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.

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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