2017-

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Time to look back and see the ups and downs of this year. What to learn from the sad and what to remember as good.

The big things seems to start with Racemile Showdown in the end of January, this year not so cold but really icy as seen on the picture above. My Sequoia came to it’s perfect use with 42mm studded tires:)

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A weekend with friends and a big Thank You to Hagen for arranging 😀

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Then came a spring with a not so fast Sequoia which didn’t seem to give me any extra leg muscles. Instead it became a dropping time on Le Peloton with a too low handlebar and I felt slow…

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It may have seen like many people on the picture here but my thoughts has been Le Peloton is loosing people to other things. Like Morningspins:

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Without finding the speed on my roadbike I found it on my superlight Epic ht mtb and cut my PR at Långa Billingeracet with around 20min 🙂

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The fastest bike I’ve ever had and super agile. Unfortunately it didn’t have an rear damper and I seem to have been older making my back hurt after like 40-50km Marathon racing. Felt fast uphill, it felt really good downhill singletracks but on on flat singletrack with roots and rocks it felt like I was standing still.

So I ate ice-cream instead:

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And I tried to ride with fast people, SUMO style:

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Manage to do a Randonneur with these great people in awesome pace 🙂

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And according to Strava the one I was riding most with in 2017 is Emil who’s super fast:

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A thing I didn’t think was I was going to do Vätternrundan once again. Riding around a boring lake on boring roads with stressed people. But Stefan convinced me to apply and what a team. Known and unknown people having fun going fast for almost 300km 😀

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I never thought I would do it at 7h27min, and remembering it as fun. Riding with Henrik, getting to know Glenn, seeing how simple everything seems for Calle and Fredrik. Everything together with Jukka and Karl keeping things together. And the biggest effort by Erik for making it all possible and making us have a calm knowing everything is in control and skipping the stress so many people got for Vätternrundan. Skoda Cycling Team is not just a team effort, it’s like being a pro with everyone trusting you 🙂

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The summer passed and the next big event came.

Race Across Skåne. Another friend like Hagen arranging a top notch event. Waking up in Malmö that day not feeling on top was a bit sad as I really longed for being in top shape that day. Got dropped sitting totally wrong in the crosswind pretty early, feeling like on a spring Le Peloton but at a 190km race instead of 40km training. Ending up with meeting my good friend Emil who saved the day. Cruised on this wheel feeling shit the rest of the route:

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We had a crash in a group and it started raining. Everything felt just bad so at the last stop I got an ice-cream…

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It’s always fun with an ice-cream, always 😀

The day after I felt worse, driving to my mum instead of doing an recovery spin with the rest. Got fever but manage to get good until our adventure trip. Me, Emil and Emile went to Norberg with gravelbikes and target to explore some new roads in the middle of nowhere. I felt slow after my illness but I love new roads and places. I found a straight fast road on a sunny day outside Norberg, or the road maybe found me…

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The end of the summer after a stupid crash. But the start of knowing I got so many kind friends always there to help out. So thankful for everyone making my recovery easier. I missed Rapha 12 Hills and many many kilometers of sunny cycling but it could have been worse.

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I got back on a bike outside 😀 Have been feeling slow all autumn but I’m riding and no matter of speed cycling is a beautiful sport. And with help from Specialized Nordic and Specialized Concept Store Stockholm I’m more motivated than ever. Got the dreambike which I’m hoping to ride everywhere, all the time and with a smile (when the salt is gone from the roads)

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Travelled to Girona for some sun and met some cool people:

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So 15437km later the year ends and I’m still not tired of cycling. The best way to explore our beautiful world and meet nice different people from all over the world.

For 2018 I want to go to new places, new countries. Want to enjoy every moment no matter if I ride in sunny Italy or just commuting to work a rainy grey day. Want to be a good friend. Want to watch some proper roadracing and maybe even meet Annemiek van Vleuten. Want to be an ambassador of our beautiful stylish sport without judging people. Because style is important 😀 IMG_20171229_083905_413

So welcome 2018 and good luck having more fun! Let’s enjoy every moment 🙂

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Girona

Instead of being in Stockholm when the first snow came I managed to get what can be the last warm (Swedish thinking) week in Girona. Met Karim who went back to Stockholm the day after I arrived and my nice friend Therese. Got to talk to cool people like Aviv, Connie and Kati. And I got some beautiful rides in a landscape where you can get everything. Did ride some nice climbs but no steep ones, just flowy where I could get a good rhythm and which ended in a tricky tight descend. Not sure if the descends where hard or if just was a coward and slow… Anyway, riding awesome roads in a nice landscape when it’s how enough to take of arm- and kneewarmers after a while feels like a luxury. I think I will be back, missed a couple of great routes I heard. Here is some random pictures from my trip:

And my Diverge did work awesome for this, a good friend I want to do many trips with 🙂

Progressing

I never want to settle and be satisfied. I always want to be better in some way.

My comeback now is a lot about that. Keep on pushing my leg further and harder, make it work at least as good as before. Sometimes when you don’t feel any difference and just being home and alone it sucks. But when meeting friends and being out in the real life you understand what to push for and that the efforts you make are making a difference.

Being able to lift your foot. Being able to sit on a chair with 90° bent leg. Being able to change from two to one crutch. Being able to walk without crutches. Being able to get dressed without tools to help you. Being able to get on my Colnago and spin a bit on the trainer. Being able to go out, step on your daily, get that leg in and pedal away (happened yesterday). Being able to measure progress and see when angles like 95, 115 and 125 is every day getting closer to 143°.

This day was about progress too. Talking about the future and seeing the future from Specialized (2018). And be able to step on a real bike, with real cycling clothes, and after a few tries get the left foot in and be able to ride with friends. Never tried to push so hard and while being fully focused on moving my leg around it was a big step in my world 😀

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Extra fun to do it on the 2018 Specialized S-Works Tarmac with new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 🙂

So keep looking forward no matter where you are in life. Make life better, and if you got a perfect life there is always someone else who needs help.

Race Across Skåne 2017

One of my 3 big goals this year was 2 days ago. Have never ridden as much as this year, haven’t been sick and my unsold bike was in top shape.

After friends already planned their trips and stays in Malmö I borrowed a car by a good friend and booked a hotel in Malmö. Drove down Friday evening after work as a start of my vacation.

Woke up in time Saturday morning with a bad feeling in my throat and body. Not sick but maybe a start of something. Would never spend so much energy and money and do a DNS so ate the bad breakfast and rolled in to Musette. Got a couple of bottles and met some nice friends I haven’t met since last year.

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Master out from Malmö with Patch and Emil in front. Easy pace and a couple of punctures on the 25km master. Then the attacks went from the gun. I attacked too to get in the first group and tried to wheelsuck. Unfortunately I was on the wrong side in the wind and while a group of people flew by in a wing on my left side I couldn’t keep up. Ended chasing for a while but didn’t have the legs. Felt like I rode fast on the first gravel section but got caught by some people including Emil and we rode together. It doesn’t matter which form I am in but I can always rely on this wheel:

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Ended up with being 5 riders riding together until the first stop. Me and Emil thought of changing group as we didn’t know the other 3. Was a bit late but got the smart thought of chasing the group of maybe 9 riders. 9 fast riders as we with full speed and forgetting things like 190km and threshold we didn’t get close enough… We gave up but I think they rode a bit wrong and they caught us a little bit later 😉

2nd group and manageable speed felt alright in the wet. Until a driver decided to turn left just in front of our group. 1st guy got hit by the car and we stopped. Just brused but so stupid by the driver who didn’t think clear at all. Happy it didn’t go worse then it did. After some time and phone calls there we rolled into Vitemölla and the lunch break:

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Was a bit cold so shared some heat:

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Then we cheated a bit and didn’t stay for an freezing hour but left when the first group left. I tried to ride smart with the first group for a bit, ended up taking a couple of turns but on a flat section they dropped me riding fast. Absolutely didn’t have the legs or mindset. Took a gravelroad the others skipped and ended up in the middle of 1st and 2nd group.

Stopped waiting and got riding with the 2nd group again. Felt alright and the rain didn’t bother me, wasn’t cold. After Klas took a long hard turn and I went to the front the group got split in pieces… Became 6 riders riding together after and when Ola and Klas decided to go down ravinen we became 4. Emil, Peter, me and a unknown guy skipped that tricky section and aimed to get back without mishaps and punctures. I was tired so didn’t do much work in front, just tried to hang on.

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Last stop in Blentarp and I was wet, tired and if I would have found a train I would have skipped the last part. Was said of not being better so skipped the serious part and ate an ice cream. Happy Moment 🙂

Then we rode some gravel and I got happy again, didn’t feel slowest and the long uphill may have been slow but felt like I was moving. Found some energy and was able to be in front a bit at the end. Finished it of with winning the ”sprint” in our little group too. Doing all I could to be positive.

Then the rain stopped, we rolled in to Malmö and Västra Hamnen and the rest became an epic story and a day to remember.

Map and stats: Strava

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I did it! Emil was saving me from not turning around in Önneköp without even knowing it. I said it before but you always need a friend to rely on, no matter.

Then I drove home and became sick for real…

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Today I was motivated and wanted to hang on until the end, no dropping. Doped with my favorite Specialized S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit, Evade helmet and S-Works Sub6 shoes 😉

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Alone of my look, not so matched like Penton Cycling:

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But I survived up Östervik to Fisksätra and kept my leg in schack. Easy spinning and it was good to go for real. Could push 100% for the rest and got so happy I even got to cover some gaps and took quiet a few turns. 😀 I think I even was happier finishing with the group today than managed to hang on around Vättern with Skoda. This has been much so hard and thought a lot of my leg and why it doesn’t work perfect if I don’t warm up proper.

My 3rd best time on Le Peloton today too 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Happy breakfast at Le Mond afterwards in the sun and me and Johan found out we matching socks 😀 Gelatosocks:

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If you want to see how we rode, here is a video by Jesper:

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Long time since last time, curious on if my leg worked with some power. Sumodressed:

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My left leg worked until around here:

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Thinking it can be the cold so tomorrow I will use kneewarmers. Dropped too early so rode easy, met up with Mark that had some problem and then we joined the 2nd group when they caught us in Ektorp. A bit messy but my legs felt okay in that tempo so no problem with covering gaps, take an extra turn or go around people that didn’t have the legs to go around. Felt pretty good to ride in that group 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Ended with maybe this years longest breakfast outside Le Mond 🙂 Sun and great company makes the morning super after all.

pictures on me by Rille

Lida Loop

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Had a nice setup for todays race 🙂 Very relaxed before the start.

The start up a small skislope went very much under control and much easier compared to Långa Lugnet and Billingeracet. Then it was 9km with runningtracks on gravel, fast, fast and fast. Felt ok and think I had some more speed than before today 🙂 Not the fastest on the singletrack but did my best and first and 2nd loop went. In the end of the 2nd loop I was riding the startslope and turned left, onto some gravel and lost my bike… Took down some tape, got some wounds and messed up my mind.

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3rd loop felt same as for 2 years ago, just get in your mind and get through as fast as possible. Tired and hurt a bit from the crash.

Finished after 2h48min and it got me a 35th place in Men 30, 188 overall.

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Feeding by Patrik today, awesome 🙂

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And maybe I looked a bit fast a couple of times:

Pictures by Patrik, David, Happyride.se, Johan, Jaime and Rickard 😀

Thanks everyone for a great event

Map and stats: Strava