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Our very own Stuart Marais did us proud at the Totalsports Challenge 2013. Harsh winds and harrowing external factors did not stop him. A time to look back & reflect on all that goes into a single day, 7 disciplines, 6 hours & lots of fun, racing & challenging the daunting Totalsports Challenge 2013. Check out Stuart’s race report!
Being a multisporter and passionate sucker for punishment, I arrived back in Gordon’s Bay for the annual TSC, a world class event organised by Stillwater sports. My preparation was short after a niggling injury towards the end of last year. I did what I could in the build up, trying to balance the quality & quantity over 4 very different & challenging disciplines in just 2 months.

Raceday. Early start & we (my seconding team) set off to Gordon’s Bay, amped for a big day. It seemed all our prayers for calm conditions had come true… until we arrived in G’Bay, to gale force SE wind! I quickly needed to adjust my race plan- I knew what lay ahead.

We set off with a blistering start & as expected, Dan was on the front. I found myself settling into a good rhythm about 30sec back in a group of 4 swimmers. We constantly jostled for positions around the many turn buoys in the 3 lap swim. I was comfortable, but knew the hard work was still to come. I quickly ran up the beach & tried to focus on time splits being shouted from supporters on the side. I heard 30sec, so felt comfortable that I would bring this back, especially in the windy conditions. I slugged down a Gu Roctane & settled into a good tempo. (more…)


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End of year Cloud price drop

December 05, 2012


As a company we are so behind cloud infrastructure that we want everyone to try it. We have dropped prices to the floor in order to allow you  the opportunity to try our cloud servers. With pricing this good whats your excuse?

 

All the info and cloud pricing can be found on the RSAWEB cloud page.

 

 

 


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Another weekend, another awesome win for TeamRSAWEB! 

Check out Renays’s race report below from this weekend at the Contego Wines to Whales!

The photo says it all, Matthys and I managed to hold on to our overall lead and emerged the victors of the 2012 Contego Wines to Whales! We crossed the line after 2 hours 58 minutes in second place for stage 3 behind surprise stage winners Adriaan Louw and Louis Knipe

 

I say surprise because the day was full of ups and downs and unfortunate mechanical issues for some teams. The first casualty of the day was second placed team Blend Properties, where Ruan du Toit suffered a bad puncture and lost a big chunk of time in the race. Soon after that it was the turn of Craig Boyes from Team Daiken who trashed his real wheel on a particularly rough downhill.

The last team to suffer misfortune was team Asrin (Rene Haselbacher and Chris Wolhuter), who took a wrong turn and ended up not completing the race.

As a result, the 3 teams out in front for most of the day were Team RECM, Contego 28e, and RSAWEB/CangoMTB. No matter how hard we chased, we were surprised that we could not bring the leaders back into sight, and soon lost all hope of a stage win, as those boys were clearly on fire!

 

Towards the end the Contego boys made a bold move to try make up their 50 second deficit on RECM, while Matthys and I were quite happy to follow their wheels, stay smooth, and protect our lead. We crossed the line in Onrus after 2 hours 58 minutes just 20 meters behind Contego fully expecting a 3rd place for the day, but surprise, Team Contego had pulled off the stage victory!

Not too phased on missing out on the stage win, Matthys and I were truly happy to pull off an amazing victory at such a special event. What a great way to end off the season! The amount of support we received along the route each day was phenomenal, and we feel truly blessed to have been able to pull off such an amazing victory.

For me, this race marks the end of my racing season, and I look forward to putting the bike aside for a few weeks, putting on some kg’s, growing my leg hair, and working on my summer tan!!

I cannot end this post without thanking my amazing sponsors RSAWEB for the fantastic support I have received throughout the year, Rocky Mountain Bikes for the flawless bike, and all the other people who have contributed to making this season a success, you know who you are!

Thanks Renay! Here’s to an awesome season!! 

For more from Renay, check out his blog for all his race reports and news.


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This morning we held our second Cloud Breakfast of the year, and we’re pleased to say it was a big success. Held in Knead, Wembley Square, we invited some of our partners, colleges and clients, both old and new, for an informal and (hopefully!) informative morning of presentations, coffee and delicious breakfast.

We got a great turnout and it was awesome to see the interest and excitement is still as strong on the topic of Cloud in SA as ever.

This year we gave away our MD (Rob’s) favorite new tablet, the Nexus and Dominique  dHotman from Ooba was the lucky winner. Congrats Dom!

We also gave away free Cloud trials to all delegates, if you missed it and would also like to give our Cloud Servers a spin, simply click here and sign up for a free trial.

We’ll be running more #Cloudbreakfasts next year, so keep an eye on our Twitter account and get involved.


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Check out the race report below from Renay who had an awesome weekend at Buffet Olives where he came in 1st place against some very determined competition. Next for Renay is Wines to Whales next weekend, were we expect great things from him! 

With the Wines to Whales stage race fast approaching, I am busy putting the final touches on my training to ensure that I’m on top form to take a podium with my team mate Matthys Beukes. Some of the best training you can do is racing itself, so on Sunday morning I found myself on the start line ready to take on the Buffet Olives MTB challenge.

With me on the starting line I had some strong riders with the likes of previous winner Adriaan Louw (Contego 28e) , Dominic Calitz (Daiken) and emerging talent Louw Kriel. With the route only being 42km I wasn’t sure if it would be long enough for the type of training I was hoping for, but boy was I wrong!

The route turned out to be much tougher than expected, with lots of steep climbing, undulating forest roads and plenty of fun single-track to keep us on edge.

From the very beginning of the race it was apparent that my legs were very tender from the training I had been doing during the week before. Adriaan, Dominic and myself hit the first long climb of the race, and as I pushed the pace a bit, I was able to open up a small gap on them and see what their limits were.  Unfortunately for me the sore legs meant that I was also at my limit, but I managed to keep the pressure on never the less.

To my amusement Adriaan lingered in the background never more than 500m behind me, but luckily for me was not able to close the gap.  This continued throughout the whole race and had me on edge as he was never far behind…

Fortunately I was able to push the pain barrier and hold my wits to take my second win in a row with Adriaan a mere 2 minutes behind me, and with Dominic cruising into 3rd place.

This week sees me putting in some last minute training before taking a nice taper towards Wines to Whales, the last race of the season!


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Limited by slow business ADSL? Upgrade to Fibre today, with RSAWEB’s October Fibre special. 10 mb/s up and 10 mb/s down for under R10,000 per month. This awesome offer is only valid for the month of October…so act fast and contact us today for more information and a personalised quote

 

Want to figure out if Fibre is the right option for you? Do you need: 

  1. High traffic services
  2. High speed broadband, low latency requirements
  3. Better uplink speeds
  4. High uptime
  5. Connect to secure storage in our data centre
  6. Server outsourcing in our data centre.
  7. Disaster recovery (DR) solutions

If you answered ‘yes’ then Fibre is the right connectivity solution for your business!

Find out more about RSAWEB Fibre and contact us for a quote today!


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We’re really proud of one of our younger members of TeamRSAWEB, Chris Jooste, who rode this weekend at the Penny Pinchers GOK cycle tour. Chris won the junior race by over 5 minutes (what an amazing result) and also competed with other top elite level professionals in the field. Expect great things from this guy! Read Chris’s race report below.

This past weekend was the GOK cycle tour in Oudtshoorn, which is basically in my back-yard so I was hoping for a really good performance! I knew there would be guys competing from Cape Town who really wanted the prize money so I knew I’d have to put everything into it.

As soon as the gun went off the racing was really intense, there were guys attacking left, right and centre and the racing was hard and stretching out the group, only a few k’s into the race Shaun Ward and David Garret broke free from the rest of the group and were hammering on the front, I knew it was going to be a challenge to catch up with those guys, but I put my head down and really went for it, and made a good gap between myself and some of the other riders. I couldn’t keep this up for long though, as I was racing with junior gears. I ended the race coming 12th which I was pleased with, given the experience of the other guys within the field, I also won the juniors by more than 5 minutes!

For more on TeamRSAWEB check out our Facebook page. 


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Some of the guys at RSAWEB were discussing Local VS International Cloud hosting…an exciting topic (for us anyway!) and it was interesting to note how much the discussion has changed over time.

Only a few years ago – most of us would have said that International Cloud Hosting was a better and cheaper option for all, and even despite us being an ISP (Internet Service Provider) – we knew it would be difficult to complete with the International powerhouses such as Amazon et al.

Today though, this has changed massively, due in part to cheaper, faster traffic, and also due to the fact that South African ISP’s have invested heavily in order to perform on a global scale, and offer true value to SA users – with International standard SLA’s to boot. 

Read more to find out about the benefits of choosing a local supplier for your Cloud Hosting.

Local Cloud Hosting – The Benefits

  • Local Support and Maintenance – Got a problem? With local hosting it’s simple to chat to someone who speaks your language, understands you and is in your own timezone! When opposed to international, where is gets tricky, this is an easy win!
  • Latency – Hosting Internationally can cause you lots of latency issues, however when hosting locally lag time is greatly reduced.
  • Data Sovereignty – If this is an issue for your organisation, it’s always best to host local, where your data will be stored on your own soil.
  • User Experience – Slow load times lead to high bounce rates and unhappy customers. By hosting locally, SA users will experience lightening fast load times.
  • Low Bandwidth Prices – Competition within the market has caused bandwidth prices to come down drastically, with many ISP’s having really cheap hosting costs (we do for less than R3 per GB on some packages – check it out here)
  • Independent: By hosting in SA – should there be international connectivity issues, you won’t be affected. (However bear in mind that the opposite is true!)

Find out more about our Cloud Hosting packages by looking here, have any questions? Just ask us in the comments section and we’ll get back to you!


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TeamRSAWEB’s Renay Groustra fills us in on his recent success at Karoo to Coast where he came a very respectable 2nd place! This was Renay’s 7th time at this competition, was a very successful day for him. Congrats Renay! Race report and pictures below… 

For more on TeamRSAWEB check out our Facebook page – you can also follow Renay on Twitter to keep up to date on his adventures!

Karoo to Coast is one of those funny events that, although the route never changes, always seems to attract more and more riders each year, as well as the old faithfuls who can’t seem to get enough out of riding the fantastic 100km route from Uniondale to Knysna on the fast and winding gravel roads.

This year was like no other for me. I headed up to Karoo to Coast along with a record 5500 others to take the start line on Sunday morning at 7 30 am. This year was my 7th attempt at the race, and so far 4th place was the highest I have been able to manage. After doing a quick loop around the town we hit the famed Old Wagon Trail where the steep technical roads separated 4 riders off of he front with the likes of myself, Charles Keey(Blend Properties), Matthys Beukes(MTB Destination), and Gert Heyns. Year on year, the winner of the event has come from this initial split. Things were looking good! Geax Mezcal is the best tyre I have ever used for this race. Ultra low profile for low rolling resistance yet super grippy on the corners!

 

First to drop off was Matthys when a slow puncture made him stop to re-inflate just before we dropped down the 10km long hair raising Prince Albert pass descent. The 3 of us charged down with no hassle before taking on the next two climbs. On the second steeper climb I tested things slightly. First off the back was Gert. Charles looked like he was struggling slightly, but with 50km of open gravel roads to go, and riders like Erik Kleinhans, Christiaan Kriek and Matthys Beukes chasing it made sense to wait and work together.

The high tempo set by Charles meant we stayed clear of the chase group, but also meant that I was riding slightly above my comfort zone on the flat open roads which wore me down. With 25km still to go I found myself seeing stars as I tried my hardest to stay on his wheel. Rather than hit the wall, I made the hard choice to sit up and ride my own tempo in order to survive. Which is what I did. Just.

I crossed the line 3 or so minutes behind Charles in about 3Hours and 5 minutes, just under Kevin Evans’ old record. Less than a minute behind me was pro road cyclist Christiaan Kriek(Jelly Belly), Erik Kleinhans(Contego 28e), and Matthys Beukes. I was pretty happy to finally crack a podium at this race after 7 attempts, although the top step would have been just that extra bit sweeter. Having had a virus the last few weeks and not being able to train properly, I really cannot complain about this result.

Congrats! 


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Developers, designers and the digitally minded of Cape Town take note: SA’s premier WordPress Conference WordCamp is coming to Town on the 4th October.

We knew we had to get involved with WordCamp given our history and passion for hosting WordPress websites, everything from small personal blogs to media companies publishing content on a large scale.

WordCamp has an amazing global reputation as the premier WordPress community event, and the Cape Town event is no different. Now in it’s third year, the events hosts the creme of local and International WordPress guru’s and is a great networking opportunity for anyone in the industry.

What you need to know:

  • Date: 4th October at Kirstenbosch Old Mutual Conference Centre
  • Tickets: There are still tickets available – so get yours today to ensure you don’t miss out.
  • Schedule  and Speaker Line-Up (our very own Director Mark Slingsby will be speaking too!)
  • Check out this highlights video below to find out more about WordCamp.
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To find out more about WordCamp – follow them on Twitter and Like their page on Facebook.


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