Morningspinz

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Started the day on Djurgården with some great guys going round, round and round. If Le Peloton is a Team Time Trial, Morningspinz is more like a Criterium.

First lap was okey but got dropped on the last straight. Second lap got better but dropped before the last straight. The third and last lap I almost got dropped a bit before but hung on and got Emil’s wheel. The thing with Emil is that he doesn’t turn off but just keep pushing and while Simon, Klas and Mattias dropped his wheel I hung on. Headwind but still it was superhard to sit on wheel. Thought I had to pass him and started to sprint, felt really hard but I got some speed. Until I passed him and got out in the wind, just said boom and while laughing at it it felt like I was standing still (46km/h). I got the sprint and felt like waste.

Then we had coffee and cinnamonroll😉

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Map and stats: Strava

A lot at work and then I took my bike to Skepsholmen and watched the Crit, great racing in the middle of Stockholm🙂

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Klas on the picture chasing, impressive to both ride Morningspinz and then Stockholm Cup on the evening after work🙂

Was fully kit in the new Torch kit for the Olympics from Specialized today, finally clothes in size XS:

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Engage the lightness

There is something with chasing weights that attracts me. I’ve never been rich enough to just buy the lightest parts but always found a cheaper way to build light. My Tarmac is at the moment just awesome, but not light. Maybe have to do something about it. Until that I remember the old light times and thinking of AX-Lightness, b-t-p, Extralite and Tune:

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Eveningspinz

My plan was to ride with Nilas and his friend to Färingsö or with Valhall and climbing intervals. After some internetting I got company by Eva and Emil outside Specialized Concept Store and we convinced the three guys training with Valhall to join the ride Nilas announced. And Rille joined us too, already a nice group. Met more people at Lindhagsplan and Simon joined when we rolled so the ride Nilas did with his friend ended up with over 10 fast riders chasing the sunset.

Fast pace first and then out on FRA-lap where we went fast for real I got dropped half way. Chased and passed Simon that didn’t feel good and Mattias who joined me a bit after. We chased and chased and finally we got up to the group ”riding slow on the cycling path”. A short talk and then it was full on again. Rode smarter and aimed to just hang on, I didn’t and got dropped in the end again.

Team time trial back and it felt hard but good. Was happy while chewing on my bartape. Got dropped when it was a bit messy and some went on the cycling path and some on the road. Tried to hang on Birjers wheel but couldn’t. Got company by Jacob and we rode the last bit of Färingsö together.

The we took it ”easy” on the cycling path back to Drottningholm and I did all I could to hang on Eva’s wheel. Håkan helped me a bit.

Then we rolled easy to Alvik (full sprints sometimes) and thanked everyone for an awesome evening.

I was one of the weakest, I got dropped many times, I got too fast friends. But it was great, awesome training, great intervals and it motivates me to get faster. Stockholm may not be the best place to ride a bike but the people are great. And the dinner afterwards was great, friendship the easy way😀

Map and stats: Strava

Pictures by the Swedish M40-45 champ Rille:

Le Peloton #106

Motivated by Warp Sleeves and almost awake I rolled away to Le Peloton this morning

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A lot of people, back from vacations. We rolled away and it’s a roadwork just behind the building like a bottle neck in the start and usually it goes well and you are gathered after less than a kilometer. But not today, thought it would be easy as usual but we chased. Got passed by a group and wasn’t able to hang on. At Nacka Forum where the peloton segment starts and the speed rises I had 15-20m with heavy legs and they accelerated… (had 42km/h in average those 2km without getting up to the group)

Got red light and 4 others got up to me. Rode together to Fisksätra where we turned around instead of doing the loop and rode as a 2nd group. Really bad groupwork made me shout a bit and try to keep the pace up in the front. People just sat on wheel or attacked a bit, no teamwork.

Happily we got caught by the Peloton at Hellas and I could connect and ride fast again. Worked really good on the Ältaväg with many many going around which was nice to see.

Would say it worked well all the way today but maybe wasn’t going so fast? Caught a garbage truck at the final and no way we could get around it so was just to sit behind and talk about the neutralized finish😉 Except Rille who got up on the cycling path and passed the truck🙂

Got some good training after all but a bit disappointed of the start…

Map and stats: Strava

Södermanland 210

I got a bike called Tarmac. It’s made for cyclists like Boonen, Contador and Sagan.

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They got tubulars, I had clinchers:

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They got competitors, I got friends:

Remember a great sunday🙂 Didn’t feel so fast but I got some fast friends and sometimes it feels like I got many friends. Really thankful for all of you🙂 The man of the day was Emile for convincing me to ride to Södertälje from home, never leaves a friend behind and fixed a shortcut home from Eldtomta. The same Emile who got started the ”Emile shortcut” which is the beginning of memories and laughter😉

The beautiful ride started by Emil about Cafécycling: Södermanland 210 on Strava

Testing testing

The review of the Cannondale Slate is up and almost all good. Not perfect gear, as it would be 50/36 – 11-32 but except that check this out:

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There is something with testing other things and getting a perspective on what you have, want, need or just dream of. Like when I had a Trek Remedy 9 in 27,5″ a couple of years ago and then tested the same in 29″ and found out that 29ers wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’ve been ridden some different bikes now and I like to feel the difference. So when one of my best friends said I could try her Pinarello Dogma F8 it seemed really fun🙂 Not a big Pinarello fan but they are so special you got to try one to get yourself an opinion. Like this:

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A size too small, but not so off. Before I stepped over this yesterday Trek Madone 6.2 2014 was the stiffest bike I had ridden. The F8 is stiff for real, happy to be trying Vittoria Corsa in 25 too😉 The F8 could also be named F1. Fast handling without being nervous, no worries. It lacks a bit of comfort but Pinarello got other bikes for such things.

Rode Älgö Deluxe this morning with it and while being dropped I couldn’t blame the bike, was just me with heavy legs after sunday😉 The Specialized Power saddle is really great too, just fits. Riding with 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for the first time was a bit difference from using Sram Force, supersmooth gearing and small nice levers.

maybe should write something about my Tarmac too some day, found out of the best thing with it today