Sumo weekend

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I rode like this on Saturday morning.

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And this Sunday morning 😉

Yesterday me and Emil started the day with enjoying the sunshine to Vissvass and back before everyone else woke up. A nice ride with just a couple of sprints.

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Today I rode with Stefan, Claes and Jens from Järna. Down to Nyköping (almost) in awesome tailwind and then back up to Gnesta in not so awesome headwind

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Happily we god some nice views so the headwind wasn’t so hard. The road to Sjundaskogen after Gnesta is really beautiful and so nice to ride it on my Tarmac compared to my Sequoia with 42mm studded tires in cold weather which I had last time

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Think the ride me and Emil did yesterday got results today. Emil won the Mälarcup race in Västerås in Men30 almost as cool as Fernando Gaviria won the Giro stage 🙂

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Basemile Snowdown

Racemile Showdown, Basemile Falldown. Hagen’s child got so many names. Different people may think about different names but the event is/was a success! My best German friend did it again. The food tasted better, less walking, not too many riders and dry weather.

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Hagen can do strange things too (to the left):

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Rode from Södertälje Friday morning to Rockelstad Slott, a few different epic rides on Saturday and back to Södertälje today. Last year it was a lot of snow and we had to walk 30-40min a day, this year the feature was ice:

Last year my bike collected snow and the cassette got so icy we had to pour hot tea on it. This year my bike felt at home, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect bike than my Sequoia 😀

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42mm Schwalbe Marathon Winter on those wide rims gave my confidence. When I lowered the pressure to just over 2bar it even felt safe riding on ice. It’s made for Södermanland riding on all types of surfaces much more than CX Peloton for example

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No matter the best thing with the weekend was all the great people. Exploring new terrains, sit tired and wait for pizza, riding in the middle of nowhere with quiet tired people, hanging out instagramming about it in a cozy sofa and eat good food together. We’re not made to be alone 🙂 We are made to have a great time with great people

Had crashes, punctures, broken chains and derailleur hangers but friends where there. And when people got behind and walked on the ice friends waited.

Thank you all for a wonderful weekend and if you live at another place and thought this seemed nice. Don’t dare to start your own thing, doesn’t need to be so hard as long as there are friends there. 😀

Ending with a good Fika:

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Pictures from me, Emile and Rille

Södermanland 210

I got a bike called Tarmac. It’s made for cyclists like Boonen, Contador and Sagan.

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They got tubulars, I had clinchers:

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They got competitors, I got friends:

Remember a great sunday 🙂 Didn’t feel so fast but I got some fast friends and sometimes it feels like I got many friends. Really thankful for all of you 🙂 The man of the day was Emile for convincing me to ride to Södertälje from home, never leaves a friend behind and fixed a shortcut home from Eldtomta. The same Emile who got started the ”Emile shortcut” which is the beginning of memories and laughter 😉

The beautiful ride started by Emil about Cafécycling: Södermanland 210 on Strava

Rapha Transfer Recon

Read an article some months ago about Multimodual rides. Taking the train or something else out from the city to be able to ride further and see new places that’s usually too far away.

Rapha calling it Transfer where you go out from your city and then riding back. There will be one from Stockholm in a couple of week and yesterday we did a recon. Instead of writing about how it was, how great my Diverge is and that Café du Cycliste got the best clothes I share some pictures from

me:

Camilla:

Emil:

Thanks to Emil for the guiding, Emile for the paceholding, Camilla for holding the group at descent speed and to Jessica for our first Sub9 training 😉

 

Basemile Snowdown

If you the recipe on a great weekend you will get it here:

  • Gather 15-20 great cyclists
  • Rent a castle (or a house next to it) somewhere in the middle of nowhere
  • Arrange a car to take the cyclists bags to the castle
  • Buy food, cyclists like food
  • Go ride there on friday, a nice ride on saturday, back home on sunday

CK Barriär and Velonode did this with some help from Rapha and Oatly this weekend. It was white, was magic, really fun and sometimes like you thought ”what am I doing here”. When it comes to the end, riding bikes and spend time with friends and great people far away from stress and big citylife is awesome. Thanks Hagen and Emil for this!!!

Started in Södertälje 2 days ago:

Rode to Rockelstad castle in fading sun:

The place we stayed at:

An epic shortened ride yesterday, takes time to ride in snow and sun goes down a bit to early:

And then we went back home:

The tourguide and my best German friend, Hagen:

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Except beans and my frozen cassette today this is the best way to spend a winter weekend on. Everything is never perfect but the it has been fun. If you missed it, check @ckbarriar on Instagram for the weekends best pictures.

Pictures by Rille and Max that includes me: