Om jonas l

a christian cyclist who loves light and good bicycles.

Danish gravel, with Ice cream

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

In 9 days there is a ”race” in Denmark I would recommend everyone, haven’t done it but is on my bucket list.

Hansens Cykelløb. Hansen is the biggest dairy company in Denmark and producing ice cream, so in the pit you get ice cream:

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

120km gravel with ice creamstops, can it be better? More pictures from last year here: Gripgrab

And some highlights:

Specialized S-Works Evade

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This is me 13 days ago riding with my Evade helmet. The helmet I chose for the Norberg trip as it feels so great on my head and I think it suits me too.

I crashed but never felt anything from my head, no pains and I remember everything that happened. I knew that I touched the ground with my head but not more than that, no worries. Thought the helmet got scratched.

Today I got my bag back with my helmet. The helmet is broken in the foam and the plastic got a lot of dents where it ”touched” the ground. It made me scared. What if I wouldn’t have had a helmet, would I still be alive?

Always wear a good helmet you like when you ride your bike!

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And thanks Specialized for keeping me safe!

The market is growing

Specialized for example is a huge brand with a bike for every purpose. If they found a new purpose they produce a new bike, not making one bike for 2 or more things. N+1

Kona isn’t such a big brand and they got a new Cyclocross made both for racing, gravelgrinding and even commuting:

Then there are smaller brands, like 3T and Open that really makes special bikes built for a purpose. They got 2 models each.

A brand that is even smaller is the Icelandic Lauf. Starting with light carbon spring forks, developing a gravelfork with carbon springs called Grit. And now, a frame they call True Grit:

It’s longer than usual gravelbikes and a bit of new thinking. I like brands who think and goes their own way of what’s best. Pushing the industry forward and making others open their minds.

No matter it’s great with a bigger market of gravelbikes. More to choose from and when you found the right one you know why it’s the best 🙂 (not just the only one in its category)

Which is the best gravelbike according to you and why?

UCIWWT Vårgårda

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Like I wrote about in Norberg there is a lot of forests and lakes in Sweden. And gravel a.k.a sportgrus. Today the women peloton rode it all in the World Tour race in Vårgårda with a lot of attacking and great livestream on Swedish TV and on Eurosport for other countries. More women racing to our TV’s, this is great action 🙂

No victory for Emilia Fahlin or Sweden this year but close. Read about the highlights and watch some more scenic pictures here:

Ella Cyclingtips

Dreambreaker

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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…

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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!

Race Across Skåne 2017

One of my 3 big goals this year was 2 days ago. Have never ridden as much as this year, haven’t been sick and my unsold bike was in top shape.

After friends already planned their trips and stays in Malmö I borrowed a car by a good friend and booked a hotel in Malmö. Drove down Friday evening after work as a start of my vacation.

Woke up in time Saturday morning with a bad feeling in my throat and body. Not sick but maybe a start of something. Would never spend so much energy and money and do a DNS so ate the bad breakfast and rolled in to Musette. Got a couple of bottles and met some nice friends I haven’t met since last year.

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Master out from Malmö with Patch and Emil in front. Easy pace and a couple of punctures on the 25km master. Then the attacks went from the gun. I attacked too to get in the first group and tried to wheelsuck. Unfortunately I was on the wrong side in the wind and while a group of people flew by in a wing on my left side I couldn’t keep up. Ended chasing for a while but didn’t have the legs. Felt like I rode fast on the first gravel section but got caught by some people including Emil and we rode together. It doesn’t matter which form I am in but I can always rely on this wheel:

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Ended up with being 5 riders riding together until the first stop. Me and Emil thought of changing group as we didn’t know the other 3. Was a bit late but got the smart thought of chasing the group of maybe 9 riders. 9 fast riders as we with full speed and forgetting things like 190km and threshold we didn’t get close enough… We gave up but I think they rode a bit wrong and they caught us a little bit later 😉

2nd group and manageable speed felt alright in the wet. Until a driver decided to turn left just in front of our group. 1st guy got hit by the car and we stopped. Just brused but so stupid by the driver who didn’t think clear at all. Happy it didn’t go worse then it did. After some time and phone calls there we rolled into Vitemölla and the lunch break:

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Was a bit cold so shared some heat:

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Then we cheated a bit and didn’t stay for an freezing hour but left when the first group left. I tried to ride smart with the first group for a bit, ended up taking a couple of turns but on a flat section they dropped me riding fast. Absolutely didn’t have the legs or mindset. Took a gravelroad the others skipped and ended up in the middle of 1st and 2nd group.

Stopped waiting and got riding with the 2nd group again. Felt alright and the rain didn’t bother me, wasn’t cold. After Klas took a long hard turn and I went to the front the group got split in pieces… Became 6 riders riding together after and when Ola and Klas decided to go down ravinen we became 4. Emil, Peter, me and a unknown guy skipped that tricky section and aimed to get back without mishaps and punctures. I was tired so didn’t do much work in front, just tried to hang on.

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Last stop in Blentarp and I was wet, tired and if I would have found a train I would have skipped the last part. Was said of not being better so skipped the serious part and ate an ice cream. Happy Moment 🙂

Then we rode some gravel and I got happy again, didn’t feel slowest and the long uphill may have been slow but felt like I was moving. Found some energy and was able to be in front a bit at the end. Finished it of with winning the ”sprint” in our little group too. Doing all I could to be positive.

Then the rain stopped, we rolled in to Malmö and Västra Hamnen and the rest became an epic story and a day to remember.

Map and stats: Strava

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I did it! Emil was saving me from not turning around in Önneköp without even knowing it. I said it before but you always need a friend to rely on, no matter.

Then I drove home and became sick for real…