Le Peloton #148

You know spring when everyone brings their racebikes with high profile wheels and best clothes to training? When everyone is high on going fast outside and showing how well they trained all winter? That was like todays Le Peloton:


A lot of people, a lot of fast people and a lot of people able to hang on the fast people. And it was this guy a.k.a me:


Looking fast, trying to take my turns and sit in a good position. Unfortunately I’m not as fast as I hoped and after doing a hard start including a PR before the real start and got dropped pretty quick…

Turned around and tried to get the cramp out of my left leg and got caught again at Järla. Sat pretty high and took a turn before Sickla. Then I tried to keep up with the fast ones averaging over 40km/h to Älta. On the hard Evalundsvägen through Älta I always think it goes fast and today I touched my PR, not the best way before Storkällan and I got dropped for the 2nd time…

Had to ride the rest alone and wasn’t as fast as I dreamt about. To be honest I hoped for more and when I came to Le Mond I wasn’t as satisfied as many others. Next time I will push harder, go faster and not get dropped! I want to fight as good as my friend Emil is able to do, or Sagan that doesn’t seem to be able to give up.

Map and stats: Strava

Dalsland runt

What a weekend we had. A weekend in the green forests of Sweden going hard on gravel and sprinting for countrysigns. 3 days of riding in Dalsland managed by Wenersborgs Racers Club in a way up for the riders to make it good.

We started on Friday in Vänersborg:

Over 100 cyclists rolled out together for an easy 104km spin up to Stora Strand where we should stay for the weekend. 3 cars handled the luggage.

It went fast, but was happy enough to sit pretty high so worked for about 65km where a group got dropped on a gravel section. We chased hard and in the chase I met a friend from Norway, Peter who is one of the strongest cyclists I know. We got back up and I managed to hang on the first group all the way to the place we stayed at:


Map and stats: Strava

Day 2 was 234km for the long one which we had to take to come to Norway 😉


Riders got ready but wasn’t so fast of leaving so we rode away easy me and my roommates Henrik, Tony and Anders.

After a while turning of the main road we stopped for a pi and a 2nd group of like 5 riders caught us including Emile and Magnus. Rode together and started the days first climb:


Tony and Henrik kept the speed high, with Anders in a breakaway:


But on a gravelclimb me and Emile ”attacked”:




It rolled on pretty well until km 69 where Tony first punctured:


500m before the feed zone:


and then Christian punctured 500m after the feed zone.

That’s all the punctures we got while another group got over 10(!). The pace held high (at least for me) and after around 90-100km the group got split into two. I was in the first and even there the pace got slower except sprinting for the Norway sign and such things 😉 Really nice good people to ride with and great training to ride hard for a long time.


Until 135km where I died, or hit the hammer a bit and got slow for real. Got dropped for a little but Emile waited for me and dragged me to the lunch at 144km 🙂 the 2nd group got there two and we where a big group again. A nice lunch and then rolling for the ferry.

The pace worked first but in the end it got too high for me and some others who got dropped but all together with some others who skipped the lunch at the ferry:


A big climb after the ferry where I tried to hang on but got dropped for real. We gathered a 2nd group who rode all the 70km left together. Pace on the limit but everyone did what they could and nice chatting. Stopped at Coop in Dals Långed for a refuel and then left for ”home”.

The end included the hardest climb of the day and the first time for me on 36-28 (easiest) gear to come up, was hard but nice. A cool descend afterwards where I thought it was pretty awesome to go 57km/h on gravel 😉

Back at the house we ended on the grass eating a bit, drinking a bit and talking about the magic day:


Map and stats: Strava

Day 3

Woke up to rain, a lot of it. The long distance 176km was out of the match and plans was 132 or 104km. The morning subject. After breakfast, packing, finding rainclothes and cleaning it didn’t rain as much. Decided to go for the shortest way in the last minute with heavy legs.

Me, Henrik, Christian and Jonas rode the day together. Passing some guys starting earlier and who took shortcuts. No one was so good (except Henrik maybe) but the pace was good and it all felt like a blur. The kilometers got on and we came closer and closer to Vänersborg. A puncture after 94km was the first and only stop:


Map and stats: Strava

It was maybe a bit too much people to have for such an event but KUDOS to Johan and WRC for arranging this. A weekend we will talk about for at least a year. And my Specialized Diverge with new Specialized Roubaix Pro 30/32mm tires worked flawless all weekend:


I you should have one bike, this is the bike to get. It may not be cheapest but it so awesome it’s worth ever penny 😀

Pink Spur as a rocket

You should care about your bike and it will be nice to you. Sometimes I’m so kind to my bike so it has i better than me. Like 3 fast and beautiful girls:


Rocket Racing Team had a photoshoot today. Let’s hope they will have as fun and be as fast as they look out on the races this year 😀

I <3 cycling

Except the way from work yesterday today was the test of my new roadbike:


Maybe the cleanest bike I’ve built for myself, Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc with the name: Pink Spur. 28mm Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite tires on to skip punctures in the spring 🙂

It’s the first bike I’ve built, set up and went out riding without fixing a single thing on, the seat position feels just right from the start 😀

Today I met up with a great group of people from Bikecafé Le Mond to ride to Ösmo and back. The spring ride where people are different and where people attacks, wait and attack again, just pure fun magic. Looked like this on the road down:

And a picture from Adam:


Where some parts we went full speed and it was fun even though I’m not the fastest or the strongest. But I rode on my dreambike and it felt good 🙂 And quiet, strange to change from a noisy Tune Kong hub to a quiet Roval CLX40.

Had a great fika at Ösmo with panncakes for me, picture by Kalle:


Usually half of the group take the train home from there but today everyone rode 😀

Heavy legs in the end but all in all a great ride. And my Tarmac worked flawless. Didn’t make so much notice and felt smooth but when I attacked it responded great and the wheels may not be super in any way but they are just what you want when you want all 🙂 The quality feel was there so I look forward to many many kilometers on this bike 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #76


Ingvar was lifting my bike today and complained on his Ridley. It’s funnier to ride a fun bike 😉 Many asks how I can wake up so early and start riding 5.30 2 days a week. It’s the people and my thoughts about intervall training that makes the effort seem reasonable 🙂

Today we where together in the beginning and then it split up, me behind Emil’s wheel in front to Flaten. I was up helping a little but mostly just tried to hang on his wheel. Until his freewheel broke in Flaten and he had to take a taxi home. Salt and winter is hard for both the cyclist and the bike…

Stopped and talked with Emil before Claes came and me and Claes rode the last part together. Not got the best total time but good training and I still regretting that I got 25mm high carbon rims instead of 45mm. Aero is Everything, Marginal gains and all of that.

Map and stats: Strava

And yesterday I decided after talking to Oakley about 2016. Since Jawbreaker came and I tested them with the Prizm Road lens I have wanted a pair. But I wanted something special, wanted something to at least look as cool as Kwiatkowski. But they are expensive and I never decided until yesterday when I heard that no cool (according to me) new colours would come in 2016 and that the Oakley Custom wasn’t as cheap as regular. So here we go, Oakley Jawbreaker in Uranium with Prizm Road 😀


Specialized, Café du Cycliste and Oakley is great combo. Cool but classic stylish. Modern meets old school.

Le Peloton #70

This day a year ago I rode Le Peloton, the 3rd group loop like today and I rode faster in the beginning but got dropped and took a shortcut.

Today it wasn’t the same fast riders but still great riders:


Michael, Christian and me rode together. Camilla showed up a bit later but took another lap and met up at Le Mond afterwards, breakfast is the most important thing after all.

Me and Michael had fenders so we did the work, Michael the strong work and felt like I almost got dropped a couple of times. Specially just after I’ve been doing some work. Felt a bit nostalgic to be back on the roadloop after doing the cxloop for a since september 😉

Was a great ride with a great breakfast afterwards at bikecafé Le Mond 🙂

With todays ”warm” wet weather I went all Cafe du cycliste with rainbibs and legwarmers, a merino jersey with a windjacket:


Oakley gloves, buff and glasses and Specialized S-Works shoes and helmet. Awesome to use S-works XCshoes instead of the big wintershoes 🙂

My Diverge got its first wash for 2016 and celebrated almost 2000km with a new chain and cassette change.


(the saddle is straight, just a bad photographer)

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #63 + bonuslap

A happy day with pretty good weather, 6-7° C this morning and we all ask the same question. When is the winter coming for real?

Until then we continue as usual


I wasn’t fast today either, powerloss but my bike worked good and I wasn’t last. 😉 Rode the cx loop in 1h8min51sec with wet roads and had to pass a movierecording twice in the middle of the forest.

Map and stats: Strava

Got a great breakfast with great people and the fastest cappuccino, bikecafé Le Mond impressed. Some people don’t like to eat breakfast with others, I love it. Maybe it’s the best meal to share with people you like?

Todays outfit, windproof merinojersey, Pierette, from Café du Cycliste was super today. Should have more nice long sleeved jerseys and more merino 😉


As the day went and the weather got even better a friend came into the store and convinced me to ride with him afterwards.

So after work I rode the Peloton cx loop once again 😉 A bit drier, a bit more wind, a bit more company. 13sec slower time at 1h9min4sec. Good days training that 😉

Map and stats from the 2nd ride: Strava

Le Snooze Birthday party

I’m feeling really blessed to be able to ride with with so many good friends 🙂 Earlier I did Le Peloton on fridays too but now I have the chance to sleep a bit extra and ride with other shopworkers, a group called Enduromorning and I have called the ride Le Snooze. Today I met Patrik and the Kangas brothers at Hammarbyhill at 7.45 for a Le Peloton CXloop ride in fikatempo. Not all out…

We didn’t go as fast as last Friday, the ground was a bit more wet and stickier than last week. So 1h5min instead of 1h3min. And some fast riding as usual when riding with the young guns that can descend and turn fast.

Back on asphalt we met up with 3 more riders who did ”wrong” and rode mtb.

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6 Specialized, 1 Kona 😉 As Oliwer had birthday we celebrated at the best café in Hammarby Sjöstad, Vivels 😀


Not doing so much advertisement for other shops 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Ending with a picture of todays outfit 😉 Thought my thin longsleeve jersey from Café du Cycliste should be to cold today but it was perfect, love the windproof front and merino wool 🙂


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:


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

Ride when you can

You should never keep on doing something you don’t like. But you should keep on doing things you like. It may not always be funny doing the things you like but maybe there is a goal with doing the hard parts, just when everything starts to get boring and you don’t got a goal you should stop.

I like cycling so when I can I ride my bike. After working a saturday I had the opportunity to be free from work today and go out riding in the beautiful grey and colourful autumn. Together with Sara and Ena today we did a nice loop south of Stockholm with some new and some old roads. Not blue skies but the grey clouds and the rain hanging in the air got it’s charm too 🙂

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A a picture of me on a short stop by Ena:


Ended the ride at work changing back to my ”trainingwheels” and cxtires. Hard life as the bike gained 1kg. And had to ride home in rain. But awesome with a bath afterwards 🙂

Map and stats: Strava