Le Peloton #90

Felt a bit tired yesterday so wasn’t sure about how fast I was able to ride this morning. But got some help:

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A lot of fast riders today, one of the Adam Stenman with a camera on his seatpost. Great pictures from today:)

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And some stats: Strava

The Weekend of mtb (Lidingöloppet and EC XCO)

The did race this weekend too. Two weekends in a row racing without a racelegal bike and licens. But thanks to Stefan I had a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper with a Khisel fork and all parts Specialized has done to make a fast mtb:)

Rode Lidingöloppet MTB for the 2nd time and the prestige was bigger than ever before as I had to win over my colleague Jaime and the pressure was on. I know he’s strong and easy trained, I also know he can train which I’m not good at. But anyway. Didn’t got the best start and did a lot more work in front of the bunch than I should but I wanted to keep the pace up didn’t go too hard. Pushed hard on the climbs, softened on the downhills and tried to keep the pressure proper on the flats.

It felt hard but not to hard and when riding a 8kg 29er it feels like flying. Lost grip in many corners with my 1,95″ S-Works Renegade tires but they rolled faster than every tire I used before. It felt like I could push and keep pushing. Got dropped by a guy and the women winner Isabelle Söderberg in a climb we had to walk (the ran) and ended up being 3 people with one other from CK Valhall. And a guy who didn’t want to help. We 2 rode good with the other guy on wheel for a long time. 2 others came from behind and the group became 5. No more work for me😉 At the most technical part at Bosön I got dropped and had to ride the last part alone. Was a little tired but pushed as hard as I could and passed one from the earlier group.

Finished at 2h24min and 45th place of Men Race, 38 spots better than last year and 13min. Beat Jaime with 10min😉 Stats here: Strava

Ended the yesterday with taking the train to my dad. And spending the day with him at the awesome European XCO Championships in Huskvarna. With winners like Victor Koretzky, Jolanda Neff and Julien Absalon

She Rides to Drömkåken

Christ went to Heaven, we went to Drömkåken. Thank God for life.

Free day from work means cycling and when it’s great summer weather in early May it had to be a long one. Plan was to ride to Drömkåken with some She Rides Ambassadors and it all started at a museum:

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Met up with Ann-Sofie and headed north to meet up the rest. Met up Pia who was today’s awesome guide. Magic roads and great speed, great group. Met up with Noor and her friends at Vikskolan and then the adventure started after 40km:

After a little more than 60km more we came to Drömkåken where I was more focused on coffee and cake than on pictures.

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Only picture, of my awesome Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoes and Gelatosocks that really suits me.

There I also met a couple of friends, but just the best looking of them (sorry Håkan) on picture:

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Linda rode with Stockholm City Triathletes and rode a shorter route before they continued to Uppsala.

We rode south towards home instead😉 With a stop where our group got split into two

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Great to ride with Noor again. So different but so matchy today with Evade helmets, Jawbreaker glasses, She Rides clothes and Specialized Tarmac bikes😉

3 left going on a super road, small roads that goes a little up and down in the middle of nowhere is so nice to ride on.

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Left Pia in Täby and me and Ann-Sofie rode back to Stockholm again, a long day in the saddle (a good saddle) but with soft tempo so after I got left alone and crossed the central Stockholm I rode some more bridges to come up to 200km😉 The stats you know. Stats here: Strava

And ending with a idolpicture you can print and put up on your wall. If you meet me I can sign it for you😉

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Le Peloton #89

PR (!) on the CX loop today. Felt good after yesterday and got some great company today:

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Jonas and Per in front with me on wheel on the first climb. Then they dropped me… Rode a little alone until Niklas caught me and we rode the rest together. He rode stronger on the climbs and I’m faster on the flats and downhills. Thought of dropping him some times and did a little in a couple of climbs but came back up and thought I would hold will until next climb. Then went in front and kept the pace good. Awesome ride.

In the end I went in front and just pushed all I had, love that feeling when you know how far it is left and you can just push and push even thou it hurts and you’re not that strong normally😉

59min27sec today. 2min26sec faster than my earlier record from november😀

Stats: Strava

The roadpeople seemed to have ridden fast too, sadly with a crash in group 3. Ended it all with 2016s first breakfast out in the sun at Le Mond. Breakfast in the sun with friends is a luxury no matter if you’re on a café or home on the balcony. Let’s enjoy the sun as long as it’s here😀

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Suns out, guns out

What can be better on a sunny day to ride my favorite roadbike? Planned an easy ride to Ösmo, or maybe Nynäshamn alone. Changed plans a bit while riding to have a break in Ösmo and then continue almost to Södertälje to get some new roads and variation. Thought it would be longer but was shorter.

Magic weather and first training in short-short this year:) But no one is perfect, forgot my pedals at work yesterday so had to ride with mtbshoes, luckily my S-Works mtb shoes are pretty good too😀

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My S-Works Tarmac felt great today too, didn’t think it would be as fast as it was, felt good.

The ride: Strava

Finished the day with going up to Fiskartorpet and check the 1st race in the Stockholms roadbikecup. Great racing and met a lot of nice people:) You should watch racing if you can, it’s fun.

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My first Time Trial today, really didn’t know what to expect and was nervous in a odd way. My biggest weakness is that I’m thin and weak, not so good for time trial and I knew it will be hard time to sit proper on the borrowed bike. But surrounded with nice people

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and a relaxed feeling around the race, at least with the elite riders. Choosed Elite class as it was a better starttime and I knew I would lose anyway, the results wasn’t so important and I didn’t wanted to prove anything for anyone else.

Started ok, felt like a hard time to sit in right position after 2,31km and after 7min Karl who started 1min behind me passed. The mental game was full on and when the uphills was hard it was so cool to ride in 40-50km/h on the flats and going almost 60km/h downhill just holding on so tight with a little sidewind. At the turnaround it all changed.

Headwind and it felt like uphill all the way back. Held way too much in the basebar and it went just slow. But while I’m not so good on the mental game it’s interesting how it is to count down, to keep focus and even when the back, my legs and everything feels like shit just to keep pushing.

I may not be fast or train much but racing is just cool and thinking aero in a stylish way. I found the finishline after 47min22sec and ended last but satisfied for my first race when thinking about it. Not much I’ve could have done better and great to try it for real instead of just watching it from a car or on a tv.

Great atmosphere afterwards too with some chitchatting with people I know more or less, everyone are friends and kind.

Emil Rosenberg who i got lift from on the way home got 3rd:

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and Susan who invited me for dinner this evening got 2nd on her first Time Trial in Women Elite:

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Back in Stockholm I changed my mind to go by train home and took the mtb up Hammarby Hill towards Le Mond:

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Not my best climb what I felt but got a PR😀 S-Works doping😉

If you’re interesting in my race, it’s all here: Strava