The winter arrived, in a beautiful way

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Riding on dry snowy white roads is a luxury that makes it worth riding in the winter in Sweden. Stod hearing the sound of studded tires and the world becomes quiet, and light. It’s all beautiful.

Today Emil planned a route down to Gnesta and then to Södertälje and the pendel home, a really nice route with a couple of new exceptional roads 😀

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And with a lot of happy great people 😀 The tempo was pretty easy but as it should be with cafécycling there are different opinions on how easy is and gaps became a usual thing, as people always wait for the slowest ones it feels like a fun way to ride. And always when we are so many riding far there are many people having their plans and leaving the group at different places.

I may not have attacked any time but my Diverge feels really nice and sometimes I get the feeling of pushing on with Rille and try to feel fast 😉 Had a bit cold hands in the beginning and after the fika but after a while I took out my innergloves and just rode with my Specialized Deflect H20, layering is a key and to not have to tight gloves so you can get some warm air around your hands 🙂 Café du cycliste winter bibs and legwarmers was the thing today together with my lovely Yolande jersey and a great Skoda vest with backpockets for my phone and innergloves 🙂

And more white roads 😉

A lot of great instatimes with the lovely sun getting through the trees and onto the white roads:

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And ending with the important part, fika. Pepparkaka was an obvious choice for today, happy face 🙂

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Map and stats of a route I can recommend: Strava

Did I mention every ride that includes fika/food in Gnesta is a success? The centre of beautiful roads.

Trick or Gravel

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Selfiegame went strong on todays ride. 3-4h gravel for everyone from Le Mond was announced. Started like this:

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Then we hit the gravel with smiles like if it was dry and the spring came

Awesome weather and with some fast and some slower sections, sometimes we had to get off or just wait for friends:

We also rode into the mist before coming to the gunfire with big guns.

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mostly riding nice gravelroads in the sun:

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Turning around before Häringe slott back to Stockholm, got up some speed to Västerhaninge and then it all went into pieces. People started to long home and the group got split into 3 groups riding and 1 group taking the train. I rode with David who got to see a very tired and low on energy Jonas. Had to take a gel with less than 5km to go to Le Mond as I couldn’t ride straight…

But all in all an amazing day. Feels in my heart and my legs. My bike managed it all great even with me getting it all dirty

Thanks to Emile for pictures and to all who joined for a great Saturday ride 😀

Map and stats: Strava

The Dutch mountains

Cafécycling on Ekerö/Färingsö today and 21,6km headwind on the way there for me. The wind continued and it was like riding in the Netherlands. Headwind, tailwind and sidewind and cyclists all over the place.

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2 pictures showing I was in the front today, maybe the only ones as it was really hard with 38mm graveltires when the others more or less had roadtires, and where i better shape. Klas attacked so much he and Peter took a detour and still got ahead of us. Petra seemed to be in top shape, Jimmie attacked me on the small climbs and Emil tried to keep it steady on the front.

Mostly it felt like this for me:

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Trying not to get too dropped. Or trying to not bonk:

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It was hard, but we all made it back:

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Misery isn’t a word for todays ride but it was very hard. Happily I had a nice tailwind back home from Le Mond and I got to see the best of my bike, really like it when it’s purple:

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Map and stats of my suffering: Strava

Fight for your right

The shape isn’t coming, the beautiful rides with great people aren’t coming to you. You have to get it yourself and get in the right groups knowing the right people and knowing the right roads.

I joined a cafécycling ride from Le Mond today with Emil and some other fast cyclists. Me and Emil have been riding lots of times together, last time he dragged me around Race Across Skåne. I’m used to be in the front of these rides and can attack Emil on uphills and downhills if I want.

Today I started with cake at Le Mond to be extra fast downhill:

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We had the best autumn weather there is, love Sweden:

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And sure I was in the front a bit but mostly like this:

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The feeling when you try to push on but it doesn’t work, or when you attack on a climb and the heart rate goes like a rocket and you drop again. Emil says he doesn’t got any top but sure his tempo is hard enough to just hang on to. 😉

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Except I’m in bad shape and not used to being the one sitting at the back trying to hold on sometimes it was a magic ride. Mostly asphalt but some nice gravel too, and some tricky:

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And I’m still taking it a bit easy and not want to crash again so soon. Takes time to be able to ride as fast as the bike can go in a group, on gravel or in the descents.

It’s all a mindgame riding a bike. To dare go fast, to be able to get a bit loose on gravel or on a singletrack. And not giving up. To think you’re good enough to ride with the fast people and to think that the suffering ends just when you get home again.

To help my mindgame today I had great friends (new and old), favorite weather and cool socks (cool but warm as they are merino):

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If you think text doesn’t mean anything without numbers, here is the numbers: Strava

Cafécycling to Vaxholm

The longest day of 2017 was yesterday. Sun was up between 3 and 22 😉

We were a nice group riding around Vaxholm after work in the sunset. Nice to get the legs spin a bit, sometimes not so fast and sometimes fast. Got some PR and a couple of top 10 times 🙂

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Stopped for Pizza in Vaxholm looking at the local roundabout. But in Sweden it’s not super warm so got a bit cold on the ferries so we sat inside:

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Ferry waiting:

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Rille and Oliwer pushed the tempo a bit so sometimes it went really fast, really fun. Oliwer got a flat just before Gustavsberg so me and Rille stopped with him while the others just passed by… Team time trial back and we got ourself a nice training effort 😉

A fun evening 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Torö is far away

At one time I thought of riding short today but it was sunny and I got nice friends who wanted to go to Torö. So Christ went to Heaven and we to Torö

It felt good, my bike felt fast so had to wait for the others a couple of times 😉 And I got Ice-cream 😀

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

Vaxholm and Ingarö

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Joined a group of fast cyclists this morning and went to Vaxholm. First time on my Tarmac this year and it is as good as I remembered, agile is the word.

Sporting my new kit I won on Strava from Warsaw Cycling too. Like Anders said on a mtb ride once it can be good to have one slower with you too keep the tempo down. Today I survived thanks to Petra and it felt a bit smarter too not to ride too fast as when we came to Gustavsberg on the way back we joined another group. Cafecycling Le Mond guys rode to Ingarö and we joined them too, was good weather so should ride a bit further 😉

Petra took a shortcut back to Le Mond and maybe that was the smartest. Out to Ingarö and then the first 10km went over 40km/h. And then we got headwind :p Rode an extra loop before going back to Gustavsberg and the first fika. After the fika we took the longest road back… Last loop around Skuru wasn’t feeling so good but seemed like the others also was a bit tired 😉

Finally back to Le Mond for some food, watching Gent-Wevelgem for a while and having my last cinnamon roll:

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Headwind on the way home so 2 PR and a happy tired Jonas 🙂 Awesome start of the roadbike season and so thankful for all my friends helping me to enjoy life 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Headwind vs. Tailwind

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This is Sweden in March.

This weekend a couple of years ago I rode my roadbike with a big group to Ösmo. Today we had studded tires and fenders, not because it was needed so much but because it’s still winter.

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But instead of headwind at usual we had tailwind to Ösmo and I had the wheel of Emile so it sometimes went really fast. Got faster times on some sections today than on Velothon 2015 😉

Headwind also means higher speed and hard pushing as it’s fun to go faster so down at Ösmo Plantshop we all were pretty cooked and happy to get some food. Instead of my usual panncakes I was serious and ordered a nice sandwich which Madde took a picture of 😉

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Full of food it was time for the Headwind part, it was hard.

No one took the train back but the riding got a bit messy with many heavy legs and our small group ended in smaller groups with some gatherings along the road. And after Handen it was a matter of surviving, not so much speaking and people tried just to go as fast as they could. It may have been hard and the bodies may have been tired but as much as I like the grey late winter weather it’s something special when people just keep on pedaling instead of just give up. The only thing that gave up was the battery in my watch so had to log the last part on my phone 😉

Back at Le Mond I got a nice carrot cake that Kalle put on scale

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It helped me all the 11km home 😀

Thanks all for a great day in the saddle. And Emile for the pictures on me. There are so many beautiful things about cycling and things can be beautiful even when it’s hard and you’re suffering. While some was suffering from the harsh cold today I was warm, with my lovely Café du Cycliste wool socks:

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Map and stats: Strava 1st part, Strava 2nd part

When the wind stops you

The plan today was to ride to Ösmo (and eat pancakes), Ena the guide talked about roadbike so I got frightened and changed to summer wheels and Sawtooth tires on my Sequoia. Widest tires today 😉

Met at Le Mond at 10 and had a espresso, maybe to early for the year so we were just 4 today. Me, Johan, Magnus and Ena. Not so many but happy anyway and rode south.

Was a bit wet on the roads and was just Johan who had fenders. Happily it didn’t go so fast so I could sit in the front a lot 😉 And then we turned towards Årsta Havsbad and the wind began. After Fors it got worse and Ena started mumbling about taking the train back. We changed our Ösmo plan and took a shortcut through Segersäng to Västerby where I’ve had fika once before. Almost 2 years ago 😉

Ena took a groupie:

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For once I’m not so dirty 🙂 Happy about that. Fika and then we left for Tungelsta where Ena and Magnus took the train. I don’t understand that trainpart and happily not Johan either so we rode towards Stockholm. I started to be a bit tired in Jordbro and tried a couple of different ways to handle it. First being in front and setting the pace to one that worked for me, and then a bit before Sköndal I hanged onto Johan’s wheel instead. Happy he was there 🙂

It all got a great ending except the dirt on my bike:

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Map and stats from the sunny winterend: Strava