What a beautiful morning

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A cold morning in the suburbs of Stockholm seeing the queues grow and the sun rise. There is something special with extending the commute and get some air and time in the saddle before start working, a little time to think, to breath and just to spin by the carpeople. Ending up on a quiet dry hardpack gravelroad thinking of animals instead of cars and starting to think of that you can turn your lights off as it’s so light

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Riding the last part on roads I used to commute on remembering old times (last month) and got passed by a stressed commuter…

Map and stats: Strava

Last ride this year with roadshoes, now was a day too late to switch to mtbpedals and shoes as the roadshoes sucks when walking in mud and snow 😉 Welcome mtbshoes:

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and new wheels, I’m spoiled and can’t help liking good parts 😉 The rear wheel I’m not sure about but Roval SLX 24 disc is a must have, best allround wheels to have.

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Funny I keep on thinking I want to change those boring mechanical discbrakes to good hydraulic ones but the Sora gearing works too good to be changed :p

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SUMO goes gravel

It should rain this morning and I was tired since yesterday, For a short while I thought of skipping the ride today and sleep instead. But then I thought again and thought I could drop if it gets too hard.

So tired when I left home I noticed I forgot my bottle after 10min, stopped at work and picked up a bottle I had there on the way. A noticeable difference riding with studded tires so I was a bit tight on time and as Jesper got a puncture when he and Michael was riding to Urban Deli I continued to Ektorp where everyone from different places would meet up.

Already leaving Ektorp I got dropped without being able to get up, ended up in 2 groups. After Skurubron and around Boo I said to Jesper who was the only one left that I was riding alone instead so he passed and got up to the others.

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Michael waited for me and we rode together for a short bit and thought the others would wait at some point. They took a different route so after a couple of messages, a phonecall and some time we all got back together.

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They convinced me not to ride alone and instead join them around Velamsund. I got convinced and thought I would go back home from Gustavsberg instead of riding out on Ingarö afterwards. Around Velamsund was really soft gravel and I thought everyone had a hard time, specially for us with ”thin” studded tires.

When coming out to the asphalt at Lagnövägen Claes proposed to go on a new route, a bit of adventuring. Everyone agreed that it was a good idea 😉 Until we turned off the asphalt and onto the grass, wet soaking soft grass that turned in to mud. Daniel dropped his wheel and bent his derailleur hanger making him and Peter turn. While the rest of us tried to get some kind of grip and trying to stop spinning and getting forward. Forward into the woods where grass turned into dirt and was just mud…

Ending the adventure part we got out to see Emil’s secret training at full speed.

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We shook our heads and kept on moving

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Gravel again and a bit of asphalt to Gustavsberg. Me and Oskar did the fast thing and turned right towards home as fast as the others couldn’t complain :p Took one detour but except that straight back. Alone from Ektorp where Oskar turned. Stopped at work washing my bike a bit until I rounded Södermalm with Linn and Maria that had been riding mtb. A nice city detour for me trying to get 3h without doing loops.

I didn’t get 3h but almost 😉 And after all happy to get out, even when my friends are fast they are friendly and it’s always nice to meet up with people and ride ”together”. Even when everyone seemed to have taken different routes today, best Strava Flyby :p

Map and stats: Strava

We rode around a lake

I know my limitations and when it was talking about a 137km ride with start at 10 with fast people I thought of something else. Didn’t want to ride until the darkness arrived and didn’t want to bonk halfway.

Instead my best gravelguide Emile made a 73km route around Bornsjön which me, Emile and Petra started. Going along Mälaren in the beginning is always a success and the gravel at Bornsjön is really nice. Some singletrack to spice it up and walking down a never ending stair made the Emileroute complete. Always need to walk a bit and always need to hate some roots :p

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Mostly beautiful and fun road with ice on one side, we did it English style and rode on the left side 😉 Even when all of us had studs.

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First ride this winter where I got use of both my Café du Cycliste wintertights and innergloves too, felt warm and cozy in the beginning but a bit warm in the end. Started with a vest on but it gets warm when I’m out of shape so went off pretty fast 😉

All in all a great Saturday with some tiredness in the end and after Emile left home it was just Alex who joined in Slagsta who had some powers left 😉

Map and stats: Strava (I recommend to copy the route 🙂

No PR’s in the dark

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Got company by 3 fast friends at todays Morningspins. Starting to talk about to go easy, went easy in the first lap until the sprint… 1st lap Martin and Hagen was in front all the loop. 2nd loop my and Michael took the lead and Michael found his pace of ”too high for me”, after the bridge I got behind to survive and when thinking of taking the sprint I blew up already before the others started 😉 Got dropped by the guys riding with studs when I wasn’t, they were strong.

3rd lap went fast and we took the long lap to get closer to the fika :p I got dropped at the finishing straight like I usually does no matter bike or time of the year.

All in all a lovely morning with people I really like spending time and riding with 😀 and great natural efforts which even made the graph look good 😉

Map and stats: Strava

 

Le Peloton #173

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I’ve been riding Le Peloton in all sorts of weather. Once last winter it snowed so much I got too late to leave my backpack at work, it’s been soaking wet and really icy. And sunny and dry 😉 But today was the first time of my 173 rides it was just me.

All alone in the darkness, got a couple of small showers but small enough to get cover by my Café du Cycliste windjacket. So can’t even brag that I was hardcore 😉

After not been riding since last Thursday in Girona but had a busy time moving made my legs slow. Decided already on my way to Urban Deli to take the shortest roadloop around Älta and Storkällan. Did like that on the cycling paths as I was feeling so slow.

Made it to Le Mond and got saved by Kalle making the early start worth it.

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And instead of stopping my Garmin at Le Mond I started it again going home for a shower, odd 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Girona

Instead of being in Stockholm when the first snow came I managed to get what can be the last warm (Swedish thinking) week in Girona. Met Karim who went back to Stockholm the day after I arrived and my nice friend Therese. Got to talk to cool people like Aviv, Connie and Kati. And I got some beautiful rides in a landscape where you can get everything. Did ride some nice climbs but no steep ones, just flowy where I could get a good rhythm and which ended in a tricky tight descend. Not sure if the descends where hard or if just was a coward and slow… Anyway, riding awesome roads in a nice landscape when it’s how enough to take of arm- and kneewarmers after a while feels like a luxury. I think I will be back, missed a couple of great routes I heard. Here is some random pictures from my trip:

And my Diverge did work awesome for this, a good friend I want to do many trips with 🙂

Ready 4 Girona

What I had in mind for August got changed, now I’m going to Girona instead. 5 days of vacation hopefully with great people, awesome roads and good coffee.

Fixed my bike yesterday with new 28mm Specialized Turbo Cotton tires and a new white Fizik 2mm superlight bar tape (the best) so now it’s beautiful and ready to see the sun.

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If you are in Girona, Spain and want to ride with me Monday-Thursday, write a comment. So far no plans than enjoying. On my dreambike, let’s see how good it is on real roads in some heat 🙂