The national style

Read a blogpost about cycling getting too hip with a lot of do’s and don’ts and with a big step to get into a closed group. Not so familiar if you aren’t correct and not consuming the right things. Things that differ as you sometime should have a clubkit to fit in and sometimes a clubkit is the last thing you should have…

I’ve learnt to appreciate style in different ways. I like when people care about how they dress and look. No matter which style. I like people being different and them selves rather than just following everyone else.

But there is always a certain style and people in different regions/countries dress in certain ways.

My point is I saw some pictures at Café du Cycliste and it really breathes France, not Sweden, not Italy, nor U.K. French style according to me is proper, clean and sometimes a bit old fashioned but straight lines and they aren’t afraid of using soft colors. Not bright screaming like Italy. But like this:

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Who would dare to produce bibs in blue, green and purple with matching legwarmers? I like it but not sure if I could hold up a pair of purple bibs, or?

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Progressing

I never want to settle and be satisfied. I always want to be better in some way.

My comeback now is a lot about that. Keep on pushing my leg further and harder, make it work at least as good as before. Sometimes when you don’t feel any difference and just being home and alone it sucks. But when meeting friends and being out in the real life you understand what to push for and that the efforts you make are making a difference.

Being able to lift your foot. Being able to sit on a chair with 90° bent leg. Being able to change from two to one crutch. Being able to walk without crutches. Being able to get dressed without tools to help you. Being able to get on my Colnago and spin a bit on the trainer. Being able to go out, step on your daily, get that leg in and pedal away (happened yesterday). Being able to measure progress and see when angles like 95, 115 and 125 is every day getting closer to 143°.

This day was about progress too. Talking about the future and seeing the future from Specialized (2018). And be able to step on a real bike, with real cycling clothes, and after a few tries get the left foot in and be able to ride with friends. Never tried to push so hard and while being fully focused on moving my leg around it was a big step in my world 😀

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Extra fun to do it on the 2018 Specialized S-Works Tarmac with new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 🙂

So keep looking forward no matter where you are in life. Make life better, and if you got a perfect life there is always someone else who needs help.

Do you get better?

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Sometimes you try to fit in the bunch, sometimes you try to be better to impress on someone. Sometime you just want to be cool and that others want you to seem cool.

I didn’t succeed on the picture above on my first cx training with my new Crux last autumn as I was the only one not riding for CKCX 😉

When putting higher expectations on yourself or trying to be someone you aren’t it will break at some time. And it takes extra energy that you could put on something fun or important instead.

Most of my life I have been wanting to be someone else, someone better, someone cooler, someone that attracts more women, someone that is a fast fit cyclist.

But I slowly learning to enjoy the best of me. I may not be so strong but I’m pretty light and love to attack a climb like Contador. I may not be the coolest but I have a dream of just having clothes I think I look good in, and getting pretty close according to myself. I may not be the most attractive guy but I only meet great women’s and I prefer quality over quantity.

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I may not be the most extrovert guy but I can be happy anyway 😉

So be yourself, enjoy life as much as you can and get surrounded by friends who are your friends no matter if you got a good or bad day. Even the bad days can be good then:

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This a view from a typical Swedish gravel road. People travel all over the world with their bikes for the best rides, best climbs, best views or biggest races. It can be too much and all over Instgram there are these perfect pictures. But then people travel from Germany, the Netherlands and U.K. to do Dalsland Runt in the middle of nowhere with views like this.

Me, Emil and the great guide Emile thought: Swedishness. Drove to Norberg and stayed at the hotel where everyone didn’t even speak English. We went to THE cafe, Elsa Anderssons Konditori and it was red houses and forests as far as we could see, split up with lakes, many small lakes.

  • First day we did around 76km and passed 2(!) Strava Segments and we didn’t pass any shop what so ever outside Norberg. Pure forest and lovely gravelroads.
  • Second day we planned 162km but ended with 141km after my body got tired. Got endless gravel roads, got some singletrack walking, a Strava Climb, almost met a Swedish XCO/XCM champ in his hometown and we got rain. It was epic and beautifully time consuming.
  • Third day we started slower, my speed didn’t rise but the sun did and it was beautiful. Until every cycling plan this year got cancelled when I lost traction and fell hard on a straight road…

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Can almost see the tire tracks behind me. Came from that direction.

With two as good friends as Emil and Emil I got an ambulance, water, shadow and positive words. I couldn’t move so layed like that for 30min. Brused on my hole left side and broken femur was the result. Have been on hospital since that to explain the lack of blogging and now I’m learning things as get socks on, learning to walk in stairs, and how to get up in a couch or bed. No cycling for a couple of months time…

I’ll be back with a stronger left leg and less crashing. I love the Swedish countryside and exploring new roads with happy friends 🙂 With a new helmet which saved my head perfect, remember everything and has always been clear.

Ride safe and take care!

Race Across Skåne 2017

One of my 3 big goals this year was 2 days ago. Have never ridden as much as this year, haven’t been sick and my unsold bike was in top shape.

After friends already planned their trips and stays in Malmö I borrowed a car by a good friend and booked a hotel in Malmö. Drove down Friday evening after work as a start of my vacation.

Woke up in time Saturday morning with a bad feeling in my throat and body. Not sick but maybe a start of something. Would never spend so much energy and money and do a DNS so ate the bad breakfast and rolled in to Musette. Got a couple of bottles and met some nice friends I haven’t met since last year.

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Master out from Malmö with Patch and Emil in front. Easy pace and a couple of punctures on the 25km master. Then the attacks went from the gun. I attacked too to get in the first group and tried to wheelsuck. Unfortunately I was on the wrong side in the wind and while a group of people flew by in a wing on my left side I couldn’t keep up. Ended chasing for a while but didn’t have the legs. Felt like I rode fast on the first gravel section but got caught by some people including Emil and we rode together. It doesn’t matter which form I am in but I can always rely on this wheel:

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Ended up with being 5 riders riding together until the first stop. Me and Emil thought of changing group as we didn’t know the other 3. Was a bit late but got the smart thought of chasing the group of maybe 9 riders. 9 fast riders as we with full speed and forgetting things like 190km and threshold we didn’t get close enough… We gave up but I think they rode a bit wrong and they caught us a little bit later 😉

2nd group and manageable speed felt alright in the wet. Until a driver decided to turn left just in front of our group. 1st guy got hit by the car and we stopped. Just brused but so stupid by the driver who didn’t think clear at all. Happy it didn’t go worse then it did. After some time and phone calls there we rolled into Vitemölla and the lunch break:

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Was a bit cold so shared some heat:

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Then we cheated a bit and didn’t stay for an freezing hour but left when the first group left. I tried to ride smart with the first group for a bit, ended up taking a couple of turns but on a flat section they dropped me riding fast. Absolutely didn’t have the legs or mindset. Took a gravelroad the others skipped and ended up in the middle of 1st and 2nd group.

Stopped waiting and got riding with the 2nd group again. Felt alright and the rain didn’t bother me, wasn’t cold. After Klas took a long hard turn and I went to the front the group got split in pieces… Became 6 riders riding together after and when Ola and Klas decided to go down ravinen we became 4. Emil, Peter, me and a unknown guy skipped that tricky section and aimed to get back without mishaps and punctures. I was tired so didn’t do much work in front, just tried to hang on.

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Last stop in Blentarp and I was wet, tired and if I would have found a train I would have skipped the last part. Was said of not being better so skipped the serious part and ate an ice cream. Happy Moment 🙂

Then we rode some gravel and I got happy again, didn’t feel slowest and the long uphill may have been slow but felt like I was moving. Found some energy and was able to be in front a bit at the end. Finished it of with winning the ”sprint” in our little group too. Doing all I could to be positive.

Then the rain stopped, we rolled in to Malmö and Västra Hamnen and the rest became an epic story and a day to remember.

Map and stats: Strava

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I did it! Emil was saving me from not turning around in Önneköp without even knowing it. I said it before but you always need a friend to rely on, no matter.

Then I drove home and became sick for real…

like a pro, and La Course

I always cheer on Zdenek Stybar and Annemiek van Vleuten on road races. Stybar mostly rides for Martin this Tour de France but van Vleuten had a team riding for her today. And after attacking with 4,1km to go it ended like this:

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Love riders who dare to attack and try. And being seriously fast racing in speedsuit :p

Highlights from the race here with a Swede in 10th place, awesome performance by Hanna Nilson 😀

As I had a day off today I was out riding so couldn’t watch the race but read about the end while having a fika in Rimbo. Twitter is nice to follow races on 😀

Me and Emil road a loop north of Stockholm to Rimbo and then south to Vaxholm and home. Many small beautiful roads up north:

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Felt like a pro out riding far on a weekday 😉 After we came to Vaxholm and just rolled onto the ferry just in time. We thought about if we should go fast or not over Rindö. Got off first and rode steady with an average speed of 36,5km/h. Just in time for the next ferry so was awesome 🙂

Celebrated with a short stop on the other side:

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Back home both was a bit tired with heavy legs. Not as much talking as before 😉 I took a gel in Gustavsberg and then it was just to hold Emil’s wheel until we got to Björknäs. Doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing many of these long rides this year so was happy getting home after 190,7km (without ferries) and an average of 31km/h 😀

Map and stats incl ferries so longer time, distance and lower speed: Strava

 

Le Peloton #166

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Do my arms look small?

Tired body, tired mind this morning. Started with the fast guys but before Duvnäs I changed my mind, wasn’t up to riding fast so took left up the climb. Took it easy until the 2nd group came. Felt nice to feel fast instead of just trying to hang on. Attacked in the end with Peter who took the sprint 😉

Ended at Le Mond in the sun as usual. Now time for an easy day tomorrow, last time was Monday last week 😉

Map and stats from this morning: Strava