The Dutch mountains

Cafécycling on Ekerö/Färingsö today and 21,6km headwind on the way there for me. The wind continued and it was like riding in the Netherlands. Headwind, tailwind and sidewind and cyclists all over the place.

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2 pictures showing I was in the front today, maybe the only ones as it was really hard with 38mm graveltires when the others more or less had roadtires, and where i better shape. Klas attacked so much he and Peter took a detour and still got ahead of us. Petra seemed to be in top shape, Jimmie attacked me on the small climbs and Emil tried to keep it steady on the front.

Mostly it felt like this for me:

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Trying not to get too dropped. Or trying to not bonk:

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It was hard, but we all made it back:

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Misery isn’t a word for todays ride but it was very hard. Happily I had a nice tailwind back home from Le Mond and I got to see the best of my bike, really like it when it’s purple:

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Map and stats of my suffering: Strava

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Älgö to Färingsö

Asked Anders if we could go a bit slower to Älgö than usual this morning, didn’t got any answer nor did he show up. Instead came 5 riders that usually does Morningspins on Djurgården and my SUMOfriend The Joker. The morningspinriders are very nice guys but regret a little that I invited them, they are really fast. Almost got dropped in the first climb, but took a good bite in my bartape and as vice guide I had to show or shout out the route at least 😉

Short turns with goal to survive made it good, ended with a PR and 2nd best overall on the route. Map and stats: Strava

Ended it all with a great breakfast at Vivels, sat there for 2h and met 4 other friends there too. Lovely place in Hammarby Sjöstad 🙂

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Bad thing is that I think I drank a bit too much coffee and my stomach wasn’t good on all day, was thinking of cancelling my evening ride but thought I could make it short instead. So after working I went to Le Mond and met up 5 others riding towards Färingsö. Missed Carmen and Elvira who I looked forward to ride with and missed the easy pace. Did my best to ride easy and did okey with that pace 😉

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Map and stats from that ride: Strava hmm, was a lot of PR there, strong guys taking turns today it seems 😉 Was more focused on keeping the heart rate down instead of looking at speed 😉

Cafériding to find the apples

When you are a group of cyclists that isn’t too many or too few and everyone are on the same level. Then riding in the sun can be awesome. And it was today, everyone wasn’t all at the same level but almost and same enough to have fun 😀

7 riders gathered at Cykelcafé Le Mond this morning and we left for Färingsö and the famous Äppelfabriken (applefactory) to have a nice fika. Emil had found a route and we almost followed it

Emil had written that the pace would be around 30km/h. It was much over when we came out on the nice small roads. And my Tarmac felt like flying, was really nice to push hard sometimes and see the speed over 45km/h on the flat parts. 🙂 This with Live Strava Segments on my Garmin 520 maybe had it’s role too, who wants to loose 😉

Then we had fika:

Café du Cycliste clothes and fika is a perfect combo. No matter if you eat pie or ”proper” food you still looks slim :p Or something like that.

Then we pushed on towards Stockholm. Did the classic lap around FRA and I had a plan. I maybe wouldn’t win the sprint but I would get tired so when we had rode away and turned around I went up in front and pushed all I had. Really good training for me and was really hard when I went in 48km/h with over 180 in heart rate and the road went up a bit. Had to slow down and let the others pass. But gave it all and tried to go around again and sprint. My worst spring ever! 190 in heart rate and like 49km/h when I rised and was supposed to sprint past Peter but my legs were empty and I just sat down again with a laugh about it :p

Rode past the castle which I tried to take a picture of, got a bus instead 😉

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Awesome day on my awesome Tarmac. A great way to celebrate the National Day of Sweden 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Picture from the bridge on almost the hole group by Jimmie and Emil took the picture of me eating pie.

a shorter Sunday ride

The biggest miss for me today have to be that I rode 230m (!) shorter than yesterday.

Left home this morning to ride with Rejlers/Sthlm CK on Ekerö as a change for yesterday. Not as good weather with a bit more snow, more wind and without sun, but with more people like this picture Rille took shows:

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Rode out towards Ekerö and had a short stop in the beginning to pump some tires:

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Then we rode wet asphalt roads and snowy cycling paths. Really wet on the asphalt and not so many with good fenders today so got a bit cold and wet, tried to stay away from it as good as I could.

After all as good as a sunday ride could be this sunday, great people 🙂 Back on the way home in a steep climb I tried to change to the small ring in front but my derailleur was frozen, first time it happens and it is impressive how good my rear derailleur worked today as my bike collects a lot of snow with the tight fenders. Kudos to my Diverge 😉

Map and stats: Strava

sun, ice cream, sun, cycling, coffee

Was free from work today so what’s the first thing I do? Ride to work of course 😉 The best bike store in Stockholm (Specialized Concept Store) helped me with a new crank arm and the Allez was faster than never before.

Continued in to town for ice cream and sunbathing:

Then back home and had a lunch on the balcony. Awesome summer weather today. Love the Swedish year 🙂

Then changing from casual Cafe du cycliste/Rapha clothing to Café du Cycliste Anoinette bibs and a Suzanne jersey with dotted socks to meat up with with a friend.

Rode out to Färingsö and around there before we headed back. Jessica in clean Specialized clothing along the water:

Ended at what I think is café I miss in Sweden. Not as nice or big menu like bikecafé Le Mond or happy people. But it got the atmosphere or beeing a place to stop while driving your Alfa Romeo for a great coffee and just be cool in an Italian way. Il Caffe with us enjoying the sun:

Back home and the day was over. Really like Stockholm. But the things that makes a city good, like Bergen is friends. Friends who are easy to meat and hang around with, friends that are thinking a bit outside the box and are relaxed 🙂

Map and stats of the beautiful afternoon ride: Movescount