Couple to tackle tough Munga
A PORT Elizabeth couple will be enduring a gruelling, five-day long, 1 000km mountain bike challenge during the hottest time of the year in a bid to raise much needed funds and awareness for charity.
Cycling enthusiasts Tracey Campbell, 36, and her husband Bruce Campbell, 30, of Summerstrand, will cycle from Bloemfontein to Wellington at the end of the month.
The pair were invited to take part in what is believed to be the toughest race on Earth from November 29 to December 5.
The Munga is just a little more than 1 000km and has five race villages where riders can rest, eat and get mechanical assistance.
While riders will be provided support from race officials en route and at the race villages, all essentials are to be carried on the bikes.
Tracey will be riding for the Smile Foundation, raising awareness and money for the organisation which aims to transform the lives of children with facial conditions in South Africa.
“I do a lot of adventure racing so this race was right up my alley,” Tracey said.
Even though the race may be completed in 120 hours, she intends completing it in four days, with very little sleep.
“The cycle is about 120 hours and it’s up to you when and where you sleep, but I am banking on getting about three hours at most for the four days,” she said.
The couple, who will be celebrat- ing their first wedding anniversary in December, will not be allowed to assist each other during the race.
Bruce will be racing for the Rare Disease Society of South Africa.
He suffers from Pompe Disease, a genetic disorder which affects organs and muscles.
“I am a little afraid because I suffer from a life-threatening disease, but it is my drive to show people you can do anything if you are mentally strong, ” Bruce said.
WHEELING IT: Tracey and Bruce Campbell are all set for a red-hot cycle race in support of charitable organisations