The weekend of racing

Yesterday Rabo – Liv won the Team Trial in Vårgårda, Sweden. Today it was the first CX trainingrace in Kompiscrossen (Robin Hedström won) here in Stockholm and the Vuelta started on the beach in Marbella with BMC winning the team trial with less than a second. And soon is it USA Pro Challenge 😉

It also has been DH World Cup in Val di Sole in Italy which I will have a look at soon on redbull.tv.

Tomorrow there is women World Cup race in Vårgårda that is sent live on SVT in Sweden 9-12 so don’t miss that! Will be great and hopefully Emma Johansson will take her third(?) World Cup win. And then there is the XCO World Cup in Val di Sole and the first real stage at the Vuelta.

But don’t miss to enjoy the beautiful summer while it’s here, it can look like this:

Pictures stolen from Magnus

Le Peloton #33 and Kessiakoff

First things first. Today in beautiful weather and first morning in short-short kit for me on Le Peloton. A big group:

Including Johan who took a picture from above:

Big 1st group but was okay to Fisksätra. A bit stiff legs up the last climb there. But on the way back it happened. The front of about 8 riders got away and was a bit lucky with the redlights and we who got dropped wasn’t as lucky. Was around 25 riders that worked pretty good together and in one way it got better. Now the fastest was alone and instead of having a long tail we (the tail) got to work together. Was really hard but was up in front some times until Flaten where I got dropped at 52km/h. Got up at a turn and passed some guys on the last straight 😉 Super hard, super fun, super good training.

And full house at bikecafé Le Mond:

At work we had a bookrelease for Fredrik Kessiakoff’s My Own Race with some cycling as a start. A fun time in the forest with the guy who indirect got me interested in Cannondale, in Pro XC Racing and in lightweight parts:

Talked, answered questions and signed his book. All after some food from a food truck and great talking at Specialized Concept Store Stockholm 🙂

A long but fun day.

Map and stats of Le Peloton: Movescount

Le Peloton #19

The speed is coming and so are the riders. Today it changed a bit divided into 3 groups. 1 fast going full loop, one slower going full loop and one that was the old 2nd group not going to Fisksätra. I’m a guy for the slower long group but we where some riders today going with the first group for as long as possible and then being collected by the new 2nd group. At the start, came some more people afterwards as usual:

Was okey in the beginning but as usual coming down to the road towards Saltsjö-Duvnäs and the Strava segment called Järnvägspizza, then it starts to go fast. 1,1km segment where I had 46km/h in average last week. Today I had 49,1km/h and was even a bit at the front after having a great time on the wheel of Nils (the guy who’s taking on/off his windjacket on the picture). Claimed on the group going out to Fisksätra for a while. longest time so far but when it’s a climb after you gone under the railway I had to drop. Johan dropped a bit later and I was chasing him half the Fisksätra loop, never came any closer. Then the second group came and collected us and we collected some others on the way back, never thought I would keep up as my legs already stood straight out.

Up Saltsjö-Duvnäs it felt pretty good again and after sitting on the wheel I helped a bit through Sickla and in the start of the climb up to Hellasgården. Know it’s a hard time for me so rode smart and wheelsucked. Worked out great. Was a rider going around sometimes and sometimes wheelsucked today, wasted powers in the right moments and saved in other moments. The place I never save is the last straight passing Skarpnäck too Enskededalen. The last section where we go fast so it was just full speed and my legs stood straight out even before the small uphill. The group was a bit tired afterwards too so I advanced a bit before the sign. Felt great coming to the first intersection with redlights. Was breathing hard and then the talking start, everyone stopped focusing on holding wheels and use their power to pedal and talked instead.

Le Peloton is hard but also friendly (before and afterwards). Am thinking it as the best training I ever get on roadbike and there are always potential to go faster with faster guys. Average speed of the complete Strava segment today was 35,2km/h and ended at an 92nd place, of 98. I’ve got some work to do but enjoying it every time 😀

And coming to Cykelcafé Le Mond afterwards, eating a nice breakfast or just take a coffee and talk about the ride and chilling is a goal worth riding for. 🙂

Map and stats from today: Movescount

Faster Le Peloton

Spring is getting closer and closer and the speed gets higher and higher. Today I had the same problem as last sunday, my gears are to easy and I had problems keeping up. Not the fastest guys today so could hang on wheels longer time than earlier and when I got dropped I continued to ride until we came back to Enskede so never any easy riding. Great training but shorter trainingtime than usual 😉

From this morning outside Urban Deli:

Map and stats: Movescount 28,7km/h average on the Le Pelotonpart.