2017 release

2016 was an amazing cycling year for me. Succeeded with all my plans except for riding more with CK Valhall. Read about them here: The big plans for 2016

The first thing is I’m changing cycling club. Got an offer I couldn’t resist from:

Specialized Concept Store CK

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And really looking forward to race XC with John, Magnus, Damian, Hanna, Johan and the rest 😀 XC isn’t dead and it’s the funniest discipline to race and I miss it from earlier days.

Racing and riding more mtb includes less roadbiking and less miles overall. But after this year I know I can ride a lot and learned a lot about resting and I think I’m good in not getting stressed.

2017 will get better than before, aim to ride faster, rest better and smile more 😀 Motivation is all and my Sequoia is getting me motivated to ride fast in the spring and all summer. Want to improve my tan and explore new roads without being the slowest guy. Of course I will never give up style, always want to look as good as I can and be correct.

If I would taking it down to dots, putting numbers and dates for the year it looks something like this:

  • 27-29 jan Basemile Snowdown (epic winterriding with awesome people in a beautiful landscape)
  • feb-mars Keps Cup (local mtb cup)
  • all summer Stockholm MTB Cup
  • 13th May Långa Billingeracet (best marathon race in Sweden)
  • a Sunday in June Lida Loop (XCM with the club and work)
  • summer Want to go to France again, lovely country
  • 1st weekend in August Race Across Skåne
  • middle of August Rapha 12 Hills
  • 26th August Hansen Cykelløb (icecreamgravel in Denmark)

That’s the plan so far. What do you got for plans?

 

2016, the magic year

I had a goal of 15000km and a dream of 730h. Were never stressed about the distance but saw pretty fast the dreamtime would be impossible. I ride for fun after all.

It all started with Tour de Ötzi, 246km in winterweather and mostly alone. Not the funniest ride but good for mindtraining and to learn eat and drink even when it’s cold.

I have been doing 61 Le Peloton, a lot of Morningspins and Älgö Deluxe. Some Le Snooze. I’ve been cycling in Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and Canada.

I have been riding a lot of Specialized bikes like Roubaix, Tarmac, Venge Vias, Crux, Diverge, Daily, Stumpjumper HT, Epic FSR, Stumpjumper FSR, Fatboy and Sequoia.

I have raced mtb and had a lot of fun going fast.

I have race TT that I never thought I would do and got 5th in men Elite.

I have joined Sumo Cycling and used the Gravity support 😉

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I’ve been around new places, discovered new roads with great friends:

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I have discovered the Aero Advantage and got a lot faster on Le Peloton:

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But I also tried to survive with help of Ice Cream after the longest climb in my life:

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In short it’s 4 people that helped me discover new places and roads. Emile has always been there and seen me from fast to slowest, from happy to just tired of his shortcuts, riding next to me on the 2nd picture. And Hagen, a friend I get a lot of inspiration from and is seen with me riding in the middle of nowhere on the 3rd picture. Next is Emil, been to different countries together and been seen riding different bikes in different conditions together, but all in all we just want to look good:

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The last guy, Henrik who is always riding. Will never get as fast or ride as far as him but he is my best friend and we can’t come up with a single ride together in Sweden where we haven’t ridden some gravel:

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Then there is many more I have ridden with that’s worth mentioning but it takes too much time here. Called a Social Butterfly on Strava and the reason I get so many miles is because I want to ride with all my friends, all the time 😉

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Never thought this year would include so much fun and good rides. Never thought I was able to ride as fast as I’ve done. But I always thought that the motivation will continue.

So thanks to you all my friends that keep riding fun! Thanks to Specialized Concept Store Stockholm for helping me with the best bikes in the world! Thanks to Rapha for motivating ambassadors to make super Events! Thanks to Café du Cycliste to providing my favorite clothes with a superb fit no matter how long the rides are! Thanks to Isabelle/SCF for letting me help the best riders in Germany for a weekend. Thanks to Therese who showed me another cycling world!

So now we stop looking back and looking forward to a new year that can be even better 😀

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Le Peloton #127, last for 2016

The year ended fast. Today was the last Peloton and I went there with really heavy legs from my maybe hardest week so far. For the first time with the Le Mond owner Kalle:

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And the usuals, + a guy we didn’t recognize who came too late for the picture:

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Slow legs as said so Nils, Michael and the unknown guy passed me fast. I thought I just ride the shortest loop if Claes pass me too, but he didn’t so I had to do the long one 😉 Almost caught the unknown a few times as his rear light came closer but never got up. After I heard it was Michael who wasn’t as fast as usual today who was in front of me. Made me feel a little stronger 😀

A nice breakfast on Vivels where I tried to order ”the usual”, almost succeeded. Me and Michael did like on Wednesday and took a lap around Älta after to collect some extra km to #Festive500 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Compared to the winterdressed Kalle I found the 6° C warm and rode in thinner clothes, nice with some heat 🙂

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2 of each with Specialized S-Works shoes and helmet, Le Peloton bibs and jersey, Café du Cycliste legwarmers and underjersey, POC shoecovers and vest, Garmin watch and heart rate band ;). And as it’s Rapha Festive 500 Rapha socks, armwarmers and scarf.

Fast clothes but wet ground made it all dirty, my Sequoia got a hard life:

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Le Peloton #126 and Rapha Festive 500

Have been celebrating Christmas without a bike since last post and got a stupid thought. Maybe it’s possible to ride the 500km to complete Rapha Festive 500 from Tuesday to Saturday, in Sweden, while also working full time.

Christmas was really nice, got a good family 🙂 and sometimes it can be nice to not ride your bike for a little while. Get some distance.

Yesterday I rode to Ingarö in the morning and gravel with Patrik in the evening.

Today I started with Le Peloton cx as usual on a Wednesday:

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Heavy legs after yesterday so got somewhere in the middle. Really hard pack so my Specialized Trigger 38mm tires rolled pretty fast anyway.

And as I’m in the best ”club” in Stockholm, Sumo Cycling who after some discussions we were 6 riders that left for Bullandö in the evening. Easy tempo Sumostyle means full speed as long as people last. I didn’t last so long so the tempo got down to a more normal winter tempo. Awesome with happy strong friends riding together and enjoying bikeriding even when the temperture drops to -9,5° C and every hand was cold.

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My riding the last week has been as my blogging. Slow and haven’t come anywhere or done anything. Feels like a black hole and nothing to write about. Until yesterday when Emil got me changing. Riding with Emil on a morning means your legs will hurt.

He’s strong and my Sequoia was 12,24kg all inclusive, more than 2kg more than his gravelbike. But its my own choice and the plan to be strong hopefully will get me some results.

We rode to Älgö in fast winter tempo, a tempo that I haven’t been feeling for a while. Pushing hard and keep on pushing to not loose that wheel.

Today I did Le Peloton.

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We thought it still would be to icy to ride the cx loop so did the short roadloop. Ended up riding with three others from Sumo Cycling and Christian. Christian and Michael did most of the work with Claes and me in the front a couple of short times. But both thinking we will get dropped.

We didn’t got dropped, just got our legs wasted 😉 An Awesome start that ended with a long breakfast. So worth to get up too early.

And new for today was my handlebar. My Zipp bar had warranty issues so have changed to a Specialized S-Works Aerofly instead:

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A bit less space for my light is the big changed and it’s a bit longer so using a shorter stem. Really like the look and feel of an aerobar. And while the Sequoia isn’t light it feels good, felt tight and stiff this morning. And love the space for the tires, just waiting for the Specialized Dry-Tech fenders for it now and it will be magic 😀 A bike that makes me like to ride more 🙂

Map and stats from a hard morning: Strava

And at work I got the so far best Christmas present, a Café de Cycliste mug that I have missed since I saw them at Café du Cycliste this summer:

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Le Peloton #124

Twice I thought about getting back in my bed and sleep a bit longer this morning. But I’ve sad it before and still thinks that it’s easier to go up early if you set it as a standard, will get tired of sleeping longer. So got changed and rode my bike on the icy cyclingpaths to Urban Deli. Usually sends Kalle on Le Mond an sms at 5.55 with how many we are so he knows for breakfast, today it was only me…

Three minutes later and Sofia came and we doubled, a new message to Kalle and took a group picture:

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We planned to ride the shortest CX loop. Rode over the bridge from Sickla and then it was almost unrideable for me on with 240 low studs on each tire. Thick ice all over the road and turned around before we even got 100m.

Changed plans and we rode the shortest roadloop with just going to Älta together instead. Was some ice on the cycling path and slippery on Flatenvägen but much easier to handle.

After an hour of riding we reached Le Mond once again and got good place for parking our Specialized bikes:

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And happily it came over 10 Finns so Kalle got some more money than just our 2 breakfasts too 🙂 But hopefully more cyclists next week

Map and stats of my easy ride: Strava