Danish gravel, with Ice cream

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

In 9 days there is a ”race” in Denmark I would recommend everyone, haven’t done it but is on my bucket list.

Hansens Cykelløb. Hansen is the biggest dairy company in Denmark and producing ice cream, so in the pit you get ice cream:

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

120km gravel with ice creamstops, can it be better? More pictures from last year here: Gripgrab

And some highlights:

The market is growing

Specialized for example is a huge brand with a bike for every purpose. If they found a new purpose they produce a new bike, not making one bike for 2 or more things. N+1

Kona isn’t such a big brand and they got a new Cyclocross made both for racing, gravelgrinding and even commuting:

Then there are smaller brands, like 3T and Open that really makes special bikes built for a purpose. They got 2 models each.

A brand that is even smaller is the Icelandic Lauf. Starting with light carbon spring forks, developing a gravelfork with carbon springs called Grit. And now, a frame they call True Grit:

It’s longer than usual gravelbikes and a bit of new thinking. I like brands who think and goes their own way of what’s best. Pushing the industry forward and making others open their minds.

No matter it’s great with a bigger market of gravelbikes. More to choose from and when you found the right one you know why it’s the best 🙂 (not just the only one in its category)

Which is the best gravelbike according to you and why?

Dreambreaker

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This a view from a typical Swedish gravel road. People travel all over the world with their bikes for the best rides, best climbs, best views or biggest races. It can be too much and all over Instgram there are these perfect pictures. But then people travel from Germany, the Netherlands and U.K. to do Dalsland Runt in the middle of nowhere with views like this.

Me, Emil and the great guide Emile thought: Swedishness. Drove to Norberg and stayed at the hotel where everyone didn’t even speak English. We went to THE cafe, Elsa Anderssons Konditori and it was red houses and forests as far as we could see, split up with lakes, many small lakes.

  • First day we did around 76km and passed 2(!) Strava Segments and we didn’t pass any shop what so ever outside Norberg. Pure forest and lovely gravelroads.
  • Second day we planned 162km but ended with 141km after my body got tired. Got endless gravel roads, got some singletrack walking, a Strava Climb, almost met a Swedish XCO/XCM champ in his hometown and we got rain. It was epic and beautifully time consuming.
  • Third day we started slower, my speed didn’t rise but the sun did and it was beautiful. Until every cycling plan this year got cancelled when I lost traction and fell hard on a straight road…

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Can almost see the tire tracks behind me. Came from that direction.

With two as good friends as Emil and Emil I got an ambulance, water, shadow and positive words. I couldn’t move so layed like that for 30min. Brused on my hole left side and broken femur was the result. Have been on hospital since that to explain the lack of blogging and now I’m learning things as get socks on, learning to walk in stairs, and how to get up in a couch or bed. No cycling for a couple of months time…

I’ll be back with a stronger left leg and less crashing. I love the Swedish countryside and exploring new roads with happy friends 🙂 With a new helmet which saved my head perfect, remember everything and has always been clear.

Ride safe and take care!

Gravel videos

I’ve seen Thereabouts. And I’ve been thinking this is the best Specialized Diverge advertisement ever made:

Do you have any tips of great videos like these two? Adventures on all types of roads with gravel- or roadbikes. Inspiration for summer dream rides.

Or is every gravelvideo about a race in USA like this:

Any more tips? Is it just Specialized that sponsored riders for these types of videos or any more brands?

Exploring with Sumo

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Was supposed to come a bit of rain during the day today so when Emil talked about a ride in the morning it seemed like a good idea. When he suggested gravel and I could borrow the Diverge I was all in 🙂

Me, Michael, Claes and Emil rode laps today, laps everywhere, some new roads, some old. Mostly in the opposite direction. Should have been easy but Sumo and easy doesn’t go hand in hand. But great tempo today with a lot of fun 😀

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Passing the ”ocean”, riding around lakes, taking pictures at ”ocean”:

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We finally found the place everyone talks about, Fisksätra:

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And of course we rode beautiful gravelroads, enjoying life, in sun and trying to keep up with Michael:

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At the end we got a bit more quiet, the tempo went down a bit and we rode up a ”mountain” just because:

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Yes, it’s a lake that we rode around in the background…

And yes, we bragged about all this while having ice cream and more or less endless of fika:

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All in all Diverge+Sumo=Win

Map and stats if you also want to do laps: Strava

Le Peloton #164

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Many people gathered this morning, on roadbikes… Except me and Claes who did the CX Peloton on our gravelbikes 🙂 Was the new Diverge as good as the old one for that was the big question.

Started a bit easier than if the fast guys are with us and then rode as hard as I could. Great with Claes on my wheel chasing and made me go fast. He took a couple of turns on Erstaviksvägen which was nice. The Diverge went fast, it was fun and it felt good. Was able to keep the power high (for me) and heart rate under control.

My 4th best time, still far from the top and not a PR but I felt a bit fast for once. And the bike was really nice, loved the futureshock on the bad gravel 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Morningspins and Ice cream

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Started this Thursday with being dropped by these guys. On the first lap. 2nd and 3rd lap went better I turned fail to success 😀

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Like this: Strava. And ended the morning with a nice breakfast in the sun at Valhallabageriet 🙂

After a great day at work and a yes from my boss I was out on a bike again. Changed from my Tarmac to the new Diverge, now with Roval CLX32 wheels and 42mm Specialized Sawtooth tires on:

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Cafécycling out to Älgö in easy tempo was on the schedule. Went pretty fast to be easy but was fun and the bike felt good except this in a size too big is a bit too high and not as light as I want. Funny to ride with 42mm tires with 3bar when riding with friends on roadbikes with 25mm tires 😉

We all got ice cream in Saltsjöbaden (that’s the purpose of this ride)

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Map and stats: Strava