When Sram XX1 is too heavy:

Sram XX1 crankset is pretty light, with my 104mm Cannondale Hollowgram spindle, spacers for it and a 38t chainring like this:

But racing CX without training on with a 12-25 cassette and just a 38t in front is a bit too hard for me. Last year I rode 36t on the same course as I’m racing on on saturday. A 36t made by Experimental Prototype and a chainguide he also made. Still got the parts but chainguide feels so 2013.

But I don’t have a 36t with wide/narrow chainrings or teeths high enough for riding without a chainguide. So this year riding in sportsclass I went down to 34t. 34t X-Monoring from Carbon-Ti on my Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL crankset. Hoped to save some weight too but not as much as I did ;)

up and away CX riding

Too bad to call it training so was out riding my CX today. Fine tuned the handlebar angle and really thinking of changing crankset/chainring. 38t with a 12-25 cassette and bad legs isn’t a good combo with climbs. rode a lot on 38-25 today up to points like this:

And it is cold so had to put on a lot of clothes:

Was up at Teieskogen on the island here outside Tønsberg and checked some running/cycling/walking tracks. Pretty nice place for cx. Tønsberg is really good for CX, many good places, much better than Bergen was for that.

Here I rode today: Movescount

Think I will change crank tomorrow, hopefully with some weightsaving too ;)

The win of: Binche-Chimay-Binche

Niki Terpstra did a great job making my day today. Talked to Zdenek Stybar and went full speed. Full speed so Stybar could go faster than everyone else and end the race like this:10644539_826531730732553_7144602263686258083_o

1. Zdenek Stybar – Omega Pharma – Quick-Step

2. John Degenkolb – Team Giant-Shimano

3. Jan Debusschere – Lotto Belisol

And Stybar learned from Tony Martin how to wear a cycling cap:

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Awesome :D And a podium picture where you see some other teams need to get proper cap’s it’s not baseball.

Last kilometers:

The one and only

There are a few moments in life when you see the tragic thing. Moments when you start to think: why do I have so many parts? why 4 saddles? why 4 pair of pedals?

The moments when you realize that you only got 1 bike, 1 single bike, not even 1 bike and a project but just bike. How is it to not choose bike, to not choose shoes, to not choose helmet?

My one and only bike is a Superbike, my Cannondale SuperX:

The bike that is always there for me, the bike that I’ve been riding in the forest with, the bike I’ve been enjoying asphalt rides with friends around mountains, the bike that been through deep mud and the bike that has been carried over to high things.

Will I survive this or what to do?

CX: Last sunday and next sunday

Last sunday (yesterday) it was the first Superprestige race in the Netherlands, in Gieten. If you missed it you can watch the replay here:

And this weekend coming up the Norwegian CX cup starts (4 races plus nationals). In Svelvik on saturday and in Solbergelva on sunday. Here is a video from the sundays course, was just a mess last year, hope the ground will be better this year. The course: