Chrono des Nations and CX-Cup Bærum

The biggest first. For the first time in 8 years a continental rider gets on the podium at the time trial Chrono des Nations in France that was finished an hour ago. That rider is Reidar Borgersen, racing for Team Joker :D

chrononations

1. Sylvain Chavanel

2. Jérémy Roy

3. Reidar Borgersen

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Earlier today I was racing my last race living in Norway and probably last CX race of the season. Bærumskrossen. Great weather but with a lot of sticky mud, looked like this afterwards:

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Ended 7th of 10 today.

Lene Byberg came and won Women elite.

Here is some pictures from men elite who was won by Fredrik Haraldseth.

the arena:

Team Joker’s Truls Engen Korsæth:

use of a tree:

a Lillehammerrider with a Cyfac CX:

dangerous downhill in mud:

the climb today, would be cool to have stairs there ;)

Riders going around and round and round and…

Haraldseth carrying his Crux up:

Korsæth not liking the climb ;)

Ringrike rider with a SuperX:

this guy was really fast up here, is the Evade making difference even running?

Henrik Alpers with his Black Cannondale SuperX:

Fredrik Haraldseth winning:

CX-Cup Grenland

Today i was racing again. CX in the forrest with small crowd and a course that was far away and with a lot of uphill. Theoretically you go the same amount up as down on a CX lap, but when running (read: walking) a long way up once and a bit twice it’s feels like the course is more up than down.

2,94km with a time over 11min is not so fast. Had a great fight with a girl the last 2 laps, I was faster walking and she was faster riding so she won. But always nice to see someone or be chased by someone.

Ended 4th so no podium for me today, Jon Even who was driving the car to the race today (and last saturday) took the 3rd and last podium spot.

Map and stats from today where you can see how big the course area was: Movescount

Racing at the same time was Women Elite. Katrine Ferrao Hofstad who won in Drammen last sunday took the win today too, in front of her team mate Tiril Hole Mohr. Jeanette Persson 3rd but missed the podium:

I missed the men elite podium as it was water on my phone and I couldn’t take a picture ;) 5-6° and raining when they raced. Winner, like in Drammen was Fredrik Haraldseth looking like this:

That’s how fast his Specialized Crux is ;)

2nd was Kristoffer Sommer Wormsen and Morten Vaeng 3rd.

Same winners like last sunday but very different courses. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow in Bærum. at Norway’s cyclocrossarena. And if you’re not racing or cheering at a race you can watch the CX World Cup from Valkenburg tomorrow :D

Will get a better phone/camera in 2 weeks and hopefully you will get better pictures to watch here :D

1 or 2 CX races this weekend?

Thinking of racing on sunday this weekend too, will race on saturday. What do you say? Poll is open until 23.00 CET today:

CX: The love and hate

I love racing, love to push the limits with others and try to go fast. Love watching people go really fast and push further. Love racing bikes no matter if it’s for XC, CX, Road, Enduro or DH. The small tweaks, perfectly set up to be ridden to the limit expecting everything to work and knowing that it will work for the cause. Racing like in this teaser:

The thing I have a problem with is the biggest part, the part of being good and do hard training. Like trying to get up this climb over and over again looking strange:

Rode up to the top, straight up twice. The third time it was too slippery so the 8 times afterwards I just rode straight almost up. Really hard and it tasted blood halfways through it. That’s why I only rode 10 times full speed. And then 2 sprints. Home after 29min. That’s a hard effort for me but not such good training when it’s so short.

Can see the small climb here: Movescount

Think I will try once more on thursday, but in an easier climb that I can manage, maybe a bit longer too. Trying to find some speed until the race in Skien on saturday and get some hard training for my back.