The inaugural Munga – where riders race 1 000km, non-stop, totally unsupported – is one day down and 490km has been covered so far.
The race kicked off on Wednesday in Bloemfontein and riders have five days to get to Diemersfontein Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands. There are five rest stations along the race route, spaced roughly 200km apart from the start. At each of these stations riders are able to eat and sleep, but they do not have to stop at the station or sleep if they don’t want to. It is totally up to them.
Apart from the five stations riders also have access to water points roughly every 50 to 60kms, but this is an unsupported race so no rider will be allowed to have support from outside in any physical form.
The first rider to cross the finish line wins R30 000.
Chris Van Zyl is currently leading the men’s race with Amy McDougall, in front for the women. But it’s currently anyone’s game.
Check out the live tracking on the Munga website and see how the race unfolds.
All photographs were taken by Erik Vermeulen