The preparation for the big day/start of racing season

First race that I will race in tomorrow. So time for preparation and try to seem good when my shape is gone. After yesterdays loss of air and unable to get air in my tire I had to invest today. First time owning a tube in over 2 years 😉 And what a tube I’ve bought on Veloshop:

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Didn’t have any super latex tubes and didn’t want to buy a light one as I will use this 26″ tube for 27,5″. So Continental 26 presta it is, getting my bike at least 120g heavier.

But will loose because of my training, not because of my super bike I think so no big worries. 😉 Giant Cup starts tomorrow and I’m on the startlist as number 730 in Men Elite. No other category for me who is under 30 years. So my plan is to keep away from getting lapped.

Giant Cup is a small local Cup here in Norway. Except that is a lot of good riders close to here so big change from the start fields in Continental Cup around Bergen where I lived before. 31 riders in Men Elite. Guess my place?

Next two races in the cup is also the first races of the National XC Cup in Norway starting next week. Exciting and here is a great promotion for it. Are you coming?

Sunday ride on a hill

Riding with Fløyen MTB today, or started with them and headed up Totland. Kristian showed some new small singletracks on the way to the climb. In the climb me and Kristian was riding first at an okey speed, not so high or slow. But up at Fanahytten we couldn’t see anyone. Waited a little, turned back down the last part and checked but didn’t see any so we continued alone. Fana IL training instead 😉 Tried a singletrack climb first but very muddy and wet everywhere so held us to the gravel roads mostly. Rode over the hill, over another hill on the other side of Bontveitroad and then put in a speed record for the day. 64km/h downhill on a gravel road, with 36t chainring and 26/27,5″ wheels. Rode back up to Fanahytten and down on the other side headed towards home again. Rode a small climb and down kubakken (cowhill) that I’ve never ridden the hole before as I usual turns left in the middle riding Rett Vest that way. And then back home again with some small singletracks Kristian knew on the way. Had a Race King 2,2″ tire on the rear today and in the wet grass it was extremely slippy, recommend Racing Ralph over it if you want any grip. Left Kristian at Landås and rode home following Fjellveien. Wrong way today with a lot of people walking all over the road and no thoughts of cyclists. Stopped in the beginning to take a picture of my bike of the day:

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My old Cannondale F1000SL sold to John and changed a lot. 26″ rear wheel and 27,5″ front wheel, 36t single chainring with XTR rear derailleur and shifter. Avid Elixir brakes. Truvativ Noir T30 700mm wide handlebar and Shimano pedals. Last time I used Shimano SPD pedals was many years ago and think it will be many years until next time too, hard to get in and didn’t feel good in any way. But worked for a day. My thoughts of the bike was that I was missing my Scalpel, Lefty and 27,5″ on both wheels 😉

Map and stats from today, with proper altitude data 🙂 Movescount

Scalpel build continues

Got advices today so now my front wheel is finished, borrowed a rear wheel from another friend to get my bike on wheels. And mounted.

Looks a bit strange without any tire rear and with a 22mm Continental Sprinter tire on the front wheel but this bike is getting parts that I just dreamt about a couple of years ago. Spec for the moment:

frame: Cannondale Scalpel 100 Medium (DT XR Carbon damper)

fork: Cannondale Lefty Speed Carbon XLR100

front wheel: Tune Cannonball, Sapim Super Spoke, AX-Lightness SRT CC

brakes: Formula R1 Racing with 160/140 Innolite rotors (and lighter adapters/bolts)

crankset: Sram XX1 BB30 Q156 36t

rear derailleur: Sram XX1

shifter: Sram XX1 Twister with Shimano Yumeya wirehousing

seatclamp: Tune Schraubwürger

seatpost: AX-Lightness Europa 27,2×350

seat: Tune Komm-Vor

steerer: Experimental Prototype

stem: Tune Geiles Teil 4.0 100mm

handlebar: AX-Lightness Poseidon 600mm

grips: Deda bar tape and plugs

bottle cage: Tune Wasserträger Uni

rear QR: Tune DC17

rear wheel (will be changed): DT 240 with ZTR Race rim

Tires, adapter for rear brake, some bolts are ordered and should be shipped as soon as R2-bike can (seems like never). Rear hub and some spokes will come in february so long wait. Anyone got a pair of Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 or 4ti for sale?

Light front:

Blue and Yellow, like a world champ:

Last ride on my Scalpel

for this year/season. Sold my wheels and will send them on monday. So today in the sunny lovely Bergen I took my mtb for a ride and was joined by Leif Arne on his Scalpel 29er. A little heavier than mine but faster.

Up Fløyen and then we started with my favourite singletrack in wrong way so uphill. Nice one but think it’s better downhill. Almost managed the hole anyway, dried out a bit since last time. Then up to Brushytten and deciding where to got. Rode up to Rundemann as Leif Arne never been there first and when we got some views at 500m it was perfect. sun was shining, we saw green islands, water and then the ocean just open all the way out to Shetland Island. A big bridge but couldn’t almost see the city of Bergen with over 250000 inhabitants that we left the city from 40min earlier. So nice.

Up all the way and then down on the other side. With the nice singletrack downhill I’ve rode in the spring or if it was last year. Nice in the beginning then the singletrack was in a stream so got a bit wet, then down on a fast section before going into a technical track again. Think we rode wrong some part there as we got into a downhilltrack and then didn’t come out as I remember. Anyone it was pretty nice and good technical training. Then down on the big path and later asphalt down to Bergen city again.

Bergen mtb is pretty much climbing of technical singletracks, hard to find the middle way that I’m used to with pretty flat courses and not extremely technical so rideable in all weathers.

Last picture of my bike looking as it done the latest of this season:

 

New wheels for next year, new damper with propedal or something like that, new handlebar (just borrowed the one I have now) and maybe a new stem. Can really recommend single chainring too, using a 36 and it works everywhere, a bit hard uphill but less to think about and with a 11-36 cassette it would be even better. I have bent and had problems with light chainrings from Experimental Prototype before but this is working perfect. 😀

Map and Graph of the day: TrainingPeaks Rundemann

(send me a e-mail if you want to buy a 165mm DT XR Carbon rear damper, lightest rear damper what I know)

Trainingblog + sale

Haven’t been so good blogging about the training now, had other things to write about and not the most interesting trainings made. Last friday an easy hour with a friend. Was supposed to ride a 4h on saturday but really bad weather made me play Playstation instead. On monday me and two friends thought of riding some CX after work. A lot of rain so I thought about skipping it but good friends that seems to like water made me ride with them. What a training then. First a lap and some coursechecking before John and Petter came. Then a lap to show Petter and to change a bit on the course, a little longer now. And then 5 laps at full gas.

John made as always and rode away faster then everybody else, then Petter and last me as my GPS didn’t do as I think but as I pressed the buttons. When I got a new lap started I started too. Really hard course and slippery in the rain. Was chasing Petter and caught him on second lap I think and passed him on the idiotic climb. No way to reach John but did my best to get some good training and I think I succeeded. 18min with an average at 170. A lot of training needed to be fast but I will do my best. Afterwards we ”rolled” around a small lake for a couple of laps that I missed the start of as the GPS was paused. Hard legs on tuesday but good feeling. Need to ride more hard.

Today I took my Scalpel to work to try a 650b wheel after. Too tight with a Racing Ralph 2,25″ without some grinding on the bridge. But with a 48 or 50mm tubular tire it will work and I got a plan for next year 😀 Then I got John with me on some training. My on Scalpel and he on his SuperX (got a similar to me but more original). Up Fløyen (heavy on CX) and then around some. Ending with maybe the nicest singletrack I’ve ridden in Bergen before going down again. Impressive by John to ride it with CX.

Map&Graph for today: TrainingPeaks Fløyen

And if someone is interested in a light 26″ tubular wheelset for Lefty front wheel including tires, send me a message and you will get a good deal. Tune Kong rear hub, Tune Cannonball front hub, DT Revolution spokes, FRM XMD309 Tubular rims, 1 Tufo XC2 Plus tire, 2 Tufo XC2

My first Superbike! SuperX

Superbike from Cannondale=carbon fibre roadframe. Never had one, just SystemSIX, Caad9CX and Caad10. And when you work at a Cannondale dealer and love cyclocross you just got to have a Cannondale CX. The CaadX look good, for commuting but nothing fun if you ask me. But the SuperX with Sram Rival was a great deal with a really nice spec and price. But put those parts on my Caad10 for selling, invested in a pair of Avid Shorty Ultimate and then my nice economic plan just got crazy.

Black and white is nice but I love yellow. Ordered yellow hoods and yellow wirekit from Shimano for both brakes and gears. The brakekit came but still waiting for the gearkit. Will get a Black/yellow Tune Komm-Vor saddle later. Will be so nice. Before that it’s still probably the lightest Cyclocross in Bergen 😉 Looks like this:

Missing a pair of old (nicer more yellow logos) Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate. But speced like this:

Frameset: Cannondale SuperX size 52

Saddle: Tune Komm-Vor+

Seatpost: Omniracer carbon

Headset: Original but with Tune Top cap and Extralite Ultrastar expander

Stem: Tune Geiles Teil 3

Handlebar: Deda Newton Shallow

Handlebartape: Deda Perforated (so nice)

Shifters: Sram Red, tuned and with yellow hoods

Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate with yellow Swissstop

Crankset: Cannondale Hollowgram SL, 39/50 at the moment

Pedals: Time RXS Carbon, later Crank Brothers Candy 2Ti

Rear Derailleur: Sram Red, tuned to 126g

Front Derailleur: Sram Rival (only original part except frameset)

Cassette: Recon alu 11-25

Chain: KMC X10SL, always

Wheels: FFWD F2R DT190

Tires: Challenge Criterium Seta Extra

QR: Tune U20

Wires: Shimano Dura-Ace yellow brakekit, Sram and Shimano Yumeya for gears

Weight: 6,12kg 😀

Will mount a computer mount and sadly a couple of bottle cages on it too, around 60g extra.

Testride tomorrow, will lower the handlebar a bit more before.