Lightweight Lizard and Speed Lunatic

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For the first time on gravel this year I had a lighter bike than Emil 🙂 He on his Ridley X-Trail and me on my Specialized Epic ht, was nice to try it on gravel too. Emil had some more speed as in his nickname Speed Lunatic when it went fast and my 34-11 wasn’t made for going fast. But an 8Kg hardtail with 2,1″ Specialized Fast Trak tires was really fun on gravel too. We had a great morning in the sun watching animals, talking children and discussing #aeroiseverything

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Also sat some Personal Records and I got top 10 around Flaten after following Emil over some bridges:

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Map and stats: Strava

After we had breakfast the clouds came and the weather turned grey. So happy I got up in time to enjoy the sun this morning with the fastest Sumo.

Bike of the week

Long time, and it’s a bit said but this bike is too good not to show:

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Annika Langvad’s new Specialized S-Works Era with world champ colors and all the latest by Specialized. Silver flake and Dark Red showing the Danish colors, Cosmic black bottom which is a color that have to be seen irl to understand it. Sram XX1 Eagle with a Quarq crank as standard for the Sramsponsored pro’s. But the new Magura brakes is a bit more different. And all small blue tunings with Carbon-Ti started by Sauser for the S-Racing 🙂 Ceramic Speed bearings of course, danish speed.

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Berk barcombo

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Finally it arrived, the 2nd part ordered for my Epic. The barcombo made by Berk Composites. 720mm wide with a 80mm stem:

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Saved almost 200g compared to the bar and stem I borrowed and the bike should be under 8kg even with heavy Candy pedals 😀

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Looks pretty fat with 38mm wide flat stem too, almost like a Syntace Flatforce but lighter and with a smaller angle.

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The front matches the rear 😀

Dead end ride

Ended this weeks riding with a ride on Ingarö and to all the big wharfs there. Claes was guide and gathered hours. Mathias tried to get the legs to spin after his ride yesterday. Magnus tried to acclimatize back to Sweden after being in Spain for a week. Peter just wanted to ride. I like variation and riding on a Sunday 😉

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Colorfull group, all with white helmets. And strongest today was Magnus:

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I wasn’t:

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But it was 3 well spent hours on some new roads, some old and with speed. Felt a bit strange to be home finished riding already at 11 but got a lot of time to cheer for Stybar at Le Mond all afternoon 🙂

Map and stats of my ride: Strava

Le Peloton #149

Calm before the storm:

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No matter if it was a terrorist attack or just some stupid guy stealing a truck and driving into people I won’t be frightened. Terrorist attacks is about scaring people. I feel sorry for the injured and killed people but I still think good of people no matter belief and no matter how many idiots that steal trucks and drive into people close to me.

So like many other mornings I started this one with Le Peloton with happy faces. It went a little bit better for me than Wednesday but couldn’t keep up all the way so skipped the Fisksätra loop together with Christian and Jorge. I was in front 2-3 times but nothing to brag about as most of my time I just thought of hanging onto the wheel in front of me. Or get up to the first group the 2 times people made gaps…

I got a PR at Värmekraftverket where I passed the peloton and I got really tired in the end. Awesome. Ended up putting our bikes together:

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And having a nice breakfast at Le Mond:

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So let’s keep on living a good life and make the best of the situation. Don’t be scared, people are friendly on the inside!

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #148

You know spring when everyone brings their racebikes with high profile wheels and best clothes to training? When everyone is high on going fast outside and showing how well they trained all winter? That was like todays Le Peloton:

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A lot of people, a lot of fast people and a lot of people able to hang on the fast people. And it was this guy a.k.a me:

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Looking fast, trying to take my turns and sit in a good position. Unfortunately I’m not as fast as I hoped and after doing a hard start including a PR before the real start and got dropped pretty quick…

Turned around and tried to get the cramp out of my left leg and got caught again at Järla. Sat pretty high and took a turn before Sickla. Then I tried to keep up with the fast ones averaging over 40km/h to Älta. On the hard Evalundsvägen through Älta I always think it goes fast and today I touched my PR, not the best way before Storkällan and I got dropped for the 2nd time…

Had to ride the rest alone and wasn’t as fast as I dreamt about. To be honest I hoped for more and when I came to Le Mond I wasn’t as satisfied as many others. Next time I will push harder, go faster and not get dropped! I want to fight as good as my friend Emil is able to do, or Sagan that doesn’t seem to be able to give up.

Map and stats: Strava

New helmet day and finetuning

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I finally got my new Specialized S-Works Prevail II helmet today, ready for racing 😀

And yesterday my new stem arrived home (from work). Used a 3T Arx II last year with a stupid T30 torx at the back, didn’t like it and sold it after the season. But wanted a clean 90mm -17° stem and while Zipp Service Course SL may look good it’s a bit pricey. So found the cheapest stem that met my criterias:

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Pro LT 😉 Looked at the more expensive Pro stems but none was available in the right size. And this does its job perfect, felt good testing it today 🙂 We’ll see how long I have it until I upgrade to an Extralite or something like that…