Vätternrundan with Skoda Cycling Team

When things just work, without hazzle and without seen stress. Then you know the planning has been good. Skoda Cycling Team and Vätternrundan is such a thing. Friendly people with things under control, trusting that you also got things under control.

Travelled by bus Saturday morning all together and when arriving in the centre of Motala the bikes where there and the numbers got handled out. Checked the bikes, got dressed and rolled down to the exhibition centre for photos, like selfies with the Pro’s:

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Back to the bus to fuel up, fill up and get ready. Meeting Henrik

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and be cool with Glenn:

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Start ready on time, cheered on by Madde:

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I was one of the last riders rolling through the start on this 20000+ event. Felt a bit cool. Easy in the beginning with a locked train. Got rolling after 10min it felt good. Was going around and taking my turns and it felt well disciplined but not too serious. Down in the tail once but it felt harder so went around again.

Even had time to take photos in Uppgränna:

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A short stop after Gränna where the shoe covers went off and we got company by Tobias Ludvigsson to Kaxholmen. Climbs where I been dead before felt great and I could keep up going fast downhill. So cool riding in a 30+ group with everyone looking the same and with riders like Calle Friberg and Henrik Sparr who doesn’t seem to get tired 😉

Through Jönköping and up Trånghalla feeling great. Down Bankeryd flying and then the first stop. 5min stop with new bottles and Enervit energy. All prepared by the team and all bags the same so no need to look for a certain one. Back on the bike and it felt wise to stay a bit in the tail as it was 180km left.

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Warm and hard and it felt like it went a bit too fast for me taking turns. Tried to keep the tail straight. Took 3 turns the next 90km to the next stop. Now just water in the bottles, a coke and more gels and I was ready, felt more under control than last stop.

The last part where we were ahead of schedule felt good. And the finish got closer and closer. Happyride.se took some nice pictures:

And then the thing happens that always happens. Around 20km left and everyone wanted to be finished. Felt like the tempo went but everyone hanged on and everyone got a bit more happy 😉

Finished at 7h27min (18min faster than the target)

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Happy and really tired, also had a bit of a problem to stand straight 😉

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Map and stats: Strava

After high fives, hugs and some champagne we took our bus to the hotel for dinner and talking about salt, cramps and strange things from Skåne. Massage and breakfast today before we went back to Stockholm again.

An Awesome weekend with great people and a team behind with Skoda making it so easy. 😀 And so impressed with some riders be able to ride so fast and make it look so easy. Maybe some day I can also be such a rider…

 

New Diverge!!!

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People talked a while about a new Epic. People seen some pictures of the new Tarmac.

But the Diverge got 1st! 

A colleague asked us a couple of days ago which bike we should have if only could have one. My answer was Diverge and today it just got better 😀

The new Diverge got features like:

  • Future Shock
  • Road SWAT box
  • Room for 42mm tires
  • 12×100, 12×142 axles
  • Flat mount
  • S-Works

It got a bit longer chainstays (419mm)to fit the bigger tires but not as long as Crux or Sequoia. It got a bit higher stack (576 in size 52) for the Futureshock and big tires. It’s also got a little bit lower bottom bracket. And slacker head angle than before (71° in size 52).

Future Shock may look weird but it feels really good so a feature that works irl. Road SWAT is perfect to get your essentials packed without an ugly bag.

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Room for bigger tires is the reason I went from Diverge to Sequoia, the old Diverge wasn’t awesome wintertime with thin studded tires and fenders ride with friends on cx-bikes.

Not sure about the Swedish price yet but here are the U.K.:

S-Works Diverge £8,500

S-Works Diverge Frameset £3,500

Diverge Comp £2,600

Diverge Sport £2,000

Diverge Comp E5 £1,500

Diverge E5 Sport £1,000

Diverge E5 £799

Women’s Diverge E5 Comp £1,500

Women’s Diverge E5 £799

More info from Bikerumor

Review by Cyclingtips

Both by Cyclist

And the official: Specialized

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The video:

Lida Loop

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Had a nice setup for todays race 🙂 Very relaxed before the start.

The start up a small skislope went very much under control and much easier compared to Långa Lugnet and Billingeracet. Then it was 9km with runningtracks on gravel, fast, fast and fast. Felt ok and think I had some more speed than before today 🙂 Not the fastest on the singletrack but did my best and first and 2nd loop went. In the end of the 2nd loop I was riding the startslope and turned left, onto some gravel and lost my bike… Took down some tape, got some wounds and messed up my mind.

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3rd loop felt same as for 2 years ago, just get in your mind and get through as fast as possible. Tired and hurt a bit from the crash.

Finished after 2h48min and it got me a 35th place in Men 30, 188 overall.

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Feeding by Patrik today, awesome 🙂

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And maybe I looked a bit fast a couple of times:

Pictures by Patrik, David, Happyride.se, Johan, Jaime and Rickard 😀

Thanks everyone for a great event

Map and stats: Strava

The new Specialized Tarmac?

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Dropped seatstays like Roubaix and Venge Vias. Seatclamp like Vias. Rear derailleur hanger and drop-outs like Vias. Direct Mount brakes. And a straight slim beautiful fork. Also said to be superlight, steeling technology from the superlight Epic HT

What do you think? And the question is when it will be released…

Le peloton #153 and Stuttgart 

A long day started like this

Didn’t have any good legs today either so decided pretty fast to join group 3. Not the best cooperation but we managed an average of just under 35km/h with around 5 guys in the end. 

Then after a day at work I’ve been traveling stressed on a late buss, calm on the train and later enjoying life with 1st class SAS flights down to Stuttgart in Germany. Here over the weekend for some variation, interesting riding and exploring a bit more of the black forest. Are you close write a comment and join me for a ride or coffee 🙂