Andorra world cup XCE


Was watching the exciting world cup live today on a mountain. Not the most spectators but huge area and fast riders. Start of the women finals:


1. Kathrin Stirnemann – SWI
2. Alexandra Engen – SWE
3. Jenny Rissveds – SWE
4. Jolanda Neff – SWI
5. Linda Indergaand – SWI
6. Nathalie Schneitter – SWI
understandable that the Americans have a hard time seeing the difference between Sweden and Switzerland 😉

And the lovely car that I drive down here, Fiat 500:


Norwegian, Swiss, Polish and Czech victories today

Start from the last win, Amstel Gold Race that I always seemed boring but today I watched it and found out that is a really nice race with a lot of action. Sad action like Thomas Voeckler broke a collarbone and Philippe Gilbert (man of the day) was in the middle of a big crash that made riders go off road CXstyle.

Awesome end with Roman Kreuziger trying to attack and succeeding as the chasers didn’t chase him down in time. Really good racing and behind him Philippe Gilbert showed the others that you have to try, he almost got the second sprint but started the sprint a bit to early so ended 4th.



Then it was MTB-Cup or Bundesliga race in Münsingen with a lot of fast riders to start, at least in the womens category. Maja Włoszczowska won in front of Adelheid Morath and third was the winner from yesterday. Alexandra Engen:



In Switzerland there was BMC Cup or Swiss Cup with world champion Nino Schurter beating the ex world champion Julien Absalon that maybe got to big wheels this season:



And last race. Straumemilen, a 10km time trial her in Bergen today won by a rider from the elite team in my club, Fana Il 🙂 Ole Andre Austevoll with a bike I mounted 1,5 week ago with Zipp 900 rearwheel glued by me on thursdag 😉 Nice to read about a win after some hours working on this bike:


Swedish World Champion Engen and Swiss Näf

Biggest moment in Swedens mtbhistory today. First world championtitle. Alexandra Engen won the first Eliminator World Championship in Saalfelden:


Will she be the first to win both XCO and Eliminator in the future or just dominate Eliminator? 😉

Ralph När won Men elite and Merida seems to be very happy about it:


So 4 World champion golds to Switzerland, impressive so: Congratulations!

SWE XCO Champs and a rainy ride

Women junior winner: Jenny Rissveds

Men junior winner: Dennis Vincent Wahlqvist

Then the big names. Women Elite winner: Alexandra Engen racing for the best swedish club (I’m in it too 😉


And in Men Elite Emil Lindgren dominated leading the race early and then keeping it to the end:


Alexandras 6th title and Emil’s 2nd. Well done!

And before they won I was out riding my SuperX again. 5th ride on it and still like it a lot 😀 First 1-1,5h was okey and then it started rain and rained the last 3h. First time this summer I get good use of my Mavic Infinity H20 jacket 😉 Rode around Gullfjellet without any stop in Os. I felt just dead in Os and wanted to take the big easy road home but David and Tom that I rode with had other plans and I didn’t stop it so. First a small climb up Ulven (pretty nice one) and then Fanafjellet. Didn’t feel so much slower today than last sunday but my heart rate were almost 15 beats lower.

And when just eating a banana, climbing Gullbotn, up Stølskleiva, Ulven and Fanafjellet I got pretty dead. Had to take my emergency gel when we came to Lagunen to survive the way home. And I did but was pretty weak in the end. Hard life but fun in a way too. When the bike works good, you ride with good friends on nice roads with nice climbs for a long time, then you can have this good feeling coming home and have to sit down before you even can get in to the apartment and just thinking of laying on the floor. 🙂 The sad thing about the ride today is that my barometer on the GPS didn’t work that good when it started raining and the Elevation correction in TrainingPeaks was just a joke. So the climb isn’t right in any way 😦 But if you anyway want to see map and a graph you can look here: TrainingPeaks Gullfjellet raining