With Sthlmess to the north

I’m not a tourist that likes to stop and watch things, but I want to see things and discover new places. I’m always motivated to ride in new areas, to new places or in different directions. When Rille asked me if I wanted to join his new teams training today I felt more fun than the alternatives.

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First a lot of suburb, the finer ones until we hit the beauty of Kalhäll. Going along the water instead of towards home tired on the asphalt as last time was much nicer 🙂 Rode the small route to Kungsängen and along Mälaren. Until the thing that no one wants happened. Dante slipped in a corner and while the rest of us (except Rille who was in the front) tried to brake and not run over him we crashed too, super slippery black ice 😦 A couple of bruises and straightening a saddle we got up on our bikes again. Now a bit slower.

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Out on a big road and it looked a bit icy but no worries, tried to stand up and try the rear wheel grip once and it wasn’t much. Said to Rille I thought of quitting and taking the first train home. We met a couple of other riders and joined them for a bit and then we found a nice cycling path. The three of us without studs got happy about the grippy gravel 😉 Cruised along towards Sigtuna and the famous fika

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and for the only picture I took today:

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Stopped at Tant Brun and got coffee and cake, worth coming back (in the summer). After Mårten talked about taking the train home from Märsta which was closest and I wanted to join. Rode a nice cycling path straight over to Märsta and then we changed our minds when we had to ride back to the train. Continued with the group and took the train from Rosersberg which was the next station instead.

Map and stats: Strava part 1

Perfect timing in Rosersberg and didn’t even have to wait for the train to arrive. Got on and was satisfied with the beautiful ride. The train had to wait for a green signal but no rush for us. After a while they said it was an electrical fail further ahead and we had to wait. After 40min the website said the traintraffic should be starting 20min, we waited and joking about it. Then when it changed again and they didn’t know when it should start we left… Cold we started to ride back to Stockholm instead, easy in the beginning then it’s like a labyrint from Upplands Väsby and to Sollentuna, messy cycling paths that goes back and forth under and over the main road.

Outside Sollentuna we said goodbye and took different ways, it started to get dark and I just wanted to go a known road home. Stopped for a mars and took of my innergloves as I needed more space for my fingers. got up the heat again and the kilometers got moving with straight known cycling paths, red light intervalls at Sveavägen and I could smell a warm shower and my sofa. 🙂

Map and stats: Strava part 2

Home and happy. Some really nice roads today and I have to do the same route (except the trainstop) in the spring/summer again 🙂 Great company and pace too. And thanks to Rille for all pictures except the bikepicture, good with a photographer with you on bikerides 😀

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Annonser

like a pro, and La Course

I always cheer on Zdenek Stybar and Annemiek van Vleuten on road races. Stybar mostly rides for Martin this Tour de France but van Vleuten had a team riding for her today. And after attacking with 4,1km to go it ended like this:

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Love riders who dare to attack and try. And being seriously fast racing in speedsuit :p

Highlights from the race here with a Swede in 10th place, awesome performance by Hanna Nilson 😀

As I had a day off today I was out riding so couldn’t watch the race but read about the end while having a fika in Rimbo. Twitter is nice to follow races on 😀

Me and Emil road a loop north of Stockholm to Rimbo and then south to Vaxholm and home. Many small beautiful roads up north:

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Felt like a pro out riding far on a weekday 😉 After we came to Vaxholm and just rolled onto the ferry just in time. We thought about if we should go fast or not over Rindö. Got off first and rode steady with an average speed of 36,5km/h. Just in time for the next ferry so was awesome 🙂

Celebrated with a short stop on the other side:

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Back home both was a bit tired with heavy legs. Not as much talking as before 😉 I took a gel in Gustavsberg and then it was just to hold Emil’s wheel until we got to Björknäs. Doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing many of these long rides this year so was happy getting home after 190,7km (without ferries) and an average of 31km/h 😀

Map and stats incl ferries so longer time, distance and lower speed: Strava

 

Le Peloton du nord

Sumo Cycling did Le Peloton du nord today which meant an early morning, too early. The alarm went off 4.25 and when I met the others at SCS at 5.15 I felt a sleep still 😉

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Emil, Anders, Michael and I rode through a dead Stockholm, met up with Christian and headed north to Enebyberg. 26,5km from my door.

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Marcus joined to so 6 Sumo’s including the new Christian who hasn’t got a jersey yet. Other fast riders from different teams met up and 6.10 we rolled out for a ride I didn’t knew so much about. Asked how long it was and heard around 35km.

Felt really hard in the beginning with a fast commute there and tired body, went fast. The kilometers went and when we came to Skålhamravägen I recognized me and thought it wasn’t so far left. Changed to attack mode and rode a bit more active. On that small twisting road with the speed we had my Tarmac came to its right. The bike got me to smile and ride even faster, didn’t think about how fast the others were 😉 The last climb became a bit too long for everyone I think and it felt good when we hit the finishline.

At Le Peloton you usually ride slow with heavy legs after the finish, here it felt fast and far to the café. My legs died once more and I ended in my own tempo down to Gateau:

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My view after the ride:

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Map and stats: Strava

Then back to Stockholm and the known places again. The others rode fast, I got dropped… But me, Emil and Anders rode the last part together and ended the all in a great way. With the years first (for me) bath:

Happy ending so to speak and the water felt warm 🙂 Then I tried to survive at work, but that’s another story 😉

Norrort

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After racing with commuters, talking about 20 million SEK houses, team time trailing, ridden on a beautiful little road and doing some sportgrus. Then it was nice with some ice-cream in the sun 😀

Joined Emil on a great Tuesday ride with his friend Simon today and it had it all (except rain). Some new areas and roads for me which is what I wanted and some fast pacing in the middle.

Many cyclists say it’s the freedom that is the best thing with cycling. It sure is but exploring can’t be forgotten as you ride on roads you will never go with a car or by bus 🙂

Ended the ride with a good lunch in the sun with a friend:

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Map and stats: Strava

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