Last day with sun this week and it was announced an easy ride to take a bath outside Gustavsberg or on Ingarö. Thought that is nice to be outside, want to be better on beachlife. Sit on wheels and get around just so no hard riding :)
Started at bikecafé Le Mond with the weeks best espresso and a fresh orange juice:
Then we where 6 riders who left for a bath. Before Gustavsberg Peter (who turned around in Gustavsberg) decided we should ride to Ingarö. And so we did. Rocks is better than sand.
Didn’t sit so much on wheel today but thought I rode pretty easy. Felt good while not pushing to hard :)
And at the end of Ingarö we where:
With small clothes on us ;)
Had a fika too of course. But the ”sea” was a bit cold. On the way back we talked about that the announced average speed should have been 27-28km/h but it was over 30 ;) Rode the almost closest way back and felt like a really good day. :) Others thought I was pro today too as I swapped a bottle for a towel on my bike, great place :) This picture by Ena:
Took a little longer way on my way home so I got 100km ;) Exactly the same average speed as yesterday, a bit funny. 30,05km/h on Movescount.
Now after seeing the end of Tour de France and looked at Megan Guarnier win todays stage of Giro Rosa I will look at the replays from the XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide. Great with that possibility so I don’t have to be home when the sun is out :D
There is a Challenge on Strava to ride half of Tour de France while they race it. I’m ranked 58 after today :) Enjoying it as long as it lasts as I won’t manage to complete it or keep the place.
It all started at 8. Met up with 5 nice guys close to the Globe here in Stockholm. The plan was a 200km ride on nice roads southwest of Stockholm. Like the last week to Mariefred but better and with riding home instead of a ferry.
Was doing climbs:
With Peter M in front:
Waited for a small ferry at Skanssundet:
Me today after almost 2h:
A new small road in the middle of nowhere, much better than last weeks ride :)
Emil enjoying the beautiful 8,5km gravelroad:
me again on gravel:
hard to not push when the gravelroads are that good. There is a difference with riding hard on gravel compared to asphalt. The others in line after:
Never give up is the word of today. It can change.
Today I met up with these:
After I had to chase on the road to Saltsjö-Duvnäs to close a gap it felt hard. Was okey up to Fisksätra but on the way back to Saltsjö-Duvnäs it felt hard. Got a good position up Ektorpclimb but still became a big gap to the front. Tried to cover it but couldn’t manage at all and got passed by some guys up to the roundabout. Tried to hang on the wheel on them and finally caught the front at a redlight. Sat last afterwards and after Sickla I thought I will get dropped and have to take the shortcut in Älta.
But I didn’t get dropped. A friend didn’t expect to see me still be in the bunch there. We was some guys getting dropped up Lindalen and the chase on top there I have a hard time with just hanging on. 2 roundabouts and sprinting out. Sat down and then rised to sprint again to try to catch the 2-3 in front of me and managed it. Got all back together at the next intersection. Full speed at Flaten and got dropped a little in the climb. Got back up at Skarpnäck and hanged on a wheel. Out on the last straight I found a wheel of my friend Henrik who did a lot of the work today. Kept it and said I wouldn’t do anything until I got over the last small uphill and I didn’t. Henrik passed and I hanged on.
Felt like I had little left so passed Henrik and pressed all I had before the Enskededalen sign and end. My legs stood straight out and my arms hurted, as did my back. And those last 50 seconds I had 184 in average heart rate, at least 95% :)
Really felt like my body deserved the good breakfast in the sun at bikecafé Le Mond after that:
It become a long day, a full day, a warm day, a day that started with mtbiking with Jaime before work. A great ride on nice trails. Starting to get really dry now so both sections with mud and sections where it’s so dry it’s hard to get enough traction. Jaime with SCS Racing Team style:
Me in my new commutinghelmet. Got a Specialized Centro instead of my Prevail to use for city riding. Fluo of course to match my shoes :)
Then at work, before we even opened it came. My new commuter and daily bike. As my last awesome Daily Sport was stolen and it was sold out I had to look for something else. A little more expensive Daily with 3-speed Nexus is the new thing:
Awesome rack as before and just out of the box except the lock and some bolts. Great bike which I already used for almost 30km :) Thanks Specialized Concept Store Stockholm and Specialized Nordic for this :D