Lussespins

In Sweden we celebrate St Lucia the 13th of December, today so to speak and what suits better then to do it with a Morningspin around Djurgården ending with eating lussekatter at Vahallabageriet which they only bake this day.

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Klas didn’t just arrange, fix glögg and took the picture here above, he also was the only one doing a proper instalap:

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-6° C made it a slow story, for me even slower as I don’t seem to work as good in the cold… But we all got around 2 laps and got lussekatter. A great start as usual of a working day 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Annonser

Le Peloton #174 and The Road Book

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Today it came, think it’s the best photobook I got so far. Pictures and some short highlights from this years Women’s road racing. Super pictures by Balint Hamvas (the man behind Cyclephotos) and Sean Robinson. It’s been a big year with many exciting races and some new rockets starting to shine. No matter if you know every women pro cyclists or doesn’t have a clue, if you like road racing and beautiful pictures on stylish cyclists I can recommend you to get your own copy: Velofocus

Not so pro, and not so warm was my morning today, doing Le Peloton, with others:

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Sure, it was just 3 of the 8 starting (Stuart missing on the pictures) riding together but we got to ride our bikes for an hour and ending with a cozy breakfast talking about victories and cheese. 😀

Map and stats of my changed shortest loop, was so icy at some places so took the asphalt back: Strava

great Great Britain and advertisement

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In our world of heavy advertisement, ambassadors and companies paying people to write and take picture on rides with their superbike it’s easy to be blind. It has become so much more than just an poster with a cool cyclist looking pro and a slogan like ”Stiffer, stronger, lighter and even more aero”. It has become a chase of feelings, love stories and people getting payed in parts or money to think in a certain way.

Life is getting harder to know, requires more knowledge what is real and what’s not.

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Sometimes you just don’t give a shit and no matter how much 3T is paying Magnus Bäckstedt to skid like here or ride cobbles on the Exploro bike with some locals just to get a good story.

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Placed people and bikes are also people and bikes. A ride is a ride no matter how many cameras you use and what purpose it has. Modern advertisement can look good like this. Can honestly say that I don’t understand the Diverge video with Sagan jumping and skidding as much as Thereabouts 2 or Deux North Diverge video. Or Thereabouts 3 with Scott bikes. As long as it looks like real biking I can like when companies like 3T making awesome stories with their Exploro. Or whatever company making videos and stories about their bikes, or clothes. Rapha is a good example with modern advertisement really spread out with normal people around the world.

So thanks to I’m at home with too much sparetime I found the story about Magnus Bäckstedt and some other guys riding in a beautiful part of Great Britain, captured on video of course as that’s how we like it:

 

Who wants to join me for a great Great Britain gravel/explo trip next year?

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…