Vestfold Sightseeing

Left home 10.15 today with the goal to ride far and get very tired just wheelsucking. 5h with 3 elite riders sounds hard.

Got some Nature Power Nutrition from Multipower at Veloshop (so easy to eat no matter temperature). And then headed towards the meeting place. Bugge was very late so started with a long talk with my Joker boss. Left half an hour later than planned and aimed for Hvasser, a nice harbour out on an island. Rode some new roads for me that I will remember instead of just riding straight like I did to the worlds end last tuesday. Really warm with over 30° C.

Stopped in Hvasser after I had ridden 1h39min and got something to drink from the local Joker store and enjoyed the sun. Then the discussion started about boats that never ended, we should have a boat.

Rode back to the mainland and stopped at Bryggan in Tønsberg to come up with where to ride. Rode to Ringshaug (bathing place). Met Bugge’s brother and the Norwegian U23 National Champion for a chat before we decided to take a bath. Warm and super idea, dried fast in the sun:

After a while there we rode home again. Martin left at my place for Stokke. Niklas a bit earlier to Nøtterøy together with Bugge who rode a bit extra before going to Horten. Slacker ride with more thoughts on why we didn’t have a boat instead of cycling. 😉

The ride of today that made me tired and ready for a 9 day rest (working with Team Joker in France): Movescount

Things not to eat on your bike?

One of my favourite pictures of me is this:

Riding a bike in the sun and eating ice cream, but Global Cycling Network says different:

If you want to see some nice racing instead with helping people like this:

Then you should take a good look in the photoalbum here from Ringenloppet last saturday: Wilsoncycling

The Norwegian National Road Championships

Have been away from wednesday until today to work at the National Road Championships here in Norway. A event that been both with ups and downs. The downs is about 4th places and the ups about winning.

While I wasn’t there Odd Christian Eiking rode with Bergen CK in Team Time Trial and took a bronze.

On thursday, the big Time Trial day with very late start we hoped for a medal or two with our  Reidar Borgersen and Oskar Svendsen. Top riders and Reidar Borgersen felt the pressure extra as Edvald Boasson Hagen wasn’t there and he started last. With a newly mounted SRM crankset and being on the podium last years he knew what it took. And it couldn’t be better than it became. He WON with 1.12 over the second rider, super fun and that proves that development and aerolove is worth it 😀 Oskar Svendsen got 4th with a great ride.

Friday it was Criterium (why do they have that on Nationals?) and we didn’t have the highest ambitions as we only started with 2 riders. But 2 very good riders and when the race broke into pieces we where there and they did a pretty good race even with Øster Hus-Ridley’s 9 riders showing that they should win and took the hole podium.

Yesterday it was the big day. The day when you see riders like Vegard Breen, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Alexander Kristoff and Vegard Stake Laengen come to Norway for just one race one day. But we had Odd that came 4th last week and Reidar that won on thursday.

One rider that knew the course and was in really good shape, one rider that could put on such pressure that the rest just stops. Add 4 other really good riders that all knew what they are capable of.

Was a really interesting race and good to watch except maybe the last meters. Was a breakaway in the end with Odd Christian Eiking, Vegard Breen, Filip Eidsheim and 2 Øster hus riders. Some attacks, some that didn’t want to sit in the front and a big mess. Before last corner the champ Reidar Borgersen caught them and put up the speed a lot. So it ended in a small sprint without a Team Joker win. But Odd that came 4th last road race ended 3rd and is to be known as #superOdd

1. Tormod Hausken Jacobsen – Team Øster Hus-Ridley

2. Filip Eidsheim – Team Fixit.no

3. Odd Christian Eiking – Team Joker

4. Vegard Breen – Lotto Belisol

5. Frederik Strand Galta – Team Øster Hus-Ridley

6. Reidar Borgersen – Team Joker

Well ridden by the hole team and well raced. A pic from the climb:

Summary: Tour de Normandie + Italian racing

Back home in my sofa after a week with racing and a lot of work in sunny France, or at least in the end. Working as a mechanic for a Continental road team is so much more than a normal work. It’s a work making others succeed and all the time thinking of that people should be happy with your work. Top notch Giant bikes should be in top condition everyday no matter if they are crashed, full of dirt or what ever happened in the race that day. Team Joker got a great sponsor this year with Giant Bikes with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 which is a mechanics dream. American Classic wheels with Vittoria Corsa CX 25mm tubulars seems to work very well too.

Then the other important things with a good group working, living, racing and laughing together is really good too. Communication works pretty good, all of us can always be better and everyone seems to aim that way too. Want to be the best no matter if it’s winning races, helping others winning, fixing the bikes, holding it all together or at all different things that have to work on a stage race racing in different places in a country away from home. From the prologue, nice old castletowerpart and racing around:

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Got matching Joker juice at the second hotel:

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Super tires that even when getting a hole in so you could see the latex tube sticking out they don’t puncture:

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Sunny France with Kristoffer Skjerping got second in a sprint on a stage he crashed at and raced with his sparebike (Giant Propel with mechanical Shimano Dura-ace)

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Great Volvo V70 teamcars:

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And ending the hole week with Reidar Borgersen in a breakaway and getting third overall, much better than this picture:

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Really thankful and happy to be a part of this team. Everyone are good, but also open to learn more and get better 😀

Better like Sweden’s best cyclist, Emma Johansson that shows how good she are with winning the World Cup race in Trofeo Binda 😀

But don’t think I’m all snowed in at just road cycling, there was some great action in Italy yesterday too. Annual race in Montichiari with standard win for Marco Aurelio Fontana and the up and coming Jolanda Neff:

If Neff continues like this she will pass the world cup podium soon and even impress Nino Schurter 😀 but why the man on the womens podium almost touching Neff’s breast?

The racebikes of Team Joker

Got a couple of nice pictures after we washed the bikes yesterday. Like this on the first two washed bikes, Wilson’s TCR and Borgersen’s Propel with trying pressures and race wheels:

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Also fixed Ringheim’s bike so he could try the lower 38mm wheelset the day after (today):

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Think they mostly will race on the higher 58mm wheels but we’ll see. Really nice with the 25mm Vittoria Corsa CX on at least, huge tires.

Great training today

For Team Joker. I was just sitting in the car and helping with some small things. Impressed today with the sprints. Not on the very top but very fast and great for the improvement. Was even improvements from the first to the last sprint today. Easier to know what to improve and know what you are good at if you try.
So here’s some pictures from today

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And yes. Svein Erik also got some pictures

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Tomorrow is my last day here on the island so we will see how it ends 😉

Tour Mediterreneen stage 3b with Tobias Ludvigsson

We got this great tips from our boss today. Watch Tour Mediterranean live on the way through France to Barcelona. Of course as I knew Tobias Ludvigsson was racing and a prologue like he can win. Also saw the Swedish Champ Gustav Larsson at the start

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And Tobias at the same place

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Tobias is a kind guy so let me go with them in the teamcar. So here from the start which was a pretty long climb

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Impressive to ride 39km/h uphill sitting on a time trial bike. Then a tight downhill where he really impressed on me. Not just the power but he can descend really fast

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And a short flat section in the middle. Beautiful landscape

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Turned right and up a new climb where he caught the rider in front of him. On the second descend and second left turn he rode a little to fast and went of the road a bit. Stayed on his wheels but punctured. Thought he punctured both wheels so they changed from his Giant Trinity to his Propel road bike. Was much harder and you saw that he wasn’t happy at all. But put in a huge effort and did a great race in the end too. Passed to guys on time trialbikes with his road bike and not so high rims, fast Propel.

Was second when he passed the finish line after BMCs Stephen Cummings. Cummings won the stage and when everyone finished Tobias ended 6th. 6th with a bike change on a 18,2km course is impressive. All results from today here: cyclingnews 6th overall too

After that we met Vegard Breen in Girona and now staying at a great hotel here in Barcelona with a view like this:

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Giant Propel, how light is it?

Do you know? I didn’t so before mounting one in Medium today I put it on a scale. including bottle cage bolts and derailleur hanger but not so much more:

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1,16kg ±10g without cut seatmast

And the fork:

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0,41kg. Not cut so pretty long 1 1/4 steerer tube

One thing I like with this frameset it the top tube. Never thought about it before as I generally don’t like aero frames but the top tube is really slim and that is really nice for your legs. Will never forget Look 595 that I once tried because it had so thin top tube 🙂

I’m alive

Not so good in blogging at the moment. Been gluing some wheels:

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And got some tips and know-how to mount a Giant Propel with mechanical Dura-Ace So I can mount the seven others alone next week.

Also got some fever but is almost good now. Happens a lot except on this blog but hopefully I will change that.

Anything special you want to read about?

Or just curious about who will win the cyclocross race in Lille today? stream here: Cyclingfans