2 days in 1 post

Planned and tried to blog yesterday but WordPress wasn’t with me. So today after Le Peloton #94 it’s time again.

Started the Tuesday with a Älgö Deluxe ride. Sunny and the legs felt good, we went for KOM’s and put in an average of 36km/h for a little more than an hour before we ended having breakfast in the sun:

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And a video by Magnus of the afterbike/breakfast:

After a day of work I joined Laterne Rouge ride for a regular ride to Gustavsberg. My plan was to take it easy and just spin at the rear end of the group. Took it easy but was hard and pushed hard some times too getting some PR and we ended with the fastest average speed so far what I’m aware of

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Home for a shower and food before a good nights sleep. Up this morning to ride Le Peloton. Not the best legs as you could imaging, but with the best company as it was the premier of our new SUMO Cycling Club jersey:

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No bigger group-picture today but it was many. Like 25 in the 3rd group and we where around 60 in the 1st. It’s pretty cool riding over 40km/h in the right lane and riders passing and passing for a long time in the left lane. Also gives some extra motivation riding in the SUMO jersey for the first time with such strong people. Went fine but had to cover a couple of big gaps before Sickla and on the straights to Älta where I came wrong and had a hard time keeping the wheel I felt dead after going into the front and backing of. Dropped in Storkällan and then left alone. Passed a guy who sat on my wheel just but got some help by three others in the end. A really hard ride but so fun😀

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A picture of me trying to advance with a cheering Nils behind. Was a really fast Peloton today and new KOM’s where sat on the complete ride. Fastest women and fastest man here:

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Eva ”The QOM Cheetah” and Jonas with his awesome Venge ViAS.

Map and stats of that: Strava

And me after rolling to work. Tried a pair of new Oakley EV Zero these two days. just like a Prevail helmet. You put them on and just forget them, so light and easy fit. With my SUMO jersey saying ”The Lightweight Lizard”😉

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Tour of California stage 1

Yesterday the latest event in the Women WorldTour started in USA. And what is better than winning your first WorldTour race as National Champion in your home country. Think Megan Guarnier was pretty happy with the victory:

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Video from the stage here. Soon time for TTT on todays stage.

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I really like to start the day with a bikeride. Going out with less traffic, fresher air and get my lungs inside out with great views. Rode in to the big city life and Djurgårdsbridge and met 11 others like this:

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Shaking hands, introducing themselfs and talking about the latest stash. The difference with this ride is the Void/Rapha/Café du Cycliste style of riders. Riders who have cooler socks than on a fashion show. Sure, they look like cyclists but not racers.

But they are😀

Nice and fast race around Djurgården. First lap I got dropped just after the middle after being a very short turn in the front. 2nd and 3rd lap went better but was never with the group until the ”finishline”.

Awesome training, like long hard natural intervals.

Map and stats: Strava

There is a Swedish saying to ”ride hard, fika harder”. Fika is Swedish for a coffee and cake (or some other small food). The word and thing every Swedish cyclist brag about and should work for to spread all over the world😉

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Then back to different jobs and places with some motorpacing with a Vespa:

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Maybe I will be fast someday too riding with those people. Maybe I will be cool too. At least I aim to always enjoy cycling in a comfortable stylish way

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Le Peloton #92

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They where many

They said I should go easy

They where fast

They are more or less my friends

They aim for the fika (breakfast at least)

Soon 100 rides and I still can’t understand why. Wake up too early, stress too much and ride too far too ride so hard you can’t hang on. And then trying to eat after that. I’m not even good of riding fast and pushing my limits.

Rode with the 3rd group with pushing my limits, enormous group today and it was very easy even though it went pretty fast. Was fun!

And then we had breakfast and a really good time with really good people. And a lot of good food:

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Map and stats: Strava

XC pro style

Free from work today, was to expensive to fly to Bergen and celebrate 17th May, no fun cheap flights anywhere else, no fun place to go by train. Was thinking of riding a nice roadride and checked the map, didn’t find anything exciting enough alone.

So was happy when Marika talked about mtb. Decided to go north to Järvafältet to some new tracks:) So rode to work (yes I was free) and borrowed a Specialized Epic Comp Carbon WC and went north. Took a singletrack in Hagaparken, rode wrong at Järva Krog but got to Bögs Gård where I was supposed to meet Marika way too early. Enjoyed the sun and relaxed for a while.

Then she came and we rode out on singletracks I missed. Real XC riding and not All Mountain like Hellas or just gravel. Great trails, great weather, great guide and a tempo that felt easy which was good after my crash.

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It may be fun with 130+ travel, dropped posts and wide tires but faster trails with a proper light (could be) XCbike with an effective rear damper is the best. Haven’t thought about it so much before but that’s me😉

Not so long ride together but descent and got up with some distance as I rode there and back too. First proper summer ride with a Brain damper too, so nice to not have to care or have to change setting:)

Stats and map: Strava

Back in Stockholm I stopped and took a picture of the great bike and great city:

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Le Peloton #91

Choosed between Djurgården and Le Peloton. Choosed Le Peloton as Magnus and Linda would join and it was a safer choice for a good breakfast afterwards. Many at the start even on a friday with a little bit colder weather:

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Felt a bit tired and wanted an easier ride so choosed group 3. Went really well and I even could take pictures up Lindalen:

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People worked hard and it was great to see. Nice with good flow and not pushing the hardest, good for my menthal health feeling strong.

No matter which group, when the end gets close everyone pushing to the limit. Magnus attacked and I tried to hang on and it felt good. Until I hit something in the road at 37km/h and lost the grip of my bar. The bike fell and so did I hitting most things sticking out on my left side including smashing my helmet which I saw first at Le Mond. Claes came after and crashed too but not as hard I think.

Up again and checking things, straightening bars and feeling a bit stiff and probably a bit in chock. lost a plate on my left pedal too but not big things so sat up on the bike and rode slowly on the cycle path to Le Mond. Felt like a crash and feeling more stupid for crashing than hurt…

Map and stats: Strava

Took a long nice breakfast in the sun with Emile before rolling to work. A little happy to have had my best protecting helmet today but not so happy for using my Pierette jersey from Café du Cycliste that was just waste now

But that’s just parts and like I have said before, it’s better to crash material than the body. Sadly my body took a lot of impact too, or at least my head which is just slow and the weekend changed from a great fully booked weekend to a weekend taking it easy with a concussion. Was for over 3h at the hospital today but got to bored, talked to a nurse friend and went home again.

Now less and easy training to be able to ride Dalsland Runt in a couple of weeks.😦 Be careful and stay safe on the roads out there.