The Munga. The Toughest Race on Earth. A single-stage mountain bike race.

27th November – 2nd December 2023. (Entries close on 31st October 2024).

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 runs over a little more than 1000 kilometres. There are 5 race villages where riders can rest, eat and get mechanical assistance. There are also ten water points placed between 60 and 90 kilometres apart. The race is semi-supported meaning that riders will be provided with support from race officials and at race villages, but will not be permitted to have support along the route. Everything a rider needs he will find at the water points or race villages, or it must be taken along on his bike.


The Munga mountain bike race begins in the city of Bloemfontein in South Africa and ends at the Doolhof wine estate in Wellington, a small town in the Cape Winelands. The route will be predominantly off road. The route will be a GPS route so riders will not have to think about navigation. The route is a little more that 1000kms and covers some of the most beautiful, and barren terrain in South Africa.

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Event Information

Country: South Africa Province: FS Event type: MTB Stage Distance: 1130 km Ascent: 6435 m Event date: 27 November, 2024 Duration: 5 day(s)

Organiser Information

Race Organiser: The Munga Race Director: Alex Harris Email: Website:
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