I never understood climbing long climbs in rocky alps on short days. Riding the same routes all the time. I’m not a very strong cyclist that loves the flat landscape either. I grew up in a landscape without any real flat sections or any steep climbs. Swedish lagom you could say and put that on steroids and you got the part of Germany I been riding in the last days.
Travelled to Stuttgart to get some variation. Nice was my first choice but not possible with my SAS Eurobonus points. Amsterdam second choice but Germany was nicer I think. On Saturday I went south, into the Schwarzwald to Freudenstadt where I almost rode too at Trans Schwarzwald 6 years ago. Also passed Specialized Concept Store in Herrenberg and saw the new S-Works Epic HT 🙂 (and got an espresso). Most of the roads where really good with some long climbs on 7-10km and some fast awesome descends. Even got some feeling on the way back and just pushed on in nice tempo position feeling strong 🙂
Sunday was the day with a plan. I was going to Bruchsal meeting an old friend I almost met in Germany 3 years ago. Had some tailwind on the way there so even with some wrong turns it felt great. Cruised through small villages (I really like Flacht and Weissach), got to climb passed the Porsche factory and even I who isn’t a Porschefan got impressed. Maxed out at 80,8km/h on the way down to Mönsheim. Got on some small roads across fields where it wasn’t allowed with cars. Out of Bretten and the last part I missed the small road but tailwind made me stick to the big road and just pushing, so fun with some speed 😀 Had a splendid time in Bruchsal and got company by my new friend Lars-Kristoffer back to Bretten with some guiding on small roads.
Then it went wrong. Headwind and got on some wrong roads which made the shorter way home longer and after stopping for a coke in Rutesheim I managed to get a small puncture on my rear tire too. Pumped it up twice but worked without changing tube. Worst roadchoices and getting tired went into a mindgame. Passed a closed road with oil on after talking to the Police to shorten it and got on the worst cycling path possible on a field. But I also got on a really nice cycling path and even being tired with little air in my rear tire and being more or less lost a couple of times it felt like a good day. First day in short-short and my legs felt much better than I thought. Magic misery so to speak.
Last riding day, Monday was just a small spin before the rain came. Nice roads, beautiful landscape and a soft way to end the trip.
All together it feels like my bibs got shorter, according to my tan :p And even I thought of changing my Tarmac for a Roubaix or a Venge Vias a couple of times my S-Works Tarmac Disc have to be the best bike. Except the nail in the tire it worked just perfect no matter if I’m going fast as Sagan downhill, climbing like Contador or just pushing on the flats like Martin. It feels so perfectly balanced all the time and with it’s short chainstays compared to new discbikes it’s so fun standing up accelerating. Just think it’s missing a pair of light wheels like Roval CLX32 Disc Tubular 😉
You know spring when everyone brings their racebikes with high profile wheels and best clothes to training? When everyone is high on going fast outside and showing how well they trained all winter? That was like todays Le Peloton:
A lot of people, a lot of fast people and a lot of people able to hang on the fast people. And it was this guy a.k.a me:
Looking fast, trying to take my turns and sit in a good position. Unfortunately I’m not as fast as I hoped and after doing a hard start including a PR before the real start and got dropped pretty quick…
Turned around and tried to get the cramp out of my left leg and got caught again at Järla. Sat pretty high and took a turn before Sickla. Then I tried to keep up with the fast ones averaging over 40km/h to Älta. On the hard Evalundsvägen through Älta I always think it goes fast and today I touched my PR, not the best way before Storkällan and I got dropped for the 2nd time…
Had to ride the rest alone and wasn’t as fast as I dreamt about. To be honest I hoped for more and when I came to Le Mond I wasn’t as satisfied as many others. Next time I will push harder, go faster and not get dropped! I want to fight as good as my friend Emil is able to do, or Sagan that doesn’t seem to be able to give up.
Joined a group of fast cyclists this morning and went to Vaxholm. First time on my Tarmac this year and it is as good as I remembered, agile is the word.
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Sporting my new kit I won on Strava from Warsaw Cycling too. Like Anders said on a mtb ride once it can be good to have one slower with you too keep the tempo down. Today I survived thanks to Petra and it felt a bit smarter too not to ride too fast as when we came to Gustavsberg on the way back we joined another group. Cafecycling Le Mond guys rode to Ingarö and we joined them too, was good weather so should ride a bit further 😉
Petra took a shortcut back to Le Mond and maybe that was the smartest. Out to Ingarö and then the first 10km went over 40km/h. And then we got headwind :p Rode an extra loop before going back to Gustavsberg and the first fika. After the fika we took the longest road back… Last loop around Skuru wasn’t feeling so good but seemed like the others also was a bit tired 😉
Finally back to Le Mond for some food, watching Gent-Wevelgem for a while and having my last cinnamon roll:
Headwind on the way home so 2 PR and a happy tired Jonas 🙂 Awesome start of the roadbike season and so thankful for all my friends helping me to enjoy life 😀
Summertime, spring and blue skies. Cyclists have found their way out from trainers and Monarks.
Jonas, Nils, Rille, always happy Patrik and Christer where there. Sara Penton is home, Johanna leading the 3rd group and me and Magnus who does everything we can to hang on to the 1st group. 40-50 cyclists in total today and the speed went up.
When being around 40 cyclists doing 40km/h next to the sea an early sunny wednesday morning, then you know why you went out of bed in the middle of the night. When you feel the power pushing the peloton up to Nacka Forum and seeing the misery from Skarpnäck.
So hard but still so friendly. Everyone are welcome and everyone should follow traffic rules with redlights and such things.
Everyone should also have a breakfast afterwards, as it’s the best place to brag about how hard it was and how good it felt, how you passed the fast ones.
As my Tarmac has some problem with the drivetrain (much resistance) I glued a pair of Specialized tubuars on my carbon CXwheels and took the Diverge this morning. It may be a gravelbike but it’s so good and so fast. 7,9kg (incl multitool) ultimate bike.
Also can recommend riding with a scarf. Not as warm as a buff but it looks stylish and makes life feels better. Today sporting Specializeds best oversocks and the best oversocks and bikebrand ever made what I know:
Sometimes I like riding with a computer to see how fast I ride, how long and so on. But sometimes it’s just stress too, want to make a little higher average speed, lower heart rate or what ever. Used a Timex GPS computer for a while now and it works okey and shows the things I want and can watch where I been riding on a map afterwards.
But like comparing a Nokia and hTC, both works but connection to the world a hTC or iPhone is so much better as Android and iOS are huge. on GPS Computers it’s a bit like that too. Timex works but Garmin is huge and is much easier working with and sharing, like with Strava or anything else instead of locked to the producers website like Timex.
And on top of this, Garmin coming with new models that made me want a Edge 510 more then a 500 😉 Watch the new ones here: