Rights folks, the much anticipated Mini Munga rides are kicking off! Get your bikes out of the closet! See below for what you need to know:
Mini Munga Ride Information.
*Note: The idea of the Mini Munga rides is to try and provide an opportunity for both Munga entrants as well as potential entrants the chance to ride long distances and spend time with similar minded people. These rides are semi-supported which has some implications:
- Do not count on a support vehicle following the riders. While this happens occasionally, much of the routes we take are inaccessible to vehicles.
- Make sure you are able to ride for both the approximate distance and time
- Please carry basic spares, including puncture repair kit etc.
- The Joburg rides have a water-point approximately half way. See below for details.
- Make sure you carry enough water for at least half the planned ride.
- All Mini Munga rides are GPS routes, so you need to have a working GPS device and you need to know how your device operates! The routes are in no way marked.
- The actual GPX file for the upcoming ride will be posted on Facebook in the week leading up to the event. If you cannot access Facebook, you are welcome to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for the file and we will gladly mail it to you.
- Be prepared to sign an indemnity form at the start.
The following is the 2018 Mini Munga ride schedule:
- 30th June: 6hr ride starting at 7am
- 14th July: 8hr ride starting at 7am
- 28th July: 10hr ride starting at 6am
- 11th August: 12hr ride starting at 5am
- 8th September: 6hr ride starting at 7am
- 22nd September: 8hr ride starting at 7am
- 6th October: 10hr ride starting at 6am
- 27th October: 12hr ride starting at 5am
Mini Munga rides happen concurrently in both Gauteng and the Western Cape.
- The Gauteng venue is Bidon Bistro in the Cradle: http://bidonbistro.co.za/
- The Cape venue is the Golden Valley Hotel in Worcester: https://www.suninternational.com/golden-valley/
Start times vary so please check the events tab on our Facebook page for specifics: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheMungaMTB/events/?ref=page_internal
If the scheduled time is 6am, then arrive a bit earlier so you can sign your form, prep your bike and are ready to roll at 6!
4. Distances and speed:
Distances will vary between the Joburg and Cape rides, but the following is a guideline for the Joburg rides:
- 6hr: 100km
- 8hr: 130km
- 10hr: 160km
- 12hr: 210km
Times given are typically the total time for the ride from start to stop, so including any stops along the way.
Currently these are only available in the Joburg rides. All Mini Munga water-points will have the following:
- Starbucks coffee!
- PowerBar nutritional product to top up (energy bars and carbogen drink powder)
- Fournos chocolate croissants
Currently the Mini Munga rides are free of charge.
Most of the rides will be a long loop starting and finishing in the same place. The 12hr ride may start and end at different places, so make sure you check the specific event details for those rides.
While the terrain for the Joburg and Cape rides may vary considerably, the objective is to simulate Munga terrain as much as possible. Thus, it is unlikely you will encounter steep, technical single track. The Joburg rides are pretty flat and predominantly on quiet district roads. However, they are badly corrugated and so are perfect for Munga training. The Cape rides also focus on quiet dirt roads but expect much more climbing!
That’s it! Have fun, but remember the responsibility is yours to look after yourself and ride in a safe manner, obeying all traffic rules!