A BICYCLE RACE FOR THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE. THE TOUGHEST OF THE TOUGH.

IT'S TIME. H.T.F.U.

Riding the Munga is tough, so getting to the race shouldn't be. Focus on your training and your preparation, and not on booking flights.

1. READ THE RULES

This is super important. Make sure that there isn't anything that could prevent you from actually riding the Munga. Make sure you're riding the right bike, and that your diet doesn't contain anything that could get you into trouble. The Munga is open to anyone, but it's still a sanctioned race, and rules must be followed. You can find the rules here.

2. PACK THE RIGHT GEAR

There is a science to packing and bringing the right gear, and many riders have their own opinion about what gear you should be using. From what type of frame is best suited to the terrain, to what colour your socks should be.

It's really up to you and how you plan to ride the Munga as to what gear you bring. However, we have a fairly generic packing list for you that is a good place to start. If you've never ridden the Munga before, you'll want to read this one. Find our packing information here.

3. BOOK A FLIGHT

If you live outside of South Africa, then you're going to need to catch a flight a day or two before the start of the Munga. You'll need to book a flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. While you're at it, you could also book your return flight from Cape Town International airport. We recommend that you fly into Johannesburg at least two days before the race.

4. BOOK A CAR, OR GET A LIFT

Bloemfontain is about 400 kilometres (around 250 miles) from Johannesburg so you'll need to either book a rental vehicle, or catch a lift. Booking a vehicle is fairly simple and there are numerous rental companies at O.R. Tambo Airport. We recommend Europcar.

5. BOOK A ROOM AT THE START

The Munga starts at the Sun International Windmill Hotel. If you're getting there a day early, you'll need to book a room for one night. If you're getting to the start line on the day, remember the race starts strictly at 12 PM.

6. BOOK A ROOM AT THE END

Depending on your strategy, you'll probably want to a book a room at the finish line. The Munga ends on the beautiful grounds of the Doolhof wine estate. You can stay here for one night, or two or three. It's entirely up to you.