Today was Velothon Stockholm. A race both for elite and amateurs on closed home roads outside Stockholm with a finish and start on Södermalm. Have done it twice before and it’s really cool to ride on closed roads where it’s always cars other days and be able to ride on the left side, right side or in the middle without any thoughts of a car.
As I couldn’t ride this year and it felt really boring to just sit home and see Strava and Instagram get filled by nice rides by a lot of friend annoyed me a bit, didn’t want to miss such an event.
So as I’m in the best team this year, Skoda Cycling Team I sent a text and I got a place in their car going behind the Skoda group.
Or in front at the maststart:
One got dropped, one dropped with illness but the rest rode really strong. They caught a big racegroup that started ahead and passed it, got a huge group hanging on for 110km or something like that.
A great morning even without riding 🙂 And seemed great with different groups as there was very few crashes today compared to last year. Awesome organisation 😀
So what about progress?
After being at Velothon, coming home watching the first big CX race of the season, watching the women’s race in Madrid and seeing that the men’s last Vuelta stage would take a lot of time. I got up on my Colnago a.k.a. trainerbike and pedaled a bit too, almost faster than the pro’s at the Vuelta but for a short time. Started with trainer yesterday and even that my left leg is a bit stiff it feels awesome to get some pedalstrokes and feels like a step forward. A step closer to ride outside with great friends and get back to the life I want to have. But still a bit to go as you can see on my Strava: progresstraining
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:
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.
A success includes great friends and a good guide:
A great recovery ride with beautiful views and ferries:
It’s nice sometimes to be a bit classic and think that style more prioritized than performance. Just plain simple like white socks 😀
Campagnolo Chorus crankset. 172,5mm arms and 36/52 chainrings for my Colnago. Got feeling and got my favorite bar tape. Fizik Superlight Classic touch in 2mm. Together with Deda Newton Shallow and Campagnolo Chorus Ergopower it’s a big try to get it perfect but I think I succeeded:
Now just missing some small things and new tires to make this bike ready for sunny summer rides 🙂
Pushing the industry and development forward is a key to success and to survive. Everyone knows a modern car is better than an old Ferrari F40 but the ones interested in cars would rather have an old F40 instead of an Audi R8.
Same with bikes. Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc is the best race bike according to me. Stiff, comfortable, light, good brakes and so on. Or a BH G7 which is an aerobike with disc brakes, all the latest technology.
But my dream has always been an older handmade frame from Europe with thin tubes, traditional geometry and of course a straight fork. Built with Campagnolo Record with a low profile wheelset like Campagnolo Nucleon and a classic bent handlebar. Of course cotton sidewalls on the tires. A true classic.
After selling of my Allez I got this:
A Colnago C40 from 2004. It may not be the best according to 2016 but it got soul and like Alfa Romeo says ”without hearts we are only machines”. There is something about this that a modern bike can’t make you feel. Like it’s some people that attracts us more than others even though they may not be models or even close.
This is an longterm project for me that started with a bit stress as I had to get this frame before someone else did. I just have the frame and a handlebar yet. So I will ride my Tarmac as it should be the best bike I built this season and maybe for a longer time. The Colnago won’t be superlight as it starts like this.
and frame with wrong headset and right bottom bracket cups:
This will be classy and it will get the worlds fastest tires 😀
With road bikes now it’s a lot of talk about: Aero, weight, disc brakes, strange bottom bracket standard, integrated brakes, ISP, sloping and so on. We know a lot of them are very good things that we all appreciate and like. But sometimes it’s just too much. So in a way a Ferrari F40 is so much cooler than all new supercars with got the bikes that is so much cooler. Newest Colnago c50:
Or even an older Colnago C40:
The C40 is still carbon but so old school and so traditional. With a simple Campagnolo Chorus group and a low profile wheels it’s so right to ride all the time. Is there any more beautiful frames?