Headwind vs. Tailwind

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This is Sweden in March.

This weekend a couple of years ago I rode my roadbike with a big group to Ösmo. Today we had studded tires and fenders, not because it was needed so much but because it’s still winter.

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But instead of headwind at usual we had tailwind to Ösmo and I had the wheel of Emile so it sometimes went really fast. Got faster times on some sections today than on Velothon 2015 😉

Headwind also means higher speed and hard pushing as it’s fun to go faster so down at Ösmo Plantshop we all were pretty cooked and happy to get some food. Instead of my usual panncakes I was serious and ordered a nice sandwich which Madde took a picture of 😉

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Full of food it was time for the Headwind part, it was hard.

No one took the train back but the riding got a bit messy with many heavy legs and our small group ended in smaller groups with some gatherings along the road. And after Handen it was a matter of surviving, not so much speaking and people tried just to go as fast as they could. It may have been hard and the bodies may have been tired but as much as I like the grey late winter weather it’s something special when people just keep on pedaling instead of just give up. The only thing that gave up was the battery in my watch so had to log the last part on my phone 😉

Back at Le Mond I got a nice carrot cake that Kalle put on scale

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It helped me all the 11km home 😀

Thanks all for a great day in the saddle. And Emile for the pictures on me. There are so many beautiful things about cycling and things can be beautiful even when it’s hard and you’re suffering. While some was suffering from the harsh cold today I was warm, with my lovely Café du Cycliste wool socks:

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Map and stats: Strava 1st part, Strava 2nd part

Le Peloton #140

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7 riders at the photo moment, then Oliwer joined too so same as Wednesday. But not as fast today so even I could go up front some times. It was hard but manageable until Hästhagen. Was in front when Oliwer did a massive attack, and then Michael and Christan attacked too instead of just passing. I tried to catch up but didn’t have a chance and my legs stood straight out…

Instead I got company by Karl and we rode the rest of the loop together a couple of minutes after the first 3. A hard morning, and really wet so happy Karl had long fenders too.

Had a nice breakfast at Le Mond and after me and Oliwer got up the heat a bit we left for work, wet and dirty today

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And maybe not the best weather for a windjacket, should have gone for a rainjacket 😉

Map and stats: Strava

And then it was time to find out how to get faster. Tested to see if my frame got space for the worlds fastest tire. Specialized S-Works Turbo 2Br in 28mm:

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Good with space on the wide SLX24 rims so will be awesome when the spring arrives 😀

Got into a cyclingteam!

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People think I can ride faster than I do. And they been trying to get me into a group of fast riders to ride fast around Vätternrundan which I said I don’t want to do again.

In a weak moment I sent an application to Skoda. Heard from many it was a great experience and thought for myself if I would ride around Vättern again I would do it with a pretty fast and pro riding team, don’t want a mess and don’t want to ride too fast like 7h20min.

Skoda Cycling Team is doing it in 8h and with super support. No matter results this is a way for me getting faster and having fun at the same time. Really happy for this spot (even if I may not show it) 🙂

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Got a package from them today and next weekend we’re meeting and testing . Looking forward.

Le Peloton #139

Trying to have an easy week this week so after two days of just commuting it was time for some speed today, or trying to get some.

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Met up with the usuals and the Ekström brothers who came after the picture was taken of course. Started in manageable speed and I tried to be calm and just keep the wheel. Did some chasing down to Saltsjö-Duvnäs and then it was time for Stationsbacken where I managed to hold on to the others almost all the way up. Dropped in the end but it came a car at the roundabout and the others had to wait and I got back up again. Held wheel up Ektorp but then my legs burnt and I dropped the first 5 at Storängen…

Lonely slow riding to Sickla and to Älta I was almost 3min slower than the first group. Took the shortcut in Älta and on Flatenvägen the group caught me. Perfect shortcutting and I got on their wheel again. Managed to hold on until the final uphill and sprint.

It was hard but it was a good morning. And I’m happy that I didn’t sleep instead 😀

Also started the celebration of Cykelcafé Le Mond who got 3 years old today:

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8 riders today, let’s hope the spring comes for real soon so we can fill the café 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Italian style

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Campagnolo Chorus crankset. 172,5mm arms and 36/52 chainrings for my Colnago. Got feeling and got my favorite bar tape. Fizik Superlight Classic touch in 2mm. Together with Deda Newton Shallow and Campagnolo Chorus Ergopower it’s a big try to get it perfect but I think I succeeded:

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Now just missing some small things and new tires to make this bike ready for sunny summer rides 🙂

The old got new

Some clothes you got more attached to than others. I got a pair of shoecovers in 2013:

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They have been used a lot since that, both when it was raining and cold. With velcro closing at the back so very easy to get on and off no matter which shoes you’re using. Maybe that’s why I used them so much too.

A month ago or something like that I ordered a new pair of the same kind but been laying at work until now. Today my old ones went in the garbage bin:

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A lot of extra holes after a hard life.

So new ones with a 2 part velcro and a little tighter (or just less used):

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Thought of getting them in black but Screaming Yellow is so much better when the weather is bad. Let’s hope these will live as least as long 😀 And I’m hoping more brands than Pearl Izumi start using velcro instead of zippers that always break or are too tight.

Do you got any cycling clothes you really like and used for a long time?

Amazing winter panncakes

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Some days are better than others and when the sun is out, the roads are dry and Adam made a route to a great fika place, then you know it will be a day to remember. Adam wanted to to go Ösmo so he planned a nice route from his place and invited some friends. We came and met up.

Got fast asphalt riding.

Got low energy feel.

Got great fika.

Got dry fast ice.

Got a nice (or two) walks in the dry snow.

Got use of 42-42 gearing.

And we all got a day to remember instead of just missing summer.

Pictures from yesterday says it all:

Just click on a picture to make it bigger. Thanks Adam, Anton and Emile for the pictures.

Map and stats: Strava