David van der Want Takes on Gruelling Cycling Challenges to Support TEARS


In a remarkable display of determination and compassion, David van der Want is gearing up to conquer two of the toughest mountain bike races, the MUNGA Grit Tankwa and the full MUNGA, all in the name of supporting TEARS. The organisation's commitment to the well-being of animals aligns perfectly with David's desire to make his cycling efforts more meaningful and raise funds for a cause close to his heart.


The Challenging Races

David is no stranger to pushing his limits, and he has set his sights on two incredibly challenging races - the MUNGA Grit Tankwa and the full MUNGA.


1. The MUNGA Grit Tankwa:

  •  A gruelling 500-kilometre loop through the Tankwa Karoo, starting and finishing just outside Ceres.
  • The race presents challenges such as relentless wind, scorching heat and punishing corrugations.
  • With a strict 50-hour cutoff time, participants face a race against the clock.
  • The event kicks off on 26 April 2024.


2. The Full MUNGA:

  • A monumental 1100-kilometre mountain bike race starting in Bloemfontein and concluding in Wellington in the Western Cape.
  • The route spans farm and dirt roads, with a daunting 120-hour time limit beginning on 27 November 2024.
  • Participants contend with mid-summer heat and extraordinarily tough conditions.


David acknowledges the uncertainty and difficulty of these races, recognising that a significant number of riders withdraw for various reasons. However, he is fuelled by a desire to make a difference for TEARS and the animals they tirelessly support.


Support the Cause

If you would like to contribute to David‘s fundraising efforts for TEARS, you can follow this GivenGain campaign link. Every donation will directly benefit the crucial work done by TEARS for vulnerable pets.


David’s courageous undertaking to ride in the MUNGA Grit Tankwa and the full MUNGA showcases the power of combining personal challenges with a noble cause. As he pedals through the harsh landscapes and gruelling conditions, he remains steadfast in his commitment to supporting TEARS. 

Follow his training and progress at www.mamil.co.za and join him in making a positive impact on the lives of animals in need.