Pictures from the weekend

The weekend is over, the racing is over and a big THANK YOU to all the people who made this awesome racing in Stora Skuggan, Stockholm possible! Let’s do all we can to make this event bigger, better and more spread to all the non cyclists too.

Here is some random pictures from women and men elite race and some from the Men 40 yesterday:

The Nationals (cyclocross)

The big day today, my first Nationals and the biggest CX race in Sweden. I felt relaxed but was a bit nervous before the start and I know that I have a hard time pushing myself for a longer time than a sprint. As after the first lap and felt totally dead, had to slow down to survive. But if you look at my times I didn’t slow down so much and took some places as the race went on too.

All thanks to all the cheering! It’s always awesome to hear your name, that someone recognise you and today it was many 😀

So instead of explaining all the 48min I raced with 180 in average heart rate (second highest average I’ve had on a race) where my bike worked flawless and the love of tubulars came back. Instead I will share some pictures from people like Bang:

The winner, Jens Westergren:

And from Camilla:

And ending with a picture from Emil on a wasted me just before the finish. Thinking: Aero is everything:

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Map and stats: Strava

After I finished it was time for the fast people, like Jenny Rissveds beating Emma Johansson:

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Angelica Edvardsson 3rd. Nice people gathered:

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And men elite with Matthias Wengelin winning on Specialized Crux Elite with Tune hubs, nice combo 😉 In front of Calle Friberg and Martin Eriksson:

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More pictures will come tomorrow. Now I will sleep instead 😉 Good night and hope to see you at Stora Skuggan tomorrow for the SWE Cup and UCI race 🙂

Are you ready for CX Nationals tomorrow?

Last training this morning and trying my new tires. Feels like it was a long time riding CX tubulars but the difference is huge. Took a couple of pictures looking at Järla Sjö:

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Flower Power today, Floral Kit from Warsaw Cycling and Sako7 flowersocks 😉

Met up with this fast dude. A DHer who both got the skills and speed for CX, will be interesting to see what Alexander Kangas can manage tomorrow:

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Rode for an hour and discussed riders and how great it was to ride in the sun with all colours. Will be awesome tomorrow.

Map and stats: Strava

Me and the others in Men 30 starts at 10.30 tomorrow. Women elite 11.30. Men elite 13.15 and Men 40/50 at 14.30

All sent live on Sportway

Welcome to cheer on the slower CK Valhall guy in Men 30 😉 I need it

Thüringen Rundfahrt and European Championships

Sometimes a 2nd place can be a win. Emma Johansson came 2nd today after she got outsprinted by a girl just sitting on the wheel before. Highlights from the last stage today:

And the European Championships in MTB and Trail started in Italy today with Team Relay. 11th place for Sweden isn’t anything to smile for but can smile for Manuel Fumic and Germany:

Swedens XCO Nationals

Some things are more important than others, some mean more than others.

Jenny Rissveds won women elite

Calle Friberg won men elite.

Both very fast riders and good people but even if they rode from everyone else showing how fast it’s possible to ride, even with 27,5″ wheels they aren’t the ones that matters the most today.

Matthias Wengelin who got 3rd place I was more happy about:

And Axel Lindh who came 5th and won U23:

But the best thing today/this weekend is that Alexandra Engen is back:

A person who spreads her joy all over the place and managed to come back after a breakdown. It may be hard to get best in the world but when hitting the wall and have to restart it’s even harder. And still not back, but on a good way. And for this blog it really helps her to have one of the lightest and coolest speced hardtails out there:

This picture by David Söderblom:

Lidingöloppet MTB

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:

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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:

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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.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Haibike-Haiming

Here’s a video from yesterdays big road race and the last spring classic for 2015:

And a video from Lisi Osl from the HC XCO racing in Haiming, Annika Langvad and Florian Vogel won:

And a bonuspicture from the start in Tesserete, Absalon got the style but didn’t have so good components to hold up the hole race 😦 Ralph Näf and Jolanda Neff won:

Cyprus Sunshine Cup

Are you following the big start of the XCO season? Matthias Wengelin show Jaroslav Kulhavy how to race and earn a spot in Specialized Racing Team. Riders with new teams and kits. Jolanda Neff and Pauline Ferrand Prevot seems to not be in top shape like last year. After the first 2 stages of this weekends stage race Fabian Giger and Annika Langvad is leading. Langvad won the 55km point to point race yesterday with over 4min to Neff. Here is a couple of videos from Ghost Factory Racing Team with Lisi Osl:

Any more nice videos from it what you’ve seen?