Le Peloton #149

Calm before the storm:

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No matter if it was a terrorist attack or just some stupid guy stealing a truck and driving into people I won’t be frightened. Terrorist attacks is about scaring people. I feel sorry for the injured and killed people but I still think good of people no matter belief and no matter how many idiots that steal trucks and drive into people close to me.

So like many other mornings I started this one with Le Peloton with happy faces. It went a little bit better for me than Wednesday but couldn’t keep up all the way so skipped the Fisksätra loop together with Christian and Jorge. I was in front 2-3 times but nothing to brag about as most of my time I just thought of hanging onto the wheel in front of me. Or get up to the first group the 2 times people made gaps…

I got a PR at Värmekraftverket where I passed the peloton and I got really tired in the end. Awesome. Ended up putting our bikes together:

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And having a nice breakfast at Le Mond:

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So let’s keep on living a good life and make the best of the situation. Don’t be scared, people are friendly on the inside!

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #148

You know spring when everyone brings their racebikes with high profile wheels and best clothes to training? When everyone is high on going fast outside and showing how well they trained all winter? That was like todays Le Peloton:

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A lot of people, a lot of fast people and a lot of people able to hang on the fast people. And it was this guy a.k.a me:

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Looking fast, trying to take my turns and sit in a good position. Unfortunately I’m not as fast as I hoped and after doing a hard start including a PR before the real start and got dropped pretty quick…

Turned around and tried to get the cramp out of my left leg and got caught again at Järla. Sat pretty high and took a turn before Sickla. Then I tried to keep up with the fast ones averaging over 40km/h to Älta. On the hard Evalundsvägen through Älta I always think it goes fast and today I touched my PR, not the best way before Storkällan and I got dropped for the 2nd time…

Had to ride the rest alone and wasn’t as fast as I dreamt about. To be honest I hoped for more and when I came to Le Mond I wasn’t as satisfied as many others. Next time I will push harder, go faster and not get dropped! I want to fight as good as my friend Emil is able to do, or Sagan that doesn’t seem to be able to give up.

Map and stats: Strava

New helmet day and finetuning

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I finally got my new Specialized S-Works Prevail II helmet today, ready for racing 😀

And yesterday my new stem arrived home (from work). Used a 3T Arx II last year with a stupid T30 torx at the back, didn’t like it and sold it after the season. But wanted a clean 90mm -17° stem and while Zipp Service Course SL may look good it’s a bit pricey. So found the cheapest stem that met my criterias:

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Pro LT 😉 Looked at the more expensive Pro stems but none was available in the right size. And this does its job perfect, felt good testing it today 🙂 We’ll see how long I have it until I upgrade to an Extralite or something like that…

UCIWWT Ronde van Vlaanderen

Last time I blogged about a World Tour race it ended the same way. Last year it was Boels-Dolmans who dominated the Women World Tour but not this year, seems like many more riders are up for the win and Team Sunweb is the team to beat:

  1. Coryn Rivera – Team Sunweb
  2. Gracie Elvin – Orica-Scott
  3. Chantal Blaak – Boels-Domans
  4. Annemiek Van Vleuten – Orica-Scott

 

Keps Cup Rönninge

The ultimate test for a new mtb have to be in a race. If it’s just as you hoped or if something doesn’t work properly.

So today I went with my teammate John to Rönninge and find out if my Epic was as awesome as planned.

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A bit cold in the beginning even for me. Testrode a lap which was really nice but with some mud and wet roots. Liked the small gravelsections between the nice singletracks and all in all it seemed great.

Down at the start talking shit with nice fast people. Got a little nervous and then the start went. Full speed with locked fork up the gravel. Got passed by some people and finally up the hole climb and onto the first real singletrack it felt hard:

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It just felt like I rode slower and slower but also passed rider after rider who punctured, a lot of punctures today. My bike felt really nice, even better than I imagined. Great stability downhill without any worries when I rode down steep things and super agile uphill which made me smile a bit 😉 Need some finetuning with the fork but worked great, open all the way except on the longer gravelsection where I put it in the middle position.

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Not my best shape after a hard week but was so funny being back in the XCO racing, this is the best. Me and my old friend Johan talked and missed the Västgötacup too, need more great races in this country and grow the sport, not just Enduro.

My teammate John won the hole cup (2 races) and got a cap:

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He also won the race today, a race which I thought I was last but ended 3rd 🙂 and also last as it was 7 DNF riders behind, people need to get better tires or riding skills…

Map and stats: Strava

all pictures except the last one by Åsa Larsson

Le Peloton #147

Like an Alfa Romeo 😉 Flashing morning with some guys:

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2 groups today, one Kangas group and one for the rest of us. I was unsure if I would ride the CX or roadloop as it snowed yesterday evening so took my Sequoia. Everyone rode the roadloop so keeping up with my 11kg Sequoia was hard, but did alright in our 2nd group and felt like some good training 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

And after work I took out this beauty, think we will be good friends 😀

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Le Peloton #146

The forecast talked about snow, people showed up on cx bike and half the group rode the CX loop. 7 riders on road:

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Think we had the riders to get a proper team time trial today but it didn’t work out so good. Rode pretty fast but without order and I maybe sat on wheel too much as usual. But was good anyway, hard to ride so fast and hard alone so great with people pushing the tempo 🙂

7 in the beginning, 7 at the sign where Oliwer won the sprint and then people dropped one by one to get home/work. So when I reached Le Mond for breakfast it was just me… The cxloop people came just after and then Stuart came too so I didn’t get all of these myself:

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map and stats from this years first Le Peloton on my Tarmac: Strava