Trick or Gravel

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Selfiegame went strong on todays ride. 3-4h gravel for everyone from Le Mond was announced. Started like this:

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Then we hit the gravel with smiles like if it was dry and the spring came

Awesome weather and with some fast and some slower sections, sometimes we had to get off or just wait for friends:

We also rode into the mist before coming to the gunfire with big guns.

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mostly riding nice gravelroads in the sun:

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Turning around before Häringe slott back to Stockholm, got up some speed to Västerhaninge and then it all went into pieces. People started to long home and the group got split into 3 groups riding and 1 group taking the train. I rode with David who got to see a very tired and low on energy Jonas. Had to take a gel with less than 5km to go to Le Mond as I couldn’t ride straight…

But all in all an amazing day. Feels in my heart and my legs. My bike managed it all great even with me getting it all dirty

Thanks to Emile for pictures and to all who joined for a great Saturday ride 😀

Map and stats: Strava

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Fornstigen on mtb

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There is the dry part of todays mtb ride. Being back in the forest for the first time since July felt really fun. Was really wet and muddy and I’m not so good at it but still fun and I got some extra confidence with the new Specialized Ground Control tires with Gripton 🙂 got guided by a great couple of friends as I never been there before and it’s always more fun riding with friends 🙂 Not so many pictures as I mostly tried to hold on to my handlebars and get safely over the roots and up the hard short climbs 😉

It was also my first ride on the new Specialized Epic. Borrowed a testbike from work that got a bit dirty…

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It may have been better with a Camber or something but I prefer the Epic. It’s a racebike and pushing on the climbs is super fun. Used the rear brain just for transportation today as it was a lot of roots and the damper works better fully open like all do. And there is something going downhill on an epic compared to for example a Stumpjumper with dropper post. It’s great to train on such bike but riding an epic with high saddle makes you feel a bit more skilled 😉

Fornstigen was great, except when I hit a tree in the end with my body, felt like a flipper ball.

Riding mtb in the mud is something different than riding on road or gravel, such a bigger effort for the complete body and I can really feel that now. Was tired after last Sunday’s ride but more tired after today’s ride, and not just my legs but upper body too. Should do this more often 😉

Ended like this at Le Mond:

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Empty, so tired I didn’t had the energy to ride my Diverge home after washing the Epic at work afterwards, rode an e-bike instead to be able to get home 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

SCS adventure

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Stockholm is surrounded of gravelroads, some of them are surrounded by Stockholm. Christer and Johnny found some new roads, shared with Magnus who fixed Johan as a Garminguide for todays ride. Me and Viktor joined and helping making it an adventure:

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Everyone had the best bikes and smiled more than the hills where steep 😉

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My Diverge tackled every obstacle better than its rider too 😉

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Not every day I got use of 44-42 but that’s the good thing with it and new roads, ready for everything 🙂

Map and stats if you want to do the same awesome ride: Strava

Le Peloton #172

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Woke up 5.05 this morning hearing the raindrops fall fast outside and the wind touching the trees. Thought about turning around and sleep another 3h and skip Le Peloton, but then I thought again is that it will rain all day so if I skip Le Peloton I still will be wet going to work.

Stood up, changed to warmer clothes than I planned yesterday and left to Urban Deli. Just 4 on the picture but we ended up with 8 riders. As I don’t like riding in the rain nor am I good at it I changed my plans and went for riding on the road (cyclingpath) around Älta instead of through the muddy lakes a.k.a. gravel roads and just get annoyed.

I wasn’t riding fast, I wasn’t smiling but I did ride and I did get to Le Mond for a nice breakfast with the others who had punctures, dropped chains, dropped people and other happenings in the forest.

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Not every ride is on top but every ride is a ride. And no matter how wet and dark it is. Riding through leaves is fun and like the yellow cycling paths full of leaves making the asphalt less urban 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Fight for your right

The shape isn’t coming, the beautiful rides with great people aren’t coming to you. You have to get it yourself and get in the right groups knowing the right people and knowing the right roads.

I joined a cafécycling ride from Le Mond today with Emil and some other fast cyclists. Me and Emil have been riding lots of times together, last time he dragged me around Race Across Skåne. I’m used to be in the front of these rides and can attack Emil on uphills and downhills if I want.

Today I started with cake at Le Mond to be extra fast downhill:

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We had the best autumn weather there is, love Sweden:

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And sure I was in the front a bit but mostly like this:

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The feeling when you try to push on but it doesn’t work, or when you attack on a climb and the heart rate goes like a rocket and you drop again. Emil says he doesn’t got any top but sure his tempo is hard enough to just hang on to. 😉

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Except I’m in bad shape and not used to being the one sitting at the back trying to hold on sometimes it was a magic ride. Mostly asphalt but some nice gravel too, and some tricky:

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And I’m still taking it a bit easy and not want to crash again so soon. Takes time to be able to ride as fast as the bike can go in a group, on gravel or in the descents.

It’s all a mindgame riding a bike. To dare go fast, to be able to get a bit loose on gravel or on a singletrack. And not giving up. To think you’re good enough to ride with the fast people and to think that the suffering ends just when you get home again.

To help my mindgame today I had great friends (new and old), favorite weather and cool socks (cool but warm as they are merino):

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If you think text doesn’t mean anything without numbers, here is the numbers: Strava

Le Peloton #171

DSC_0018Yesterday I did some Le Peloton cxloop and Instatraining in the wet with Patrik and a couple of fast guys

Today was a new wet day:

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And darker as Le Peloton starts at 6 o’clock. I tried to put some color on it. It started alright and kept on going alright. I tried to ride hard but didn’t have the turbo on and got followed by a guy almost the complete short loop. At Erstaviksvägen they became 2 as another guy didn’t know the route. 2 keeping my wheel and I just dreamt of dropping them 😉 but not in my shape…

My alrightride went at a lower effort and heart rate compared to last Wednesday but also shorter time. Faster and easier 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Celebrated with a nice breakfast with a perfect egg (thanks Kalle) and a selfie in the sun:

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Did I mention my Diverge rules? And the feeling of going over roots, fast, on a wet gravelroad with 50mm high carbon wheels feels pretty cool too. 😀

Le Peloton #170

”The biggest influence in enjoying your ride, or not, is your state of mind. Some days you can’t wait to fight the elements, other days you just want to hide under your duvet. We all know how it works.” – I R I S

Got that in an e-mail today and it felt so perfect to describe this morning.

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It was wet, was raining a little from the side and my motivation floated away on a leaf. I had a plan of riding easy with Emil and after going full gas up the first climb he waited for me and we rode together more or less to Erstaviksvägen. Stopped for fixing our handlebars and I decided to once again go for the shorter loop, Emil went on with the full loop.

It was such a day I wanted to ride in one way but my mind didn’t. I may not be overwhelmed by the result but it hopefully made my mind a little stronger going out and I would have regret if I didn’t go. I hope for a dry ride next one 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Then we had breakfast and all mistakes was gone 😉 And I did something strange while Kalle took a picture of us and a bottle of parts:

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