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

Le Peloton #152

You know riding in almost rain in the middle of nowhere and it got to this magic misery you only see on Rapha videos?

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Today it started like this. The warm up got fast as we had tailwind and it felt like I had more control than last time trying to ride with the fast guys. Survived up to Fisksätra but when we turned right my left leg died and I got dropped big time. Christian got up to me and while not getting back to the main group we rode alone in a quiet tempo back to Duvnäs. Took the shortcut over Kranglans väg.

At Hästhagen we thought if we where ahead or behind the main group. Rode as good as we could and got company by one more guy. Took the shortcut in Älta too as I thought we where behind (wasn’t I saw on Strava’s Flyby). Our company left for home and we passed a new guy who couldn’t keep up. Caught Johanna in the end and rode together to Le Mond.

Got a bit up but will hopefully get some order on my leg after a massage I’ve booked for Tuesday, looking forward 🙂 Want to use the hashtag #lookprogofast sometime 😉 Just went the pro looking today with a scarf like Alessandro De Marchi had on Fleche Wallone 🙂

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Map and stats with too low heart rate: Strava (now I fixed my heart rate belt again, new battery)

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

Le Peloton #144

Mounted roadtires on my Sequoia yesterday to keep up with John. Today on the Peloton the bike felt pretty fast 😉

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Specialized S-Works Turbo 24/26mm is a bit faster than Trigger 38mm cxtires :p

And with a lot of people today, yearly record:

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Per on roadbike sat off with Nils and Emil. Anders came up and they formed a nice team time trail for the rest of the ride. Me and Oliwer was up a few times but except that they did the work and the rest of us tried to hang on. 8-9 riders at the finish with Anders taking the sprint. I got a PR on the loop so really happy 😀

Celebrated with breakfast:

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Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #142

or the 3000km pass. Passed 3000km ridden this year on the way to Le Peloton this morning 🙂 And my Sequoia passed 5000km on the way home from work. Never ridden a winterbike so far before so maybe it will give some results.

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And seeing this picture missing me, Emil and Stefan is showing spring is here 😀 15 riders, mostly without studs and not everything in the wardrobe to keep warm. Today was fast, my fastest time this year and even when me, Fredrik and Michael got dropped in Storkällan it went fast. The fastest Emil and Nils was on studded tires which helped the rest of us a bit but they were really strong and fast as usual, maybe I had too wider tires? But today I didn’t just tried to hold wheels, I was in the front some times and even attacked on the climb up to Hellas just because I could. Not my smartest move but after I did the test on Aktivitus last Sunday I thought I need to push harder and push the limits higher. The knowing of that there is more to give when you feel tired is really good.

But in Storkällan I couldn’t keep up with Emil and Nils when they sailed away. Me and Fredrik became a chasing duo and on Flatenvägen the headwind hit us hard, never ridden there with so much headwind before. But we kept on as fast as we could and even passed 3 others who had taken the Älta shortcut.

Too tired to sprint so Fredrik got todays 3rd place and I was just happy to finish 😉

Map and stats: Strava

We filled Le Mond with bikes:

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And ate all their food, was super:

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Then I tried to keep up with my Adventure friend Johan to work, heavy legs but satisfied.