One Champion

Ben Soja

From Vienna, Austria

1st Place German Muni & Trial Weekend
1st Place German championship DH & XC
1st Place Austrian Championship DH & XC
2nd Place European Championship Uphill & XC


One Location

South Africa

Riding natural trails off the beaten track & away from the madding crowds & big events is what Ben likes to do.
“South Africa is one of the most beautiful, hottest destinations in the world. When you see its exquisite beaches, stunning countryside and rugged mountain backdrop, you can understand why. This is an experience second to none``.


One Wheel

MUNI 26`` X 4.00 with Disc Brake

CrMo frame. Saddle KH Fusion Freeride. Hub MAD4ONE Disc ISIS. Tires: Chaoyang Big Daddy 26``x4.00 + Chaoyang 26``x4.00 FAST+DURO 26``X4.00 BIG D. Cranks MAD4ONE 114 mm + MAD4ONE triple hole 150 mm. Pedals PUSH-N2. SHIMANO Disc Brake M640 ZEE 1000mm BH90.

I’m mad4adventure

Ben Soja

Born 1988 in Vienna, Austria

  • 2011: Started riding Muni Christmas 2011 when I got a fat QX 24 (without brake!).
  • 2012: Spent one semester in Switzerland and slowly got introduced to the community. I participated in the Grischa Muni Challenge, where I met a lot of international riders for the first time; this was a huge motivation for me.
  • 2013: Had my first muni race at the “German Muni & Trials Weekend”; beat a few famous riders, which was a huge surprise for me because it was my first race, got my Schlumpf hub and won the Riegersburgerlauf, my first XC race. Moved to Potsdam, Germany, participated in the  Elsbet (Liechtenstein), became “King of the Mountain”. Raced in DirtyDozen (12h race), won the team category and became German champion in DH.
  • 2014: Got my Triton/Mad4One 26″ machine.
    Had a lot of great muni trips: Tenerife, Austrian & Swiss Alps, British Columbia & Quebec (Canada), Poland, Czech Republic.
    Competition results: German champion DH, Austrian Champion XC; World championships: 2nd place Uphill, 3rd place Cyclocross, 4th place XC. I participated in several MTB events as muni rider, the most important was MTB Trilogy (very hard race over 4 days, I was the only unicyclist who rode up to the end….).
  • 2015: Trips: Azores, Finale Ligure, California, Utah, Austrian Alps, Czech Republic, Spain.
    Competition results:
    German Muni & Trial Weekend: 1st in DH, German championships: 1st in DH & XC, Austrian Championship: 1st in DH & XC, European Championship: 2nd in Uphill & XC.
    Again, several MTB events as a muni rider, including German Enduro Championship; I also won my first MTB race with my muni (small event in Berlin).

I am mad

19TH-28TH march 2016

South Africa

  • Drakensberg
  • Royal Natal National Park
  • Golden Gate National Park
  • Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Sani Pass
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Durban
  • St. Lucia
  • Krüger National Park
  • Johannesburg


19.3.16 – start of the Adventure, drive to Drakensberg.

The Drakensberg (this name derives from the Afrikaans word “Drakensberge” which means “Dragon Mountains”) is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau.
The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 2,000 to 3,000 metres and stretches for over 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) SW to NE.
Because of the extensive erosion of the plateau, which occurred over most of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, none of its surface rocks (except the Kalahari sands) are younger than 180 million.

Royal Natal National Park

Visit the Royal Natal National Park, Hike & Muni tour in the “Amphitheater“.

The Royal Natal National Park has some of the best mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheater, a rock wall approx. 5 km in length and approx. 500 mt. high. On top of the Amphitheater is the Mont-aux-Sources peak, where the Orange river begins its log journey to the Atlantic ocean and Tugela river cascades down the face of the amphitheater, in the second highest waterfall in the world, on its way to the Indian ocean.

Golden Gate National Park

Visit Golden Gate National Park and check out trails (e.g. Ribbok Trail).

“Golden Gate” refers to the sandstone cliffs that are found on either sides of the valley at the Golden Gate. In 1875, a farmer called J.N.R.van Reenen and his wife stopped here as they travelled to their new farm in Vuurland. He named the location “Golden Gate” when he saw the last rays of the setting sun fall on the cliffs.
The Ribbok Trail is the flagship trail in Golden Gate. The route covers a distance of 27 km and a vertical height of 600 m.

Kingdom of Lesotho

Drive into the Kingdom of Lesotho, look for Freeride possibilities.

Lesotho has no coast on the sea nor on a lake. This type of country is called “landlocked”, meaning it is surrounded only by other countries.
This type of country is also called an enclave. Enclave countries are very rare, but Lesotho is one of these (there are only two other countries like this, San Marino and the Vatican City). All of Lesotho is at least 1,400 m above sea level.

Sani Pass

A Pit stop at the “Highest Pub of South Africa” and Sani Pass.

The Sani Pass is the only vehicle route over the Drakensberg escarpment and into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. It is a spectacular track twisting and snaking its way through the rocky cliffs to the top of the world.


Visit Pietermaritzburg and the DH and XC tracks of the past MTB championships.

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg is well known to UCI Mountain Bike events, having hosted since 2009 five MTB World Cups.


Drive to Durban, go shark cage diving.

After Johannesburg, the Durban Metropolitan Area ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.

ST. Lucia

Drive along coast to St. Lucia Park (safari).

The park was proclaimed a world heritage site because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural beauty occurring in a relatively small area. The reason for the huge diversity in fauna and flora is the great variety of different ecosystems on the park, ranging from coral reefs and sandy beaches to subtropical dune forests, savannas, and wetlands.

Krüger National Park

Enter Krüger National Park and check out wildlife (2 days).

the Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 from north to south and 65 kilometres from east to west.  The climate of the Kruger National Park is subtropical.


Go back to Johannesburg and fly back (March, 28th).

Johannesburg is located in the eastern plateau area of South Africa known as the Highveld, at an elevation of 1,753 metres (5,751 ft). It is the largest city in South Africa and is one of the 50 largest urban agglomerations in the world. The city was named and established in 1886 following the discovery of gold. The city is commonly called the El Dorado, due to the extremely large gold deposit found along the Witwatersrand.


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