Specialized S-Works Evade

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This is me 13 days ago riding with my Evade helmet. The helmet I chose for the Norberg trip as it feels so great on my head and I think it suits me too.

I crashed but never felt anything from my head, no pains and I remember everything that happened. I knew that I touched the ground with my head but not more than that, no worries. Thought the helmet got scratched.

Today I got my bag back with my helmet. The helmet is broken in the foam and the plastic got a lot of dents where it ”touched” the ground. It made me scared. What if I wouldn’t have had a helmet, would I still be alive?

Always wear a good helmet you like when you ride your bike!

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And thanks Specialized for keeping me safe!

Marseille

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Maciej Bodnar attacked at an earlier stage, believed he could win and tried to ride away from the peloton. He didn’t make it. Annemiek van Vleuten attacked too early up Col d’Izoard but she managed to win.

No guts no glory as Team Joker Icopal say.

Today in Marseille they both won!

Vätternrundan with Skoda Cycling Team

When things just work, without hazzle and without seen stress. Then you know the planning has been good. Skoda Cycling Team and Vätternrundan is such a thing. Friendly people with things under control, trusting that you also got things under control.

Travelled by bus Saturday morning all together and when arriving in the centre of Motala the bikes where there and the numbers got handled out. Checked the bikes, got dressed and rolled down to the exhibition centre for photos, like selfies with the Pro’s:

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Back to the bus to fuel up, fill up and get ready. Meeting Henrik

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and be cool with Glenn:

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Start ready on time, cheered on by Madde:

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I was one of the last riders rolling through the start on this 20000+ event. Felt a bit cool. Easy in the beginning with a locked train. Got rolling after 10min it felt good. Was going around and taking my turns and it felt well disciplined but not too serious. Down in the tail once but it felt harder so went around again.

Even had time to take photos in Uppgränna:

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A short stop after Gränna where the shoe covers went off and we got company by Tobias Ludvigsson to Kaxholmen. Climbs where I been dead before felt great and I could keep up going fast downhill. So cool riding in a 30+ group with everyone looking the same and with riders like Calle Friberg and Henrik Sparr who doesn’t seem to get tired 😉

Through Jönköping and up Trånghalla feeling great. Down Bankeryd flying and then the first stop. 5min stop with new bottles and Enervit energy. All prepared by the team and all bags the same so no need to look for a certain one. Back on the bike and it felt wise to stay a bit in the tail as it was 180km left.

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Warm and hard and it felt like it went a bit too fast for me taking turns. Tried to keep the tail straight. Took 3 turns the next 90km to the next stop. Now just water in the bottles, a coke and more gels and I was ready, felt more under control than last stop.

The last part where we were ahead of schedule felt good. And the finish got closer and closer. Happyride.se took some nice pictures:

And then the thing happens that always happens. Around 20km left and everyone wanted to be finished. Felt like the tempo went but everyone hanged on and everyone got a bit more happy 😉

Finished at 7h27min (18min faster than the target)

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Happy and really tired, also had a bit of a problem to stand straight 😉

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Map and stats: Strava

After high fives, hugs and some champagne we took our bus to the hotel for dinner and talking about salt, cramps and strange things from Skåne. Massage and breakfast today before we went back to Stockholm again.

An Awesome weekend with great people and a team behind with Skoda making it so easy. 😀 And so impressed with some riders be able to ride so fast and make it look so easy. Maybe some day I can also be such a rider…

 

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

Le Peloton #158

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Many degrees, many cyclists 😀 Record this year with around 60 cyclists.

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so many but no ambassadors so I stepped up trying to say something about riding safe, following traffic rules and so on.

It started ok but was a bit further back than I planned to be when coming down to Järnvägspizza but went fine and in front a bit after the tight corner. Didn’t feel awesome up to Fisksätra but managed to hang on and got really happy to tackle the first obstacle. Far back at Stationsbacken then again and saw the first riders go away when half the peloton had to stop for a bus in the roundabout in Ektorp. Ended with a big chase and in Storängen at the red light all was together again. Got a bit too long way to go around in the front and got tired to Nacka Forum. Down to Sickla I got 2 (!) KOMs 😀

Up on Viktor’s wheel up Hellas and after I took a turn I was really tired. Dropped a bit and hoped for someone else to cover the gap. Worked a bit until a car tried to passed and got into the middle of the group. My legs died and I saw the peloton float away…

Got company by Oscar and 4 others. Rode the last part together and it went pretty good. At Skarpnäck I stopped for the redlight like you should but the others just passed 😦 Had to ride the long last straight alone behind and wasn’t as happy as I hoped I would be. Complained a bit and then we rode to Le Mond to be happy again. Eating breakfast in the sun is the best 😀

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All just smiles, and coffee. And bragging Stockholm style about KOM’s, big turns and wattage, or just happy to meet a proper pro cyclist :). Everyone dreaming of sitting there in the sun all day. Happy life

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #157

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First Le Peloton in our new SCS club kit. Felt a bit slow on the way to the gathering but thought it just was the time and that I had to wake up.

Joined the first group but it felt a bit too hard already at Nacka Forum so changed my mind, took it easy to Saltsjö-Duvnäs and then joined the 3rd group. It wasn’t super fast but as there was no flow or everyone going around and taking turns it became hard. I got good training and nice riding together with Oscar that feels like a long time ago. In a messy group it’s always nice with one or a couple you can trust. Ended with a few others at Le Mond for breakfast, but very few today, a bit sad.

Map and stats: Strava