Kompiscrossen Hästpojken

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Photo by Anna Eide-Jensen

Stockholm an autumn sunday morning. There are people missing out but these trainingraces are awesome. Simple, hard and inspires people to get ready for the real races.

It was fast and fast today. Felt good the first lap but then I ended in a chase of Viktor, Magnus and a guy from Tullinge:

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Photo by Hanna Alexandersson

I tried to dope with a fast jersey from SCS Racing Team with teammates Damian (winner) and Erik (3rd) but it didn’t help so much. Think I did a pretty solid race but my cornering felt faster in the beginning and I blew up a bit when it was two laps to go (of 8) and got passed by one more.

All in all 38min racing over threshold  with a bike that feels better than I thought. Had great grip in all corners except one where my front wheel slipped a bit, my gearing was awesome and the position felt great. The Roval Control SL wheels with Mavic Reflex rims feels really fast too, will be interesting how my wheels will feel when I get my tires🙂

As said I wasn’t fastest but wasn’t last either. Ended 18th of 31:

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But forgot to count how many Specialized Crux it was in front of me, at least the top 5😉

Ended with a fika and rode home with Hanna and Magnus. Said goodbye to them at Söder and went to Vinterviken for a cruise along Mälaren:

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Map and stats: Strava

Stockholm CX

Was looking through old pictures and found the memory of riding cx in sand in the middle of Stockholm with high profile carbon wheels and A. Dugast tubulars:

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Cyclocross is hard and demands skills that I didn’t have that day, disliked that course a lot but the venue was cool and it was people (non cyclists) watching. It was good for the sport.

Tomorrow I will ”race” again, or a trainingrace and I believe there isn’t going to be a single on watching the race that’s not a cyclist. But it’s the same city and I will use red bar tape once again.

Will you race cross this season?

Sumo Safari or Le Peloton #113

The thing with Sumo’s is that they like to go faster and not thinking about easy rides. We planned for a <60min CX Peloton today (only made one of those) and my legs with 2 hard trainings yesterday didn’t feel so happy about this morning.

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8(!) from Sumo Cycling today and 2 others doing the CX loop. We may not created Le Peloton but we are taking it over😉 Eva sat off in a good pace and in the first climb where I usually get dropped by Per or Jonas I went into the front. Then the top was reached and we where some guys helping out keeping the pace really high. On Erstaviksvägen we where 5 guys and the pace was really good, felt superhard but I could keep up fine and then it came. An elk! Ran out on the road, in front of us and then into the forest again, was just too slow with my camera so just got it’s ass and the rest of the elk is behind the tree😉

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Instamoments you know. We saw many deers a bit later on the loop. Never seen so many animals riding before so was fun and something to talk about. On the way back in a long climb I went to the side and Fredrik rode up, he had a gap so I jumped on his wheel. While sitting there I thought of why I didn’t drop, it was hurting so much but I just kept on. In the end I went up in the front again and got free space down the a descent called ”Feel like Peter Sagan” before Emil came up and kept the pace high, with me on his wheel again. There you can talk about sitting too far in front, but while it was hard it felt good and not so far left.

Emil took a shortcut in the end on his mtb where I rode around and he gained a gap, Fredrik joined and passed me but he couldn’t brake enough in the 90° corner just after so I passed. Then easy down and full speed to the end. Got a PR with 31sec!

Maybe it was thanks to my socks?

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Dry and dusty and really fast today. Awesome start of the CX Peloton season and happy with being able to go so fast on my Crux. Alu frame and low profile alu wheels doesn’t sound as fast as it was :p

Map and stats: Strava

Looking forward to real autumn and many more doing the CX loop. Remembering the good rides last year with me, Michael, Christian and Niklas chasing Jonas and Per and pushing each other🙂 Laughing with 180 in heart rate is just super…

The new Crux!

13 months ago I got a Specialized Crux Elite X1. Was a great cxbike but I gave up and went gravelgrinding with a Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon 3 months later.

This year my plan was Adventures, ride new roads and explore with Transferrides, Emileadventures and Basemilecamps. Wanted to follow the new hype. Specialized made the Sequoia which seemed perfect, who doesn’t want a cool fast steelbike made for everything? but it won’t arrive before the end of November…

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So until that I got a Crux again😉 Got a alu frameset, alu handlebar and a used Sram Red crankset with a Garbaruk Melon chainring. Borrowed a couple of awesome custom Roval wheels and got a pair of cheap Chinawheels which are waiting for tires and a cassette. Took the Force1 parts from my Tarmac, got a saddle and mounted it all together.

It may not be the flashiest Cyclocross in Stockholm but it’s really good for the money. After all the thing you’re after is the geometry and framestyle for the your riding and Specialized knows their cyclocross😀

Thanks to Specialized Concept Store Stockholm and specially Patrik who let me borrow his wheels and gave me a saddle🙂

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And the weight then: 8,16kg, don’t think it will be so much lighter with the new wheels but maybe some as I’m changing QR and rotors too. Now I’m ready for autumn

Morningspins

No day is as yesterday, or tomorrow. Like every ride is different, there are always good and bad things.

The good things today was friends, weather, coffee and the route.

The bad things was my legs

Instead of riding Morningspins with 7 riders from Sumo Cycling starting with a slow lap that ended fast, a fast lap where I was dropped way too early but got to ride with Ingrid and a 3rd Instalap which ended after I chased back to the group managed to win the sprint. Instead of that I share some awesome pictures me and mostly Rille took today:

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #112

The thing I’ve learnt this year is recovery. Last year it was restdays😉

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I used a lot of energy on Velothon and I think it still was in my body today. Really low heart rate with problems getting it up on the road to Urban Deli. Got a fast start and took some turns to Fisksätra in the great 1st group. Many like me it felt like today. Was hanging on on the road to Sickla and when I went up and took a turn after a Fredrikshofguys non letting off I was dead up to Hellas. Dropped some places on the way down and then they got some meters, I almost caught them but didn’t make it. Alone.

Took the shortcut in Älta after being shouted at and almost hit by a guy working for Vattenfall that was driving too fast passing the school, tragic…

At Flaten I got up to Daniel who dropped a bit after me. We rode together a bit until Magnus and Oscar came too. We 4 rode the last part together and I took the ”sprint”, the others dropped is more right word.

We all had a great breakfast at Le Mond, summer is still in Stockholm, by Magnus:

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Map and stats: Strava

A teaser for tomorrow, I finally got my Specialized Crux frame😀

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Without the cx

Yesterday morning I rode my Tarmac for the last time this year to work. Dismounted the Force1 levers and brakes and got them ready to be mounted on my new cyclocross. A Specialized Crux aluminium frame had been ordered before I left to Canada and after some hassle it should come yesterday. Planned to build it up after work and ride it tonight and on CX Peloton tomorrow.

The frame didn’t arrive, Postnord doesn’t say anything and it didn’t arrive today either. Called Postnord who would look into it and get back to me, strange.

So without a working roadbike, without a cyclocross it should be hard to ride Peloton tomorrow or anything else. But I work at the best store, Specialized Concept Store Stockholm which has some good testbikes. Got to borrow a Specialized Tarmac Expert and a couple of Roval CLX60 wheels from a colleague🙂

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Black and white, many gears and pretty awesome. Took it for a little test on my way home and rode to Sköndal and met up with the CXguys celebrating CX Sthlm group was 5 years🙂 And got company by Birjer on the road home afterwards.

It’s a really nice bike except the handlebar is 4cm wider than what I got on my tarmac and it’s not an S-Works. But I don’t know about rimbrakes, feels strange when I’m used to discs now…

Map and stats: Strava

Matched the bike with a black and white Café du Cycliste kit and S-Works shoes and helmet too😉

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