Lightweight Lizard and Speed Lunatic

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For the first time on gravel this year I had a lighter bike than Emil 🙂 He on his Ridley X-Trail and me on my Specialized Epic ht, was nice to try it on gravel too. Emil had some more speed as in his nickname Speed Lunatic when it went fast and my 34-11 wasn’t made for going fast. But an 8Kg hardtail with 2,1″ Specialized Fast Trak tires was really fun on gravel too. We had a great morning in the sun watching animals, talking children and discussing #aeroiseverything

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Also sat some Personal Records and I got top 10 around Flaten after following Emil over some bridges:

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Map and stats: Strava

After we had breakfast the clouds came and the weather turned grey. So happy I got up in time to enjoy the sun this morning with the fastest Sumo.

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

The retarded route

Was an event some years ago called Tour de Retard that went from Nynäshamn to Stockholm on asphalt and gravel. Today me and some different people did the same ride in the best autumn sun. Autumn can be the most beautiful time of the year and include some rides I will remember for a long time. Sweden is great with its 4 seasons.

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Some old faces and some new today and a great group 🙂 nice plan by Patrik who took this picture as you may have guessed.

Had some problem with my gps in the beginning as the route was opposite to what we rode and it sent on wrong roads 😦 missed my Suunto Ambit3 with just a line to follow then. Ended up riding with Google maps and the route on ridewithgps on internet comparing. Worked pretty good but had to stop many times to check. Anyone who wants to buy a Garmin 820 from me?

Awesome ride except that. 🙂 Me and Patrik rode hipster style with a Oakley Frogskins today too, or Terrible Tuesday style 😉 Everything isn’t about wattage and training effect and this was such a day. It went sometimes slow and sometimes fast, everyone got tired I think but enjoying the magic autumn on new gravel roads was the priority.

Map and stats (including the train as Strava included the paused time): Strava

The flat ride

You know when you’re free, meeting up with nice friends at a new nice café and all ready to go for the perfect autumn cxride? Then Alexander got a puncture so we started with fixing that.

Riding to Djurgården and the dream began, awesome trails and the area feels like it’s made for autumn cross rides. Not for some Royal people to hunt on or riding horses 😉 Flowy gravel tracks without roots and rocks. Was awesome until we came to Gärdet and Damian jumped over a cyclepath and got a flat on his dugast tubular.

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He left for home as the repairspray didn’t work and left was me and Alexander who didn’t know the route. We rode a bit at the north Djurgården, checking the CX course for next week and ended with skipping Haga and crossed the city to end the ride together at Le Mond.

I rode the gravel along Årstaviken on my way home and it felt pretty nice. Nice autumn day

Map and stats from the ride: Strava

Le Peloton #116

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My first year I did 58 Pelotons. Now I’ve done 58 more but it’s still 1 month left until 2 years 😉

Today it felt like old days. Got a great start but passed by fast guys in the first climb and dropped with Fredrik in the middle. We rode together until he dropped a bit before the Adventure course. Then it was TT alone and while I felt better than yesterday I wanted to get 10 beats more out of me. Felt like riding on half power and not until the end when it was 3min left I caught the next guy, Rille who had problems with his gears. Both put the throttle down to keep the other on behind, I almost succeeded but Rille passed me in the end when I was just rolling.

The funny thing is even when it doesn’t feel fast I’m not so far behind. Not as big gaps as you imagine while riding and it’s dark around you.

Ended at Le Mond as always and met Sara who was home before she leave for Worlds on saturday. Really funny to hear how she’s going and see the development. She’s just getting better and better and I really hope she will find a great team for next year 😀

Map and stats from the ride: Strava

Morningspins

No day is as yesterday, or tomorrow. Like every ride is different, there are always good and bad things.

The good things today was friends, weather, coffee and the route.

The bad things was my legs

Instead of riding Morningspins with 7 riders from Sumo Cycling starting with a slow lap that ended fast, a fast lap where I was dropped way too early but got to ride with Ingrid and a 3rd Instalap which ended after I chased back to the group managed to win the sprint. Instead of that I share some awesome pictures me and mostly Rille took today:

Map and stats: Strava

Specialized LEVO

There are things I don’t understand. Electrical mountainbikes is such a thing. Until we got this to work yesterday:

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Specialized Turbo LEVO FSR Expert 6Fattie. Specialized’s like long names and like good bikes. It’s a doped Stumpjumper at just 22,9kg with pedals.

So how is it to ride a electrical mtb that is 10kg heavier than usual but with 250W extra up to 25km/h? 

First climb you probably could hear my laughter all over Sickla. 3″ tires with endless of grip and a bike that is just pushing and pushing with suspension eating all big obstacles. Massive is the word. Going downhill felt as regular good FSR bike as long as you didn’t want to jump.

Med up with Fredrich and his Camber:

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He rode faster than me on the descents (I haven’t been mtbiking since last summer) but on the climbs I caught him, sitting 😀

Going up on roots, rocks and small obstacles that usually slows you down went without problems. The LEVO is the solution for getting dropped on climbs. Climbs got as flowy as the flats and the geometry made the bike low and stable downhill.

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So is the bike just good?

The downsides are if you want to jump over an obstacle it’s heavy, when you loose the grip it’s a lot of weight to stop. It can spin in corners (don’t know if it’s a bad thing or just great fun ;).

But it’s a trailbike with parts made for singletracks and technical cycling. Going on gravel was just boring, you spin out at 25km/h and the bike just feel boring. So keep it on the nice singletracks 😀

A bike for laughter, for training your arms and towards goals you never thought of before.

Maps and some stats (no e-bike segments 😦 Strava

First Tuesdayride 2016

It’s a bit strange but true. Haven’t ridden a bike a Tuesday this year. Starting easy but now it’s spring 😀

Rode out to Älgö with Emil this morning, a magic morning and a perfect Divergeride:

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A bit cold but the last part out on Älgö is so nice and we had a good pace today. Not to high, not to low. And time to take a picture or two with four green colours 🙂

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When Emil rode to work I ended up with a coffee at Vivels:

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A great morning and start of my cyclingweek. Map and stats: Strava

Seek and enjoy

Sometimes things just feels great. Good friends, good coffee, good weather and nice roads is good recipe for it and that I had today. Started at biekcafé Le Mond where Braver than the elements also started, Rapha groupride for girls wintertime:

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We started just after them and did a little longer ride with more gravel (and singletrack. Here’s a photogallery from the ride taken by me, Kalle and Rille:

Map and stats from the ride: Strava

So great with my Diverge that felt totaly right today and I really like riding on gravelroads 🙂 preferably tight ones

2h gravel became a lot of road

Asked Magnus if he wanted to join me for some gravelriding this morning. instead he invited me to some road riding with a group of people. After a couple of messages I was free from work and plans where changed. 😉

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Met up with Magnus and Sara first and rolled to Spotify to meet up the rest. 9 riders at 7.30 a Tuesday isn’t to bad. Lost two in the beginning so was 7 who rode together on many new roads for me.

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After riding around 3h together we came back to Spotify and after a short coffeebreak and saying goodbye to Edvard and we headed south. Magnus stopped at his place while I and Sara continued to Älgö and back. She should ride 5h and I love riding 😉 Except the city centre Stockholm is really nice to ride from, great coast even when the sun isn’t shining and nice small roads. Specially a Tuesday when people are working and it isn’t so many cars outside.

After saying goodbye to Sara I headed to Bonne Mecanique for a lunch. Not so often when I can go there as I usually work the times they have opened. A good lunch and good company by Åke I planned to just roll home. Came 5min before I blew my rear tire. Why clinchers?

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Changed tube (first time on road the latest 9 years) but the tire didn’t like it so had to have a low pressure and more weight on the front wheel than usual. Came home without further punctures 🙂

Except the puncture it was a super ride. Love riding on new roads with great people 🙂

Map and stats: Strava