Which Bike Do You Currently Ride?
I currently ride a KTM Lisse Master Aero Disc.
What’s your most memorable moment on the bike?
Cycling gave me the opportunity to see the world, experience so many things, meet so many great people and mold me into the person I am today – on and off the bicycle.
There are a few moments the stand out to me:
One was to represent my country at the World championships.
Second was a race I did in Belgium in Oostduinkerke where I rode away from 3km and stayed away for the 96km.
Thirdly racing the classics in Europe was beautiful in the weirdest way as it is so hard physically and mentally and the weather and terrain is so unforgiving but makes you feel like a “real cyclist”.
What would be your useful tip to people looking to ride in Dubai?
Number 5 velominati rule applies for anywhere in the world.
Who is your cycling hero?
I admire so many riders and the classics riders are on top of my list but I’d have to say Greg Van Avermaet.
How has cycling developed during your stay here in Dubai?
So far the passion and interest for the people residing in Dubai has pleasantly surprised me – the way the country has put up safe cycling paths and enjoyable routes is awesome. Cycling is definitely on the up here.
How does cycling in Dubai compare to your home country?
There are many cycling specific tracks that are great. The terrain is flatter and dry climate. Cycling community here is growing a lot and there are many people excited about cycling here just like back home in South Africa – which is great.
What are your goals for the remainder of 2019?
My goals are to work hard and achieve my goals in my work team as well as bring the good energy with me wherever I go. Oh and of course enjoy riding my bike!
What’s your favorite piece of cycling clothing when riding in Dubai?
What’s your opinion on the length of cycling socks?
6 inch of course – I’m a roadie.
What is your favorite way to replenish the calories after a long ride?
Cappuccino for sure!
Do you shave your legs?
Are you on Strava / Social Media?
Facebook & Strava: Chane’ Jonker
What’s your favorite piece of cycling equipment?
Who is your favorite professional rider?
Darryl Impey from Mitchelton Scott. As a fellow South African with the heart of a lion and one of the most humble riders I know.
How can you be identified on the ride?
I’m usually someone who likes to ride up front and be in the mix – “got to risk it to get the biscuit lol!”