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.
You become good at the things you train on. I’m not good at riding fast for a short period of time, a.k.a. intervals. When everyone is away on vacation I changed my riding plans and joined CK Valhall for their training today. The plan was to ride around Ingarö which felt in the right direction and not so far home if I got dropped.
Last time I rode to Ingarö with Valhall was on a Sunday ride and I got dropped 3(!) times before we reached Ingarö. No success.
Today I started with hitting a rock and puncture before we even left Sickla… Fixed that and the group was going again, was in front for some strange reason a bit. At Lännersta it started to go fast and I tried just to hang on. Went alright when the speed was even but the thing with standing up and cover a small gap wasn’t my cup of tea. Could manage the speed much better than before but without any bigger efforts. After Gustavsberg up to Värmdö Köpcentrum it felt like the speed went up and it became some gaps.
Dropped one wheel, the last group got passed and I couldn’t make the effort to hang on. Dropped…
Gave up and turned around, took a couple of pictures in Gustavsberg and rode home
So not so fast but it went better than last time I rode with Valhall to Ingarö 😉
I always cheer on Zdenek Stybar and Annemiek van Vleuten on road races. Stybar mostly rides for Martin this Tour de France but van Vleuten had a team riding for her today. And after attacking with 4,1km to go it ended like this:
Love riders who dare to attack and try. And being seriously fast racing in speedsuit :p
Highlights from the race here with a Swede in 10th place, awesome performance by Hanna Nilson 😀
As I had a day off today I was out riding so couldn’t watch the race but read about the end while having a fika in Rimbo. Twitter is nice to follow races on 😀
Me and Emil road a loop north of Stockholm to Rimbo and then south to Vaxholm and home. Many small beautiful roads up north:
Felt like a pro out riding far on a weekday 😉 After we came to Vaxholm and just rolled onto the ferry just in time. We thought about if we should go fast or not over Rindö. Got off first and rode steady with an average speed of 36,5km/h. Just in time for the next ferry so was awesome 🙂
Celebrated with a short stop on the other side:
Back home both was a bit tired with heavy legs. Not as much talking as before 😉 I took a gel in Gustavsberg and then it was just to hold Emil’s wheel until we got to Björknäs. Doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing many of these long rides this year so was happy getting home after 190,7km (without ferries) and an average of 31km/h 😀
Map and stats incl ferries so longer time, distance and lower speed: Strava
Another early morning. Yesterday to Älgö felt hard but I hang on. I think my body doesn’t like to rest too much. Today after a hard ride yesterday it was up to speed. Took it easy on the warm up and didn’t take any turn until after Nacka Forum. Became a hard one as Filip had attacked. Easy on Järnvägspizza and tried to hang on to Östervik. The climb that ruined my rides with stiff legs so many times before this year.
Today they worked, could advance and go up in front after the climb. The Lightweight Lizard was back.
In stationsbacken back from Fisksätra a few riders rode away and got a gap. I went up and did my best to chase back. Back at Storängen and after the hole group got stuck behind a slow bus to Sickla it was time to give gas again. Felt good but when I came to the top on Hellasbacken there was a new gap to 4-5 riders. A long one. I felt good and got the stupid thought of attack up to them, ended halfway with my legs standing straight out. Caught by the group again and we chased together until we got all back in Älta.
A new gap in Storkällan and I was up trying to chase again.
Got last in the sprint and it felt like the hardest training so far this year. I may not have been the fastest but I felt the ability to dig deep and ride hard. A feeling I’ve been missing for a while. The feeling when you finish and don’t know how to sit upright on your bike and when you think if you even will manage to eat some breakfast 😉
My bike performed perfectly today too even that it never gets enough love:
If I was satisfied with the morning ride I did another fun ride after work. Emil asked if I wanted to do a short mtbride. I was up if I could ride e-bike and it was okey. Maybe wrong style with clothes and helmet but the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is a really fun toy:
People can thing whatever they want about e-bikes but the Turbo Levo makes the heaviest legs feel fine and it floats over every root and rock. 😀
Me, Petra and Martin rode all the way over Ekerö today. After checking the map, timetables and Strava we found out that there was a 15,6km road around Adelsö so we took the ferry and rode that lovely small road. Strava
Summer is for exploring new roads, see new places and meet new people. Got to think about the video with Deux North riding rallygravel in Spain:
And I found out the group is still making videos. Hunt VI is about climbing as high as Mount Everest on bikes, watch it here:
Tired body, tired mind this morning. Started with the fast guys but before Duvnäs I changed my mind, wasn’t up to riding fast so took left up the climb. Took it easy until the 2nd group came. Felt nice to feel fast instead of just trying to hang on. Attacked in the end with Peter who took the sprint 😉
Ended at Le Mond in the sun as usual. Now time for an easy day tomorrow, last time was Monday last week 😉