2016, the magic year

I had a goal of 15000km and a dream of 730h. Were never stressed about the distance but saw pretty fast the dreamtime would be impossible. I ride for fun after all.

It all started with Tour de Ötzi, 246km in winterweather and mostly alone. Not the funniest ride but good for mindtraining and to learn eat and drink even when it’s cold.

I have been doing 61 Le Peloton, a lot of Morningspins and Älgö Deluxe. Some Le Snooze. I’ve been cycling in Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and Canada.

I have been riding a lot of Specialized bikes like Roubaix, Tarmac, Venge Vias, Crux, Diverge, Daily, Stumpjumper HT, Epic FSR, Stumpjumper FSR, Fatboy and Sequoia.

I have raced mtb and had a lot of fun going fast.

I have race TT that I never thought I would do and got 5th in men Elite.

I have joined Sumo Cycling and used the Gravity support 😉

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I’ve been around new places, discovered new roads with great friends:

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I have discovered the Aero Advantage and got a lot faster on Le Peloton:

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But I also tried to survive with help of Ice Cream after the longest climb in my life:

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In short it’s 4 people that helped me discover new places and roads. Emile has always been there and seen me from fast to slowest, from happy to just tired of his shortcuts, riding next to me on the 2nd picture. And Hagen, a friend I get a lot of inspiration from and is seen with me riding in the middle of nowhere on the 3rd picture. Next is Emil, been to different countries together and been seen riding different bikes in different conditions together, but all in all we just want to look good:

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The last guy, Henrik who is always riding. Will never get as fast or ride as far as him but he is my best friend and we can’t come up with a single ride together in Sweden where we haven’t ridden some gravel:

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Then there is many more I have ridden with that’s worth mentioning but it takes too much time here. Called a Social Butterfly on Strava and the reason I get so many miles is because I want to ride with all my friends, all the time 😉

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Never thought this year would include so much fun and good rides. Never thought I was able to ride as fast as I’ve done. But I always thought that the motivation will continue.

So thanks to you all my friends that keep riding fun! Thanks to Specialized Concept Store Stockholm for helping me with the best bikes in the world! Thanks to Rapha for motivating ambassadors to make super Events! Thanks to Café du Cycliste to providing my favorite clothes with a superb fit no matter how long the rides are! Thanks to Isabelle/SCF for letting me help the best riders in Germany for a weekend. Thanks to Therese who showed me another cycling world!

So now we stop looking back and looking forward to a new year that can be even better 😀

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Tour de Ötzi (or I’m stupid)

I didn’t ride Vintervättern but I did this shorter version. Tour de Ötzi is a Brevet race around Mälaren (the short 198km loop) in wintertime.

I got out of bed 5.50 and sat on my bike 6.45 this morning. Rode to Barkarby and signed in. Around 30 riders to start which seems to be the record wintertime.

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It felt too fast in the beginning, it felt like I should hit the wall just before Södertälje but the stop saved me. Probably didn’t look so good as both Martin and Hagen asked who I was. Thought about turning around but as on Lida Loop last year I continued. Was good first from Södertälje but after Nykvarn it started to feel to fast, a long day. Dropped the first group and as some others dropped a little earlier I thought they would catch me.

Wasn’t sure about the road in Mariefred so a guy caught me and we rode together for some minutes before he rode too slow I thought. Came to the next stop in Strängnäs when the first group left. All alone and left alone. After that I didn’t saw any rider at all and it felt like the straights were climbs, my tires/wheels felt slow and I felt weak. Kept my pace with the thought that if the legs were spinning I would reach the finish.

Ate a hamburger in Bålsta and then it started to feel a little bit better. When seeing the sign Barkarby it felt good.

Finished after 9h15min, 198km which around 130km alone. Felt like waste. Sat there with the first group and a guy that just came in ahead of me. The first group came in 35min before so not so bad of me.

After riding totally wrong twice when trying to get home I played safe and rode on known roads to get home sometime.

10h20min in the saddle which is an all time record with 246km so my 2nd longest ride. Magic.

No neon reflex vest today as I wont be a randonneur:

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Looked like this today, Café du Cycliste bibs and awesome winter bibs, old wool socks with Specialized Defroster shoes, Icebreaker wool underjersey with Specialized Therminal jersey and a Specialized Racing vest, Café du Cycliste scarf (style you know), and Öster Cykel buff under my Specialized Evade helmet and Oakley Radarlock glasses, Hestra lobster gloves worked good too:

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Map and stats of my idiotic ride: Strava

And of course my Diverge worked perfect, fast ride today so never used the small chainring 😉

Now it’s time to rest as all of my body feels like waste and I am the one who have ridden most kilometers this month in Sweden on Strava 😀

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