Last weekend was the National Road Race Weekend all over the World. Many great winners like Zdenek Stybar, Chantal Blaak and Rasmus Tiller for example. Watched the Women’s race in Sweden through Youtube just and cheered on Sara Penton from the chair here. Really impressed and happy for her sprint to 1st place and new Champion 🙂
Yesterday we filled a car with supporters and drove down to Burseryd to cheer live. A lot of friends racing and it got really interesting with attacks that held and favorites not making it all the way as planned.
I hoped for Philip Lindau, my friend Henrik hoped for Kim Magnusson.
He got right and Team Tre Berg took the hole podium
Kim Magnusson – Team Tre Berg-Postnord
Richard Larsén – Team Tre Berg-Postnord
Alexander Wetterhall – Team Tre Berg-Postnord
If you understand Swedish I can recommend Edvin Wilson’s blog who came 4th, great Ride Report: Wilson Cycling
It’s said you get fast if you do intervals, doing so with a fast rider like Edvin would be a winning concept. Met up with Edvin here in Borås this morning:
Rode to Kinna and back with what I thought was 5 6min intervals. The first one which I managed to sit on Edvins wheel on was just a warm up. Hmm. The ”real” 4 I claimed on wheel in the beginning but got dropped pretty fast. It was hard but fun to see the difference between us. and happy that there is a lot of difference too. 😉
Great to ride on roads where I’ve been traveling with car and driving on many many times but never ridden on before. Passing the house I grew up in too and talking memories.
A great morning ride which made my legs feel alive, or just waste :p
Back home in my sofa after a week with racing and a lot of work in sunny France, or at least in the end. Working as a mechanic for a Continental road team is so much more than a normal work. It’s a work making others succeed and all the time thinking of that people should be happy with your work. Top notch Giant bikes should be in top condition everyday no matter if they are crashed, full of dirt or what ever happened in the race that day. Team Joker got a great sponsor this year with Giant Bikes with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 which is a mechanics dream. American Classic wheels with Vittoria Corsa CX 25mm tubulars seems to work very well too.
Then the other important things with a good group working, living, racing and laughing together is really good too. Communication works pretty good, all of us can always be better and everyone seems to aim that way too. Want to be the best no matter if it’s winning races, helping others winning, fixing the bikes, holding it all together or at all different things that have to work on a stage race racing in different places in a country away from home. From the prologue, nice old castletowerpart and racing around:
Got matching Joker juice at the second hotel:
Super tires that even when getting a hole in so you could see the latex tube sticking out they don’t puncture:
Sunny France with Kristoffer Skjerping got second in a sprint on a stage he crashed at and raced with his sparebike (Giant Propel with mechanical Shimano Dura-ace)
Great Volvo V70 teamcars:
And ending the hole week with Reidar Borgersen in a breakaway and getting third overall, much better than this picture:
Really thankful and happy to be a part of this team. Everyone are good, but also open to learn more and get better 😀
Better like Sweden’s best cyclist, Emma Johansson that shows how good she are with winning the World Cup race in Trofeo Binda 😀
But don’t think I’m all snowed in at just road cycling, there was some great action in Italy yesterday too. Annual race in Montichiari with standard win for Marco Aurelio Fontana and the up and coming Jolanda Neff:
If Neff continues like this she will pass the world cup podium soon and even impress Nino Schurter 😀 but why the man on the womens podium almost touching Neff’s breast?