Testing testing

The review of the Cannondale Slate is up and almost all good. Not perfect gear, as it would be 50/36 – 11-32 but except that check this out:

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There is something with testing other things and getting a perspective on what you have, want, need or just dream of. Like when I had a Trek Remedy 9 in 27,5″ a couple of years ago and then tested the same in 29″ and found out that 29ers wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’ve been ridden some different bikes now and I like to feel the difference. So when one of my best friends said I could try her Pinarello Dogma F8 it seemed really fun 🙂 Not a big Pinarello fan but they are so special you got to try one to get yourself an opinion. Like this:

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A size too small, but not so off. Before I stepped over this yesterday Trek Madone 6.2 2014 was the stiffest bike I had ridden. The F8 is stiff for real, happy to be trying Vittoria Corsa in 25 too 😉 The F8 could also be named F1. Fast handling without being nervous, no worries. It lacks a bit of comfort but Pinarello got other bikes for such things.

Rode Älgö Deluxe this morning with it and while being dropped I couldn’t blame the bike, was just me with heavy legs after sunday 😉 The Specialized Power saddle is really great too, just fits. Riding with 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for the first time was a bit difference from using Sram Force, supersmooth gearing and small nice levers.

maybe should write something about my Tarmac too some day, found out of the best thing with it today

The Nationals (cyclocross)

The big day today, my first Nationals and the biggest CX race in Sweden. I felt relaxed but was a bit nervous before the start and I know that I have a hard time pushing myself for a longer time than a sprint. As after the first lap and felt totally dead, had to slow down to survive. But if you look at my times I didn’t slow down so much and took some places as the race went on too.

All thanks to all the cheering! It’s always awesome to hear your name, that someone recognise you and today it was many 😀

So instead of explaining all the 48min I raced with 180 in average heart rate (second highest average I’ve had on a race) where my bike worked flawless and the love of tubulars came back. Instead I will share some pictures from people like Bang:

The winner, Jens Westergren:

And from Camilla:

And ending with a picture from Emil on a wasted me just before the finish. Thinking: Aero is everything:

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Map and stats: Strava

After I finished it was time for the fast people, like Jenny Rissveds beating Emma Johansson:

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Angelica Edvardsson 3rd. Nice people gathered:

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And men elite with Matthias Wengelin winning on Specialized Crux Elite with Tune hubs, nice combo 😉 In front of Calle Friberg and Martin Eriksson:

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More pictures will come tomorrow. Now I will sleep instead 😉 Good night and hope to see you at Stora Skuggan tomorrow for the SWE Cup and UCI race 🙂

Gärdescrossen and Parlee

It’s in Stockholm it happens this weekend. GP Hasse Mård CX yesterday, it was Hammarby Hill XCM this morning and in the evening it was Gärdescrossen CX on the same place as the race and ride Velothon is starting tomorrow. I was there with a flag stopping people and cheering on cyclists like Camilla:

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And Lisa Nordén who won the women race:

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Also cheered on the big mens field:

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A grassy course that was pretty flat. And the end of the Stockholm CX-Cup.

And as it’s evening I share this beautiful video from Parlee about gravelriding:

Le Peloton #35

Time flies but I didn’t fly on todays Peloton. Had been raining before but wasn’t any rain at the start today, think that and summer vacation made the amount of riders so small:

But Nils and Rille was there to keep the pace up and today we had a nice visit from Umeå by Camilla (to the left hiding behind Oscar in orange vest.

Started ok but as usual there is a big gap on the road to Saltsjö-Duvnäs where everyone has to chase hard to keep up. Got together where it starts to go up to Fisksätra and in the climb there I couldn’t keep up. Became a small chasing group that caught the rest at the sprint finish in Fisksätra and rode back down. Almost got up in front once but the guy in front of me pulled to hard so had to go in on his wheel. And up the climb in Saltsjö-Duvnäs there was a fast small group first and me in the end. When it flattened out I had to drop and many with me, started to chase but never reached them, just almost.

Was first in the grupetto through Sickla and after going around a lap I was up in the front again in the climb up to Hellasgården. Couldn’t hold it so fell just straight through the group and rode alone to Älta. Got company by Oscar and one other the rest. I felt that I had been riding hard the evening before 😉 The rain on the way to bikecafé Le Mond didn’t make it better but found the great breakfast 🙂

Here I was supposed to add a picture of the dreamteam getting us pelotoners smile, Sandra and Kalle at Le Mond but my camera didn’t save the picture 😦

Map and stats instead: Strava