A really cold morning today too, not proper May weather it feels like. -3° Celsius and many thought of riding gravel instead of asphalt on todays Le Peloton
I did the CX loop too as I wanted to get more comfortable on my Epic and ride fast on it. Went smart in the first climb and dropped the first group. Became 4 riders in a group behind with 2 mtb and 2 cx with me with easiest gearing which made it hard when it was flat and downhill. A lot of 34-11 today and maybe good for my cadence training :p First Oskar dropped me on a downhill and I had to chase up a climb. Felt good as long as it was uphill or a bit more technical downhill so you don’t pedal 😉
Thomas attacked before Erstaviksvägen and Fredrik, Oskar and me had to chase. Got up to him but dropped Fredrik. After Erstaviksvägen on the way back I dropped both Thomas and Oskar and rode alone almost all the way back. Thomas caught me in the end and we ended it all together. He with a lot of PR and me tired 😉
Was about to give up and shorten the loop when Oskar dropped me the first time but managed to get back and hang on. Did as good as I could and it felt like a good hard training session 😀 Satisfied and it was fun in our small group, so much more fun when don’t ride all alone the hole loop.
Yesterday me and Emil started the day with enjoying the sunshine to Vissvass and back before everyone else woke up. A nice ride with just a couple of sprints.
Today I rode with Stefan, Claes and Jens from Järna. Down to Nyköping (almost) in awesome tailwind and then back up to Gnesta in not so awesome headwind
Happily we god some nice views so the headwind wasn’t so hard. The road to Sjundaskogen after Gnesta is really beautiful and so nice to ride it on my Tarmac compared to my Sequoia with 42mm studded tires in cold weather which I had last time
Think the ride me and Emil did yesterday got results today. Emil won the Mälarcup race in Västerås in Men30 almost as cool as Fernando Gaviria won the Giro stage 🙂
1,5 year ago I built this for a winter, spring and early summer adventures. 8,26kg well built. I got another crank when I should have the S-Works one on my roadbike with some oval chainrings from Absolute Black. I changed stem for a longer lower when the spring arrived but except that (and wheels/tires) it remained the same. The bike now lives just a couple of kilometers from here but it is as missed as my Cannondale F1000 I have had 3 times 😉
I still want such a light bike that can handle everything. My Sequoia got better tire clearance and handled a bad winter better, my Tarmac is better on Tarmac, my Crux was better racing CX. But the Diverge is the golden middleway. If you only could have one bike with dropbars the Diverge is the one (in carbon). Would love to do a credit card touring with one over a country on all surfaces 🙂 Started to think about it watching this video of Francis Cade riding gravel with Hot Chillee in Marocco:
After not so much sleep I was close skipping Le Peloton today but I thought I would regret if I didn’t ride. Really chilly morning and I blame the cold that my left leg got stiff up in Fisksätra. Took the shortcut passed Kranglans väg and joined the first group for the last part too. So 2 intervals you could say 😉
Johan took the first picture and Roger the last. Sunny and happy day 🙂
I never understood climbing long climbs in rocky alps on short days. Riding the same routes all the time. I’m not a very strong cyclist that loves the flat landscape either. I grew up in a landscape without any real flat sections or any steep climbs. Swedish lagom you could say and put that on steroids and you got the part of Germany I been riding in the last days.
Travelled to Stuttgart to get some variation. Nice was my first choice but not possible with my SAS Eurobonus points. Amsterdam second choice but Germany was nicer I think. On Saturday I went south, into the Schwarzwald to Freudenstadt where I almost rode too at Trans Schwarzwald 6 years ago. Also passed Specialized Concept Store in Herrenberg and saw the new S-Works Epic HT 🙂 (and got an espresso). Most of the roads where really good with some long climbs on 7-10km and some fast awesome descends. Even got some feeling on the way back and just pushed on in nice tempo position feeling strong 🙂
Sunday was the day with a plan. I was going to Bruchsal meeting an old friend I almost met in Germany 3 years ago. Had some tailwind on the way there so even with some wrong turns it felt great. Cruised through small villages (I really like Flacht and Weissach), got to climb passed the Porsche factory and even I who isn’t a Porschefan got impressed. Maxed out at 80,8km/h on the way down to Mönsheim. Got on some small roads across fields where it wasn’t allowed with cars. Out of Bretten and the last part I missed the small road but tailwind made me stick to the big road and just pushing, so fun with some speed 😀 Had a splendid time in Bruchsal and got company by my new friend Lars-Kristoffer back to Bretten with some guiding on small roads.
Then it went wrong. Headwind and got on some wrong roads which made the shorter way home longer and after stopping for a coke in Rutesheim I managed to get a small puncture on my rear tire too. Pumped it up twice but worked without changing tube. Worst roadchoices and getting tired went into a mindgame. Passed a closed road with oil on after talking to the Police to shorten it and got on the worst cycling path possible on a field. But I also got on a really nice cycling path and even being tired with little air in my rear tire and being more or less lost a couple of times it felt like a good day. First day in short-short and my legs felt much better than I thought. Magic misery so to speak.
Last riding day, Monday was just a small spin before the rain came. Nice roads, beautiful landscape and a soft way to end the trip.
All together it feels like my bibs got shorter, according to my tan :p And even I thought of changing my Tarmac for a Roubaix or a Venge Vias a couple of times my S-Works Tarmac Disc have to be the best bike. Except the nail in the tire it worked just perfect no matter if I’m going fast as Sagan downhill, climbing like Contador or just pushing on the flats like Martin. It feels so perfectly balanced all the time and with it’s short chainstays compared to new discbikes it’s so fun standing up accelerating. Just think it’s missing a pair of light wheels like Roval CLX32 Disc Tubular 😉
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 🙂