Lanterne Rouge low profile

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”new” wheels on my Tarmac today. My tubulars from the Diverge. Good for Cyclocross racing and hopefully good for climbing. Saved 440g with the wheelchange including tires and the front QR. Tune hubs seems to work great with Tune U20 QR:) 23mm Specialized teamtires and it was 6,42kg.

Had a plan of riding mtb after work today but when friends are leaving for vacation I choosed Lanterne Rouge instead and had the pleasure of riding with Patch again after way too long time. He was in good shape and many others too so became some attacking as usual. I had a small plan of not going flat out but it’s not fun :p

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The stop after Lagnövägen. I thought I would get dropped but I didn’t:)

Tried to take it easy and while it felt like I sat too low and my spareshoes isn’t as good as my S-Works Sub6 I thought of trying to beat my time up Skurubacken. My best time is still with my Allez and today my Tarmac was lighter, stiffer and I’m better trained. But wasn’t able to beat my time anyway😦

Back in Sickla the summary was a great ride with great people in great weather and that Ena and I have the same superlight bartape😀

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Map and stats: Strava

Älgö Deluxe Monday edition

Sometimes you do other things than riding a bike in the weekend. I’m happy to have friends to hang out with even without bikes:)

So without riding yesterday it was perfect when Anders announced an Älgö Deluxe ride a monday:)

Some new guys and some old today and it all started that we where 3 who got in front of a bus and had to wait for the others. Lost the Strava segment…

Then we rode hard, I hung on the hole loop and felt good.:) Had a great time in the sun with my SUMObrothers, friends and others. Me, Emil and Anders attacked in a climb on the way back, SUMOstyle ftw. The SUMOjersey makes you want to go hard, Café du Cycliste bibs made it comfortable, Gelatosocks made it fun and my S-Works is just a dream. Great combo that we all topped with fika:

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Anders took some GoPro pictures too:)

Map and stats from the PR ride: Strava

The Swedish National Road Championships

Sweden may not be the biggest cycling country but we got one of the best cyclists in the world and today she showed how good she is. Emma Johansson dropped everyone and got over 4min to the 7 chasers in the group behind. Emma Johansson is on such level like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is. Absolute top both but only one has the media attention.

Anyway, it was a hard race today and already after first (of 10) laps the bunch was in small groups. After a couple of laps it looked like this:

The first group with Emma Johansson, Sara Penton, Emilia Fahlin, Sara Mustonen, Sara Olsson and a couple of more went hard and made the others suffer. Specially on the pavé section in the middle of Västerås:

Emma deserves a bigger picture, also a good one but I only got this:

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Where 44 riders to start but only 11 finished as the other where too far behind. The last rider who finished after having 2 rear punctures but never stopped chasing was my Sumocycling teammate Eva Lindskog. Rode real Sumostyle and did a great first Swedish Championship:

Results:

  1. Emma Johansson
  2. Sara Mustonen
  3. Emilia Fahlin
  4. Alexandra Nessmar
  5. Sara Penton

 

Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc

Specialized Tarmac is getting more competition and the development goes forward, love the that the disc brake options is getting more and more:)

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Discs are for racing, not just ”boring” endurancebikes. Formula 1 cars got super brakes, same is should be for for racebikes.

I like the look of TCR too, a nice frame I noticed when I worked for Team Joker.

This bike gets Flat Mount for discbrakes making it tight and nice. 12x100mm axle in front, 12x142mm axle rear but with short chainstays like before. We’ll see how it works with healclearance… Then standard small Pressfit bottom bracket and Giant’s Overdrive 2 stem/steerer tube.

It comes with Tubeless wheels and tires which is supposed to be fastest on road.

Le Peloton #98

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Vätternrundan is over and maybe some stopped riding their bikes. But not in Le Peloton. Awesome group today with a lot of fast guys, really fast. I felt tired after a Sumo after work yesterday and not even 5h of sleep. But Aero Is Everything they say and my Evade Skinsuit helped me:)

Adam, Rille and Magnus got some great pictures. When we started riding it felt pretty good, I knew many of the fast ones and knew where to be in the right moments. Was in the front a bit, as much as I managed. At Storkällan after the climb there it was a small group that got a gap, I felt good and thought of while not being able to drop I others I can drop myself attacking up to the group. I came halfway just before the others caught me, but we got up the first ones at the next roundabout.

It was hard today but a lot of riders so places to rest and far to fall after being in front. The funniest was almost at Skarpnäck where I sat behind Joakim in the fast lane and thought why isn’t he just passing the first one. He did and then I tried to do the same, felt impossible😉 but was saved by a redlight. Pushing limits is fun and getting closer to be as stylish on my bike as Daniel. Great with rolemodels when you want to get better and keep on trying and doing your best.

Did I mention that my Tarmac felt awesome and I got a PR on the route? Just have a look here: Strava

Ended the day with an after work ride to Älgö with Camilla and Peter. Was tired but love riding in the sun with great people😀

Vätternrundan with She Rides

If you say to any Swede that you cycle you will get the question: Have you ridden Vätternrundan? A huge amateur ”race” around Swedens 2nd biggest lake and 297km long.

Now I’ve done it!

And I had a fun time. Rode with She Rides Sub10 (under 10h) and there are some amazing people there who always spread joy. After riding a lot this year it was an easy ride which made it easier to just enjoy.

And to be able to take some pictures while riding😉 here in Bankeryd:

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Finished like this😉

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Before the start at the house we stayed at, 5.30 and started 6.02 which was a perfect time (just like a Le Peloton)

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In Kaxholmen where I usually get dropped but even created gaps while taking it easy today:

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Up in Kaxholmen:

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Was a bit wet in beginning but Peter was happy:

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Our 1st stop in Fagerhult:

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The best support. My dad came with coffee and cinnamon rolls, awesome❤

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Jessica and Lotta in Karlsborg:

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The strong Mattias in Karlsborg:

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Me and the group in Karlsborg😀

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Me and Peter leading the group after too many kilometers on boring roads we finally found some good ones😀

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Smaller road without traffic:)

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Our awesome group after finishing my longest ride:

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Hopefully no one got angry about me talking about ice cream for 297km. My Café du Cycliste did it’s job too and I felt good all day on my Specialized S-Works Toupe saddle:) Good power transfer without hurting my feets with Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoes. Aero and fast with my Specialized S-Works Evade helmet with my lovely Oakley Jawbreakers.

But the thing that worked flawless, begged for attacks and felt good all day as it never had too big bottles is my Specialized S-Works Tarmac disc! Fast and fun without any problems:

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I love to just step on a bike and feel like home. Feel that everything is right and don’t worry about that something will break or not be enough. Or loosing grip in the wet like I did see one guy do in front of me in Bankeryd. Specialized S-Works Turbo tires are just awesome😀

Big Thanks to Jessica who’s got She Rides and to Noor who was todays leader. 

Ending with map and stats: Strava