Yesterday morning I rode my Tarmac for the last time this year to work. Dismounted the Force1 levers and brakes and got them ready to be mounted on my new cyclocross. A Specialized Crux aluminium frame had been ordered before I left to Canada and after some hassle it should come yesterday. Planned to build it up after work and ride it tonight and on CX Peloton tomorrow.
The frame didn’t arrive, Postnord doesn’t say anything and it didn’t arrive today either. Called Postnord who would look into it and get back to me, strange.
So without a working roadbike, without a cyclocross it should be hard to ride Peloton tomorrow or anything else. But I work at the best store, Specialized Concept Store Stockholm which has some good testbikes. Got to borrow a Specialized Tarmac Expert and a couple of Roval CLX60 wheels from a colleague 🙂
Black and white, many gears and pretty awesome. Took it for a little test on my way home and rode to Sköndal and met up with the CXguys celebrating CX Sthlm group was 5 years 🙂 And got company by Birjer on the road home afterwards.
It’s a really nice bike except the handlebar is 4cm wider than what I got on my tarmac and it’s not an S-Works. But I don’t know about rimbrakes, feels strange when I’m used to discs now…
and the first one with my Diverge. There is a little Christmas cup here in Stockholm which I missed yesterday but rode today. In Sköndal today so on the standard course but with snow. 11 riders getting ready for the start:
My day started bad today, slept to long so missed the women Cyclocross World Cup race in Vegas, just woke up to see the last 4 laps of the mens race. If you too missed it you can watch the replays here:
Started the working day with rebuilding my tubular front wheel with the right spokes, planning to finish it tomorrow and hopefully the rear too. Was raining today but when I quit work the sun was shining and I went straight to Sköndal some irl cxaction. A bit too much action as when I came there they said 15 seconds to start. Took of my backpack and clicked in and the race was on. Slippery after the rain but felt pretty ok and those training sessions is so good quality.
1st heat went ok, 2nd I thought of skipping the last, 3rd I got a good start but dropped to the same position as earlier and was the last rider doing the 2 laps. Checking my watch now my lap times was around 30 seconds slower than usual. Thinking of resting instead of Le Peloton tomorrow…
But was a nice group after all heats:
By Birjer before the last heat:
It’s fun with a standing training like this and where everyone can join no matter how good you are. 2 girls joined for the first time today and seemed to have fun too 🙂 Every cyclocrosser is welcome no matter which club the ride with 😀
Some things in Stockholm is just great. The CX community is one of those things. To be able to train with friends and people you don’t know in an easy way that helps all of us get better. Every Tuesday it’s one of those times when it’s training in Sköndal on the CXtrack there.
Rode together with a friend there and met up the others. Around 10 riders this evening and the plan was to ride 2 laps 3 times with a bit of rest between.
First lap to get to know the course for me, second to be passed by one more guy and ended 5th.
Second round I was more prepared but hit my pedal in something in the first corner so my rear flew a bit but saved it and continued after dropping a couple of places. Chased and it felt hard but good so was able to pass a couple of guys. Passing and getting passed by others on a tight track is also great training. To find places to pass.
3rd round we got company by Alexander too who also got a new CX. Carbon and Sram Rival 1, but with a Force 1 rear derailleur. That derailleur seemed to be fast because after a slow start by him he passed me and two others and not so far after he got up in the lead. He was fast for real 😉 I rode as good as I could.
A great training season and got company by Birjer on the way home.
A pic of half of the riders afterwards:
Did I mention my Crux felt awesome? And after today it will be lighter and even better 🙂 hydraulic disc brakes is a huge improvement even in the dry, feels so easy and you can brake with one finger without so much effort, perfect 🙂
Sometimes bikes are so good you can’t resist. Sold my old cantilever cyclocross half a year ago and tried my boss Crux Pro with discs and Force CX1 a couple of months later. That bike was fast and Sram hydraulic disc brakes is like brakes should be.
And as I’m working in the worlds best bike store, Specialized Concept Store Stockholm, who sells Crux I was curious on 2016 Crux line up. For 2015 it was pretty boring and there wasn’t one single complete CX that I wanted. But for 2016 all the time since I saw the Elite X1 the first time I was in love. As good as it gets out of a box for under 30000kr.
I wanted a carbon frame as I didn’t want to go down from my Cannondale SuperX
I wanted Sram hydraulic disc brakes
I wanted Sram Rival 1
I thru axles (who doesn’t after riding mtb?)
And as you may now I love blue. And since the Tarmac SL3 came in yellow I always wanted a yellow bike. So blue and yellow in Sweden?
With a bike I love to think new outside the box but still want to be traditional. Can’t use black socks riding a roadbike for example and white bar tape looking so good 🙂
Still waiting for a package to make it ready for training but had to show it for you 🙂
Heaviest cyclocross in many many years and first time I will use clinchers on road/cx for over 5 years. But don’t worry, will get tubulars so I can race 😀
Love when manufactures doesn’t things as I think is right and really happy to work with cyclists in a store selling the best bikes 😀
So, are you race cyclocross this season and on which bike?