After more than a decade of capturing the hearts and imaginations [and souls!] – of mountain bikers and endurance racers, The Munga brand has become synonymous with ultra-endurance bicycle racing challenges. Various off-shoot Munga endurance cycling events take place now with the first ever Munga Equipe (Team) race launching on 20 July 2024.

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Every event in The Munga bouquet challenges cycling endurance. In recent years, updated designs of gravel bikes and components have added fresh equipment choice options to the racing, keeping it compelling for both competitors and the growing community of ‘dot-watchers’, who follow the rider-tracked races online.

And because riding bicycles offers such a strong social element, a team-based race format has now been added. The inaugural round of The Munga Equipe Series, will be held in Mpumalanga on Saturday 20 July. It’s just over a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, so is expected to attract a solid field comprising roadies, gravel racers, mountain bikers and eBike riders.

The format requires teams of five to enter the 130km race which will use a combination of farm roads and gravel roads. Four of the five team members must finish to be included in the results and eligible for prizes in one of the many categories. The distance makes the event accessible to most fit bicycle racers, while the team element adds a fresh element of collaboration between teammates.

The category numbers are generous, which should ensure a wide range of committed bicycle riders will be able to sample The Munga racing spirit. Here are the categories: Mixed Teams (at least 2 of two of opposite sex) | Men Elite | Women Elite | Men 30-45 | Women 30-45 | Men 45+ | Women 45+ | e-Bike category (Not gender specific) | Tandem category (Not gender specific).

Note:  At least 10 teams must be in a category to qualify for category prizes

The Munga Equipe, Mpumalanga will start and finish at the ALZU Petro Port Arms close to Middelburg. The entry fee is R3250 per five-rider team (R650 each). Entry can be done online here, where you can also find out more about the race.

The Munga series of events is supported by the following sponsors: Indongo Toyota, Minuteman Press, Bryanston, PVM Nutritional Sciences and Nika Capital.

Photo credit: Shawn Benjamin

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