Eric de Jong

Eric ‘Chicken Legs’ de Jong

Eric is 59 years old and has been riding socially for +/- the last 5 years. His ex-friends call him Chicken Legs although he has no idea why because he far prefers the other bits on a roast Chicken. Eric has four Blue Cross rides – 500 kilometres from the lowest point in Zimbabwe to the highest- under his belt. Other notable sporting achievements include a starting berth in the Allan Wilson under 15 C rugby team which enjoyed a two match winning streak, a fifth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and he rode from Harare to Cape Town via Hotazel. Next up is Harare to Mt Kilimanjaro.

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When he is not falling off bicycles, Eric grows cut flowers for export and the best seedlings in Mt Hamden on a farm on the outskirts of Harare. In his dreams, Eric is a best-selling novelist. To this end, he wakes up most mornings at 04.30 and tries to get an hour and a bit of writing before he has to rush off and grow seedlings.

Eric is married to Jenny and has 3 grown children and a pair of too cute granddaughters who call him Eric. Had he known how cute grandchildren were, he would’ve cut holes in his children’s condoms long ago.