Vätternrundan with Skoda Cycling Team

When things just work, without hazzle and without seen stress. Then you know the planning has been good. Skoda Cycling Team and Vätternrundan is such a thing. Friendly people with things under control, trusting that you also got things under control.

Travelled by bus Saturday morning all together and when arriving in the centre of Motala the bikes where there and the numbers got handled out. Checked the bikes, got dressed and rolled down to the exhibition centre for photos, like selfies with the Pro’s:

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Back to the bus to fuel up, fill up and get ready. Meeting Henrik

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and be cool with Glenn:

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Start ready on time, cheered on by Madde:

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I was one of the last riders rolling through the start on this 20000+ event. Felt a bit cool. Easy in the beginning with a locked train. Got rolling after 10min it felt good. Was going around and taking my turns and it felt well disciplined but not too serious. Down in the tail once but it felt harder so went around again.

Even had time to take photos in Uppgränna:

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A short stop after Gränna where the shoe covers went off and we got company by Tobias Ludvigsson to Kaxholmen. Climbs where I been dead before felt great and I could keep up going fast downhill. So cool riding in a 30+ group with everyone looking the same and with riders like Calle Friberg and Henrik Sparr who doesn’t seem to get tired 😉

Through Jönköping and up Trånghalla feeling great. Down Bankeryd flying and then the first stop. 5min stop with new bottles and Enervit energy. All prepared by the team and all bags the same so no need to look for a certain one. Back on the bike and it felt wise to stay a bit in the tail as it was 180km left.

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Warm and hard and it felt like it went a bit too fast for me taking turns. Tried to keep the tail straight. Took 3 turns the next 90km to the next stop. Now just water in the bottles, a coke and more gels and I was ready, felt more under control than last stop.

The last part where we were ahead of schedule felt good. And the finish got closer and closer. Happyride.se took some nice pictures:

And then the thing happens that always happens. Around 20km left and everyone wanted to be finished. Felt like the tempo went but everyone hanged on and everyone got a bit more happy 😉

Finished at 7h27min (18min faster than the target)

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Happy and really tired, also had a bit of a problem to stand straight 😉

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Map and stats: Strava

After high fives, hugs and some champagne we took our bus to the hotel for dinner and talking about salt, cramps and strange things from Skåne. Massage and breakfast today before we went back to Stockholm again.

An Awesome weekend with great people and a team behind with Skoda making it so easy. 😀 And so impressed with some riders be able to ride so fast and make it look so easy. Maybe some day I can also be such a rider…

 

2nd Skoda

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Some moments can be so nice on a picture. But the days 3rd puncture wasn’t so nice.

Rode with Skoda today, only cyclist missing in the picture was Johan so a small group. Was hoping for a big group today but people dropped out of different reasons. The ride got shortened from Nynäs and we just went to Ösmo. Was really nice, specially riding with Fredrik Kessiakoff for real for the first time talking old idols and memories 🙂

As usual with the teamcar behind with all things necessary (floor pump was today best thing)

142km when I got home, doing a detour and meeting a couple of friends at Le Mond 😉 Map and stats: Strava

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13 days left for Vätternrundan. Will I do good? Am a bit nervous but with this people it will be fun and will do my absolute best to make it awesome and an experience for life 😀

1st training with Skoda Cycling Team

Time flew and the Sunday went to fast to get some blogtime so here is about yesterday when I met up with some Skoda cyclists att SCS for a nice 4-5h ride south. Daniel was with us as guide and photographer:

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Not super fast but a great pace out from Stockholm. When we came to Dalarövägen we started the first team time trail part and wasn’t so controlled, specially not after passing a small group up after turning towards Årsta Havsbad. Super hard and I dropped first…

Not what I wanted and got paced by the teamcar, with Fredrik who was the next one to drop.

Back together and easy pace again to Fors where I was taking the picture of Daniel:

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Got a bit easier and with a great start the next intervall worked really good. Found the flow 🙂

It felt all very well organized with a good flow until Damian started to attack… 😉 Showing we love cycling and like to ride faster it got a bit faster than planned some times I think but just fun. Like when Karl attacked on a climb showing that the biggest guy isn’t just strong but can fly up hills too 😉

Then we came to Rosenhill. A place you have to stop and can’t just pass according to my boss Patrik, and so we did for a ”short” coffee. A regular cyclist fika so to speak:

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Great with a stop when riding a lot and not so far left home. Last intervall became one at Påla Malm where it just started without anyone saying anything

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It became hard and I thought a couple of times that I had to skip a turn and rest a bit as Cecilia did. Was just 5 of us going around the hole time there as Fredrik rested a bit in the end too and the resting time before going forward again got pretty short. 38,8km/h average and 171 in heart rate. Great training and happy to have been able to go around all the way 🙂

A ride that started negative with the first intervall ended with good feeling 🙂 Sunday Funday so to speak

And with the luxury of our own team car following us with everything needed. Driven by Pelle:

Thanks everyone for killing my legs and making my confidence grow a bit without being too serious 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

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

Sumo weekend

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I rode like this on Saturday morning.

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And this Sunday morning 😉

Yesterday me and Emil started the day with enjoying the sunshine to Vissvass and back before everyone else woke up. A nice ride with just a couple of sprints.

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Today I rode with Stefan, Claes and Jens from Järna. Down to Nyköping (almost) in awesome tailwind and then back up to Gnesta in not so awesome headwind

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Happily we god some nice views so the headwind wasn’t so hard. The road to Sjundaskogen after Gnesta is really beautiful and so nice to ride it on my Tarmac compared to my Sequoia with 42mm studded tires in cold weather which I had last time

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Think the ride me and Emil did yesterday got results today. Emil won the Mälarcup race in Västerås in Men30 almost as cool as Fernando Gaviria won the Giro stage 🙂

Le Peloton #152

You know riding in almost rain in the middle of nowhere and it got to this magic misery you only see on Rapha videos?

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Today it started like this. The warm up got fast as we had tailwind and it felt like I had more control than last time trying to ride with the fast guys. Survived up to Fisksätra but when we turned right my left leg died and I got dropped big time. Christian got up to me and while not getting back to the main group we rode alone in a quiet tempo back to Duvnäs. Took the shortcut over Kranglans väg.

At Hästhagen we thought if we where ahead or behind the main group. Rode as good as we could and got company by one more guy. Took the shortcut in Älta too as I thought we where behind (wasn’t I saw on Strava’s Flyby). Our company left for home and we passed a new guy who couldn’t keep up. Caught Johanna in the end and rode together to Le Mond.

Got a bit up but will hopefully get some order on my leg after a massage I’ve booked for Tuesday, looking forward 🙂 Want to use the hashtag #lookprogofast sometime 😉 Just went the pro looking today with a scarf like Alessandro De Marchi had on Fleche Wallone 🙂

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Map and stats with too low heart rate: Strava (now I fixed my heart rate belt again, new battery)

Vaxholm and Ingarö

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Joined a group of fast cyclists this morning and went to Vaxholm. First time on my Tarmac this year and it is as good as I remembered, agile is the word.

Sporting my new kit I won on Strava from Warsaw Cycling too. Like Anders said on a mtb ride once it can be good to have one slower with you too keep the tempo down. Today I survived thanks to Petra and it felt a bit smarter too not to ride too fast as when we came to Gustavsberg on the way back we joined another group. Cafecycling Le Mond guys rode to Ingarö and we joined them too, was good weather so should ride a bit further 😉

Petra took a shortcut back to Le Mond and maybe that was the smartest. Out to Ingarö and then the first 10km went over 40km/h. And then we got headwind :p Rode an extra loop before going back to Gustavsberg and the first fika. After the fika we took the longest road back… Last loop around Skuru wasn’t feeling so good but seemed like the others also was a bit tired 😉

Finally back to Le Mond for some food, watching Gent-Wevelgem for a while and having my last cinnamon roll:

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Headwind on the way home so 2 PR and a happy tired Jonas 🙂 Awesome start of the roadbike season and so thankful for all my friends helping me to enjoy life 😀

Map and stats: Strava