24 hours non-stop.

THE 24hrs Sword series are a series of races FOCUSED AROUND A 24-hour BIKE RACE THAT FOLLOWS A single  LOOP. Each race event unique in numerous areas, from Namibia, to the Grootbrak Rivier, to Pretoria East, to Sabie, to Modimolle and the magalies, each race will offer a DIFFERENT type of riding in a different setting. loops will vary in both distance and ascent from race to race,  but RIDERS WILL HAVE TO RIDE AS MANY LOOPS AS THEY CAN IN THE 24HOURS.

Magaliesburg,  27th – 28th July 2024

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

COUNTDOWN TO THE 2023 MUNGA GRIT 24 HOUR MAGALIESBERG

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NO GUTS | NO GLORY

what is the munga grit 24hr?

24hrs, 10 loops, 10 Stripes, Zero to General!

Each loop is worth one stripe! You see, the thing is, people love our stripes but with only one Munga a year and two Grit races, it’s taking a long time to become a high-ranking officer! So we want to make the allure of stripes available to all.

Done three loops and you want to be an officer? Then set off for a fourth loop. It’s totally up to you. Each loop, only the toughest of the tough, bravest of the brave, most desperate, valiant, eager beaver, riding warrior machine will do ten loops and walk away with the coveted General’s stripe!

The basics

Guess what, you don’t have to ride ten loops if you dont want to. Only want to do 2 loops, no problem. Its totally up to you. Below are the race options with this unusual 24hr format:

Race Categories:

  • Youth R200 (1 loop max and younger than 18)  
  • Weekend Warriors – R450 (2 loops max) 
  • Mini Munga Mob – R900 (5 loops max) 
  • Munga Maniacs – R1800 (more than 5 loops)
  • Team of 2 – R3200 {R1600pp} (10 loops) 
  • Team of 4 – R5800 {R1450pp} (10 loops) 
  • e-bike – Any of the solo categories.

The Grit 24hr Sword Series is a family-oriented, fun-filled festival of endurance!  Riders can access their family and friends as they come in. But be warned…this level of comfort comes with a heavy price. Resolve will melt, determination will fall by the side, and motivations will be questioned as you embrace your loved one and think long and hard if you can set off for one more loop.

The loop will vary from race to race, but will typically follow remote dirt roads and tracks around the spectacular country so the riding will be non-technical, with some loops having more ascent, some more sand and corrugations etc. The weekend is focused on the family, so they can play a big role in rider support as they come in, and there is also a kids race to start them off on their own stripe journey!

MAGALIES

THE MUNGA GRIT 24 HOUR ROUTE

The Munga Grit 24hr Sword Series race will be based at in a venue perfectly placed for an easy family weekend getaway. The actual loop will be approximately 50km and will start and end at the start point. The loop will head out and follow quiet dirt roads through the spectacular local areas before returning back to the start/end point.

With the race start at 12pm Saturday, and the cutoff 12pm Sunday, riders can do as many loops as they want within the 24 hours (within the category they have entered), and each time they come back they can enjoy the resort facilities.

*Note: the image on the right is to give you a general idea of the area. The specific loop may change in time. (Map Image to Follow)

A FUN, FAMILY, ENDURANCE FESTIVAL!

We understand the pull of endurance events away from family, and the complexity this creates. So the Grit 24hr Sword Series has been designed to provide an opportunity for the whole family to take part in the endurance festival! The various resorts and finish line venues themselves will play host to the transition area for each loop, and unlike all our other events, when a rider returns, he has full access to friends, family. Now the family can play a key part in their riders support and encouragement!  

And for those kids who want to start their Munga journey and earn their first stripe, there will be a MUK (Munga Kids race) late Saturday afternoon. For ages 3 till 9, this event will include a short bike ride & run!

 

 

VARIOUS ENTRY COSTS FROM R450

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY ENTRY?

Great question!
  • A start/finish line transition area with food and drinks for the full 24 hours.
  • Named nutrition
  • Full medical support
  • A tailored finishers medal
  • The chance to earn your first (or tenth!) stripe!
  • A Grit 24-hour goody bag

EARN YOUR STRIPES

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Every time you complete a loop, you receive a commission, or one stripe. Starting with a Lance Corporal, when you complete your second loop 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 loop is worth one stripe and there is no limit to how many loops you can do other than the time limit of 24 hours or the category you have entered.

But be warned, the road to officer is not easy, and only the bravest of campaigners will walk away with the coveted General’s stripe!

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.

Each race in the Swords series starts you off at zero. So while you may have reached a Loot and have five stripes in one of the races, and be entitled to wear the five stripe shirt, when you start your next race, you start from zero. The first rider to complete ten loops in a race and thus receives the coveted General’s stripe, has a 1% time handicap over the rest of the field for their next race. This means starting 14 mins and 40 seconds after everyone else so the rest of the chasers are still in the game! Points are awarded for your stripes and time in each event, with the top three officers in both male and female taking home the Sword Series trophy as well as all the prize money!

We want you, to join the army in the fight against mediocrity!
BELOW ARE THE TEN LEVELS OF RANK IN THE MUNGA GRIT “NO GUTS NO GLORY” ARMY.

THE RULES

WE RIDE TO FIND A PART OF OURSELVES YET UNDISCOVERED.

Oh yes. There are rules. The Munga Grit Sword Series has some seriously tough races. They are 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 Sword Series journey.

rider f.a.q.s

Things Riders usually ask.

WHEN IS THE RACE

The Sword Series races take place:

– Grootbrak: 22-23rd March

– Pretoria East 6-7 April

– Sabie: 20-21st April

– Magalies: 27-28th July

– Modimolle: 31st Aug – 1st Sept

WHEN IS THE RACE

The Sword Series races take place:

– Grootbrak: 22-23rd March

– Pretoria East 6-7 April

– Sabie: 20-21st April

– Magalies: 27-28th July

– Modimolle: 31st Aug – 1st Sept

WHEN IS THE RACE?

The Sword Series races take place:

– Grootbrak: 22-23rd March

– Pretoria East 6-7 April

– Sabie: 20-21st April

– Magalies: 27-28th July

– Modimolle: 31st Aug – 1st Sept

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?

Race Categories:

  • Youth 
  • Weekend Warriors
  • Mini Munga Mob
  • Munga Maniacs
  • Team of 2 
  • Team of 4
  • e-bike 

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 24-Hour races are 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 24HR SWORD SERIES AS A TEAM?

The Munga Grit 24-Hour Sword Series has both individual and team race categories. So ALL team entries are welcome. Refer to categories for futher details.

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?

This will vary from race to race so please be sure to check the race-specific details.

CAN I LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE RIDING?

Yep.

CAN I USE TRI-BARS?

Yep.

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?

Medical support is provided.

DOES THE MUNGA 24HR SWORDS SERIES HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

Yes, Munga 24 Hour Sword Series will happen every year along with other similar formats Sword, Grit and Munga races around the country. There will be approximately 3 to 6 Sword Series events throughout the year.

WHEN WILL PRIZE-GIVING TAKE PLACE?

Because of the nature of the Munga Grit 24Hr events, prizes are awarded as riders cross the finish line.

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@themunga.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

SPONSORS

NAMEDSPORT

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Road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking: whatever your challenge, you can rely on a collection of specific products that are loved and trusted by cycling champions worldwide.

WEALTH ASSOCIATES

Wealth Associates South Africa (Pty) Ltd was first established in 2005 by a small group of like-minded, professional and highly skilled financial planners advocating for change in an industry focused on product sales opposed to rendering quality advice and establishing long-term relationships with clients. Their vision was to provide bespoke financial advice, professional hands-on service and tailored solutions; always putting clients and their needs first.

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.

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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.

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