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One of the downsides with being home from work too long is that you am checking everything you like on internet twice. And a throwback Tuesday I’m thinking of mtb like this one:

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Racing in a speedsuit:

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Every cyclist should have a mtb. No matter if you race or just want to get out in the nature. Just going out for an after work ride with friends without stress is so nice. No matter if you got a fast friend and pushing it or not so fast and just enjoying the trails it is something different compared to asphalt or gravel. In Stockholm you can have an average speed of 10km/h in Hellas as it’s pretty technical but it’s great training.

Keep it fun 😀

Annonser

40min

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You become good at the things you train on. I’m not good at riding fast for a short period of time, a.k.a. intervals. When everyone is away on vacation I changed my riding plans and joined CK Valhall for their training today. The plan was to ride around Ingarö which felt in the right direction and not so far home if I got dropped.

Last time I rode to Ingarö with Valhall was on a Sunday ride and I got dropped 3(!) times before we reached Ingarö. No success.

Today I started with hitting a rock and puncture before we even left Sickla… Fixed that and the group was going again, was in front for some strange reason a bit. At Lännersta it started to go fast and I tried just to hang on. Went alright when the speed was even but the thing with standing up and cover a small gap wasn’t my cup of tea. Could manage the speed much better than before but without any bigger efforts. After Gustavsberg up to Värmdö Köpcentrum it felt like the speed went up and it became some gaps.

Dropped one wheel, the last group got passed and I couldn’t make the effort to hang on. Dropped…

Gave up and turned around, took a couple of pictures in Gustavsberg and rode home

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So not so fast but it went better than last time I rode with Valhall to Ingarö 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Soon racing time

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Memories from old and not so old times gets back to you when it’s time to race some awesome races again. The 13th May is it time for the XCM Långa Billingeracet again, didn’t race it last year as I failed but this picture is from 2015. A sunny day where I did a good race and met a lot of old friends and nice people, a day I still remember. Have been riding 30000km since that day, hopefully I will be a bit faster 🙂 And my Epic is a couple of kilos lighter than the Camber was, but with less comfort.

The day after it’s the Nordic XC Championships for Masters and an UCI race for the fast guys in Vårgårda. I did the race latest in 2010. Started in front of the 2016 U23 World Champion Jenny Rissveds:

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But she passed me pretty fast in the mud, like most of the others 😉 Thomas Rissveds got another good picture of me then too:

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Looking forward 😀

Le Peloton #112

The thing I’ve learnt this year is recovery. Last year it was restdays 😉

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I used a lot of energy on Velothon and I think it still was in my body today. Really low heart rate with problems getting it up on the road to Urban Deli. Got a fast start and took some turns to Fisksätra in the great 1st group. Many like me it felt like today. Was hanging on on the road to Sickla and when I went up and took a turn after a Fredrikshofguys non letting off I was dead up to Hellas. Dropped some places on the way down and then they got some meters, I almost caught them but didn’t make it. Alone.

Took the shortcut in Älta after being shouted at and almost hit by a guy working for Vattenfall that was driving too fast passing the school, tragic…

At Flaten I got up to Daniel who dropped a bit after me. We rode together a bit until Magnus and Oscar came too. We 4 rode the last part together and I took the ”sprint”, the others dropped is more right word.

We all had a great breakfast at Le Mond, summer is still in Stockholm, by Magnus:

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Map and stats: Strava

A teaser for tomorrow, I finally got my Specialized Crux frame 😀

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Le Peloton #109 and Morningspins

Forgot to blog yesterday about the peloton. Or the time ran out and I thought of it while laying in bed 😉

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A lot of people keep showing up week after week. Will they continue over the winter too or when will people put their bikes on trainers and stop coming out?

The ride was hard, I was weak but tried to keep up and take some turns at least.

Then we had breakfast and Rille took this beautiful shot. Love this group of people sitting outside a café in a big city and can enjoy anyway. Big city life in a way with riding people who doesn’t live in a big city can understand:

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Map and stats: Strava

And to continue about Le Peloton. Watched in the catalog from Douchebag at work and found Marika riding in the Peloton kit 😀

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If Le Peloton is a team time trial it was time for intervals this morning with Morningspins. Flat out for 10,8km x3 with sharp corners and strong guys. It’s another mentality and I really like both. To go flat out, maybe get dropped and then people wait for you before the next lap. Such short laps makes it easier for the mind to go over the limit and push to the max.

And ending with a Swedish fika, a.k.a. coffee and cinnamon roll:

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Map and stats with a lot of nice PR 😀 Strava

The Swedish National Road Championships

Sweden may not be the biggest cycling country but we got one of the best cyclists in the world and today she showed how good she is. Emma Johansson dropped everyone and got over 4min to the 7 chasers in the group behind. Emma Johansson is on such level like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is. Absolute top both but only one has the media attention.

Anyway, it was a hard race today and already after first (of 10) laps the bunch was in small groups. After a couple of laps it looked like this:

The first group with Emma Johansson, Sara Penton, Emilia Fahlin, Sara Mustonen, Sara Olsson and a couple of more went hard and made the others suffer. Specially on the pavé section in the middle of Västerås:

Emma deserves a bigger picture, also a good one but I only got this:

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Where 44 riders to start but only 11 finished as the other where too far behind. The last rider who finished after having 2 rear punctures but never stopped chasing was my Sumocycling teammate Eva Lindskog. Rode real Sumostyle and did a great first Swedish Championship:

Results:

  1. Emma Johansson
  2. Sara Mustonen
  3. Emilia Fahlin
  4. Alexandra Nessmar
  5. Sara Penton

 

Le Peloton #96

It’s been a hard but short cycling week this week. Cafériding monday like you maybe already read about. And yesterday it was time for Älgö Deluxe with a KOM to me on the complete route 😉

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Sumostyle for me and Emil and it was a great group of riders 🙂

36,2km/h average for an hour in the sun 🙂

So this morning it was strange when the speed was high and the heart rate low going to Urban Deli. I was thinking my legs feel like crap and thought of group 3. But it felt too good so changed my plan to ride with group 1 for as long as possible and take a shortcut if I got dropped.

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Not as many as usual today as the weather forecast showed rain. A couple of really fast guys and many who didn’t take turns made the speed go up and down. It felt ok going to Fisksätra with my bike acting like I want it 🙂

Going down back I had to chase Emil first with ”wrong” riders around me, way too strong so I didn’t have anything to do there. Kept up good with the group but without possibility to do any work up to Nacka Forum, did a short turn down to Sickla before almost getting dropped at Hästhagen. Worst place on the route for me, always suffer a lot there. But I hanged on over Hellas and sat in the rubberband tail to Älta getting a PR. Passed some before Storkällan and managed to hang on okey over the climb there. Dropped but managed to get up again in the tailwind on the flat and the road passed Flaten felt pretty good. Rode smart and thought that if I should get dropped it would be on the last straight.

Got a good wheel on the last straight and sat in 2nd position passed the place where I crashed some weeks ago. Dropped a couple of more place in the sprint but it didn’t matter so much to me. Did what I could and really happy to be able to sit with the 1st group all the way. Or Grupetto maybe as Jonas and Adam dropped us and rode the last part alone, really strong riders.

Map and stats: Strava

No rain on the ride but while we ate breakfast it started. Was really cold and wet going to work afterwards:

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Now I won’t ride anything more this week but hopefully some nice updates here. As I’m going to Albstadt with the Swedish Women Junior Road National Team to Albstadt, Germany for a stage race. Really looking forward to it and hope it will bring good results and develop Women cycling more 😀