John Ntuli crossed the finish line at Diemersfontein on the morning of Saturday 4 December to win the inaugural Munga, where riders race 1 070km, non-stop, totally unsupported. Having come from behind during the last 280 km push from Sutherland he wins in a time of 69 hours 10 minutes.
How the final hours unfolded:
At around 10pm on Friday 4 December, John passed Grant Usher crossing the Breeder River Valley. But he didn’t just take the lead, he put huge time into the rest of the field as well, entering the final race village at 4:30 on Saturday morning. He wasn’t there for long though and by 7:30, he had crossed the Ceres valley with only the climb up to Bain’s Kloof ahead of him.
John crossed the finish line at Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate in first place at around 9:17am with a race time of two days, 21 hours and 17 minutes. What a ride!
The Munga, dubbed the toughest race on earth, started on Wednesday 2 December in Bloemfontein. Riders have five days to race the 1 070km route which ends at Diemersfontein in the Cape Winelands. Updates on the women’s race and the rest of the field to follow.