Le Peloton #38

Last ride on the borrowed Tarmac this morning. Met up with a few others:

Just one group and mostly strong riders. But not so many helping keeping the speed high. Was hard today but up to Fisksätra it felt ok even when the heart rate was high and I didn’t keep up with the fastest in the last climb. Dropped back a bit up to the Ektorp roundabout but people to keep up and for me to sit on the wheel of.

A gap up Hellas but Rille and a little bit of me got back up afterwards and hanged on to Älta. Was up in front for a bit but up Lindalen I was just cooked. 5 guys got away with me and another guy from CK Valhall chasing behind but lost more than we gained. We rode together the last part sharing the work, not so fast but worked good together.

Ended at the place to be a wednesday and friday morning. bikecafé Le Mond:

A bit cold but sun is sun ;)

Had changed stem on the Tarmac today for a bit better fit and it felt better :) Great to try one for real before buying and it feels so great balanced, a fun bike that works for riding fast with. Even with a weight of 7,26kg ;) Mine will be a bit lighter, better looking and even better working, but with one wire more.

Map and stats from today: Strava

Thüringen Rundfahrt and European Championships

Sometimes a 2nd place can be a win. Emma Johansson came 2nd today after she got outsprinted by a girl just sitting on the wheel before. Highlights from the last stage today:

And the European Championships in MTB and Trail started in Italy today with Team Relay. 11th place for Sweden isn’t anything to smile for but can smile for Manuel Fumic and Germany:

Le Peloton #37

The regular start of a wednesday in Stockholm:

Only difference is my bike without wires and colour ;)

Except that I’m missing the extra punch it felt pretty good today. Felt good up Fisksätra and for the first time I managed to hang on in the climb from Saltsjö-Duvnäs to the roundabout in Ektorp :) Usually get dropped when it flattens out after the steep part.

After Hästhagen we where a group who got dropped from the 4(?) in the front. Rille tried to make everyone go around but didn’t work so good. Kudos to him. Can’t understand people who attacks instead of just help keeping the pace high. Tried to go around too when people in front of me did. Will try to get better on friday and push harder and help more. Got real tired as usual and was a bit nice to go a shorter way to Hammarby Sjöstad and Magnus Johanssons bakery instead of Söder today, but far from as nice place and good breakfast.

Bikes had to stay outside:

But pretty okey weather, but no real summer:

This post could also be about the best bike. My Trek Madone 6.2 I had last year was super in many ways but felt like the frame had a too low toptube and didn’t feel it so well. Today I rode a Specialized S-Works Tarmac Di2 Disc, a size too big after some consulting after work but the ride.

The Tarmac frame is a bit better handling than everything I’ve ridden before and carbon is better then alu like my Allez or an Caad10. It feels a bit soft but answers on everything better so it’s just the feeling of carbon that is stiff in the right way. the Roval CLX 40 disc is maybe not as stiff as Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate but with better comfort and for a better price. Hydraulic disc brakes is just better, maybe I don’t need it but I want it, love the feel. Di2 is smooth and a bit fun but wouldn’t buy it.

The bike wasn’t extreme but better then good. The perfect combination without anything extreme. A bit odd but feels like it’s worth a bit extra as it costs.

Map and stats from today: Strava

She Rides MTB

Mtb in the rain after work today. Easy riding with a happy group so was fun even when we had to wait a lot. Fun to be good sometimes and not always be the slowest and Specialized Fast Track worked better than I thought in the wet ;)

Mostly of the riders this evening:

In the last part we rode a really muddy section with a lot of laughter :) But Jaime also managed to puncture so here me helping him fixing it (while waiting for a couple of riders):

Fun ride so thanks Jessica for that :D

Can really recommend Warsaw Cycling‘s Floral Kit. Great Bioracer quality and cool design. :)

Back at work we washed some bikes and I changed for a roadbike for tomorrows Le Peloton. Coming from an Epic to a Tarmac made it fun, felt fast and managed to get 3rd on a section :)

Map and stats: Strava

Thüringen Rundfahrt, stage 2-4

While Tour de France is going on in France there is a big race in Germany that should get som more attention.

Highlights from stage 2:

Stage 3, yesterday included a Time Trial and a road race. Great results for Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson :D

Emma Johansson was called Silver-Emma. A silver yesterday the same today, beaten only by a neighbour:

Thanks to Aschwin Kruders for the last one