First race of the year and first marathon race. 63km around the island Lidingö outside Stockholm. Today we where there with work for full support for SCS Racingteam:
SCS Racingteam with the fastest Matthias Wengelin and Axel Lindh in the men’s category and Jessica Clarén in the womens category. Today also the multisportteam Peak Performance with Marika Wagner as biggest hope with us. A fun and long day that already started with a prepare at Specialized Concept Store Stockholm yesterday evening.
And seeing the fastest group including both Matthias Wengelin and Axel Lindh was super:
Fredrik Edin in the middle on a Scott Scale hardtail. It was really a hardtailcourse with a lot of ups and downs. I usually use my bike with my damper open or in Trailmode but today my rear damper was in Climbmode most of the time. Even the forest sections was flat. Was just a couple of technical parts on the hole course so my Camber wasn’t a great choice of bike.
But it felt pretty good. Went out a bit to hard but slowed down after 10km and found the flow. After like 35km I got some power to and I could press on, long time it felt like this and got a bit happy dropping some riders that tried to hold my wheel 😉 At 40km Annie missed to give me a bottle but got a big one from David. Apologise to everyone that I rode with a big bottle. 😉 At around 50km we where 4 riders riding together. First it was me and a guy on my wheel but another one caught us and we sat on his wheel. Went a bit slower so one caught us from behind. Was a bit slow so attacked in a climb. I didn’t have the legs and my back had started to hurt but did my best and that’s the point with todays race.
Had a plan for today. 1: Get as good racetraining as I can for Billingeracet next weekend.
2: Beat Johan Raud and Jessica Clarén (she started 2min earlier than me).
The third that I found out during the race was that I need to tune my dampers more ahead of a marathon race, was way to soft for todays easy course.
Rode with Johan (a good customer at work) for a while but he was to strong for me, almost caught him in the middle but was to weak. Caught Jessica at around 35km and it boosted my confidence. (she had a bad stomach).
Ended up 83rd of 167 in my category at a time of 2h37min. More stats: Movescount
Jessica ended 6th, Marika 4th after a protest. Felicia Ferner won over Åsa Erlandsson and Ellinor Huusko in the women’s category.
In the men’s category Matthias Wengelin won ahead of Fredrik Edin and Axel Lindh.
Great day with great support from Specialized Concept Store Stockholm and Cykelspecialisten. Now time to refuel for tomorrows happening with Specialized Women and She Rides.