If you think two water bottles and a backpack are going to see you through 1000km of the toughest single stage race on earth you may want to rethink that strategy.
You need lights, lights that don’t die. As long as the wheels are turning your light is burning. A dynamo hub is an essential component of your race strategy if you are going for the prize money. It means you won't have to carry additional batteries, you don’t have to stop and charge your GPS or your phone. This could be the difference between winning or losing.
How much kit are you going to ride with? Are you going to go ultra-light, carrying only the bare minimum or do you want to pack for every eventuality? Whichever strategy you choose, you do not want the weight on your back. With innovative, lightweight, and weatherproof bike bags you can configure your adventure any which way you choose.
You'll probably be doing a fair amount of riding in the dark. And we mean PROPER dark. After sunset, there is essentially no light except for what you produce yourself. We strongly recommend bringing more than one light, and an array of batteries to keep them lit.
The South African interior can be an easy place to get lost. A GPS device is a requirement for entry into the Munga, so make sure you have a good one.
A dynamo hub means there's no need to stop and charge your GPS device, or your phone. And there's no need to carry more batteries than needed.
A mobile phone can be a life-line in bad situations. The Munga race is well supported, and we have medics in cars along the route, but they could be in completely the wrong place when you need them most. A mobile phone will help keep you in touch.
The Munga is run through the Karoo (desert) in the middle of Summer. It's hot. Really, really hot. But, in typical Karoo style, the nights can be really cold. Make sure you pack warm clothing.
South Africa also gets a deadly amount of sun, so be prepared. You'll need a really good sun screen and maybe even some skin care products.
Riding 1000 kilometres with a bag on your back is going to be extremely uncomfortable. Weather proof bike bags are definitely the way to go. There are plenty to choose from and you can configure them any way you wish.
We don't want to be too prescriptive here because we know everyone has their own set up. So you'll know what spares you need to bring. Puncture kits, tires, bolts, pedals, cables, bar tape, screw drivers, multi-tools, water bottles... Anything that can break or get lost should be on your spares list.