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

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

Morningspinz

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Started the day on Djurgården with some great guys going round, round and round. If Le Peloton is a Team Time Trial, Morningspinz is more like a Criterium.

First lap was okey but got dropped on the last straight. Second lap got better but dropped before the last straight. The third and last lap I almost got dropped a bit before but hung on and got Emil’s wheel. The thing with Emil is that he doesn’t turn off but just keep pushing and while Simon, Klas and Mattias dropped his wheel I hung on. Headwind but still it was superhard to sit on wheel. Thought I had to pass him and started to sprint, felt really hard but I got some speed. Until I passed him and got out in the wind, just said boom and while laughing at it it felt like I was standing still (46km/h). I got the sprint and felt like waste.

Then we had coffee and cinnamonroll 😉

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Map and stats: Strava

A lot at work and then I took my bike to Skepsholmen and watched the Crit, great racing in the middle of Stockholm 🙂

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Klas on the picture chasing, impressive to both ride Morningspinz and then Stockholm Cup on the evening after work 🙂

Was fully kit in the new Torch kit for the Olympics from Specialized today, finally clothes in size XS:

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Eveningspinz

My plan was to ride with Nilas and his friend to Färingsö or with Valhall and climbing intervals. After some internetting I got company by Eva and Emil outside Specialized Concept Store and we convinced the three guys training with Valhall to join the ride Nilas announced. And Rille joined us too, already a nice group. Met more people at Lindhagsplan and Simon joined when we rolled so the ride Nilas did with his friend ended up with over 10 fast riders chasing the sunset.

Fast pace first and then out on FRA-lap where we went fast for real I got dropped half way. Chased and passed Simon that didn’t feel good and Mattias who joined me a bit after. We chased and chased and finally we got up to the group ”riding slow on the cycling path”. A short talk and then it was full on again. Rode smarter and aimed to just hang on, I didn’t and got dropped in the end again.

Team time trial back and it felt hard but good. Was happy while chewing on my bartape. Got dropped when it was a bit messy and some went on the cycling path and some on the road. Tried to hang on Birjers wheel but couldn’t. Got company by Jacob and we rode the last bit of Färingsö together.

The we took it ”easy” on the cycling path back to Drottningholm and I did all I could to hang on Eva’s wheel. Håkan helped me a bit.

Then we rolled easy to Alvik (full sprints sometimes) and thanked everyone for an awesome evening.

I was one of the weakest, I got dropped many times, I got too fast friends. But it was great, awesome training, great intervals and it motivates me to get faster. Stockholm may not be the best place to ride a bike but the people are great. And the dinner afterwards was great, friendship the easy way 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Pictures by the Swedish M40-45 champ Rille: