Epic, Roubaix and Sequoia in a week

Long time since last post, had time to test the fastest mtb I’ve ever sat on, a roadbike with suspension and racing a little cyclocross.

Was in the Netherlands with my colleague Jaime on Wednesday and Thursday for a Tech Class att Specialized Europe

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The lunch ride we did on Wednesday we rode mtb and started with trying different settings on our dampers and learning to set them up properly. A thing we should do more and not just accept the standard setting that can be anything. Then we did a longer loop with some fast sections. I borrowed a S-Works Epic FSR World Cup 2017 and it’s a real toy. So agile, so fast and just begs to go faster. Made me get a new maximum heart rate 😉

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The day after I rode the opposite bike. A roadbike made for comfort, Roubaix Expert 2017. It’s become a lot more agile than the last Roubaix but it’s not a Tarmac and my legs felt a bit sore since the mtbride.

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And yes, the suspension under the stem really works on bad roads (and off road)

And we watched the cool bikes in the showroom like the new S-Works Epic HT and Niki Terpstra’s Roubaix:

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Also saw what’s up in the S-Racing department, a real candystore place 😉 including special frames, shoes and helmets…

Back home it was back on my Sequoia. Rode a short loop in wet and boring conditions yesterday that I can’t say so much about. But today I changed to Trigger tires and went for Luciacrossen at Flaten:

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Many fast guys and girls, including Jonatan who I was riding with in the Netherlands too so ridden mtb, road and cx together this week 😉 Or maybe not so much together as he won big and lapped me on the 3rd of 4th laps. Didn’t have so good legs or routine in the snow/sand:

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But we all had fika afterwards 😀

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Before heading back home through the forest. A nice day in the snow:

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Maybe more blog posts next week 😉 Pictures from the race of me was taking by Ivar Lane.

Le Peloton #123 and Malmöcrossen

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My friday started with these guys, got dropped in the first climb when my pedal wasn’t with me. Changed plans and rode to work, changed pedals and then to Le Mond. A short Le Peloton but okey as I met up with Emil and rode a couple of hours in the sun after breakfast 😉

Beautiful weather:

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Home, a shower and a bike delivery later I met up with Damian and Magnus and drove to Malmö. I may tease that Skåne is a foreign country and that the people from Skåne isn’t Swedish. But it’s just a tease and the more I’m there, the more I like Malmö. An alternative city with creative people that like friends, but not meat. The atmosphere is just awesome and many good restaurants all over. Hanna showed it to me first and Patch showed me the rest 🙂

And this weekend CK Barriär arranged Malmöcrossen in 2 days:

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With maybe the highest hills of all Swedish cyclocross races.

Thanks everyone for a great weekend 😀

Le Peloton #122

Have been busy the last days with moving to a new apartment. Was a bit stressed for it but it turned out really good. But it takes some energy and this morning I felt tired.

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Tried to get some speed but the others were faster and I got dropped:

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Took the shortcut over a field which is the shortest loop. Was great hardpacked snow today, needed studs as we all had but then it was fast and fun. Nice to skip the mud and not have to clean the bike afterwards.

Was dark but finally got to Le Mond for a breakfast and 34km in the book. A short loop is better than none was my thought for today 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

4 weeks to Christmas

In Sweden we got Advent. 4 sundays before Christmas and today was the first. The weekend Christmas starts with decorations and the waiting. Advent means waiting.

And I’m also waiting for a new mtb. But it’s getting closer and last part I got now is a cassette. Sram XX 11-36:

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50g lighter than XX1, 143g lighter than XX1 Eagle. Sure, this got a gear or two less but do you really need that?

Shaving weight is about just use what you need. And I don’t need a bigger cassette than 36, specially not when I’m aiming to build a bike at 8kg 🙂

SCK Lidingö

New Saturday and Crippa found a new guide and a new place to explore. I got invited and it was just as I hoped.

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As usually we gathered at a gas station early and the guide said a few things, serious. These trainings are serious but not too serious. Is about seeing new roads, make miles and have fun. Great people 🙂

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Then after a flat was fixed we rode and met more people, over 20 riders:

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We rode all over Lidingö on roads I’ve done before but not enough to manage such a good route. Got new PR in both Grönstabacken and Aborrbacken which was on Lidingöloppet MTB too. Nice to push the Sequoia a bit and keep up with the mtbikers 😉

After Lidingö we rode along the coast of the North Djurgården and down Haga, really nice roads which I never done before. Ended with a nice coffee at Kaffeverket:

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Wasn’t so dry today as we hoped for but fun. And my Sawtooth tires are really good on everything except leaves 🙂

Got a pause on my lonely way home at the bridge towards Liljeholmen:

Wool and silk is the thing 🙂 A scarf in silk feels like a must, perfect when a buff is too warm and it’s too cold without anything. And my new Café du Cycliste gloves:

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Map and stats: Strava

New kit day

One company got me from not rest in October. Warsaw Cycling.

They had a competition each week on Strava and while I may not be so fast and win any races I log a lot on Strava and thought I maybe can win something from them. A fun thing to get me continue riding throughout the month.

Last week the winners got a kit with jersey and bibs. One women and one man and I won!

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Super fit, really thin and easy to match for me. Nicely I got a package from Café du Cycliste too with some small accessories like a Sardine cap 🙂

French class on both 😀

Le Peloton #121

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Wednesday, 10° and Emil wrote about the SUMO jersey yesterday. Resulting in a lot of people including 6 from Sumo Cycling Club 😉

I got dropped in the first climb from the fastest, got heavy legs and couldn’t keep up with Christian when he passed. But I knew I would get better so chased as fast as I could and got up to him. Rode together with Marcus more or less the rest of the ride. Marcus chased down Michael on the way back but he attacked in the longest climb and left us behind a bit. Me and Christian tried to keep up but we never got up to Michael again. Until it was over.

As text is hard to understand, here is a picture on how it can look like in the darkness on the wheel of Christian:

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Was fun today. Was spread out as it usually is and everyone seemed happy afterwards anyway. Tired and happy eating breakfast together. Just great.

I looked like this today in Sumo Torch style:

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One of the few rides without any clothes from Café du Cycliste on me, strange.

Map and stats of me passing 1000km on my Sequoia and 16000km 2016: Strava