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

New bike day to Vaxholm

My sore body wasn’t liking the idea of riding gravel today so instead I joined some friends for an easy caféride around Vaxholm. Went up a bit earlier to finish my cafébike:

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My Colnago C40 is finished! 7,16kg Italian beauty that rode like a dream. The C40 was the first carbon fibre bike in the pro peloton and was around from 1994 to the latest version (mine) in 2004. So how good is a 13 year old roadbike? It’s really good, really happy with how it felt.

Built with some of my favorite components like:

Campagnolo 11-speed group

Deda Newton Shallow handlebar

Specialized S-works Toupe saddle

Specialized Turbo tubulars

Time Xpresso pedals

Fizik Superlight 2mm bartape

and always tuned with some light parts like Tune U20 QR, Specialized titanium bottle cage and Engage Gavial brakes.

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A success includes great friends and a good guide:

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And fika:

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A great recovery ride with beautiful views and ferries:

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It’s nice sometimes to be a bit classic and think that style more prioritized than performance. Just plain simple like white socks 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #156

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The ones who understand the picture understands 😉

A really cold morning today too, not proper May weather it feels like. -3° Celsius and many thought of riding gravel instead of asphalt on todays Le Peloton

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I did the CX loop too as I wanted to get more comfortable on my Epic and ride fast on it. Went smart in the first climb and dropped the first group. Became 4 riders in a group behind with 2 mtb and 2 cx with me with easiest gearing which made it hard when it was flat and downhill. A lot of 34-11 today and maybe good for my cadence training :p First Oskar dropped me on a downhill and I had to chase up a climb. Felt good as long as it was uphill or a bit more technical downhill so you don’t pedal 😉

Thomas attacked before Erstaviksvägen and Fredrik, Oskar and me had to chase. Got up to him but dropped Fredrik. After Erstaviksvägen on the way back I dropped both Thomas and Oskar and rode alone almost all the way back. Thomas caught me in the end and we ended it all together. He with a lot of PR and me tired 😉

Was about to give up and shorten the loop when Oskar dropped me the first time but managed to get back and hang on. Did as good as I could and it felt like a good hard training session 😀 Satisfied and it was fun in our small group, so much more fun when don’t ride all alone the hole loop.

Map and stats: Strava

My bike worked fine too, just wanted a bigger chainring :p

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The German countryside

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I never understood climbing long climbs in rocky alps on short days. Riding the same routes all the time. I’m not a very strong cyclist that loves the flat landscape either. I grew up in a landscape without any real flat sections or any steep climbs. Swedish lagom you could say and put that on steroids and you got the part of Germany I been riding in the last days.

Travelled to Stuttgart to get some variation. Nice was my first choice but not possible with my SAS Eurobonus points. Amsterdam second choice but Germany was nicer I think. On Saturday I went south, into the Schwarzwald to Freudenstadt where I almost rode too at Trans Schwarzwald 6 years ago. Also passed Specialized Concept Store in Herrenberg and saw the new S-Works Epic HT 🙂 (and got an espresso). Most of the roads where really good with some long climbs on 7-10km and some fast awesome descends. Even got some feeling on the way back and just pushed on in nice tempo position feeling strong 🙂

Sunday was the day with a plan. I was going to Bruchsal meeting an old friend I almost met in Germany 3 years ago. Had some tailwind on the way there so even with some wrong turns it felt great. Cruised through small villages (I really like Flacht and Weissach), got to climb passed the Porsche factory and even I who isn’t a Porschefan got impressed. Maxed out at 80,8km/h on the way down to Mönsheim. Got on some small roads across fields where it wasn’t allowed with cars. Out of Bretten and the last part I missed the small road but tailwind made me stick to the big road and just pushing, so fun with some speed 😀 Had a splendid time in Bruchsal and got company by my new friend Lars-Kristoffer back to Bretten with some guiding on small roads.

Then it went wrong. Headwind and got on some wrong roads which made the shorter way home longer and after stopping for a coke in Rutesheim I managed to get a small puncture on my rear tire too. Pumped it up twice but worked without changing tube. Worst roadchoices and getting tired went into a mindgame. Passed a closed road with oil on after talking to the Police to shorten it and got on the worst cycling path possible on a field. But I also got on a really nice cycling path and even being tired with little air in my rear tire and being more or less lost a couple of times it felt like a good day. First day in short-short and my legs felt much better than I thought. Magic misery so to speak.

Last riding day, Monday was just a small spin before the rain came. Nice roads, beautiful landscape and a soft way to end the trip.

All together it feels like my bibs got shorter, according to my tan :p And even I thought of changing my Tarmac for a Roubaix or a Venge Vias a couple of times my S-Works Tarmac Disc have to be the best bike. Except the nail in the tire it worked just perfect no matter if I’m going fast as Sagan downhill, climbing like Contador or just pushing on the flats like Martin. It feels so perfectly balanced all the time and with it’s short chainstays compared to new discbikes it’s so fun standing up accelerating. Just think it’s missing a pair of light wheels like Roval CLX32 Disc Tubular 😉 

Lanterne Rouge in sun

When I woke up this morning at 5.05 to ride Le Peloton it was snowing. Got back in bed and even slept when my alarm rang at 7 to do a detour to work.

So plans got changed to ride Lanterne Rouge after work with some friends instead. A long time since last time and when I quit work it was all sunny and perfect for riding 🙂 Not the right clothing today but okay and was really fun to get some unpretentious riding again with some good attacks up some climbs and on a couple of flat sections.

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After I got a massage yesterday my legs felt much better too 🙂 I can recommend a massage at Access Rehab if you are in Stockholm.

Friends:

Not a ride to brag about but was fun and that’s the most important with riding 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Pictures by Rille, Petra, me and Peter 🙂

Le Peloton #151 and a small race

It all started with a happy moment:

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My plan was to do the shortest loop on my mtb just as a spin and for the breakfast. Ruined in the first climb where my Epic felt pretty fast. Tried to hang on Christian when he passed me on the next flat section a short while. Changed plan to ride fast uphill and ”easy” downhill. After turning in Erstavik it felt pretty good so changed my mind once again and tried to ride as fast as I could and maybe even get the KOM. Was fun but hard and when reaching Sickla at 6.50 it felt great. I thought the KOM was around 48min and we started a bit after 6. The bad thing was that Christian had the KOM at 44min…

Celebrated my 2nd place with breakfast at Le Mond:

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After a productive day at work with both good and bad things it was time again. Got away a bit later than I hoped as it was a lot of customers in the end but rode to Årsta for a training race.

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29 cyclists on a short intense course. 5 or 8 laps depending on which class, I did 8. Was a real tight course without any rest and always had to have your mind focusing. Did a couple of mistakes but except that it went pretty ok even thou I wanted to be a bit faster 😉 Fun to race on my Epic and get the season going. Me and my faster clubmate Magnus after the race:

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And results:

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Happy people arrange these small events. 🙂 Well done!

Map and stats: Le Peloton and race in Årsta

XC and Sockdoping

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Started the day with riding mtb with some friends. Some fast and some technical trails and for the first time mostly hardtails 😉 Except John. Need to get better in finding some fast trails around here 🙂

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Ended with coffee and lunch at Le Mond.

Then I took a longer route home to find some small roads on gravel, and wood:

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Was a year since I rode down there last time and I got a couple of nice climbs too 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Today I wore plain pink MB socks in wool. Sometimes it’s the simple that feels right and sometime not. Got a couple of new Gelatosocks so my collection is complete and I have a bigger problem choose socks for tomorrows Le Peloton and race:

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😀 Perfect for me as I really love Icecream, and cool cyclingsocks 🙂