Ibis Ultra Wide rims

First there was a standard width of rims. Then FRM and No Tubes got wider rims with 21mm inner width. No we have American Classic with 24mm inner width on their lightest wheelset and on their Wide Lightning it’s 29,3mm. Super wide I thought

Then Ibis came with new carbon rims:

Available in 27,5″ and 29″. With 41mm outer width and 35mm inner width.

More info here: Bikerumor

easy record ride

Longest ride since I moved to Tønsberg today ;) 2h39min, with 130 in average heart rate so really soft after work ride. Team Veloshop today, or me and my boss on our Trek Madone 6.2 :)

Rode some new roads as usual with very little traffic and felt like it was in the middle of nowhere

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And a wheelpic:

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Wheels rolled well and after spending 5min on adjusting my seat to perfection in the beginning the bike feels very good too :) The frame I’ve spent most time thinking about before an order I think and it made some results. And still haven’t tried it with my dream wheels. Will glue a tire tomorrow and then I can try the bike for real, with FMB Competition CX Soie and Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate.

Maybe I just have to train to get better then ;) Stats from today: Movescount

Specialized ruins another brands name

Allez and Alize, can you read the difference?

NeilPryde have a aero carbon frame they named Alize for around 4 years now. Their top bike that they built up their name with.

But now Specialized thinks it’s to close to their cheap alu frame Allez so NeilPryde have to change name!?! Are Specialized this stupid and think they are dictators of all cycling brands?

More info here: NeilPryde

Ronde van Vlaanderen + Nalles

Great racing today with ”wrong” winners. The best/smartest won but not those I hoped for, except in Nalles maybe.

Ronde van Vlaanderen:

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1. Ellen van Dijk – Boels-Dolmans

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2. Lizzie Armitstead – Boels-Dolmans

3. Emma Johansson – Orica-AIS

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1. Fabian Cancellara – Trek Factory

2. Greg van Avermaet – BMC

3. Sep Vanmercke – Belkin

Was hoping for Emma Johansson but Boels-Dolmans got a super team and van Dijk went solo the last part, strong women that is hard to beat. Of the men I’m always hoping for Zdenek Stybar but not even top 10 today. Should have been in the last breakaway instead of Stijn Vandenbergh but can’t always go as I want ;) Alexander Kristoff managed to get 5th with a strong chase in the end without and with Niki Terpstra.

Then it was mtb race in Nalles, Italy. And BMC Cup in Switzerland where Jolanda Neff won.

In Nalles:

1. Katrin Leumann – Ghost Factory Racing Team

2. Alexandra Engen – Ghost Factory RacingTeam

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1. Manuel Fumic – Cannondale Factory Racing

2. Marco Aurelio Fontana – Cannondale Factory Racing

My two favorite mtbteams in top 2 is really nice, should keep it like that but change the womens results to Engen first and Leumann second ;).

Giant Cup 1 2014: Horten

Best training after I moved to Tønsberg today. Rode 18km to the race, a testlap and some warm up, rode the race, or 3 laps, and ending with riding back home.

The course was brutal, it was either steep climb or technical descend. Some flat in the middle on top and in the end but never any rest. Or time to drink. 170 in average heart rate and with a speed of 9km/h the testlap. At the start it came some drops of water but soon changed.

So starting with men elite that included the Norwegian national XC team. Was 4 riders in the first long climb, two rode ahead and I think I dropped one. Not sure if he passed me later or not. Was just to ride as hard as possible and let people by when the other categories came. Didn’t expect so technical XC course but they got skills here. Hard, technical and sometimes very funny too. No gravel racing :D

On the last descend there was two lines, one A and one B. On the testlap I took the B-line but was steep with loose gravel and some roots so crashed in the end. In the race I took the A-line with was just a steep drop and no problems :) Strange with an easier A-line than B-line.

After that descend on the third lap out of four in the last forrest section I came all wrong on a rock and punctured. First real puncture since summer 2011!

Walked to the finish and hoped it was fine as the winner already lapped me twice.

Ola Kjøren won Men Elite

Lene Byberg won Women Elite

Rune also got me a new tube so I could ride home because this is not fun to ride on:

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My bike that worked flawless except tire issue without grip and the puncture:

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And as I said the weather changed so started snowing a bit, warm snow made the course very slippery. Here is a big part of it, climbing sections but can’t see it all. And can’t see the great rocky descends I liked:

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Stats from the race: Movescount

If you want to race on this course with fast riders I can recommend the Norwegian XC Cup 16-17 augusti. An UCI race so UCIpoints too. Super course if you’re fast and not like me ;)