A really cold morning today too, not proper May weather it feels like. -3° Celsius and many thought of riding gravel instead of asphalt on todays Le Peloton
I did the CX loop too as I wanted to get more comfortable on my Epic and ride fast on it. Went smart in the first climb and dropped the first group. Became 4 riders in a group behind with 2 mtb and 2 cx with me with easiest gearing which made it hard when it was flat and downhill. A lot of 34-11 today and maybe good for my cadence training :p First Oskar dropped me on a downhill and I had to chase up a climb. Felt good as long as it was uphill or a bit more technical downhill so you don’t pedal 😉
Thomas attacked before Erstaviksvägen and Fredrik, Oskar and me had to chase. Got up to him but dropped Fredrik. After Erstaviksvägen on the way back I dropped both Thomas and Oskar and rode alone almost all the way back. Thomas caught me in the end and we ended it all together. He with a lot of PR and me tired 😉
Was about to give up and shorten the loop when Oskar dropped me the first time but managed to get back and hang on. Did as good as I could and it felt like a good hard training session 😀 Satisfied and it was fun in our small group, so much more fun when don’t ride all alone the hole loop.
With a borrowed stem and handlebar I finally could start my build today. Have been looking forward to this since first parts was ordered in November 🙂 My budget simple hardtail ended with getting the lightest mtb at work and start racing again. I’m a fan of innovation like the new style XC geometry with a bit slacker headangle while keeping it fast, Boost and of course I want a good damping fork. Wanted to build a light bike without the extra things you don’t really need like a super big cassette. Love the custom features of a Specialized S-Works crank (like Cannondale Hollowgram) and always dreamt of a set of Avid XX WC brakes.
My favorite color is blue.
It ended like this (just need to set up the right saddle height):
A black and blue Specialized Epic HT with a Fox 32 Stepcast fork. Sram 1×10 Sram X0 drivetrain with an S-Works crank with oval Garbaruk chainring.
Black and Blue as bottom and with some silver parts to lighten it up.
Pretty stoked over how it looks. And with a really heavy handlebar and just a plain stem I thought it would end up at 8,2kg.
Did and easy distance ride with Sumo Cycling Club and Johan today. Read it again.
An easy spin with Sumo is like a Zone 2 ride with HRT, full speed as long as it works and then continue 😉 But Sumo’s own QOM Cheetah knew how it worked and lowered the pace and had everyone to ride like they should. Rode to Älta, Vissvass and down to Årsta Havsbad. I almost got hit by a car just before Årsta Havsbad as it passed me with not even 10cm distance. I don’t understand why people driving cars want to drive over cyclists on a clear straight wide road? Happy that I am as I am and didn’t even get scared, but would have called the police if I had seen the car afterwards…
Eva took the sprint a bit too easy but we got over it, gentlemens.
Rode to Västerhaninge and Jordbro where my bike wanted a brake so it snapped a spoke 😦 Happily using discbrakes so just twisted the spoke around another and continued. Felt good on Lissmavägen and Fredrik got a bit tired after Länna so last part back to town we slowed down even more.
Easy riding with great people and a lot of talking, just like it is supposed to be in February. And on dry roads 🙂
Coffee at Le Mond and then to work giving my bike a new spoke. Easy change so now it’s like new again 😀
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:
13 months ago I got a Specialized Crux Elite X1. Was a great cxbike but I gave up and went gravelgrinding with a Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon 3 months later.
This year my plan was Adventures, ride new roads and explore with Transferrides, Emileadventures and Basemilecamps. Wanted to follow the new hype. Specialized made the Sequoia which seemed perfect, who doesn’t want a cool fast steelbike made for everything? but it won’t arrive before the end of November…
So until that I got a Crux again 😉 Got a alu frameset, alu handlebar and a used Sram Red crankset with a Garbaruk Melon chainring. Borrowed a couple of awesome custom Roval wheels and got a pair of cheap Chinawheels which are waiting for tires and a cassette. Took the Force1 parts from my Tarmac, got a saddle and mounted it all together.
It may not be the flashiest Cyclocross in Stockholm but it’s really good for the money. After all the thing you’re after is the geometry and framestyle for the your riding and Specialized knows their cyclocross 😀