Tuesday gravelriding, CX Peloton by night. Last year it was a lot of people and I thought we would be at least 15 riders today too. But not, just 5 guys at Cykelcity and 1 met up at Hammarbybacken. 3 fast, 3 ”slow”.
Started a bit easy and then Jonas went up and smashed the rest of us, I had to drop with Mario on my wheel. He passed me a bit later and I was last at Erstaviksvägen were the rest waited. Full speed again and I tried to hang on a wheel. Magnus took a picture:
Got dropped in the beginning of the gravelclimb but could pass Mario. Rode as hard as I could and got up to Björn. Got passed him at the golfcourse and it felt good not being last 🙂 The others waited back on erstaviksvägen and from there full speed towards the Adventure track. And noticed it was hard going downhill with a guy behind me with a much stronger light than my 550lumen Silva Pavé 😉 had to take it easy and Mario and Björn passed. On top of the bad climb we became a group of 4 with a guy I don’t know the name of, I passed and rode in front of our group down to the Adventure track 🙂 Fast bike sometimes.
Rode together for some hundred meters before it got split up after the steepest climb and Magnus and Jonas disappeared again. We chasers tried to ride as good as possible and it went pretty fast until the unknown guy missed a turn 😉
Full sprint to the finish and it was over. An hour, my 3rd best time that loop and even when I didn’t feel so fast I rode pretty fast 😉 And while we didn’t say so many words to each other while riding we (or at least me) had a great time 🙂
Maybe I’m stupid or I just like to ride with other people and while I don’t ride specific I like to develop. Today I’m free from work and the hardest part is always knowing what to do when it’s not a weekend.
So at 6 am today I was ready for Le Peloton 😉
Around 20 riders today so a lot smaller bunch than on wednesday and harder to hang on when it starts to get fast and you can’t drop a few places. Sat on the wrong wheel up to Fisksätra and got dropped in the last climb, tried to catch but wasn’t possible. Happy it’s slowing down after the sprint there so caught the peloton again. Sat well on the way back and was even up in the front just before Saltsjö-Duvnäs. Had a really hard time to hang on after the roundabout at Ektorp but was saved by a redlight. Good through Sickla and the climb up to Hellas felt ok. Then I found a ok wheel and hanged on all the way to Älta. Up the climb in Lindalen I was there but then I came a bit too far back so had to chase and succeeded until the roundabouts in Lindalen.
Was alone, almost caught them in the intersection in Flaten but didn’t. Got company by another guy a bit later and caught two other guys before Skarpnäck. Full speed on the road to Enskededalen and it ended with a good training season even that I didn’t hang on the 1st group. 2nd best time on Strava today so wasn’t too bad, strong guys in the front that did a great job keeping the pace high.
Rolling down to bikecafé Le Mond catching the others who wasn’t so far ahead and the breakfast was there 😀