A cold morning in the suburbs of Stockholm seeing the queues grow and the sun rise. There is something special with extending the commute and get some air and time in the saddle before start working, a little time to think, to breath and just to spin by the carpeople. Ending up on a quiet dry hardpack gravelroad thinking of animals instead of cars and starting to think of that you can turn your lights off as it’s so light
Riding the last part on roads I used to commute on remembering old times (last month) and got passed by a stressed commuter…
Slept without setting an alarm today, first time in a long time. Took my time to get up, to eat breakfast and thought of my day which wasn’t planned. Thought of riding my bike, maybe on my winterbike with a friend I haven’t met in a long time. No answer made me think even of riding on the trainer, or not at all. Maybe just go into town for a coffee being casual.
Then it all got saved by Emil who just wanted an easy spin around the cx loop, great for my sore legs that didn’t work today. Felt hard but great to do a little spin at Erstavik:
Ended it all with panncakes, talking about etap, Spain and how many people it was at Le Mond. 🙂
Yesterday 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:
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 😀
”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.
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 😉
Going out feeling like Maud Kaptheijns today, fast from the start. Or something like that. Did an easy spin with lower tire pressure in to Le Mond and had a fika with Emil while waiting for Emile. Jimmie came and Kalle sat down too so felt like a usual Sunday. Except I rode 10km before instead of 110km 😉
After a long fika and talk about important stuff me and Emile headed to work for me to pick up my swimpants and then over to the forest. Emile turned home on his short ride and I rode the first half of the CX loop to Erstaviksvägen on my way home. Really beautiful with the autumn colors:
And while riding slow I had the chance to enjoy it even more. My 38mm Specialized Trigger gives great confidence and my Diverge is like a dream on the gravelroads 🙂
After Erstaviksvägen I got out on the asphalt and headed back to Duvnäs and towards home, beautiful afternoon:
Really looking forward to ride longer and enjoy this more 🙂 But first some rehab and tomorrow I’m back at work. 🙂
For the first time on gravel this year I had a lighter bike than Emil 🙂 He on his Ridley X-Trail and me on my Specialized Epic ht, was nice to try it on gravel too. Emil had some more speed as in his nickname Speed Lunatic when it went fast and my 34-11 wasn’t made for going fast. But an 8Kg hardtail with 2,1″ Specialized Fast Trak tires was really fun on gravel too. We had a great morning in the sun watching animals, talking children and discussing #aeroiseverything
Also sat some Personal Records and I got top 10 around Flaten after following Emil over some bridges:
The forecast said a bit colder and cloudy compared to Saturday, my mind thought about a restday.
Everything changed and it became a great little ride with some great people. Le Mond hangarounds 😉 Changing roads that where good, icy, snowy, wet, dry, fast and slow made it sometimes challenging and sometimes easy. But always fun.
Was an Insta-ride so here’s a lot of pictures from the ride:
Click on a picture to see it bigger. Taken by all of us 🙂
I can confess that if you can ride later, then it’s easy too sleep a little bit extra and skip Le Peloton at 6.00 😉
5th October was my last Peloton and it felt like ages ago, understand why people think it’s hard to wake up so early. You just have to make it a standard and it won’t feel as early as if you just do it sometimes.
Not as many today but all on cx/mtb so the roadseason seems to be ended 🙂 As I’m not as fast as I want at the moment I tried to be faster with my aero Evade, a Danger speedsuit I got a couple of days ago and aero handlebar…
It didn’t work and I got dropped on the first flat section from the 1st group. Thought of trying one of the shorter loops but I got closer and closer to Karl who was riding the loop for the first time. Caught him just before Erstaviksvägen and same time as my light blinked and indicated 25% left. We rode the golf course loop together but dropped a bit at the long climb back on Erstaviksvägen. And then my light died. It became really dark so was extra happy when we met Claes who dropped his bottle and had turned around to get it.
Rode in front of his light all the way to the adventure course happy to see a bit. Down the Feel like Peter Sagan descend it was a bit scary without a light and just afterwards I rode off the road a bit as I didn’t see it. No crash as it was grass there. Claes got a gap but now it was a bit lighter and I could chase him without making any stupid things and caught him in the end 😀
Happy to have survived when my light died we rolled nicely to Le Mond for great breakfast with the others
Awesome name as I did sleep over 1h extra compared to when I’m riding Le Peloton. It’s nice with friends that start work late and want to ride before. Met up with John and Patrik as the regulars at Hammarbybacken and then the new guy in the hoods, Martin Söderström did his first ride on his Crux. And Emile joined us too.
We did go fast up a climb, and sprint up two small climbs. Otherwise it felt pretty easy and just like a nice ride with great people 🙂 Met a couple of other friends also out riding.
Emile had a photoshoot:
And as you see it was light, the best thing with riding a bit later 🙂
It was such a ride you would expect to get a pretty slow time on the CXloop we did. Last time I did it Peloton style I got 1h4min and it didn’t feel good but I dropped Fredrik and caught Rille.
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 🙂