Le Peloton #103

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Back to basics today. A bit strange to say but we were not so many today and was very few keeping the pace up in the first group. Kudos to them. A smaller group with strong riders make suffering bigger and rest smaller. I did as many turns as I could but suffered a lot and throw up a little in my mouth in Älta… Managed to hang on and take some more turns, fun going fast as I usually says.

Ended 6th in the sprint behind the strong Nils Penton which I didn’t wanted to pass. and 2nd best time so far, I didn’t believe that as it felt like the peloton slowed down a lot both in Fisksätra and Älta. But we also missed the redlights which can make a big difference.

Breakfast at the summer place, Magnus Johanssons bakery in Hammarby Sjöstad so closer:

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Map and stats: Strava

See you next Wednesday:)

Tarmac Pros and Cons

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Some of you maybe saw when I tried to sell my bike. No interest and I’m happy about it. My S-Works Tarmac Disc is THE bike. It got the thing people talking about that Colnago has, ride quality. Sure, it’s an S-Works and the best allround roadbike Specialized ever produced but there are more advanced bike out there.

Thought about it this morning when switching wheels, chainring and cassette. Thought about the smile on my face when descending in France, about when I chased down the first group at Saltsjö-Duvnäs, about when pushing for KOM up Skurubacken, or just skidding on all gravelroads.

I❤ it!

Pro:

  • The extras are after switching from my Tune hubs to these Roval CLX40 the bike went faster and rolled so much better, ceramic speed makes a difference.
  • When standing up and riding with Viktor on his Madone and hearing the rims touch the brakes I was thankful for my discs and stiff wheels.

Con:

  • After switching from my Oval Garbaruk 46t chainring to a round Force 1 50t chainring I had problems pedaling. Oval rules! Even after 34min I felt it was something wrong.

Next time thinking of switching this bike out I will just get a new pair of wheels, or change to Campagnolo. The only bike I can imagine would be better is the McLaren Tarmac:)

Nice, the beauty

Not blogged for a while, not been in Sweden for a while. But went to Nice in France and saw the headlines happened. We didn’t expect some maniac drive a truck over people on the Bastille day at the Riviera. It was very sad, and the place he drove over people was so long I almost started to cry when passing it 3 days after… We are all on this earth together.

Except a bad truckdriver, many dead people and thinking of what would have happened if we didn’t went home earlier. The trip was super. Nice is a magic place. It got the class of rich people, the atmosphere of France with many small and great restaurants and cafées, it got mountains high enough to be called mountains, and it got a blue ocean.

Pictures from the trip:

I also got to know a happy strong guy, Raphael who took some pictures:

And having lunch in Italy with my friends:

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My first time riding mountains and it takes some power climbing climbs in 24km for example, my legs got heavier and heavier and with a ”restday” (2h38min ride) I was able to ride with one of my best friends Henrik and the ”new” guy Raphael to magic places and having a great time sweating under the sun. Everything wouldn’t have been without Emil who ”arranged” the trip and got me to my favourite country. If I would be rich someday I would move to Nice.

Being me and being in Nice is extra fun as my favourite brand of cyclingclothes Café du Cycliste is from there and got a great shop and café at the Port. Did a Sundayride with people from there too, there are some strong climbers out there and the ride was hard but nice😀 Ended the trip with an coffee and croissant at Café du Cycliste this morning:

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Will live long on this trip. And will never forget how good my Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc is for descending, how good it worked out with 1×11 on the climbs and the importance of good tires when braking hard.😀

Specialized 2017: Sequoia

Specializeds first bike was called Sequoia, now the latest is called the same. Think of it as a crossover between Awol and Diverge. A steel touringbike to go fast with, designed and tested by the Swede Erik Nohlin which also will ride Sverigetempot (Sweden north-south) on it.

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carbon fork, new 700c wheels and 42mm tires. Newly designed handlebar. And did I mention the Rider First Engineered with different tubing for different sizes? Can it be better?

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Hope it will look like this on many places soon:

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Specialized Diverge weight

Got my hands on a Specialized Diverge Pro 2016 frameset and with a new frameset it also hits the scale.

Size 54 including seatclamp, bottle cagebolts and derailleur hanger:

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Fork was uncut. Cut to regular length for that frame it was 548g.

An awesome bike and I’m really curious on the new Diverge now. Will it be even better for 2017?