Le Peloton #172

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Woke up 5.05 this morning hearing the raindrops fall fast outside and the wind touching the trees. Thought about turning around and sleep another 3h and skip Le Peloton, but then I thought again is that it will rain all day so if I skip Le Peloton I still will be wet going to work.

Stood up, changed to warmer clothes than I planned yesterday and left to Urban Deli. Just 4 on the picture but we ended up with 8 riders. As I don’t like riding in the rain nor am I good at it I changed my plans and went for riding on the road (cyclingpath) around Älta instead of through the muddy lakes a.k.a. gravel roads and just get annoyed.

I wasn’t riding fast, I wasn’t smiling but I did ride and I did get to Le Mond for a nice breakfast with the others who had punctures, dropped chains, dropped people and other happenings in the forest.

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Not every ride is on top but every ride is a ride. And no matter how wet and dark it is. Riding through leaves is fun and like the yellow cycling paths full of leaves making the asphalt less urban 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Morningspins and breakfast with a view

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This is how it all begins. A bridge, a sunrise and then a lot of cool fast people. Did Morningspins on Djurgården this morning and I couldn’t picked a better morning. Blame on my wide tires and heavy legs from yesterday that I couldn’t keep up all the way around the 3 laps but it was great training 🙂 Looked a bit like this by Hagen, Klas and Jacob:

Pure magic. And a great fika afterwards:

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Compared to Le Peloton Morningspins is over faster and just after 8 I got to Hammarby Sjöstad and almost work. But Patrik asked me yesterday if I wanted to join for breakfast so called him, just on his way out so we met up and did go on an adventure ride for a proper Sequoia breakfast 😉 Rode gravel, singletrack, crossed some ice and rode (Patrik) endurolines downhil.

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Then we climbed a mountain and had breakfast watching out over a lake like this:

A super morning all over the place. Like this: Strava

Le Peloton #88

Sometimes variation is the thing that makes motivation go up. Or a race. Usually I always have a race that motivates me but with a year without license and without raceplans (from the beginning) it’s different.

But thanks to Jessica I’m racing next weekend, Lidingöloppet MTB. They say it’s a mtb Marathon but it’s almost all gravel. Last year when I rode I thought, this will I never do again if I won’t borrow my colleague Stefan’s Stumpjumper…

This morning was the first try on the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper I borrowed for Lidingöloppet MTB 7th May 😉 Stiff Khisel fork, superlight Roval Control SL wheels with S-Works Renegade. S-works double crankset with 42 chainring. Can only go one way 😀

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Not so many yesterday morning as it was wet but me and Magnus (with his Surly commuter) did the CX loop. Felt hard in the beginning but had to slow down to wait for Magnus, before the second long climb after Magnus went straight in a corner which made me turn around and wait for him he said I should go and ride in my own tempo.

I did and it felt great in standing but sitting the bike didn’t feel superfast, maybe the wide handlebar and position made it like that, didn’t feel like I got up to speed on the soaking gravel roads either. But did my best back to Sickla. Pretty cool with a 8,1kg mtb anyway.

Sprinted over the bridge at Danvikstull to beat my boss on a Strava segment and felt dead going up Folkungagatan to Le Mond. Love it!

5th overall on Danvikstull, a PR on a segment going back from Erstavik and a really good time on the complete loop. Impressed and motivation on top to go even faster 😀

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Was first at Le Mond 😉

The route: Strava