HELL AND THE REAL HALF //
There is a distinct difference between the halfway point on the map and the real halfway point. On paper, halfway on The Munga is around the town of Loxton and RV3. The real halfway mark is actually RV4 in Sutherland – that’s ‘only’ about 270km from the end, but it’s halfway, believe me.
Once riders drop off Ouberg Pass into the Tankwa Karoo, they’re faced with two prominent climbs: Dagbreek Pass and Swaarmoed, which tests the spirit into Ceres.
But wait, there’s more – the ‘ Highway through Hell’ lies ahead too: a deadstraight 60km stretch of road from Tankwa Padstal to the base of the climb before dropping off into RV5 at Ceres.
The mental game is huge at this stage. Psychologically, you can taste the finish – but it’s still over 20 hours away for the backmarkers.