Sumo Cycling did Le Peloton du nord today which meant an early morning, too early. The alarm went off 4.25 and when I met the others at SCS at 5.15 I felt a sleep still 😉
Emil, Anders, Michael and I rode through a dead Stockholm, met up with Christian and headed north to Enebyberg. 26,5km from my door.
Marcus joined to so 6 Sumo’s including the new Christian who hasn’t got a jersey yet. Other fast riders from different teams met up and 6.10 we rolled out for a ride I didn’t knew so much about. Asked how long it was and heard around 35km.
Felt really hard in the beginning with a fast commute there and tired body, went fast. The kilometers went and when we came to Skålhamravägen I recognized me and thought it wasn’t so far left. Changed to attack mode and rode a bit more active. On that small twisting road with the speed we had my Tarmac came to its right. The bike got me to smile and ride even faster, didn’t think about how fast the others were 😉 The last climb became a bit too long for everyone I think and it felt good when we hit the finishline.
At Le Peloton you usually ride slow with heavy legs after the finish, here it felt fast and far to the café. My legs died once more and I ended in my own tempo down to Gateau:
Then back to Stockholm and the known places again. The others rode fast, I got dropped… But me, Emil and Anders rode the last part together and ended the all in a great way. With the years first (for me) bath:
Happy ending so to speak and the water felt warm 🙂 Then I tried to survive at work, but that’s another story 😉
A bit of a strange week this week. Maybe the first one 2017 without any Le Peloton. To tired on Wednesday and am trying to not ride too much now when Vätternrundan is getting close.
Did Morningspins yesterday with really bad legs yesterday, was dead last. Was thinking if I should do Le Peloton or Morningspins today. Thought Le Peloton would be a little hard for a long time while Morningspins is more about speed but short distance and time to rest in between. Great to get some speed for Sundays Lida Loop XCM 🙂
A lot of riders today as you can see
Some very fast, some like me and more or less a cool group of riders 🙂 The first loop got was really fast and I was dropped, but not as early as yesterday. Yesterdays KOM got smashed too so says a bit. The 2nd lap wasn’t as fast which was really good for me. Found some legs and was able to hang on and make a new PR 😀
3rd lap started as an Instalap:
But then HRT attacked and some people followed, went fast again and I missed the train a bit. No worries as I was happy with the mornings training. Got some speed, felt a little bit fast and built some confidence 🙂 Great to have a positive feeling when it’s racetime.
Me and Peter matched in our Danger Speedsuits too 😀
This is how it all begins. A bridge, a sunrise and then a lot of cool fast people. Did Morningspins on Djurgården this morning and I couldn’t picked a better morning. Blame on my wide tires and heavy legs from yesterday that I couldn’t keep up all the way around the 3 laps but it was great training 🙂 Looked a bit like this by Hagen, Klas and Jacob:
Pure magic. And a great fika afterwards:
Compared to Le Peloton Morningspins is over faster and just after 8 I got to Hammarby Sjöstad and almost work. But Patrik asked me yesterday if I wanted to join for breakfast so called him, just on his way out so we met up and did go on an adventure ride for a proper Sequoia breakfast 😉 Rode gravel, singletrack, crossed some ice and rode (Patrik) endurolines downhil.
Then we climbed a mountain and had breakfast watching out over a lake like this:
A super morning all over the place. Like this: Strava
This weekend a couple of years ago I rode my roadbike with a big group to Ösmo. Today we had studded tires and fenders, not because it was needed so much but because it’s still winter.
But instead of headwind at usual we had tailwind to Ösmo and I had the wheel of Emile so it sometimes went really fast. Got faster times on some sections today than on Velothon 2015 😉
Headwind also means higher speed and hard pushing as it’s fun to go faster so down at Ösmo Plantshop we all were pretty cooked and happy to get some food. Instead of my usual panncakes I was serious and ordered a nice sandwich which Madde took a picture of 😉
Full of food it was time for the Headwind part, it was hard.
No one took the train back but the riding got a bit messy with many heavy legs and our small group ended in smaller groups with some gatherings along the road. And after Handen it was a matter of surviving, not so much speaking and people tried just to go as fast as they could. It may have been hard and the bodies may have been tired but as much as I like the grey late winter weather it’s something special when people just keep on pedaling instead of just give up. The only thing that gave up was the battery in my watch so had to log the last part on my phone 😉
Back at Le Mond I got a nice carrot cake that Kalle put on scale
It helped me all the 11km home 😀
Thanks all for a great day in the saddle. And Emile for the pictures on me. There are so many beautiful things about cycling and things can be beautiful even when it’s hard and you’re suffering. While some was suffering from the harsh cold today I was warm, with my lovely Café du Cycliste wool socks:
This weekend has God showed us a glimpse of why Sweden is the best country with its 4 seasons. My legs got dropped yesterday but had to ride today too and with Emile as pathfinder I knew it would be epic, awesome and a real test for me Sequoia handling all sorts of terrain. Today was the first ride we talked about getting dropper seatposts on our all terrain bikes for example 😉
Rode to Gladö Kvarn, had a fika at Rosenhill (my first time there) and met a running race in Lida before we went home along the water.
Living the biggest city in Sweden with so close to gravel, small roads and great trails is a luxury worth a lot. Now selected pictures from us: