Touringstart

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Me and a friend thought about going to the Rapha Clubhouse events in Malmö/Copenhagen this weekend but he cancelled it cause of the weather forecast. I thought of riding alone but when not finding any great places to stay and the weater seemed bad I changed my mind. Instead the plan became riding from my dad in Mullsjö to Stockholm. With a hotel stay in Norrköping after 200km of 380km in total.

Started with Henrik yesterday morning and after some headwind to Habo we got tailwind towards Jönköping. Got ruined pretty quick by a puncture for me by a big stone. Changed it quickly and then kept on in a descent tempo, a long way to go. In Jönköping we rode by Team Sportia and I got a new spare tube.

Henrik dragged me passed Kaxholmen before he turned back home. It was windy but not too much so went pretty good to Gränna. Where I took a look at Vättern and Visingsö:

Also met 4 ”real” touringriders with a lot of packing on their bikes. Kept on pedaling through Uppgränna and to Ödeshög where I had my first stop. A coke and cinnamon bun was the plan and then have a proper meal bit later. Found another tourer, on a Sequoia:

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After Ödeshög it all started, looking like this:

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Flat and big fields, and a lot of headwind. A lot of headwind. The speed went down and my legs had to push hard to even keep going. Took a lunch in Sjögestad after 140km. Then the wind never ended, got really tired after 170km and was really happy when I saw the flags of Circle K. Red Bull and Twix saved the last part 🙂

206,6km and I arrived at what made the ride a bit better:

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A great Grand Hotel and a bathtub 🙂 Map and stats from day 1: Strava. Took some time to get out for some dinner I can say 😉 But got dinner, some candy and orange juice.

A bit later I slept and this morning it was up early to get as far as possible before the rain…

The wind didn’t change so it was a hard start when I got out of Norrköping. Never found the speed and the first 63km to Nyköping kept on forever. In Nyköping the rain started and I checked the map. 1st option was to ride all the 172km home. 2nd option was to ride to Södertälje and take the train which seemed like the best option it wasn’t for the rain. 3rd option was to ride to Gnesta who was closest with a trainstation which worked with a bike.

More or less rain all the rest to Gnesta, but the legs looked more brown in the wet:

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After 110km, mostly in headwind I found the centre of good cycling and gravel, Gnesta:

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Gnesta feels like the centre of great cycling south (but close) of Stockholm. A place you will come to, pass or ride from some time. If I would get a summer house I would like it to be close to Gnesta.

Map and stats: Strava

Lessons from this: Specialized Burraburra 10liter saddlebag worked perfect, headwind sucks, it’s so much more fun to ride in a group, visa-card touring can be great, this was a nice start of something good.

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Le Peloton #155

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Not as aero as on Wednesday but more colorfull 😉

After not so much sleep I was close skipping Le Peloton today but I thought I would regret if I didn’t ride. Really chilly morning and I blame the cold that my left leg got stiff up in Fisksätra. Took the shortcut passed Kranglans väg and joined the first group for the last part too. So 2 intervals you could say 😉

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Johan took the first picture and Roger the last. Sunny and happy day 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

To Torö with friends

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Klas fixed a route in his head and then we gathered some great people and rode to the end of Torö. A lot of wind, sun and some snowflakes a short while. We had fika and got to see the last 5km of Liege-Bastogne-Liege 🙂 The pace felt good and after 140km the attacks started 😉 I didn’t feel so strong today but had easy recover when I sat on wheel so one step ahead.

Today I also found the Tarmac feeling. The bike just wanted to attack and go faster no matter if it was downhill, uphill or flat, straight or turning. I’m in love in that bike 😀 Not the lightest or stiffest I had but the funniest 😀

Overall a lovely day on the bike and nice to get some distance again, was a while since I rode over 100km it feels like.

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #151 and a small race

It all started with a happy moment:

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My plan was to do the shortest loop on my mtb just as a spin and for the breakfast. Ruined in the first climb where my Epic felt pretty fast. Tried to hang on Christian when he passed me on the next flat section a short while. Changed plan to ride fast uphill and ”easy” downhill. After turning in Erstavik it felt pretty good so changed my mind once again and tried to ride as fast as I could and maybe even get the KOM. Was fun but hard and when reaching Sickla at 6.50 it felt great. I thought the KOM was around 48min and we started a bit after 6. The bad thing was that Christian had the KOM at 44min…

Celebrated my 2nd place with breakfast at Le Mond:

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After a productive day at work with both good and bad things it was time again. Got away a bit later than I hoped as it was a lot of customers in the end but rode to Årsta for a training race.

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29 cyclists on a short intense course. 5 or 8 laps depending on which class, I did 8. Was a real tight course without any rest and always had to have your mind focusing. Did a couple of mistakes but except that it went pretty ok even thou I wanted to be a bit faster 😉 Fun to race on my Epic and get the season going. Me and my faster clubmate Magnus after the race:

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And results:

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Happy people arrange these small events. 🙂 Well done!

Map and stats: Le Peloton and race in Årsta

Dead end ride

Ended this weeks riding with a ride on Ingarö and to all the big wharfs there. Claes was guide and gathered hours. Mathias tried to get the legs to spin after his ride yesterday. Magnus tried to acclimatize back to Sweden after being in Spain for a week. Peter just wanted to ride. I like variation and riding on a Sunday 😉

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Colorfull group, all with white helmets. And strongest today was Magnus:

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I wasn’t:

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But it was 3 well spent hours on some new roads, some old and with speed. Felt a bit strange to be home finished riding already at 11 but got a lot of time to cheer for Stybar at Le Mond all afternoon 🙂

Map and stats of my ride: Strava

Keps Cup Rönninge

The ultimate test for a new mtb have to be in a race. If it’s just as you hoped or if something doesn’t work properly.

So today I went with my teammate John to Rönninge and find out if my Epic was as awesome as planned.

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A bit cold in the beginning even for me. Testrode a lap which was really nice but with some mud and wet roots. Liked the small gravelsections between the nice singletracks and all in all it seemed great.

Down at the start talking shit with nice fast people. Got a little nervous and then the start went. Full speed with locked fork up the gravel. Got passed by some people and finally up the hole climb and onto the first real singletrack it felt hard:

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It just felt like I rode slower and slower but also passed rider after rider who punctured, a lot of punctures today. My bike felt really nice, even better than I imagined. Great stability downhill without any worries when I rode down steep things and super agile uphill which made me smile a bit 😉 Need some finetuning with the fork but worked great, open all the way except on the longer gravelsection where I put it in the middle position.

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Not my best shape after a hard week but was so funny being back in the XCO racing, this is the best. Me and my old friend Johan talked and missed the Västgötacup too, need more great races in this country and grow the sport, not just Enduro.

My teammate John won the hole cup (2 races) and got a cap:

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He also won the race today, a race which I thought I was last but ended 3rd 🙂 and also last as it was 7 DNF riders behind, people need to get better tires or riding skills…

Map and stats: Strava

all pictures except the last one by Åsa Larsson

Le Peloton #143

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It looked warm and dry this morning. After 2 hard days I had a plan of riding easy the shortest loop with Magnus. And I did with company by a couple of others too and it went great until Älta. Then the rain everyone thought not should come came. Not just some drops but a lot. Water all over both from the sky and from the wheel in front of me. On the last stretch from Skarpnäck I got enough, went into the front and didn’t stop going until the sign came and the others have dropped 😉 So cold my hands had trouble move and it felt like a mess when we came to Le Mond. Washed my face and tried to heat up my hands a bit in the sink.

Got saved by breakfast and a nice blanket. Everyone looked just wet and frozen. Happily I got to sit and get warm again and got company by a friend who is in Stockholm over the weekend. Nice to catch up sometimes, so many good friends all over 🙂

Of course the rain stopped pretty fast and it was almost sunny when I rode to work…

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My bike got a wash and I had a warm shower 🙂 Really like the Sequoia even when it’s not as fast as a Diverge.

Map and stats: Strava