same CX

2 weeks ago, my first CXtraining on my Super Crux ;) It was heavy and with Terra mud tires. I was new to the CXcourse. Did laps around 5.30.

Today 2 weeks later with 640g lighter CX, faster tires with Tracer in front and Trigger rear on a course that got some rain on and with good grip (mostly). My laptimes are the same :( the starts where better, everything felt better. Rode 3 heats with 2 laps each as earlier. The 3rd heat ended with a sprint with a guy behind my that wanted to pass but never came past, was really hard but fun.

Today we also rode with chips to secure places and be PR0 ;)

As usual I think I was the fastest with clinchers ;) maybe that’s the problem. I need tubulars to go faster. And I need to find my CXpedals a.k.a Eggbeater 4Ti.

Maybe you will get more pictures from today as we had a guy working as crowd, starter, race leader and photographer :D

Map and stats: Strava

290g lighter, S-Works ftw

When you change some parts you do it for the fit and the weightsaving is just a bonus. My Sram Rival crankset is really good (you want to buy?) but it’s also really heavy for being a single chainring BB30 crankset:

A S-Works crankset 172,5mm long (2,5mm longer than the Rival1) including the same chainring and chainringbolts:

290g difference, A bigger weightsaving than measuring bikeweight without pedals ;) But it’s not just light. It’s also the stiffest high-end crankset on the market according to Fairwheel Bikes :D

I don’t know if I felt it or if it was placebo but it felt better riding home with it on. My Crux on the way down in weight:

crank:

40t chainring. Ordered a 46 for the most epic trip this autumn :D

Tested Velothon

Today I had the opportunity to ride the track of Velothon together with She Rides, a couple from Velothon and some others. Skoda Cycling Team rode at the same time but a bit faster, unfortunately they seemed to have had a crash and went home earlier.

Our goal was to try the course and Milla from Velothon should check it out and wanted company. With an average of 27-29km/h. Easy through Stockholm:

Mattias, our guide and the Event Director:

Down to Ösmo we had a much lower average than planned and while sitting in the front all the time it felt a bit too easy but we rode all together and it was a couple of riders who wheren’t as fast. In Ösmo we got ”fika” or pit stop by the great Maria Kullberg:

Then we split our 11 riders in two groups. We where 7 riders who went a bit faster, the others also stopped for lunch in Nynäshamn. We just stopped in Sorunda for filling up water and ate while riding.

I was still in front, wanted to get some training too ;)

After some time we got the ”big” climb of Velothon. Kessiakoffs Climb. I should get up first but Mattias was hanging on my wheel. It was steep for a short part in the beginning (think full speed with 52-14) and then it flattens out and even goes downwards before it goes up again. Not so steep but pretty long. Felt like waste in the last part and had to gear down a couple of gears and thought Mattias would pass. I stood up and pushed as hard as I can we he tried too and got the win :D

After that Linda and Amira started to sprint in the small climbs, felt a bit crispy for a while but went okey. It’s hard to change rhythm from easy to hard while riding I think, so much easier to go fast if you done it all the ride.

I didn’t take all sprints but sat in front all ride and felt good. Good ride for the confidence and it was really fun :) And a great course

Map and stats: Strava

Ended with a coffee and carrot cake at bikecafé Le Mond with Linda:

CX Peloton and the big Plouay

A bike can’t talk but it can give signals. My cx started to collect dust and begged to go out today so announced a gravelride after work but without answers.

Tried the Peloton CXloop for the first time with my own Crux. Last time I did it on a cx it was my boss Crux Pro the 25th March. Today the plan was just to have fun, no higher goals and I succeeded. My Crux feels stiff, fast but also so quiet. Took some pictures for you:

A little after this on the gravel out to Erstavik I found my gears limit, 40-11 was a bit too easy with tailwind. :D Around the small lap and then back. Went pretty good with not to big effort. And then I met a guy with orange bartape, could only be one so we stopped and met. Magnus was out training too.

Had a chat that ruined my Le Peloton Stravasegment but was nice in the sun :D A reason to ride it again in the sun and try to beat some personal records. Maybe next saturday.

Got a personal record of the little lap out in Erstavik today but a lot segments behind the ride I did in March ;) Then it wasn’t as dusty as today so better grip then.

Map and stats: Strava

and the important thing today which I’ve missed. Womens last world cup of 2015 in Plouay!

Grand Prix de Plouay-Bretagne was today with a great podium. If you like me was out riding when it was UCI got a replay. Watch and enjoy Emma Johansson beat a World Champion:

Le Roi de La Montagne

Today it was the racing day. The people behind Le Peloton put together a hillsprint in the center of Stockholm. Raced 4 and 4 up a climb that took around 50 seconds. 2 qualified for the next round.

Started on a regular road not so steep and then turned left into the park and it started to get steeper. A little flat and a sharp left turn before the steepest part straight up to the finish:

Ended 2nd pretty easy in the first round. The second was a lot harder to qualify but made 2nd place there too:

Into semifinals and it became a lot harder. Thought I would be 3rd at this moment:

but ended 4th and saw the only crash this evening. the 2nd and 3rd rider crashed after the finishline:

They where ok. After the mens semifinal it was time for the womens final. Emmy Thelberg won it rather easy:

The mens final was tighter. Luca and Damian was close:

Prices from Oakley for the top. Awesome event with great people :D

Ended with going the bar next to the start for a great dinner with some friends :D Love Stockholm cycling life.

(All pictures except the 2nd last by Andreas Nyström) More here: Photoalbum

Eurobike #3, by R2bike

Bike ahead rims:

Acros Nineteen finally comes, I talked with Acros about them last year at Eurobike. Can be compared to DT 240 in function and Tune King/Kong in weight:

A Wireless dropped post from Magura called Vyron:

Superlight full suspension by Merida and german:A

New wheels from Bike Ahead, Biturbo RS:

860g AX-Lightness Vial Evo XC frame:

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