GET YOUR HANDZ UP! //
What I love about The Munga is the opportunities it’s given riders to carve out a niche market for themselves, where their exploits and personalities merge. Kevin Benkenstein
(right) rode last year’s Munga, using it to propel him to placing second in the Race to Rock, and in 2017 he came back again. Beneath the calm and showboating exterior, he places a lot of pressure on himself – as does every rider who believes they’re in with a chance.
The format, however, means that just about anything can happen. Right before taking this photo I received news that defending women’s champion Jeannie Dreyer had broken her rear axle and was limping along the course – doing anything possible to manufacture a temporary fix and keep moving forward. She only managed to get it fixed at RV2, 400km later – and still went on to defend her title.
The emotions are always just beneath the surface at The Munga. So when they are high and positive, you’d better make the most of them, because that will pass. But so will the times of desperation.