Le Peloton #25

Made rename the blog from wwblog to traingblog ;) training everyday without even like to train ;) But what I like to do is to ride a light bike fast with friends :)

People says my Specialized Allez is light so I use it ;) Le Peloton this morning and as it is friday it wasn’t as many as on a wednesday. But many for a friday :)

What I like more is style, I think cycling is an art and I want to be a part of it. Not just one in the bunch. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not but I will always aim to be better. A friend who didn’t succeed today looked like this:

If you don’t have the same model of tire front and rear, you should at least have the same colour. But those shoes, those are so cool and so right now in this fluo (and cammo) era.

Then we rode, fast and a bit too fast at some points for me. Felt that I would drop the 1st group a lot of times but I kept finding wheels hanging on at the tail. Impressed by a rider like Daniel Rytz who can drop down and then pass the peloton on the outside and attack, hard training with results there.

Before Flaten I had to drop but the group had to stop waiting for some cars just after so got back up. Then coming to Skarpnäck I didn’t manage to hang proper, When having over 170 in heartrate and then standing up and sprint to cover a gap then you know you’re screwed. Coming to the last long straight I was the first to drop, didn’t have anything in my legs left and I couldn’t even ride in proper pace so slowed down a lot to just get forward and finish the ride. Felt a lot harder than on wednesday.

So nice to end with a great breakfast at bikecafé Le Mond in the sun afterwards:

Map and stats: Movescount

A fun thing is that the cycling seems to make other results than expected on me. At work today I found out that I become more flexible than before :)

the 2h start

Today the sun shined so I started the day riding around Älta to work to meet up with Jessica and Jaime for a ride. Rode out to Gustavsberg and took the little longer way back. Awesome morning with sun, sun and dry roads :)

Looking forward to long warm rides this summer, also looking forward to wear out a chain for the first time on a roadbike ;)

Ended with a picture after Jaime got some breakfast:

Not so sharp but sunny and you can see the Specialized Prevail helmet in 3 different colours ;) matching our three different rim heights and bike types ;)

Map and stats of the morning: Movescount

Le Peloton #24

Once you’ve done it you know it can be done again. The first time is always the hardest?

A great group of cyclists gathered at Urban Deli this morning:

Then we rolled away in three groups. I joined 1st as usual with the target to hang on as far as possible. Found a great wheel and tried to hold it, sometimes further back and sometimes a bit further in front in the big group. Max heartrate at 186 in the climb before coming up to Fisksätra. Learning by doing helped me hang on and then it went easy around Fisksätra before accelerating on the way back. Felt like I would drop any moment but hanged on and went good up the climb in Ektorp too. Even feeling easy for a moment before we hit the big road and it started to go fast again. Almost dropped again but found a wheel.

Went good through Sickla but then as usual it happens up passing Hästhagen up to Hellasgården. A small gap in the beginning that I covered once, then the second time I didn’t have anything in my legs to do. Just to watch the peloton slip away and it felt like I didn’t have any power left and my legs standing straight out without going forward.

Got company from another guy through Älta who took the shortcut. I took the long way (Strava-segment you know) and a bit before Flaten I got company by 2 other guys. Us three rode together and did our part of the work all the way back to Enskededalen. All of us so tired finishing so the first bit to Le Mond was quiet before we caught the breath and started to talk a bit ;) Hard life but great weather in the end.

Coming to bikecafé Le Mond for breakfast was great, good food and could sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather :D

Map and stats: Movescount Even got a PR on the way to the meetingplace trying to drop a commuter ;)

Todays outfit from Café du Cycliste:

Colorfull bike, clean clothing ;) (except the red Specialized vest I had on the ride;)

me versus the French endurodudes

Last saturday I showed a small video on Instagram of Patrik M climbing a technical part and showing me how to do. Now I have to show you that I also managed it :) (just the first part we’are talking about so not where I put my foot down:

And then the French guys with Remy Absalon and his team riding:

So a videotuesday :)

Juin Tech Semi-hydraulic discbrake for road/cx

Sram got hydraulic discbrakes for road/cx, so do Shimano. But what about riding Campagnolo with disc brakes? What I knew before it was mechanical calipers, some good like TRP Spyre. But also semi-hydraulic like TRP Hy/Rd that was on mostly of this seasons Specialized cyclocross bikes. But a caliper looking like this:

It looks a bit overkill, specially with a weight of 195g.

A TRP Spyre SLC is a lot lighter at 156g:

So is there others? I googled and found Juin tech:

Sleaker design than TRP Hy/Rd but same function if I can understand it right. And with a weight even beating mechanical calipers:

2 calipers, 2 rotors and all screws needed for just £150. Anyone tried? Is this the way to ride if I want to ride Campagnolo with disc brakes?

More info about them here: Edge Sports UK

Nothing epic ever happens on a sunny day

That’s how the first sentence is describing Rule #9 by Velominati. Riding mtb in rain sometimes just sucks as you’re slipping and sliding and never coming anywhere, slow and muddy. But good for technical skills, riders who ride fast in wet forests are cool.

Riding on road when it’s wet it means the rain will come from underneath and spray you all dirty and wet. When it’s raining it comes from two ways.

Today it was supposed to rain hole day, a lot. But when I ate breakfast and felt lonely it wasn’t. Even seemed to start getting dry (dream) and I have a small hope riding more than Camilla who has ridden 500km just this week and is leading over me on Strava. Felt a bit tired after yesterday but riding alone I can go as slow as I want so thought riding to Ösmo for a coffee and back. Aimed at 100km or 4h.

Still was a bit skeptic about the weather so Café du Cycliste Jeanne waterproof (almost) bibs and their Loulou rainlegwarmers. Long sleeve Café du cycliste jersey in wool with a vest on keep warm if it started to rain (don’t own a rainjacket at the moment).

Went out and it felt a bit hard but good weather and felt warm. Rode for around 40min down passing Brandbergen when the small drops from the sky got bigger and more. It started to rain a lot. My hands got wet inside my gloves and socks where all wet too, started to have problems seeing through foggy wet glasses.

4h ride didn’t feel like a good plan any more and as I don’t have a training schedule or beeing a pro/elite rider I changed plans. Riding home seemed like a better idea to keep my health and phone alive ;) Turned towards Västerhaninge and up north back home again. There at a moment I felt my legs start to feel a bit lighter again and there was a moment or two with joy riding in the pouring rain. Feeling Roubaix taking up vibrations and making it a calm ride while the Sram Red discbrakes able to stop when I want no matter how deep the water was. First time I felt the Specialized Roubaix beeing the bike to have, when just be able to ride and knowing the bike taking care of the surface and bad asphalt.

Finally came home, not after 4h but after 1h46min and while not be able to taking any pictures outside for you I got one before I tried to take my clothes of. Todays style:

Map and stats: Movescount

If you don’t understand a thing about riding in rain or think it’s totally unacceptable you can watch this video instead. Awesome riding in Mallorca: