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Raoul de Jongh

Welcome

The only constant is change, and really, that is how we got here. In 2004, I started a little blog called Urban Ninja in the hopes of sharing my experiences with other athletes whilst keeping sponsors happy with some extra coverage. Blogging was pretty new, and Urban Ninja grew to […]

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Win! Run the AfricanX with Rehidrat Sport

Competition time! R10 000 in prizes up for grabs and its so super easy to win. Rehidrat Sport have an entry plus accommodation up for grabs in the AfricanX Trail Run. Quick overview here: When participants describe a race as “feeling like heaven”, then you know you’ve provided a sublime […]

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Beginners Guide to MTB Stage Racing

While the Wines2Whales Race is taking place this weekend, marking one of the big races for me this year (and especially so racing for Rehidrat Sport) I thought I might share some of the little things I have learned over the years, having now raced 5 x Sani2c races, a […]

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Cape Pioneer 15: Stage 5

The Queen Stage was upon us this morning. It was supposed to be tougher than the Kammannasie stage so we all woke with a little apprehension and a little worry for what was to come. We were greeted with partially cloudy skies and the same routine as before: – Wake […]

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Cape Pioneer ’15: Stage 4

Last year, I had a very, very big meltdown on the Swartberg Pass. It was an emotional day out where the lights were on and then, suddenly, they were off. I was not quite sure what kind of day it was going to be today. Yesterday was a big day […]

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Cape Pioneer 15: Stage 3

What hasn’t been said about the Kamannasie stage of the Cape Pioneer? Crisis I still have the scars to show from last year’s epic stage in the wet. So it was with some apprehension that I woke up this morning knowing it was going to take bringing the best version […]

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Cape Pioneer ’15: Stage 2

“Have you dropped the kids at the pool yet?” “How’s your gunnel ridge this morning?” “Is your leg still oozing?” Stage racing is not for the faint hearted. Essentially it’s a heaving, hungry mass of middle aged white dudes riding through the Karoo, mowing their way through buffets and Pilsener […]

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Cape Pioneer ’15: Stage 1

“Hey Waleed. How is the big man doing today?” (In my head, I am thinking I was never supposed to be this far back. I have so much work to do but thankfully, a long day to get it done. But Waleed is a good guy, so always greet him […]

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Cape Pioneer: Prologue

“DO NOT STUFF THIS UP” This seemed to be the words coming from most starters today. A fantastic route was thought out by the organisers to bring the race ‘to the people’ so to speak, before we head off into the wilderness to suffer in silence. The Cape Pioneer Trek […]

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