When I first started to think of the build for my S-Works Diverge I thought of a pair of Roval CLX disc tubulars with 36mm A.Dugast Pipisquallo tubulars on. Later I got a set of clinchers and the plan got changed. Got a set of cheap tubulars from China and a set of Challenge Chicane from a friend.
But yesterday Bikerumor got my mind going again showing this:
a 3T Exploro with 40mm FMB tubulars. Everyone who talked with me about tubulars knows how much I love FMB. Both their roadtires and their cyclocross tires is absolutely the best I’ve tried.
They have made their regular 33mm diamond thread in 40mm, protected them with latex and made the tires of my dreams:
I have to get a pair when they become available and I think you should too if you want to go fast on gravel. Like you can with an Specialized S-Works Diverge or 3T Exploro 😀
Stockholm an autumn sunday morning. There are people missing out but these trainingraces are awesome. Simple, hard and inspires people to get ready for the real races.
It was fast and fast today. Felt good the first lap but then I ended in a chase of Viktor, Magnus and a guy from Tullinge:
Photo by Hanna Alexandersson
I tried to dope with a fast jersey from SCS Racing Team with teammates Damian (winner) and Erik (3rd) but it didn’t help so much. Think I did a pretty solid race but my cornering felt faster in the beginning and I blew up a bit when it was two laps to go (of 8) and got passed by one more.
All in all 38min racing over threshold with a bike that feels better than I thought. Had great grip in all corners except one where my front wheel slipped a bit, my gearing was awesome and the position felt great. The Roval Control SL wheels with Mavic Reflex rims feels really fast too, will be interesting how my wheels will feel when I get my tires 🙂
As said I wasn’t fastest but wasn’t last either. Ended 18th of 31:
But forgot to count how many Specialized Crux it was in front of me, at least the top 5 😉
Ended with a fika and rode home with Hanna and Magnus. Said goodbye to them at Söder and went to Vinterviken for a cruise along Mälaren:
It starts to get unusual to find a special bike. Everyone has everything and very few tune their bike old school style. There seems to be an solution to buy for everything. But putting Zipp wheels on a mtb, that’s not so common:
Really cool. High profile on mtb is cool, like my friends Gipiemme he had on his Merida some years ago. I’ve been thinking of the opposite to glue roadtires on a mtbrim but the tires didn’t fit to my AX-Lightness rims I had then.
Another cool bike is this Colnago EPS stripped from paint and painted in Maserati blue and made for Campagnolo Eps. Like made for each other with Colnago EPS and Campagnolo EPS 🙂 7030g:
I’ve bought some bad bikes, and I’ve have had some really good bikes. A bike that got a special place in my heart is the Cannondale SystemSIX:
First roadbike in carbon (at least a bit), first roadbike with classic handlebar, first roadbike with high profile carbon rims, first roadbike with FMB tires. I even still got the rear derailleur and saddle from it 😉
Great racing today with ”wrong” winners. The best/smartest won but not those I hoped for, except in Nalles maybe.
Ronde van Vlaanderen:
1. Ellen van Dijk – Boels-Dolmans
2. Lizzie Armitstead – Boels-Dolmans
3. Emma Johansson – Orica-AIS
1. Fabian Cancellara – Trek Factory
2. Greg van Avermaet – BMC
3. Sep Vanmercke – Belkin
Was hoping for Emma Johansson but Boels-Dolmans got a super team and van Dijk went solo the last part, strong women that is hard to beat. Of the men I’m always hoping for Zdenek Stybar but not even top 10 today. Should have been in the last breakaway instead of Stijn Vandenbergh but can’t always go as I want 😉 Alexander Kristoff managed to get 5th with a strong chase in the end without and with Niki Terpstra.
Then it was mtb race in Nalles, Italy. And BMC Cup in Switzerland where Jolanda Neff won.
1. Katrin Leumann – Ghost Factory Racing Team
2. Alexandra Engen – Ghost Factory RacingTeam
1. Manuel Fumic – Cannondale Factory Racing
2. Marco Aurelio Fontana – Cannondale Factory Racing
My two favorite mtbteams in top 2 is really nice, should keep it like that but change the womens results to Engen first and Leumann second ;).
If you see one CXvideo this year, or in your life it should be this one. It shows how hard CX is, how beautiful it is, how european it is and it shows that women is racing as hard as men or maybe even harder for less money.