50 hours NON-STOP

A single-stage mountain bike race through beautiful Namibia.

17th May 2024 – 19th May 2024

(E-Bike Entries are welcome – T & C’s Apply)

OR 24-hour NON-STOP

For those afraid of the Dragon – ENTER the 24-hour option, OR, 2 and 3-man team options!

Early Bird entries will close on 5th February 2024 (Limited to the first 50 paid solo entries and the first 15 paid teams!)

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

THE ULTIMATE IN ULTRA ENDURANCE RACING

COUNTDOWN TO THE 2024 MUNGA GRIT LE DUR

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“LE DUR – THE STORY”

“Legacy of Love and The Munga Unite for Le Dur 2024 – A Test of Endurance for a Worthy Cause”

In a powerful collaboration, Legacy of Love and The Munga are set to host The Munga Grit Le Dur Namibia 2024, the renowned solo mountain biking challenge that has been pushing the limits since its inception in 2022. Translated as “The Tough One” in French, Le Dur is not just a race; it’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of riders seeking to achieve something extraordinary.

Established with the primary goal of providing participants with a monumental solo adventure, Le Dur unfolds as the longest MTB race in Namibia, demanding riders to conquer rugged terrains and complete the challenging course within a strict 50-hour time frame. It stands as a crucible for riders to overcome personal limits and emerge with a profound sense of accomplishment.

Beyond the pursuit of individual triumphs, Le Dur serves a secondary, yet equally crucial purpose – contributing to a noble cause. The funds generated from this remarkable event play a pivotal role in supporting Legacy of Love’s mission. These funds are directed towards hosting and facilitating Trauma and Grief Retreats, as well as other trauma projects initiated by Legacy of Love.

By merging the adrenaline-fueled adventure of The Munga with the compassionate initiatives of Legacy of Love, Le Dur 2024 transcends the realm of a typical sporting event. It becomes a beacon of hope, resilience, and community engagement, where participants not only endure the physical rigors of the race but also contribute to projects that make a meaningful impact on lives affected by trauma.

Le Dur 2024 stands as a testament to the synergy between passion and purpose, exemplifying how the world of extreme sports can become a powerful catalyst for positive change. As riders gear up to face the challenges that Namibia’s vast landscapes present, they carry with them the knowledge that every pedal stroke contributes to a cause greater than themselves – a legacy of love in action.

– Sybrand de Beer (Le Dur Founder)

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

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 & Namibian 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 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 to 280km, 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. 

LIGHT, FREE, FAST

WAKE UP FRIDAY MORNING BRIGHT AND EARLY, JUMP ON YOUR BIKE AND HEAD OUT 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!

THE MUNGA GRIT LE DUR

THE MUNGA GRIT LE DUR 50-HOUR ROUTE

The Munga Grit Le Dur follow a circuit of five (5) different routes through Namibia. Each year we ride a different route, in a different region. In 2022 the Khomas (Central) route was done. In 2023 the Omaheke (Eastern) route was done. In 2024 we will do the Erongo (Western/Coastal) route, with the Northern and Southern routes waiting in 2025 and 2026. (Elevation 2270m) 

*Note: 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 LE DUR 24-HOUR ROUTE

The 24 hour option gives Munga Grit entrants 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 230-270km, with two to three Water-Points (WP) but no Race Villages (RV). WPs will be similar distances apart as the 50 hour version, and may share some of them. 

*Note: the route 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.

GET UP AND GO

The Munga Grit Le Dur series 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. The race will start at 07:15 AM on a Friday morning at Seaside Hotel & Spa (but to be confirmed). We will have the race briefing therefore on Thursday the 16th at 19:00 at a venue to be announced. This means you can wake up on Friday morning, have an early breakfast and start the race and smash yourself to pieces over 500km of the gnarly and remote Namibia, then roll back over the line before 09:15 on Sunday morning! For those coming from out of town, Swakopmond is just 45 minutes from the Walvisbay International Airport. No excuses!

SOLO ENTRY FEES

50 HOUR – R5 500

24 HOUR – R2 800

EARLY BIRD ENTRY FEE

50 HOURS – R 4 750

(Early Bird Entries End Jan 2024)

24 HOUR

NOT APPLICABLE

(Early Bird Entries End Jan 2024)

TEAM ENTRY FEES

TWO PERSON TEAM

50 HOURS – R 8 000

EARLY BIRD – R 7 250

(Early Bird Entries End Jan 2024)

24 HOUR

NOT APPLICABLE

(Early Bird Entries End Jan 2024)

THREE PERSON TEAM

50 HOURS – R 12 000

EARLY BIRD – R10 500

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY ENTRY?

Great question!
  1. 4x fully stocked Munga Grit Le Dur water-points manned by friendly farmers where you can expect drinks, lots of snacks, race nutrition, 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 (Only applicable on 50-hour format) NB: The 24 hour option has no race villages!
  3. Access to miles and miles of Namibian Wilderness tracks that no one else can get to!
  4. Full medical support like on the Munga
  5. A famous hand made Munga Grit Le Dur finishers medal
  6. Legend status for ever!
  7. A 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 Le Dur 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 Le Dur journey.

rider f.a.q.s

Things Riders usually ask.

WHEN IS THE RACE?

The race takes place in the 2nd weekend of May (16th May 2024 – 19th May 2024)

HOW MUCH DOES THE RACE COST TO ENTER?

Please see the entry portal for current fees for the various Munga events.

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 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 LE DUR IN A TEAM?

The Munga Grit Le Dur does have a 2 & 3 person team entry option

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 2150 metres.

24 Hour – The ascent is roughly 1075 metres.

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

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?

Medical support, fully stocked race villages and waterpoints. 

DOES THE MUNGA GRIT LE DUR HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

Yes, Munga Grit Le Dur will happen every year along with other identical format Grit races around South Africa

WHEN WILL PRIZE-GIVING TAKE PLACE?

Due to the nature of the Le Dur Series, there will be a formal Prize Giving on the Sunday at 09h30, or, once ALL podium placings have arrived across the finishline.

CAN I WORK FOR THE MUNGA?

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@themungrit.com

finishers results

SPONSORS

NAMEDSPORT

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WEALTH ASSOCIATES

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Today, Wealth Associates is a well-established and independent advice-led business with strong capabilities in wealth and asset management, financial planning, risk and business assurance, employee benefits, tax and fiduciary solutions and short-term insurance; and have licensing agreements with 72 of South Africa’s leading product providers.

KLEIN KAROO TOYOTA

Klein Karoo Toyota, located in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, is a reputable dealership known for its commitment to providing quality Toyota vehicles and exceptional customer service. With a focus on meeting the automotive needs of the local community, Klein Karoo Toyota offers a diverse range of new and pre-owned cars, as well as expert maintenance and repair services. The dealership prides itself on its knowledgeable staff and a welcoming atmosphere, making it a trusted destination for those in search of reliable Toyota vehicles in the Klein Karoo region. Get the vehicle you want, need and deserve. Let us make your motoring dreams a reality.

RENEWED GROUP

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Our pride lies in offering tailored solutions that perfectly align with our clients’ needs and their businesses. We firmly believe in putting you in control of your business finance and insurance requirements. By working closely with our network of finance and insurance providers, we ensure that your risks are minimized, providing you with a convenient one-stop solution.

GRAVEL & TOUR

Gravel & Tour, since its inception, has dedicated itself to the challenging task of sourcing the ideal gear for various biking adventures, whether fueled by a passion for riding, racing, touring, or enduring long journeys. The brand, born from a wealth of firsthand experience, offers a curated selection of ultra-distance racing and adventure bike-packing gear. Having traversed deserts, countries, and continents, Gravel & Tour serves as the ultimate resource for high-quality products that have withstood rigorous testing in some of the world's harshest conditions. The brand's commitment goes beyond functionality, aiming to bring joy to users with well-designed gear. Gravel & Tour's mission is to inspire people to explore the world by bicycle, emphasizing the importance of preparation in creating memorable experiences. With a focus on customer support, the brand encourages building bikes as a joyful experience and invites enthusiasts to gear up and embark on their riding journeys.

EP DIGITAL SA

EP Digital SA Marketing & Creative Agency stands as the premier "One-Stop" hub for a diverse range of Design and Production services, positioning itself as a comprehensive solution for both individuals and businesses. Specializing in Digital Marketing EP Digital South Africa has been a key player since 2014, boasting swift turnarounds and a commitment to top-notch quality. All services, tailored to meet the unique needs of clients, are efficiently managed in-house. Emphasizing excellence, the company exclusively employs industry-standard software to ensure that clients receive nothing short of the finest digital marketing solutions, as well as with your Social Media Management.

SOCIAL INVESTMENT PARTNERS

NIKA CAPITAL

At Nika Capital, we see our roles as both a conduit and a catalyst – a conduit through which companies can participate in building this exceptional nation; and a catalyst for social impact through business transformation.

We do this by providing a financial investment platform in which companies can invest in the betterment of schools and an educational bursary fund, and in so doing, companies can invest in South Africa’s future as a whole.

Nika strives to impact the future of South Africa through Christian education creating pathways out of poverty. We believe that Christian education in South Africa is the key to achieving sustainable impact.

THEY RIDE ALONG

They Ride Along is a compassionate organization dedicated to supporting families coping with the profound loss of a loved one. This heartfelt initiative brings together grieving individuals to find solace and connection through a unique activity: riding bicycles in memory of their departed family members. As they pedal through the challenges of grief, the participants form a growing network of mutual understanding and support. The shared experience of cycling becomes a powerful symbol of resilience and remembrance, offering a therapeutic outlet for those navigating the difficult journey of loss. They Ride Along not only promotes physical activity but also fosters emotional healing, providing a sense of unity and solidarity among its members who share the common bond of mourning.

CONTACT US

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