Munga victory a life changing feat for RMB Change a Life’s ‘Ngwenya’ Ntuli

Munga victory a life changing feat for RMB Change a Life’s ‘Ngwenya’ Ntuli

John Ntuli’s historic victory at the inaugural 1070km The Munga mountain bike race from Bloemfontein to Wellington on Saturday has reaffirmed his status as one of the finest endurance athletes in the country and further underlining a core ethos behind the RMB Change a Life MTB Academy.

John Ntuli's win in the recent 1070km The Munga mountain bike race from Bloemfontein to Wellington further underlined the ethos of Martin Dreyer's RMB Change a Life MTB Academy. Erik Vermeulen

John Ntuli’s win in the recent 1070km The Munga mountain bike race from Bloemfontein to Wellington further underlined the ethos of Martin Dreyer’s RMB Change a Life MTB Academy. Erik Vermeulen

Gracious and humble by nature, Ntuli’s uncanny knack of adapting into a relentless, determined competitor when put under race conditions has fittingly seen the man from KZN’s Valley of a Thousand Hills develop the nickname of ‘Ngwenya’ – isiZulu for crocodile.

And call on every ounce of crocodile instinct he had within him Ntuli was forced to do as he redefined his mental and physical boundaries en route to claiming victory in 69 hours and ten minutes.

“I’ve won a couple of races in my career but this is the biggest race I have ever won!” said Ntuli.

With victories in the latest Triple Challenge and recent Maqhwe Mfula multisport races as well having successfully tackled the 369km Desert Dash in Namibia in 2014, Ntuli drew confidence from both his training and strategy prior to Wednesday, 2 December’s race start.

All the preparation in the world couldn’t have readied Ntuli for what he was in for though, with the overall experience one that will stay with the RMB Change a Life star forever.

“With about 270km to go I seriously thought about pulling out because I was so sore but eventually I told myself that everyone else was going through the same pain as I was and so I just had to keep going.” confesses Ntuli.

“When I finished I was so happy but so tired that when I got off my bike I was just swaying backwards and forwards,” explained Ntuli.

The achievement signifies both Ntuli’s remarkable individual talent and the impact Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Academy has had on the lives of its members.

WhatsApp message from John Ntuli to Martin Dreyer after winning The Munga:
Hey Mart!!! What a good experience in life! You’re the star and like a father in my life, who else cannot sleep because someone is racing? I would like to give you a big respect as a father, a friend and a great motivator for my life. Thanks again Mart for what you’ve done, keep up the good work for good people!!