“I knew that I’d need to train seriously if I was going to complete the ride across the Dolomites and enjoy it. That’s where Njinga came in.”  

Read on to discover how 1-1 Njinga coaching helped Jonathan conquer his epic ride across the Dolomites and Italian Alps.

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Achievement Highlights



Completed the 100 miles in 5 hours and 56 minutes - A new PB.


Rode across the Dolomites - 15,500m of climbing including Stelvio.


Improved FTP score from 243w to 256w in the first 8 weeks of 1-1 training.


Improved 12-minute climbing test by 15 watts (283 to 298w) in 8-weeks.

Before Njinga

I’ve cycled since I was a small boy. My dad was a keen cyclist, and I inherited his love of cycling. I raced quite a bit in my teens and twenties, but then an injury stopped me cycling for many years.

When I did come back to cycling, I entered some sportives - including the Etape and then unfortunately travel resulted in me putting my road cycling on hold again until early 2022.

As a 60th birthday present to motivate me to get out on the road again, my wife gave me a trip to the Dolomites - 7 days of riding some of the toughest road climbs out there.

It was an amazing present - but I knew that I’d need to train seriously if I was going to complete the ride and enjoy it. That’s where Njinga came in - well, eventually. 

Finding Njinga

My first instinct was to get a coach. I’d worked with several coaches over the years and valued the feedback and the accountability that the relationships had provided.

I initially used a coach someone recommended, but was frustrated by the lack of feedback they provided, and progress so I stopped. I then used an app - one that used artificial intelligence to update your training programme week by week based on the results from the previous week. It was interesting but I wanted human feedback.

I decided to look again for a human coach. I Googled some search terms and came across Njinga. The website looked good, and the reviews were excellent, so I got in touch and arranged an initial consultation with Togo.

After that initial consultation, I was confident I’d found the right coach.

I set up a personal 1:1 coaching programme and as part of that I got a bespoke training plan which included indoor and outdoor recommendations and weekly calls with Togo. I was also able to complete “on-demand” Njinga training programmes and also got access to the Njinga Cycling Academy which has over 300 hours of on-demand content.

Jonathan cycling down to Brighton with the Njinga Collective..

Ride London

I’d entered the RideLondon-Essex 100 mile sportive to help with my motivation. When I came to Togo I had only 6 weeks to prepare for the event. I’d been doing the occasional longish ride outside, but I needed a serious boost.

I joined the RideLondon training programme run by Njinga. The sessions were hard, but I enjoyed the competitive aspect that the on-demand platform (On the Njinga Cycling Academy) provided.

I completed RideLondon in a time of 5 hours and 56 minutes. That included a long wait of about 45 minutes due to an accident on the course.

"Even with that delay, my time was a personal best for me for a 100-mile sportive - 8 years after my last 100-mile sportive."

Ride Across The Dolomites

I continued riding Njinga on-demand programmes and having weekly coach calls with Togo. I also completed outdoor rides as guided by Togo’s plan.

Then in September, I jetted off to Venice to meet up with my fellow riders to take part in the ride across the Dolomites and Italian Alps - A trip that included 15,500m of climbing across iconic climbs such as Monte Zoncolan, the Stelvio, Passo Giau, the Mortirolo, and the Gavia. I won’t pretend the ride was easy and that I flew up the climbs like Pantani reincarnated. It wasn’t and I didn’t. But I did complete the ride and loved it (so much so I’m thinking about repeating it next year).  

"Without the help from Togo and Njinga I’m not confident I would have completed the ride - and I’m certain I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did."

Jonathan at the top of one of the climbs on his ride across the Dolomites.

Jonathan and Njinga Head Performance Coach Togo..

So Many Positives

I have so many positive things to say about Togo and Njinga that I’m not sure where to start! Togo is terrific.

He takes a genuine interest in his riders.

He’s the first coach I can remember who looked at my Training Peaks data and gave me feedback on it. Togo helped me to understand the importance of the data I was collecting from my rides and the need to analyse it and then respond appropriately at the next session.

I also love Togo’s holistic approach to cycling. It’s not just about riding the bike. It’s also about nutrition, recovery, pedal technique, breathing, core strength etc.

I thought I knew a lot about cycling but I’ve learnt so much from Togo that helps me, not only with my cycling, but in my general day-to-day life too.

"The whole Njinga set-up and the team are very professional. The resources available are incredible - I still struggle to understand how the team have put it all together."


Improved an incredible 66 watts from 174w to 240w in just 18 months.


Increase from 2.46 to 3.59w/kg. An increase of 46% in less than 18 months.


Completed first 100 miles in July 2019 in a time of 7h47m.


Took on the Mallorca 225 cycling challenge and conquered it in tough heat conditions.

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