New road weekend

Last weekend I said in an interview with Skoda Cycling Team that I like to come out and see new places with my cycling.

This weekend just passed I did so. Went out with some friends to discover some nice gravelroads on Ingarö that was too icy last time:

And tried the asphalt down to Eknäs:

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Yesterday it was a bit of the same but a different place, new bike and other friends:

Rode from Mullsjö up to Vitared and had a look at Vättern:

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Henrik as my guide, friend and so on. Jerker and Sören left home just after the view. Me and Henrik continues on some small gravel roads, sometimes really good and sometimes bad. Some old roads I’ve been riding many years ago and some new to connect them. Passed epic place like Fläskås:

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And we enjoyed the best part with riding around Mullsjö. Small roads without traffic in the middle of nowhere:

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As I couldn’t bring my bike on the train for yesterdays ride I borrowed a bike. So Thank you Tommy and Öster Cykel for borrowing me a fun Cannondale Slate for the ride:

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And to Patrik who I borrowed a couple of pedals from that I forgot 😉

Map and stats from Saturday: Strava

Map and stats from Sunday: Strava

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

Cannondale Slate 105 preview

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The bike that came out of the box, Cannondales New Road bike Slate did I try yesterday. Thought of writing about it here but it will be on a bigger website and I will share a link as fast as it’s up.

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Tomorrow it will come a review of the bike I was riding today while waiting for a new bike capable to go everywhere.

Until that I write about todays ride. My favorite German, Hagen, as a guide and my friend Emile with his special shortcuts. Both are strong, both are great, both like new ”roads”. That’s why Stockholms Explorer Club was invited a while ago. Ride in the unknown.

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Unknown like a technical singletrack along a lake outside Botkyrka that ended with one of the steepest climbs I’ve done in Stockholm, on grass. We laughed of the ”road” and continued to Flottsbro where we rode the downhilltrack down on our crossbikes and continued thru a tunnel:

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After a while we came to Södertälje and could start the original route. Started with a photopause at the bridge:

We rode some nice asphalt roads and a lot of gravel. We crossed a field laughing instead of someones garden with a man that didn’t want us to pass. Hagen and Emile is strong so for me it mostly looked like this:

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We got directions from a man in the middle of nowhere which said the first couple of hundred meters could be a bit tricky, he were right:

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After our lunch in Åker Styckebruk and a rainfall which we missed while eating 🙂 We rode bigger gravelroads but with really tired legs for me:

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Some looser than others and I started to fall behind in the many climbs. Suffering by fatigue after a long week and five hours of hard riding. Rode together to Stjärnhov were we stopped for supplies and I thanked for me and rode the asphalt to Gnesta while Hagen and Emile continued on the original route and got over 225km, impressive with such slow and small roads.

My ride: Strava

Today I really wished for more time and better legs, the ride was awesome and it’s rides like this I want to do. Discover new parts of beautiful Sweden with friends, and gravelroads are usually funnier than asphaltroads.

Hopefully I will create another post with more pictures from Hagen and Emile who took a lot more pictures than I did. 😉

3T Exploro

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GT was early massproducing gravelbikes like their Grade. Specialized got the awesome Diverge which I totally love. Open released their Up that took bigger tires and they talked about 650b. Cannondale came with their Slate with 650b and Lefty.

Adventure bikes for people who wants to ride faster than a travelers bike like Specialized Awol or something like that. High end for all types of roads and with more roadgeometry compared to a cyclocross.

3T is the latest with their Aero Gravelbike called Exploro. Looks like a mix between Open and Cervelo in a way. Some techs here:

and a video that made me want to ride my Diverge on roads never seen before. Thinking of my friends Hagen and Martin and back to Dalsland Runt 😉

What do you think about it? Do you got or want a Gravelbike?

let’s dream

The winter is a great time to dream. Dream about warm days riding bikes in cool places. Riding like there was no end and no road is too far or too bad. Explore the beautiful world we live in together. Without dreams it will be hard to train, hard to be motivated and boring. We need to dream, bigger, further, better, new.

Riding in rain, getting cold, when it’s snowing, riding as hard as you can and go beyond. Everything is worth it if you have a dream. A goal to reach. Maybe it’s unreachable but maybe you will get closer to it. And if you try there is a chance to get there.

If you don’t try, you will never reach the dream.

Give it a try!

A bike built on a dream to reach further is Cannondale Slate, they went all the way:

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My Diverge is more for me but this bike is pushing the limits.

Let’s set the known behind a go discover the unknown in 2016, together and enjoy the beautiful world God created for us to ride in:

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Le Peloton #32 and Tim Johnson

Today was a hard morning. First to Saltsjö-Duvnes it was a gap to the small first group and I tried to close it but didn’t work, 2 passed me and one guy was trying to close it. No one helped him. Hard without closing before Fisksätra after the sprint.

Then on the way back I was in front a short time. Got dropped after sitting to far behind up Ektorp. We caught the first group at a redlight before Nacka Forum. Then I sat in a good position through Sickla and felt ok up Hellas. Went into the front once again for a short bit but had a hard time afterwards hanging on. After Älta up Lindalen I got dropped big time, was cooked and alone. Rode the rest by myself to Le Mond to rescue the day with a good breakfast.

CK Valhall skinsuit today trying to save some energy (that I didn’t have):

Map and stats: Movescount

If you instead of reading about me suffering want to see USA’s coolest cyclocrossrider going all over, watch the latest episode of Cannondale Slate advert:

THE new Cannondale Slate

What if you took a roadbike, mounted a fork called Oliver, used 650b wheels that is the latest but 42mm tires to make it normal roadbike size. Then go out ride it everywhere. Sprint on asphalt, jump and enjoy single tracks as long as the world. What if?

Cannondale took their knowledge and mixed it together with a fun thought and came up with the Slate:

In our world when everything is about us and we want our thing, not others. We come up with odd ideas. Some just don’t care but for others they just want to coolest bike for EVERYTHING. Just ask Tim Johnson:

The Slate is an Synapse with comfortable rear end (with S.A.V.E seatpost?) but a bit longer to fit the 42mm Pacenti 650b tires. Of course with discs and of course with integrated wires. Of course also Cannondales old standard BB30 to use with their 15(?) year old Cannondale Hollowgram crankset.

In the front they tweaked a Lefty to become road compatible. 30mm of travel with PBR. Called Oliver without the twist (it’s really stiff).

Don’t know if you can call it a roadbike, nor a gravel bike and at least not a mtb.

The thing I know is that Cannondale likes to keep their standards but think outside the box.

More pictures here: The Radavist