Långa Billingeracet

In some way this is my favorite XC Marathon race. It got great atmosphere, many friends, awesome climbs and some beautiful flowy trails. Went down to Skövde yesterday with my teammate John and Mattias to stay at my sister 🙂 1st class.

Not even 5min riding to the start this morning which was perfect but maybe not the warm-up you needed 😉

It all started with a asphaltclimb that went into the forest halfway and I tried to take it a bit easy. Here was also the first time I noticed my easiest gear 34-36 wasn’t working at all. 34-32 as easiest for the rest. Felt good in the beginning except I didn’t have to power on the flat gravelsections or the gearing. Tried to hang on some groups but dropped a bit, got back up when it was going uphill 😉

The trails in Öglunda was amazing and my bike felt really good. The Fox fork works like a dream and I really like the geometry of my bike (and weight). The gravelclimb up after Öglunda went really good with a good flow 🙂

Up on Billingen I got a new bottle from my sister and then it came a really long singletrack part, was a bit hard on my hardtail. Down on the other side on some gravelroads and some great green singletrack felt nice.

Then the longest part, the singletrack section including some crocodiletracks :p which takes a lot of energy without any rest. Started to feel my back and after 57km it started to hurt. Was riding slow (according to a friend I rode with for a while) and a lot of stretching so dropped from some groups.

Finally the end came, 2 climbs which went much better than I hoped for with my back. 8kg bike makes difference and on the first climb I rode with 34-28 gearing and it felt great passing a couple of riders too. A bit singletrack down and some asphalt before the last climb, Strupen. Knew how it was but didn’t remember it got steeper and steeper. 34-32 in the end and standing up trying to have grip and passed some more riders.

It all ended in a small spring with me and a guy riding in a different class so I let him win 😉

Finished 34th in my category and 127th overall. 3h31min so 19min better than my earlier record 😀 Really tired but satisfied.

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Here you can see who’s the fastest :p

And Mattias who never been riding so far rode 5min faster than me:

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Like Benny Andersson said, a hardtail wasn’t perfect for the course. But I couldn’t have asked for more fun on my Specialized Epic HT, really nice with a SWATbox too so I didn’t have to carry a spare tube and pump in my jersey:

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Always improvements to make but as this bike is what I want to have I have to make the improvements on my body instead 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Emil Lindgren and Jennie Stenerhag won!

XC and Sockdoping

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Started the day with riding mtb with some friends. Some fast and some technical trails and for the first time mostly hardtails 😉 Except John. Need to get better in finding some fast trails around here 🙂

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Ended with coffee and lunch at Le Mond.

Then I took a longer route home to find some small roads on gravel, and wood:

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Was a year since I rode down there last time and I got a couple of nice climbs too 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Today I wore plain pink MB socks in wool. Sometimes it’s the simple that feels right and sometime not. Got a couple of new Gelatosocks so my collection is complete and I have a bigger problem choose socks for tomorrows Le Peloton and race:

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😀 Perfect for me as I really love Icecream, and cool cyclingsocks 🙂

2016, the magic year

I had a goal of 15000km and a dream of 730h. Were never stressed about the distance but saw pretty fast the dreamtime would be impossible. I ride for fun after all.

It all started with Tour de Ötzi, 246km in winterweather and mostly alone. Not the funniest ride but good for mindtraining and to learn eat and drink even when it’s cold.

I have been doing 61 Le Peloton, a lot of Morningspins and Älgö Deluxe. Some Le Snooze. I’ve been cycling in Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and Canada.

I have been riding a lot of Specialized bikes like Roubaix, Tarmac, Venge Vias, Crux, Diverge, Daily, Stumpjumper HT, Epic FSR, Stumpjumper FSR, Fatboy and Sequoia.

I have raced mtb and had a lot of fun going fast.

I have race TT that I never thought I would do and got 5th in men Elite.

I have joined Sumo Cycling and used the Gravity support 😉

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I’ve been around new places, discovered new roads with great friends:

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I have discovered the Aero Advantage and got a lot faster on Le Peloton:

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But I also tried to survive with help of Ice Cream after the longest climb in my life:

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In short it’s 4 people that helped me discover new places and roads. Emile has always been there and seen me from fast to slowest, from happy to just tired of his shortcuts, riding next to me on the 2nd picture. And Hagen, a friend I get a lot of inspiration from and is seen with me riding in the middle of nowhere on the 3rd picture. Next is Emil, been to different countries together and been seen riding different bikes in different conditions together, but all in all we just want to look good:

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The last guy, Henrik who is always riding. Will never get as fast or ride as far as him but he is my best friend and we can’t come up with a single ride together in Sweden where we haven’t ridden some gravel:

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Then there is many more I have ridden with that’s worth mentioning but it takes too much time here. Called a Social Butterfly on Strava and the reason I get so many miles is because I want to ride with all my friends, all the time 😉

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Never thought this year would include so much fun and good rides. Never thought I was able to ride as fast as I’ve done. But I always thought that the motivation will continue.

So thanks to you all my friends that keep riding fun! Thanks to Specialized Concept Store Stockholm for helping me with the best bikes in the world! Thanks to Rapha for motivating ambassadors to make super Events! Thanks to Café du Cycliste to providing my favorite clothes with a superb fit no matter how long the rides are! Thanks to Isabelle/SCF for letting me help the best riders in Germany for a weekend. Thanks to Therese who showed me another cycling world!

So now we stop looking back and looking forward to a new year that can be even better 😀

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Le Peloton #114

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I got impressed, so late of the year and still so many people. Kudos to all of you coming to Le Peloton 😀

I had a borrowed bike today, so three Peloton in a row with different bikes 😉 Never had a bike that got so much attention on a single ride as today. Rode an Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

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You may say what ever you like about the stem and brakes, but it will pass you. Never ridden a faster bike that feels so tight with nothing loose or soft. When I tried the Pinarello F8 I said it was stiff, this is rocket fast.

My legs wheren’t the best after yesterday evening but I was able to pass the group and go up in front any way. Didn’t go around 100% but I never done that before either. With a 53 teeth ring on front in Nickel Boron I didn’t find the limit.

Going up Österviksbacken or up to Hellas felt better than I thought, not as snappy as my Tarmac but the cockpit is so stiff so everything you push down goes out to the wheel.

It was still a super hard ride but I felt the aero advantage. And I saw the power for the first time as it has a Quarq powermeter. Was fun but not awesome to see that my legpower isn’t even 😦

Map and stats: Strava

Ended like this, full house at café Le Mond:

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first and this picture by Magnus

And company with matching Gelatosocks:

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Sumo Safari or Le Peloton #113

The thing with Sumo’s is that they like to go faster and not thinking about easy rides. We planned for a <60min CX Peloton today (only made one of those) and my legs with 2 hard trainings yesterday didn’t feel so happy about this morning.

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8(!) from Sumo Cycling today and 2 others doing the CX loop. We may not created Le Peloton but we are taking it over 😉 Eva sat off in a good pace and in the first climb where I usually get dropped by Per or Jonas I went into the front. Then the top was reached and we where some guys helping out keeping the pace really high. On Erstaviksvägen we where 5 guys and the pace was really good, felt superhard but I could keep up fine and then it came. An elk! Ran out on the road, in front of us and then into the forest again, was just too slow with my camera so just got it’s ass and the rest of the elk is behind the tree 😉

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Instamoments you know. We saw many deers a bit later on the loop. Never seen so many animals riding before so was fun and something to talk about. On the way back in a long climb I went to the side and Fredrik rode up, he had a gap so I jumped on his wheel. While sitting there I thought of why I didn’t drop, it was hurting so much but I just kept on. In the end I went up in the front again and got free space down the a descent called ”Feel like Peter Sagan” before Emil came up and kept the pace high, with me on his wheel again. There you can talk about sitting too far in front, but while it was hard it felt good and not so far left.

Emil took a shortcut in the end on his mtb where I rode around and he gained a gap, Fredrik joined and passed me but he couldn’t brake enough in the 90° corner just after so I passed. Then easy down and full speed to the end. Got a PR with 31sec!

Maybe it was thanks to my socks?

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Dry and dusty and really fast today. Awesome start of the CX Peloton season and happy with being able to go so fast on my Crux. Alu frame and low profile alu wheels doesn’t sound as fast as it was :p

Map and stats: Strava

Looking forward to real autumn and many more doing the CX loop. Remembering the good rides last year with me, Michael, Christian and Niklas chasing Jonas and Per and pushing each other 🙂 Laughing with 180 in heart rate is just super…

Le Peloton #111, GP Hasse Mård and Lotto Belgium Tour

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Autumn is here and people are sleeping… Not so many today, just 7 riders started in group 1 and 6 finished with one taking a shortcut. Nils and a guy from Valhall made the rest of us suffer this morning, wasn’t any record attempt but had to ride hard as we where so few, great training. And a while since I rode in the red zone for so long so many times 🙂

Trying sockdoping again to gain some more speed:

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Map and stats: Strava

And while I’ve been working there seems to have been an awesome final stage at Lotto Belgium Tour. Annemiek van Vleuten is back after her crash and after winning the first prologue she won todays stage too, with over 1min 😀

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She won the race overall too 😀 Awesome!!!

After work I went up to Hellasgården where the first race of the Stockholm CX Cup was held, GP Hasse Mård. Cheered and got motivated to ride too:

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Henrik Jansson and Ingrid Kjellström won. The Kangas brothers did the best barrierjumps 🙂

 

Älgö to Färingsö

Asked Anders if we could go a bit slower to Älgö than usual this morning, didn’t got any answer nor did he show up. Instead came 5 riders that usually does Morningspins on Djurgården and my SUMOfriend The Joker. The morningspinriders are very nice guys but regret a little that I invited them, they are really fast. Almost got dropped in the first climb, but took a good bite in my bartape and as vice guide I had to show or shout out the route at least 😉

Short turns with goal to survive made it good, ended with a PR and 2nd best overall on the route. Map and stats: Strava

Ended it all with a great breakfast at Vivels, sat there for 2h and met 4 other friends there too. Lovely place in Hammarby Sjöstad 🙂

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Bad thing is that I think I drank a bit too much coffee and my stomach wasn’t good on all day, was thinking of cancelling my evening ride but thought I could make it short instead. So after working I went to Le Mond and met up 5 others riding towards Färingsö. Missed Carmen and Elvira who I looked forward to ride with and missed the easy pace. Did my best to ride easy and did okey with that pace 😉

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Map and stats from that ride: Strava hmm, was a lot of PR there, strong guys taking turns today it seems 😉 Was more focused on keeping the heart rate down instead of looking at speed 😉