This a view from a typical Swedish gravel road. People travel all over the world with their bikes for the best rides, best climbs, best views or biggest races. It can be too much and all over Instgram there are these perfect pictures. But then people travel from Germany, the Netherlands and U.K. to do Dalsland Runt in the middle of nowhere with views like this.
Me, Emil and the great guide Emile thought: Swedishness. Drove to Norberg and stayed at the hotel where everyone didn’t even speak English. We went to THE cafe, Elsa Anderssons Konditori and it was red houses and forests as far as we could see, split up with lakes, many small lakes.
- First day we did around 76km and passed 2(!) Strava Segments and we didn’t pass any shop what so ever outside Norberg. Pure forest and lovely gravelroads.
- Second day we planned 162km but ended with 141km after my body got tired. Got endless gravel roads, got some singletrack walking, a Strava Climb, almost met a Swedish XCO/XCM champ in his hometown and we got rain. It was epic and beautifully time consuming.
- Third day we started slower, my speed didn’t rise but the sun did and it was beautiful. Until every cycling plan this year got cancelled when I lost traction and fell hard on a straight road…
Can almost see the tire tracks behind me. Came from that direction.
With two as good friends as Emil and Emil I got an ambulance, water, shadow and positive words. I couldn’t move so layed like that for 30min. Brused on my hole left side and broken femur was the result. Have been on hospital since that to explain the lack of blogging and now I’m learning things as get socks on, learning to walk in stairs, and how to get up in a couch or bed. No cycling for a couple of months time…
I’ll be back with a stronger left leg and less crashing. I love the Swedish countryside and exploring new roads with happy friends 🙂 With a new helmet which saved my head perfect, remember everything and has always been clear.
Ride safe and take care!