50 hours non-stop

A single-stage mountain bike race through the North-West. The race will start and finish at the brand new Die Krip. Just ten minutes outside the town of Magaliesburg, Die Krip is hosting our newly revised Grit North West race.

27th September 2024 – 29th September 2024

OR 24 hours non-stop

FOR THOSE AFRAID OF DRAGONS, THERE IS NOW A 24 HOUR OPTION!

Chase your Dragon, use these events to prepare for ALL MUNGA EVENTS in 2024!

COUNTDOWN TO THE 2024 MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST

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THE ULTIMATE IN ULTRA ENDURANCE RACING

what is the munga grit?

THE CRAZIEST, LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE YOU CAN HAVE ON A BIKE

HALF THE DISTANCE – LESS THAN HALF THE TIME
Over the course of the Munga’s history, it has become apparent that plenty of riders are motivated and intrigued by our unique race format and want to give it a ‘try’, but the distance is mentally challenging compared to most other South African mountain bike races.
Thus the idea of Munga Grit was born.
To offer a cross over or bridge if you will, to the main Munga event.

The Basics 50 Hours

The Munga Grit’s vary from race to race but you can expect roughly half the distance of the Munga MTB, some a bit more, some a bit less. But riders will only have 50 hours to complete the course

One of the most authentic and life changing aspects of the Munga, are our four water points and race villages. So this core component of the Munga experience will be carried over to Munga Grit. Thus riders can expect two race villages and four water points manned by those beloved farmers! The WPs will be roughly 70 to 100km apart, with the two RVs roughly 200 to 250km apart. In addition, JoJo tanks with water will be placed halfway between each water point.

 

The Basics 24 Hours

The 24 hour option give Grit entries a chance to experience the format but in a smaller version. This race will start at the same time as the 50 hour Grit, but will follow a smaller course of roughly 230km, with three water-points but no race villages. WPs will be similar distances apart as the 50 hour version, and may share some of them. There will also be Jo-Jo tanks between WPs.

LIGHT, FREE, FAST

WHAT IF YOU COULD ROCK UP ON A FRIDAY MORNING, PARK YOUR CAR, JUMP ON YOUR BIKE AND HEAD OUT WEST ALONG REMOTE TRAILS AND TRACKS AS FAR AS THE SUN SETS. WITH NOTHING ON YOUR BACK EXCEPT YOUR SHIRT.
LIGHT, FREE, FAST MEANS YOU CAN GO SUPER LIGHT, FEEL EXCEPTIONALLY FREE, AND RIDE AS FAST AS YOU WANT… ALL IN THE PREDICTABLE RACE FEEL OF THE TRIED AND TESTED MUNGA FORMAT!

NEW ROUTE

THE MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST

THE MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST 50-HOUR ROUTE

NEW ROUTE: Starting with the September Grit, the race will now start and finish at the brand-new Die Krip. Just ten minutes outside the town of Magaliesburg, Die Krip will host a revised Grit North West race that will be just over 400km. And of course it will still host the 24-hour format. Safer, more picturesque, and of course shorter, we hope the Grit North West will attract some of those riders who have done 2 or 300km races and are looking for the next step. Well this is it! If you want to experience some of the quiet dirt roads of the North West, and earn your first Grit stripe, then look no further!

NB: the image is to give you a general idea of where the route goes. Don’t take it literally! It may change a bit here or there.

THE MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST ROUTE 24-HOUR ROUTE

The Munga Grit North West 24-hour route will follow the 50-hour route for approx. 120km before looping back to the start. Please note that the image on the right is to give you a rough idea of where the route will go.

NB: Route Image to follow – Please note that the image is to give you a general idea of where the route goes. Don’t take it literally! It may change a bit here or there.

WAKE UP LATE. ROLL ON DOWN.

Munga Grit North West has been designed with convenience and practicality as two guiding principles. We want it to be easy and cost-effective for you to get to the start and finish and not have to worry about all those ancillary costs like flights, hotels and rental cars etc! Thus, in keeping with Munga tradition, the race will start at 12pm on a Friday afternoon at Die Krip, just ten minutes outside the town of Magaliesburg. This means you can wake up on Friday morning, have breakfast, pack your bike and race kit, drive to Die Krip. Start the race at 12pm with your car parked safely waiting for you, smash yourself to pieces over 400km of the gnarly north-west, then roll back over the line before 2pm on Sunday! Can it get any easier?

ENTRY FEES

50 HOUR – R6500

24 HOUR – R2800

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY ENTRY?

Great question!
  1. 4x fully stocked Munga waterpoints manned by friendly farmers where you can expect drinks, lots of snacks, Powerbar nutrition, Food Lover’s Market fresh fruit and just plain love. Ask anyone who has done the Munga what our water points are like! NB:24 hour option will just be three wps
  2. 2x fully stocked race villages where you can sleep in a bed or tent with mattress, have a hot shower, a fresh and wholesome farm cooked meal and indulge in plenty of cold drinks and Powerbar! (Only applicable on 50-hour format) NB: The 24 hour option has no race villages!
  3. Access to over 80km of private farm tracks that no one else can get to!
  4. Full medical support like on the Munga
  5. A famous handmade Munga Grit North West finishers medal
  6. Legend status for ever!
  7. The chance to earn your stripes!

EARN YOUR STRIPES

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Everytime you complete a Munga Grit in the time period, you receive a commission. Starting with a Lance Corporal, or one stripe, when you complete your second Munga Grit 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 Grit recruit who crosses the finish line in the allocated time will receive his or her corresponding stripe to wear with pride. The Munga Grit 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!

REWARD PROGRAMME

The fact that there are ten levels of rank implies more than one Munga Grit event. Yup. That’s right. The intention is to roll out similar format Munga Grit 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.

BELOW ARE THE TEN LEVELS OF RANK IN THE MUNGA GRIT ARMY.

NB: 24 riders will also be able to earn a stripe but it will be a different set of stripes to the 50 hour version.

THE RULES

WE RIDE TO FIND A PART OF OURSELVES YET UNDISCOVERED.

Oh yes. There are rules. The Munga Grit North West is a seriously tough race. This is not just a walk (or ride) in the park. We have to make sure that everyone on the route is safe, so every rider will be expected to follow these rules to the letter.

We don’t want to sound like stiffs, but any rider found breaking the rules, will be penalised or disqualified. So make sure you are familiar with the rules before setting out on your Munga Grit North West journey.

rider f.a.q.s

Things Riders usually ask.

WHEN IS THE RACE

The race takes place 24-26 September 2023.

WHEN IS THE RACE

The race takes place in the first weekend of October.

HOW MUCH DOES THE RACE COST TO ENTER?

Please click on Enter Now for the latest update on Race Fees.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT RACE CATEGORIES?

There are two separate race categories: Men and Women

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF RIDERS THAT CAN ENTER?

Currently, the cut-off is 200 riders.

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION RACE?

There is no qualification process and the Munga Grit Cradle is open to anyone who can ride a bicycle.

CAN I RIDE A TANDEM MOUNTAIN BIKE WITH A TEAMMATE?

No. Tandem bicycles are not permitted on the Munga Grit Route.

CAN I RIDE A CYCLOCROSS BIKE

Yep

HOW TECHNICAL IS THE ROUTE?

It depends entirely on your skill level, but the majority of the route (more than 50%) is non-technical dirt roads.

WILL I BE ABLE TO SCOUT THE ROUTE?

Yes. For the most part the route will remain unchanged, however, it does cross private land so these sections will be impossible to scout.

CAN I RACE THE MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST IN A TEAM?

The Munga Grit North West is an individual race and does not have a team entry. All rider entries are solo.

DO I NEED A SPONSOR?

There is no requirement for you to have a sponsor, but you are more than welcome to find your own one.

WHAT IS THE MUNGA GRIT POLICY ON DOPING?

We are strictly against doping in any form.

WHEN DO THE RACE ENTRIES CLOSE?

Usually entries close about a month or so before the start of the race.

WILL THERE BE TV COVERAGE OF THE RACE?

This is something we are still working on, but we are hoping to provide TV coverage in the near future.

WILL THERE BE TV COVERAGE OF THE RACE?

This is something we are still working on, but we are hoping to provide TV coverage in the near future.

WILL THE ROUTE BE MARKED?

The route will be exclusively a GPS navigated route, but will not be difficult to follow. There are no markings along the route.

WHAT IS THE ASCENT OF THE RACE?

50 Hour – The ascent is roughly 5000 metres.

24 Hour – The ascent is roughly 2500 metres.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M ABLE TO FINISH THE MUNGA GRIT?

You should be able to ride a mountain bike at 12 to 14 km/hr for 18 hours, but this is just a rough guideline

CAN I LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE RIDING?

Yep.

CAN I USE TRI-BARS?

Yep.

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?

There are medical officials that patrol the route on all three days. Race villages are equipped with rest, food and mechanical stations, and water points are available every 60 to 90 kilometres.

DOES THE MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

Yes, Munga Grit North West will happen every year along with other identical format Grit North West races around the country

WHEN WILL PRIZE-GIVING TAKE PLACE?

Because of the nature of the Munga Grit, prizes are awarded as riders cross the finish line.

CAN I WORK FOR THE MUNGA GRIT NORTH WEST?

We’re always on the look out for people who can help. Please forward a copy of your CV to info@themungrit.com

CAN I INTERVIEW THE RACE DIRECTOR?

You can ask him yourself. Send him an email to info@themunga.com

CAN I PHOTOGRAPH OR FILM THE RACE?

Please send a mail to info@themunga.com

Finishers results

THE MUNGA GRIT CRADLE 2020

09-10-2020
Finishers list and results

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THE MUNGA GRIT CRADLE 2021

04-10-2021
Finishers list and results

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THE MUNGA GRIT CRADLE 2022

04-10-2022
Finishers list and results

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