Danish gravel, with Ice cream

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

In 9 days there is a ”race” in Denmark I would recommend everyone, haven’t done it but is on my bucket list.

Hansens Cykelløb. Hansen is the biggest dairy company in Denmark and producing ice cream, so in the pit you get ice cream:

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

120km gravel with ice creamstops, can it be better? More pictures from last year here: Gripgrab

And some highlights:

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The market is growing

Specialized for example is a huge brand with a bike for every purpose. If they found a new purpose they produce a new bike, not making one bike for 2 or more things. N+1

Kona isn’t such a big brand and they got a new Cyclocross made both for racing, gravelgrinding and even commuting:

Then there are smaller brands, like 3T and Open that really makes special bikes built for a purpose. They got 2 models each.

A brand that is even smaller is the Icelandic Lauf. Starting with light carbon spring forks, developing a gravelfork with carbon springs called Grit. And now, a frame they call True Grit:

It’s longer than usual gravelbikes and a bit of new thinking. I like brands who think and goes their own way of what’s best. Pushing the industry forward and making others open their minds.

No matter it’s great with a bigger market of gravelbikes. More to choose from and when you found the right one you know why it’s the best 🙂 (not just the only one in its category)

Which is the best gravelbike according to you and why?

Gravel videos

I’ve seen Thereabouts. And I’ve been thinking this is the best Specialized Diverge advertisement ever made:

Do you have any tips of great videos like these two? Adventures on all types of roads with gravel- or roadbikes. Inspiration for summer dream rides.

Or is every gravelvideo about a race in USA like this:

Any more tips? Is it just Specialized that sponsored riders for these types of videos or any more brands?

#seekandenjoy

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Me, Petra and Martin rode all the way over Ekerö today. After checking the map, timetables and Strava we found out that there was a 15,6km road around Adelsö so we took the ferry and rode that lovely small road. Strava

Summer is for exploring new roads, see new places and meet new people. Got to think about the video with Deux North riding rallygravel in Spain:

And I found out the group is still making videos. Hunt VI is about climbing as high as Mount Everest on bikes, watch it here:

Exploring with Sumo

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Was supposed to come a bit of rain during the day today so when Emil talked about a ride in the morning it seemed like a good idea. When he suggested gravel and I could borrow the Diverge I was all in 🙂

Me, Michael, Claes and Emil rode laps today, laps everywhere, some new roads, some old. Mostly in the opposite direction. Should have been easy but Sumo and easy doesn’t go hand in hand. But great tempo today with a lot of fun 😀

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Passing the ”ocean”, riding around lakes, taking pictures at ”ocean”:

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We finally found the place everyone talks about, Fisksätra:

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And of course we rode beautiful gravelroads, enjoying life, in sun and trying to keep up with Michael:

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At the end we got a bit more quiet, the tempo went down a bit and we rode up a ”mountain” just because:

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Yes, it’s a lake that we rode around in the background…

And yes, we bragged about all this while having ice cream and more or less endless of fika:

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All in all Diverge+Sumo=Win

Map and stats if you also want to do laps: Strava

Tribute to Diverge

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1,5 year ago I built this for a winter, spring and early summer adventures. 8,26kg well built. I got another crank when I should have the S-Works one on my roadbike with some oval chainrings from Absolute Black. I changed stem for a longer lower when the spring arrived but except that (and wheels/tires) it remained the same. The bike now lives just a couple of kilometers from here but it is as missed as my Cannondale F1000 I have had 3 times 😉

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I still want such a light bike that can handle everything. My Sequoia got better tire clearance and handled a bad winter better, my Tarmac is better on Tarmac, my Crux was better racing CX. But the Diverge is the golden middleway. If you only could have one bike with dropbars the Diverge is the one (in carbon). Would love to do a credit card touring with one over a country on all surfaces 🙂 Started to think about it watching this video of Francis Cade riding gravel with Hot Chillee in Marocco:

New road weekend

Last weekend I said in an interview with Skoda Cycling Team that I like to come out and see new places with my cycling.

This weekend just passed I did so. Went out with some friends to discover some nice gravelroads on Ingarö that was too icy last time:

And tried the asphalt down to Eknäs:

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Yesterday it was a bit of the same but a different place, new bike and other friends:

Rode from Mullsjö up to Vitared and had a look at Vättern:

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Henrik as my guide, friend and so on. Jerker and Sören left home just after the view. Me and Henrik continues on some small gravel roads, sometimes really good and sometimes bad. Some old roads I’ve been riding many years ago and some new to connect them. Passed epic place like Fläskås:

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And we enjoyed the best part with riding around Mullsjö. Small roads without traffic in the middle of nowhere:

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As I couldn’t bring my bike on the train for yesterdays ride I borrowed a bike. So Thank you Tommy and Öster Cykel for borrowing me a fun Cannondale Slate for the ride:

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And to Patrik who I borrowed a couple of pedals from that I forgot 😉

Map and stats from Saturday: Strava

Map and stats from Sunday: Strava