Älgö Deluxe

Don’t know what it is but it seems like my body like Älgö in a way. Seems to have easier to hang on compared to a Le Peloton. Until Mathias attacked today with Michael and Anders rode up to them. Ended up in a chasing group just behind, A great group with great speed, lost a lot at a redlight but except that I think we had some flow 🙂

Looked like this, filmed by Jesper:

Got together afterwards and had breakfast in the sun 🙂

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A great morning with a ride like this: Strava

Le Peloton #161

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After a rainy evening yesterday and not so promising weather forecast it wasn’t so many riding Le Peloton today, around 20 cyclists just in 2 groups.

My legs felt really tired after yesterday so not even sure why I rode, but joined the slower group. Sat in the back of the first group until Duvnäs where we turned left and while it wasn’t any group dynamic with people taking turns and going around all the time it was more time in front for me and Stefan 😉 Sometimes it feels good to be able to do a lot of work and not just trying to hang on and just take a turn or two.

Was a bit wet in the end but nothing that bothered us as we could sit inside and eat breakfast at Le Mond 🙂 Diane took a picture:

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Map and stats: Strava

Ending with a picture of my fast bike, tt-setup from yesterday:

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Tempo di Grindsjön

Had a day off work today and usually I’m riding far and enjoying life then. Wasn’t possible in the rain today and as my friend Emil would ride the time trial in the Stockholm road Cup I joined. Less mileage but great training and no need to be out in the rain too long 😉 A time trial with regular roadbikes without tt bars and disc wheels, called Folktempo in Swedish. On a great square course.

I haven’t been feeling so fast lately and it seems like I get passed by many so wasn’t so sure how I would perform today. Not so good getting warm in rain either. A Café du Cycliste merino baselayer underneath my Specialized S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit made the work and it felt perfect and fast all loop 😀 Also borrowed a pair of Roval CL64 disc wheels from work to get some aero advantage 😉 Thought they got a bit heavy when I rode them last year but for a time trial they was awesome 🙂

So everything went according to plan. I maybe could have ridden a bit faster in a couple of sections but wanted to finish too :p

Ended with a slide:

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And managed to get 12th in Men B 🙂 Emil who I went there with also came 12th, but in the A class 🙂 A conversation about wattage all the way home 😉

Results can be found here: Tempo di Grindsjön

Map and my Stats here: Strava

Långa Lugnet

2nd race in the Swedish XCM Cup today and John convinced me (pretty easy) to join so we left Stockholm for Falun yesterday and our superb apartment.

Early at the start today putting our bikes first, talking feeding the 2 guys helping us with bottles. And got som suncream by Emil Lindgrens wife to save my arms from getting burned. Also got a tip from Emil (that didn’t work with my shape).

I may not be the most competitive person but I always push extra on races and like riding fast. Mostly aiming to get a good time, beat my old ones if I have and hopefully beat some friends, like Ronnie who seems to be pretty equal to me 🙂 He started in front of me today and didn’t see him at all.

Got a good start and up Mördarbacken I felt my 8kg bike made a difference, a climbers bike for sure 🙂 Then it came fast gravel and I lost places, really need to get better going fast on my mtb. my old colleague Jaime came up to me on a singletrack and we rode together on a gravel road. Wasn’t happy seeing him as I want to be faster but a great guy 🙂 Accidentally dropped the group on the next climb…

Wasn’t so fast on my hardtail on the flat singletracks with a lot of roots and rocks but nice places to ride. Felt good when descending, not as affected by not having a rear damper then I think. Rode as fast as I could but after around 40km it felt like I was standing still. 20km to go, just like at Billingen but it was longer.

Had a thought of stop the race a couple of times but can’t when I just felt slow. Kept on riding and then the last of the 3 loops came. Some handbuilt singletracks and wide forest roads for climbing and descending. The climbs started to feel good again and the others seem to start get tired. I started to pass people, it felt fun 🙂 Down a rocky descend the bike felt awesome, up some gravel. and onto a small singletrack with motivation and speed at the right place. Felt smooth but hit a rock with my rear wheel and the hole was there. Sealant streamed out and fast off my bike. Shifter to the smallest cog, off with the clutch and got the axle out with my multitool I had in my rear pocket. Off with one side of the tire and put the tubeless valve in my rear pocket. Opened my Swat box and took out my sparetube. Into the tire and fast mounted it again. In with my Co2 (first time) and it popped. Back on the bike and started chasing again. Adrenaline chock and in some way it was fun fixing a flat fast and not just think about it.

Chased a bit then the adrenaline got down and I mostly tried to survive the last 5km. Fun last part but did some bad cornering 😦 Onto the stadium at Lugnet and one last u-turn before the sprint and finish. Pouff and I had a rear flat again 😦 Didn’t care and kept the speed as high as possible to the finishline 😉 S-Works tires are fast even without air inside :p

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Had a thought of 3h, ended at 3h5min but it was enough to a 32st place, 5 spots better than Billingeracet in Men 30 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

And an Idolpicture for you: Me and John, the finishers today in Specialized Concept Store CK:

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Jennie Stenerhag and Michael Olsson won!

Le Peloton #160

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You know this thing with recovery? I didn’t and tried you hang on to Le Peloton today. A lot of fast guys almost making all time records today but I didn’t. My left leg said stop on top of Österviksbacken and I didn’t manage to hold a wheel around Fisksätra. Dropped.

Took the shortcut at Kranglan and rode with Oskar to Älta where we got caught by the 1st group again. Tried to hang on and thought it felt good until Storkällan. Went alright on the climb but when it flattened out and the speed rised I couldn’t keep up. Just to fast which feels like a good reason to drop. Rode the rest alone as fast I could and ended in the sun outside Le Mond for breakfast and which fast happy people 🙂

Like Rille captured:

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Biggest reason I tried to ride fast today was because of the bike I borrowed. Wanted to try it for real and sure it’s superfast. But I wasn’t.

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Specialized Venge Vias Expert Disch with Roval CL64 wheels. The Rocket Red color even makes me like red 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Torö is far away

At one time I thought of riding short today but it was sunny and I got nice friends who wanted to go to Torö. So Christ went to Heaven and we to Torö

It felt good, my bike felt fast so had to wait for the others a couple of times 😉 And I got Ice-cream 😀

Map and stats: Strava