Sometimes variation is the thing that makes motivation go up. Or a race. Usually I always have a race that motivates me but with a year without license and without raceplans (from the beginning) it’s different.
But thanks to Jessica I’m racing next weekend, Lidingöloppet MTB. They say it’s a mtb Marathon but it’s almost all gravel. Last year when I rode I thought, this will I never do again if I won’t borrow my colleague Stefan’s Stumpjumper…
This morning was the first try on the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper I borrowed for Lidingöloppet MTB 7th May😉 Stiff Khisel fork, superlight Roval Control SL wheels with S-Works Renegade. S-works double crankset with 42 chainring. Can only go one way😀
Not so many yesterday morning as it was wet but me and Magnus (with his Surly commuter) did the CX loop. Felt hard in the beginning but had to slow down to wait for Magnus, before the second long climb after Magnus went straight in a corner which made me turn around and wait for him he said I should go and ride in my own tempo.
I did and it felt great in standing but sitting the bike didn’t feel superfast, maybe the wide handlebar and position made it like that, didn’t feel like I got up to speed on the soaking gravel roads either. But did my best back to Sickla. Pretty cool with a 8,1kg mtb anyway.
Sprinted over the bridge at Danvikstull to beat my boss on a Strava segment and felt dead going up Folkungagatan to Le Mond. Love it!
5th overall on Danvikstull, a PR on a segment going back from Erstavik and a really good time on the complete loop. Impressed and motivation on top to go even faster😀
My first thoughts about it is that it’s a great upgrade and it was really time for it. But compared to Specialized it doesn’t seem as tight and racy as an Epic but I may have wrong. Would be nice to try it and compare.
Tomorrow is the day Cannondale’s: Built for XXC will be released. Everyone knows already that is it about the new Cannondale Scalpel Si. Cannondale has some to catch up on FS XC racebikes and will they manage it? Will they use Ai6 for 12x142mm? What’s in front of the rear damper inside the frame? How low stack will it have? Is it fast? Light?
Black Inc, nothing for me or my style but have to be available for those who want’s the latest tech and fallen for the Enve hype.
Berserker Green for teamriders like Manuel Fumic and wannabes like all of us😉
And the bike for all Cannondale lovers. The quality of XX1, the stiffness and pure beauty of Hollowgram with an OPI ring. It got it all except a flashy seatpost. Probably for a price not even Canyon can compete with.
My expectations are high, will it be even close to as tight and racy as a Specialized Epic WC? How short will the chainstays be? More info tomorrow after I’ve tried the fastest gravelmtb in Stockholm (more on that too).
A little snow in the air and cold temperature made me turn by work and shift to thicker gloves. Not as many today with the weather that looks better on picture than it was. Started in the 1st group and while it wasn’t the best cooperation the speed was high enough for me. Was on todays edge but could hang on and was in front sometimes too. An average of 28,1km/h on the Strava segment felt ok too, even with a misshappening on the road to Älta. A guy braked and turned a little so the rider behind him put his front wheel in the bike in front. No crash but didn’t sound good hearing it some guys behind me and the pace got low to see if everyone was on their wheels.
After we finished the hard part we rode on the cycling path and I maybe shouldn’t have done that. Was a big hole that was much deeper than I thought without a single sign and saw the deep too late. Smashed my front wheel on the edge but had air in my tires afterwards, impressive. For some hundred meters until my rear tire felt a bit soft, the flat was there on my new tubular tire. Stopped and tried to fix it with my Pit Stop but couldn’t get anything inside. Stepped up and rode with a flat, it was a tubular after all and it worked better than I thought. Rode with a flat rear tire to work and planned to make a fast switch and continue to Le Mond for breakfast. Had to change rotor and cassette but went pretty fast. Out on my bike again and coming just around the corner and my front wheel was leaking too. A bit upset I turned around and changed that wheel too…
Great wheels but flat tires and I need to glue on something else😦 Maybe shouldn’t have wrote about the tubular advantage as it ended in my most expensive ride so far.
We have been riding back and forth to Älgö some morning in a good tempo. Today we did a longer ride and rode to Vissvass a bit south. More climbs, more speed and record with 4 riders. Great morning:
I wasn’t fastest but was fun and the new Swede Amir showed us how the young rides😉
Ended with a better breakfast at Vivels and celebrated the end of an era:
As I don’t train proper, as I don’t have fast genes and as I ride with fast people I do whatever I can do to go faster. Today I changed from the springwheels to my tubulars. Roval CLX40 with Vittoria Corsa SC/CX tires and saved some weight:
Finished the gluing and the bike is 6,52kg😀 Will change rear derailleur when the new one arrives and ordered som lighter discs and a lighter stem. Awesome bike that made my commute home really nice:
So now let’s hope I can go faster on tomorrows Le Peloton…
Many years ago when people rode alu- and steelbikes weightweenies used to drill holes in parts to save weight. Always the easiest and cheapest way to save weight.
Then when modern carbon fibre frames and parts came weightweenies changed parts for carbon, tuning things like derailleurs with dremel and new carbon parts and alu screws. A rear derailleur at 130g and brands like Extralite, Tune, b-t-p, Carbon-Ti, Schmolke and THM Carbones was the thing. AX-Lightness and MCFK came and pushed it further with really light carbon parts and frames.
Then we came to now. When people buying a Tarmac, SuperSIX Evo, R5 or a Colnago C59/60 with Enve wheels, Sram Red groupset but with Clavicula crank and Praxis (!) chainrings. Enve stem, seatpost and bar, or 3T. It all results in a 6kg bike and they call them self Weightweenies. Without change of a single screw or even touched a dremel.
Team Sky talks about this:
What happened to that in cycling. Why are people on Weightweenies using heavy Praxis (I know they are good but anyway) chainrings when Extralite, Carbon-Ti or Tune is so much lighter? Why aren’t people putting a dremel in their Dura-Ace 9000 or Sram Red22 rear derailleur, or even changing pulleys? Why aren’t Extralite bigger and people using Tune U20 QR? Why are people talking about clinchers? Can people even spell to Schmolke?