The preparation for the big day/start of racing season

First race that I will race in tomorrow. So time for preparation and try to seem good when my shape is gone. After yesterdays loss of air and unable to get air in my tire I had to invest today. First time owning a tube in over 2 years 😉 And what a tube I’ve bought on Veloshop:

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Didn’t have any super latex tubes and didn’t want to buy a light one as I will use this 26″ tube for 27,5″. So Continental 26 presta it is, getting my bike at least 120g heavier.

But will loose because of my training, not because of my super bike I think so no big worries. 😉 Giant Cup starts tomorrow and I’m on the startlist as number 730 in Men Elite. No other category for me who is under 30 years. So my plan is to keep away from getting lapped.

Giant Cup is a small local Cup here in Norway. Except that is a lot of good riders close to here so big change from the start fields in Continental Cup around Bergen where I lived before. 31 riders in Men Elite. Guess my place?

Next two races in the cup is also the first races of the National XC Cup in Norway starting next week. Exciting and here is a great promotion for it. Are you coming?

+2hg morning ride

Changed for my Sram XX1 crankset yesterday, upgraded from 34t to 36t and changed the rotors that was worn down to Ashima AiRotor. Gained around 200g so 8,71kg Cannondale Scalpel this morning

Tried to find every singletrack possible in the forrest north from my house. Some nice flat twisty ones and a lot of up or down. The forrest is a hill and there is a lot of tracks up and down. Thought of my friend Leif today as I climbed a technical singletrack, really nice when you climb standing with 36-42 gearing because it’s so step and you got grip and managed all the rocks and things in the way with traction 😀

Thought about a new thing today too. Earlier everyone used Continental Race King Supersonic tire. A big light tire with really thin sidewalls. Then people went for Racesport with better but still papersidewalls or Schwalbe Racing Ralph. My Panaracer Quasi-Moto isn’t as light as those and doesn’t have so thin sidewalls or even paperlike. It got a really soft rubber sidewalls that works really good with low pressure. Like on CX comparing a Tufo tubular with A. Dugast or FMB. Think about that next time you buy tires, feel the difference in the rubber.

Ended the ride (where I paused a bit in the middle) with a ride up to Slottsfjellet which is the most famous place in Tønsberg. A hill with a castle tower in the middle. This is how it looks from there:

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and me trying to match my bike 😉

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The ride: Movescount

2h48min riding, then car back home

A little more than 1h52min yesterday and today I came 54min from home aiming for Esso forrest and another one at Barkåker. South swedish type of trails here but closer 😉 Some nice singletracks and really liked my bike. Was riding along the sea on a rocky singletrack when I heard something break. It felt strange and I looked down. My spindle in the crankset broke and the crankarms changed position when I tried to pedal. Result:

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Like to optimize things and save weight but sometimes I wish I was just mainstream and used parts that works all the time. Trusted this spindle from EP but it failed anyway 😦

My ride today that was supposed to last more than double the time and end riding back home: Movescount

back to heavy Sram XX1 crankset tomorrow

Cannondale Scalpel 2014 cerrol edition

Finally. After a misshappening with stansing the front tire that got fixed this morning I went out for the first ride with my rebuild bike. In great weather: IMG_20140315_104405

Frame Cannondale Scalpel medium
Seatclamp Tune Schraubwürger
Fork Lefty Speed Carbon XLR
Headset Cannondale Si
Stem Cannondale Si 90mm-5°
Handlebar 3T Exsero Team Stealth 700mm
Grips Deda bartape
Seat Tune Komm-Vor
Seatpost AX-Lightness Europa
Rear Derailleur Sram XX1
Shifters Sram XX1 Twister
Brakes Formula R1 racing (Innolite rotors)
Crankset Cannondale Hollowgram SL (EP spindle, Carbon-Ti 34t chainring)
Cassette Sram XX1
Chain Sram XX1
QR Tune DC17
Wheels Project321/Bor 650/CX-ray
Stans FRM stans
Tires Pacenti Quasi-Moto 27,5×2″
Wire/housing Shimano Yumeya
Pedals Crank Brothers Eggbeater 4Ti
Bottle Cage Tune Wasserträger Uni

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Tried to find some nice trails close by too, this picture is from less than 10min cycling from my home. Found myself and a small lake:

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And a bit more north I found one of the many dead ends today:

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Found a super trail more north. Some forrest roads but mostly super singletrack. Was smiling a lot going there except the many muddy places. Spring mud now where it has been really wet and starting to dry out. Thick mud that was really hard to get through with my low thread Quasi-Moto tires.

The bike was awesome and begging for more speed all the time. Sad for it as I didn’t have so much power in my legs today and after 80min it was less so just wanted to get back home again. Took a shortcut with some more asphalt on the way back to Tønsberg. Almost home I met two other riders, one of them was Joachim I rode with on wednesday. Small city. Joined them for a turn up and down too before I went home.

Great test ride and I think my Scalpel will like Tønsberg a lot 🙂 The ride today: Movescount