bloemfontein we stayed over at Sangiro Game Lodge. What an awesome place to stay, there are all kinds of animals, Peacocks, Lamas, a variety of bucks and even giraffes.

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JANUARY 2024 SUBMISSIONS

Theuns Koch - Munga - 2020

Dear Diary,

Decided to write a story about my Munga 2020 experience .

At the start I was not as nervous as I thought I would be.

Weather was good no strong winds or hectic heat. After we loaded through the “pakhuis’ we had a count down and of we went. On jeep track straight away. My garmin having a small problem but was sorted within a kilometre or two…

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Frank Schmaeling - Munga - 2022

Dear Diary,

Since I ever heard about the Munga 10 years ago, i wanted to take part in this ultimative challenge. As a 2 time ironman Kona finisher, multiple Cape Epic finisher, Desert dash rider and participant of multiple long distance events i just had to do it. The first try in 2021 was wiped out by covid, but than finally in 2022 i was on the start line. That ride was an experience of a life time and by far the best i have ever done. The whole thing just amazing, a test of mental and physical strength and much much more.

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Gavin Steyl - Munga - 2023

Dear Diary,

The first time I heard of the Munga was while doing Cullinan to Tonteldoos with Marco. We were riding with a guy who had done the Munga, going up a challenging hill around the 170km mark and he told us that Tonteldoos is harder than the Munga. I then whispered to Marco that this guy was just trying to con us into doing the Munga, but he planted a seed into Marco’s head and he decided to go for it. I had no interest at all, as I barely made the race of 250kms. I could never imagine myself doing what I had just done four times over plus another 150kms.

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Natalie Madies - Munga - 2023

Dear Diary,

To say the Munga is all-consuming is an understatement – it is that, and so much more. It permeates every waking moment and subconscious thought from the moment you commit (when you actually enter and pay) to even now, one week later….I expect it will stay with me forever. Before the event, when I woke in the middle of the night, I would look at the time and think, where will I be now? During the day, I found myself mentally doing pace charts and playing out different “race” scenarios as the prospect of cycling as a woman alone through the Karoo in the dead of night loomed on the horizon, edging ever closer… what could go wrong?

Mechanicals, falling asleep on my bike, falling and breaking something on either my body or the bike, sickness, scorpions or snake bites with no cellphone signal, sleep monsters…

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Madeleen Kotze - Munga - 2019

Dear Diary,

Ever since I heard of the Munga, I wanted to ride it.  The “I wonder If I can do it was haunting me” and the absolute audacity to enter such a race intrigued me.  So when someone phoned me with the news that there was a Munga entry up for grabs as the owner could not/did not want to (I did not listen or care… I had an entry.  Whoop whoop) ride it anymore.  I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.  Two weeks before the race.  Silently I was convinced I was prepared and believed that with have I have done in the past year on my bike I unknowingly prepared for the Munga, I believed I could do it,  but could I? So first, I kept the news quiet, but my excitement was setting in and soon I just had to post it on FB telling everybody.

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Johan Hoffman - Munga - 2019, 2021 & 2023

Dear Diary,

Munga 2019,  that was the first time that I was fortunate to experience the adventure that would shape my world and life completely.

My brother and I started with the dynamic NIKA family team, and they are part of who we are forever. What did we expect I do not think anything what we experienced….. well let us take that journey hold on to your seat this might be scenes from another world 😊

2019 was the HOT and from the start go the temperatures were something to get used to, lots of stops under shaded trees drink lots of water and pace yourself it was going to be FUN.

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