Suns out, guns out

What can be better on a sunny day to ride my favorite roadbike? Planned an easy ride to Ösmo, or maybe Nynäshamn alone. Changed plans a bit while riding to have a break in Ösmo and then continue almost to Södertälje to get some new roads and variation. Thought it would be longer but was shorter.

Magic weather and first training in short-short this year:) But no one is perfect, forgot my pedals at work yesterday so had to ride with mtbshoes, luckily my S-Works mtb shoes are pretty good too😀

DSC_0633

My S-Works Tarmac felt great today too, didn’t think it would be as fast as it was, felt good.

The ride: Strava

Finished the day with going up to Fiskartorpet and check the 1st race in the Stockholms roadbikecup. Great racing and met a lot of nice people:) You should watch racing if you can, it’s fun.

DSC_0642DSC_0641

 

Hofvettempot

My first Time Trial today, really didn’t know what to expect and was nervous in a odd way. My biggest weakness is that I’m thin and weak, not so good for time trial and I knew it will be hard time to sit proper on the borrowed bike. But surrounded with nice people

13087896_1714805012108648_8595438483577437025_n

and a relaxed feeling around the race, at least with the elite riders. Choosed Elite class as it was a better starttime and I knew I would lose anyway, the results wasn’t so important and I didn’t wanted to prove anything for anyone else.

Started ok, felt like a hard time to sit in right position after 2,31km and after 7min Karl who started 1min behind me passed. The mental game was full on and when the uphills was hard it was so cool to ride in 40-50km/h on the flats and going almost 60km/h downhill just holding on so tight with a little sidewind. At the turnaround it all changed.

Headwind and it felt like uphill all the way back. Held way too much in the basebar and it went just slow. But while I’m not so good on the mental game it’s interesting how it is to count down, to keep focus and even when the back, my legs and everything feels like shit just to keep pushing.

I may not be fast or train much but racing is just cool and thinking aero in a stylish way. I found the finishline after 47min22sec and ended last but satisfied for my first race when thinking about it. Not much I’ve could have done better and great to try it for real instead of just watching it from a car or on a tv.

Great atmosphere afterwards too with some chitchatting with people I know more or less, everyone are friends and kind.

Emil Rosenberg who i got lift from on the way home got 3rd:

DSC_0621

and Susan who invited me for dinner this evening got 2nd on her first Time Trial in Women Elite:

DSC_0625

Back in Stockholm I changed my mind to go by train home and took the mtb up Hammarby Hill towards Le Mond:

DSC_0627DSC_0628

Not my best climb what I felt but got a PR😀 S-Works doping😉

If you’re interesting in my race, it’s all here: Strava

I Sliced the wind, or a try at least

I can honestly say that if I were rich I would have a Time Trialbike on my wall, so cool and can be so mean looking in a perfect way. I like problem solving and making a TTbike perfect.

Yesterday I got the question if I wanted to borrow a bike and race tomorrow. Not so often I get the opportunity to borrow a ok fitting great TTbike and there is a race nearby. So said yes and was happy.:) Got it at work today and with some help I sat up the saddle descent, but with a little bit too low handlebar:

DSC_0615

Then it was time for some testing. Scariest bike in a very long time, never thought it would be so different, couldn’t go so fast. Down to Saltsjö-Duvnäs with some speed but it felt like I rode faster on my roadbike, out towards Fisksätra and the place to train using those bars proper. Felt like shit first time, had a hard time to sit proper. Like this on the way back:

DSC_0617DSC_0618

Second time out it went a bit better and I could hold the bike straight and understand how to do.

Third time there was no problem except with my back and neck😉

Rode back towards work, on the main road from Nacka Forum where I got a car in front of me. A car that did around 50km/h and I had to keep up, felt awesome to ride so fast and it was even a bit comfortable there for a short period of time. Thought of keeping up with the car instead of everything else.

Specialized say the new Venge ViAS is as aero as a Shiv TT, but now I understand the difference. So much better position on a TT bike that takes aero to another lever. Let’s hope I can go at least a little fast on tomorrows race.

From today: Strava

And the bike without me, a great start of my TT mission:

DSC_0619

Wish me luck let’s hope I survive :p

Le Peloton #88

Sometimes variation is the thing that makes motivation go up. Or a race. Usually I always have a race that motivates me but with a year without license and without raceplans (from the beginning) it’s different.

But thanks to Jessica I’m racing next weekend, Lidingöloppet MTB. They say it’s a mtb Marathon but it’s almost all gravel. Last year when I rode I thought, this will I never do again if I won’t borrow my colleague Stefan’s Stumpjumper…

This morning was the first try on the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper I borrowed for Lidingöloppet MTB 7th May😉 Stiff Khisel fork, superlight Roval Control SL wheels with S-Works Renegade. S-works double crankset with 42 chainring. Can only go one way😀

DSC_0613

Not so many yesterday morning as it was wet but me and Magnus (with his Surly commuter) did the CX loop. Felt hard in the beginning but had to slow down to wait for Magnus, before the second long climb after Magnus went straight in a corner which made me turn around and wait for him he said I should go and ride in my own tempo.

I did and it felt great in standing but sitting the bike didn’t feel superfast, maybe the wide handlebar and position made it like that, didn’t feel like I got up to speed on the soaking gravel roads either. But did my best back to Sickla. Pretty cool with a 8,1kg mtb anyway.

Sprinted over the bridge at Danvikstull to beat my boss on a Strava segment and felt dead going up Folkungagatan to Le Mond. Love it!

5th overall on Danvikstull, a PR on a segment going back from Erstavik and a really good time on the complete loop. Impressed and motivation on top to go even faster😀

13091607_10154178301909066_1507682661_o

Was first at Le Mond😉

The route: Strava

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si

2017-cannondale-scalpel-si-full-suspension-xc-mountain-bike01

Now it’s out.

100g lighter

9mm shorter chainstays

4 different heights on the front like F-Si

Asymmetric Integration that moves the drivetrain out 6mm with changing the center of the hub. stiffer but without having to use Boost. So 12×142 like it should be.

83mm BB30 (no Q-factor change with Hollowgram)

27,5″ in XS, S and M

29″ in M, L and XL

69,5° head angle

2017-cannondale-scalpel-si-xc-mountain-bike-geometry-01

Modern geo, 1,5° slacker head angle than on a Specialized Epic World Cup which seems a lot but Cannondale like their slack angles.

An interesting thing is that if you use Di2 you have the battery inside the toptube attached to the rear damper. All possibilities to use a dropper post.

More info about it here: Bikerumor

My first thoughts about it is that it’s a great upgrade and it was really time for it. But compared to Specialized it doesn’t seem as tight and racy as an Epic but I may have wrong. Would be nice to try it and compare.

news: Cannondale Scalpel 2017

Tomorrow is the day Cannondale’s: Built for XXC will be released. Everyone knows already that is it about the new Cannondale Scalpel Si. Cannondale has some to catch up on FS XC racebikes and will they manage it? Will they use Ai6 for 12x142mm? What’s in front of the rear damper inside the frame? How low stack will it have? Is it fast? Light?

c17_c24106m_ble

Black Inc, nothing for me or my style but have to be available for those who want’s the latest tech and fallen for the Enve hype.

c17_c24606m_grn_hero

Berserker Green for teamriders like Manuel Fumic and wannabes like all of us😉

c17_c24206m_blk

And the bike for all Cannondale lovers. The quality of XX1, the stiffness and pure beauty of Hollowgram with an OPI ring. It got it all except a flashy seatpost. Probably for a price not even Canyon can compete with.

 

My expectations are high, will it be even close to as tight and racy as a Specialized Epic WC? How short will the chainstays be? More info tomorrow after I’ve tried the fastest gravelmtb in Stockholm (more on that too).

Le Peloton #87

DSC_0609

A little snow in the air and cold temperature made me turn by work and shift to thicker gloves. Not as many today with the weather that looks better on picture than it was. Started in the 1st group and while it wasn’t the best cooperation the speed was high enough for me. Was on todays edge but could hang on and was in front sometimes too. An average of 28,1km/h on the Strava segment felt ok too, even with a misshappening on the road to Älta. A guy braked and turned a little so the rider behind him put his front wheel in the bike in front. No crash but didn’t sound good hearing it some guys behind me and the pace got low to see if everyone was on their wheels.

After we finished the hard part we rode on the cycling path and I maybe shouldn’t have done that. Was a big hole that was much deeper than I thought without a single sign and saw the deep too late. Smashed my front wheel on the edge but had air in my tires afterwards, impressive. For some hundred meters until my rear tire felt a bit soft, the flat was there on my new tubular tire. Stopped and tried to fix it with my Pit Stop but couldn’t get anything inside. Stepped up and rode with a flat, it was a tubular after all and it worked better than I thought. Rode with a flat rear tire to work and planned to make a fast switch and continue to Le Mond for breakfast. Had to change rotor and cassette but went pretty fast. Out on my bike again and coming just around the corner and my front wheel was leaking too. A bit upset I turned around and changed that wheel too…

DSC_0611

Great wheels but flat tires and I need to glue on something else😦 Maybe shouldn’t have wrote about the tubular advantage as it ended in my most expensive ride so far.