Dream vs reality

Mauve Leroy shows the French beauty in this Rapha video. Like a dream with sun, good weather and a beautiful language. Composed with the French style which sometimes makes me think that Swedish design isn’t the best after all…

The other side was me today mounting fenders on my workhorse:

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Not perfectly set up yet but good enough at home. Specialized Dry Tech 45mm that I hope will keep me dry all winter. Prepared for rain, dreaming of sunshine.

The national style

Read a blogpost about cycling getting too hip with a lot of do’s and don’ts and with a big step to get into a closed group. Not so familiar if you aren’t correct and not consuming the right things. Things that differ as you sometime should have a clubkit to fit in and sometimes a clubkit is the last thing you should have…

I’ve learnt to appreciate style in different ways. I like when people care about how they dress and look. No matter which style. I like people being different and them selves rather than just following everyone else.

But there is always a certain style and people in different regions/countries dress in certain ways.

My point is I saw some pictures at Café du Cycliste and it really breathes France, not Sweden, not Italy, nor U.K. French style according to me is proper, clean and sometimes a bit old fashioned but straight lines and they aren’t afraid of using soft colors. Not bright screaming like Italy. But like this:

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Who would dare to produce bibs in blue, green and purple with matching legwarmers? I like it but not sure if I could hold up a pair of purple bibs, or?

Nice, the beauty

Not blogged for a while, not been in Sweden for a while. But went to Nice in France and saw the headlines happened. We didn’t expect some maniac drive a truck over people on the Bastille day at the Riviera. It was very sad, and the place he drove over people was so long I almost started to cry when passing it 3 days after… We are all on this earth together.

Except a bad truckdriver, many dead people and thinking of what would have happened if we didn’t went home earlier. The trip was super. Nice is a magic place. It got the class of rich people, the atmosphere of France with many small and great restaurants and cafées, it got mountains high enough to be called mountains, and it got a blue ocean.

Pictures from the trip:

I also got to know a happy strong guy, Raphael who took some pictures:

And having lunch in Italy with my friends:

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My first time riding mountains and it takes some power climbing climbs in 24km for example, my legs got heavier and heavier and with a ”restday” (2h38min ride) I was able to ride with one of my best friends Henrik and the ”new” guy Raphael to magic places and having a great time sweating under the sun. Everything wouldn’t have been without Emil who ”arranged” the trip and got me to my favourite country. If I would be rich someday I would move to Nice.

Being me and being in Nice is extra fun as my favourite brand of cyclingclothes Café du Cycliste is from there and got a great shop and café at the Port. Did a Sundayride with people from there too, there are some strong climbers out there and the ride was hard but nice 😀 Ended the trip with an coffee and croissant at Café du Cycliste this morning:

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Will live long on this trip. And will never forget how good my Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc is for descending, how good it worked out with 1×11 on the climbs and the importance of good tires when braking hard. 😀

European Cyclocross Championships

Women U23 got their own race and men elite had their race for the first time. A new era is here.

Two people following the cyclocross grow as a sport and sharing it with us is Balint Hamvas and Elisa Haumesser.

Magic pictures from a magic day (for some). Watch the rest of the photos here:

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Elisa Haumesser

XC/DH World Championships and Boels Rental Ladies Tour

World Championships is going on this week in Andorra with Eliminator and Team Relay already done. Here is a replay of the eliminator race:

And here are some highlights from the Team Relay yesterday:

And this week it’s also a big women’s stage race in the Netherlands. Sadly not sent live except the last stage on sunday. Here’s the press release about it:

Following races like La Course by Le Tour de France, the last stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour will be broadcasted live on television. Main sponsor of the race Boels Rental took the initiative and with the help of several partners, television station L1 is able to broadcast the race live on Sunday, September 6th. There will also be a live stream on the internet. Sander Kleikers and Marianne Vos will commentate the race. At the moment it is still possible that more television stations are going to broadcast the race.

The sixth stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour starts in Bunde and finishes on the Cauberg. It will be the queen stage of the race, with a trail through the hills of southern Limburg. Before that the peloton has already five race days behind them. On Tuesday, September 1 the stage race starts in Zeddam. Followed by two stages in Tiel, an individual time trial in Oosterhout and a stage in Gennep. Before the live coverage on Sunday, a summary of the stage in Gennep will be shown. The best women cyclists in the world compete in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.

Don’t miss cheering on Sara Penton doing a great race so far.

the best Time!

comes from France. There are things that are hard to explain, art is one of those things and when you produce art that is working perfect for something then you really succeeded. In my dreams it’s always place for a Time VXRS World Star Ulteam bike:

The later more aero RXR is always cool and when meeting an owner of one I’m always impressed:

Even last year on Eurobike there was a roadbike that got my attention that everybody doesn’t understand. Time Skylon, the latest superbike by Time:

They are so cool, and so much technology behind so not just someone that makes cool bikes. And the craftmanship behind, impressive is a too small word, this is phenomenal. Just watch how they do it: