What it’s all about

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Cycling can be so many things. Some are trying to win Tour de France, some are saving the environment by commuting, some are loosing weight, some like to discover the unknown, some wants to see how fast they can ride, some want to win a local race, some just want to spend time with their friends, some wants to teach others how to ride.

No matter if you’re riding 3km to the train or winning World Cups like Nino Schurter it should be fun. You should enjoy the riding or you should stop riding….

Pro’s usually got a big break from cycling in the autumn, maybe even a week or two in the middle of the season. A break to keep the motivation on top and be able to perform. We usuals aren’t that good on thinking of the breaks, or having a mental coach understanding how we work and what we need.

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Now when it’s 2 weeks left until the biggest ”race” in Sweden, Vätternrundan. Not even a race but many people train seriously to beat a certain time riding with a fast group of people. If you mention for a non cyclist in Sweden that you ride a bike the first question would be: Have you done Vätternrundan?. In Sweden it’s the biggest event and for non cyclists it can even be bigger than World Championships or Tour de France.

It’s easy to get stressed about shape, group, time and what if you don’t make it… Some people even quit cycling after Vätternrundan and some hangs the bike up on the wall and not riding for the best period of the year (summer).

It’s so sad. I think it’s really sad with people getting fed up by cycling and quits, people that lost the joy and what it all was about in the beginning.

You may think that I never rest and never gets tired of cycling both working with it, have friends who ride a lot and riding a lot on my spare time. But my biggest fear is getting fed up and stop. I’m getting better on resting and as I said to a friend today. I’m riding so much it doesn’t matter if I miss a ride to do something else fun. The Skoda team with riding Vättern under 8h gives me a bit of pressure even when people say I would make it. It could be the end if I took it too serious but I try to keep it fun. I try to enjoy riding fast with my awesome teammates and aiming for everyone to have a fun time 🙂

If you’re tired, then rest. If you feel like going fast, then go fast. Don’t think too square, everyone are different and needs different things to work as a cyclist.

Take care and ride because it’s fun, don’t think anyone reading this blog have to ride their bike to survive. And the summer is perfect for riding 😀

Vätternrundan with She Rides

If you say to any Swede that you cycle you will get the question: Have you ridden Vätternrundan? A huge amateur ”race” around Swedens 2nd biggest lake and 297km long.

Now I’ve done it!

And I had a fun time. Rode with She Rides Sub10 (under 10h) and there are some amazing people there who always spread joy. After riding a lot this year it was an easy ride which made it easier to just enjoy.

And to be able to take some pictures while riding 😉 here in Bankeryd:

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Finished like this 😉

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Before the start at the house we stayed at, 5.30 and started 6.02 which was a perfect time (just like a Le Peloton)

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In Kaxholmen where I usually get dropped but even created gaps while taking it easy today:

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Up in Kaxholmen:

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Was a bit wet in beginning but Peter was happy:

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Our 1st stop in Fagerhult:

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The best support. My dad came with coffee and cinnamon rolls, awesome ❤

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Jessica and Lotta in Karlsborg:

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The strong Mattias in Karlsborg:

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Me and the group in Karlsborg 😀

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Me and Peter leading the group after too many kilometers on boring roads we finally found some good ones 😀

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Smaller road without traffic 🙂

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Our awesome group after finishing my longest ride:

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Hopefully no one got angry about me talking about ice cream for 297km. My Café du Cycliste did it’s job too and I felt good all day on my Specialized S-Works Toupe saddle 🙂 Good power transfer without hurting my feets with Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoes. Aero and fast with my Specialized S-Works Evade helmet with my lovely Oakley Jawbreakers.

But the thing that worked flawless, begged for attacks and felt good all day as it never had too big bottles is my Specialized S-Works Tarmac disc! Fast and fun without any problems:

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I love to just step on a bike and feel like home. Feel that everything is right and don’t worry about that something will break or not be enough. Or loosing grip in the wet like I did see one guy do in front of me in Bankeryd. Specialized S-Works Turbo tires are just awesome 😀

Big Thanks to Jessica who’s got She Rides and to Noor who was todays leader. 

Ending with map and stats: Strava

Drömkåken replay

Had in my mind to do the 200k Brevet from Östertälje yesterday but I got an offer I couldn’t refuse and had to work to solve it so no big ride. Rode big today instead with She Rides.

Gathered at the Swedish Museum of Natural History this morning we rode to Upplands Väsby and met up the rest including guides 😉

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Rode together in the headwind towards Drömkåken:

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And had a little fika 😉

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And talked about Vätternrundan coming up in 2 weeks.

And then we rode home 😉 or after like 30km we got split into two groups as one where going back to Upplands Väsby and we where a group going back to Stockholm. Our group got great speed after that split and it felt good 🙂

Pushed on some extra after I left the others at the museum. It’s a nice feeling when riding for over 170km and you got power to just accelerate and ride faster 🙂 My bike was really inviting for it too 😉

Map and stats: Strava

She Rides to Drömkåken

Christ went to Heaven, we went to Drömkåken. Thank God for life.

Free day from work means cycling and when it’s great summer weather in early May it had to be a long one. Plan was to ride to Drömkåken with some She Rides Ambassadors and it all started at a museum:

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Met up with Ann-Sofie and headed north to meet up the rest. Met up Pia who was today’s awesome guide. Magic roads and great speed, great group. Met up with Noor and her friends at Vikskolan and then the adventure started after 40km:

After a little more than 60km more we came to Drömkåken where I was more focused on coffee and cake than on pictures.

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Only picture, of my awesome Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoes and Gelatosocks that really suits me.

There I also met a couple of friends, but just the best looking of them (sorry Håkan) on picture:

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Linda rode with Stockholm City Triathletes and rode a shorter route before they continued to Uppsala.

We rode south towards home instead 😉 With a stop where our group got split into two

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Great to ride with Noor again. So different but so matchy today with Evade helmets, Jawbreaker glasses, She Rides clothes and Specialized Tarmac bikes 😉

3 left going on a super road, small roads that goes a little up and down in the middle of nowhere is so nice to ride on.

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Left Pia in Täby and me and Ann-Sofie rode back to Stockholm again, a long day in the saddle (a good saddle) but with soft tempo so after I got left alone and crossed the central Stockholm I rode some more bridges to come up to 200km 😉 The stats you know. Stats here: Strava

And ending with a idolpicture you can print and put up on your wall. If you meet me I can sign it for you 😉

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Sun, pancakes and good company

Best way to spend this Monday. Me and some old and new friends rode to Ösmo in mostly descent tempo 🙂 Was some attacks, I tried to kill myself on Dalarövägen and after Ösmo we got some more company. And more attacks before we ended easy. Felt ok in my body but the weather was awesome. Finally:

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And of course, fika:

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Awesome 🙂 Creds to Linda who took the fika-picture and to Camilla who took the ones with me on distance.

Map and stats: Strava

So different but so alike

When you are two friends who works together, have the same type of bike it’s pretty fun to ride together. Or extra fun. Me and Jaime did a gravelride on our Crux bikes this morning before work. With blue sky, sunrise and a bit slow body.

Ended at Vivels before coming to work and Jaime to this great picture of me and our bikes:

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Map and stats: Strava

CX Morning, Steinmaur and b&w

Started the day in the best way. Rode cx with Jaime:

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Matching nicely with our Crux Elite’s 🙂

Had a plan to link the the replays from sundays racing in Zonhoven but haven’t found any so instead I link to the EKZ Crosstour rain 54 Int. Radquer Steinmaur in Switzerland:

And ending the post with a picture of me by Anna Eide-Jensen from saturdays Nationals:

She Rides weekend

You know when you have a weekend with a lot of biking planned and you start to loose the grip on a slippery grass corner and get a bit less skin on your hip? Then it’s good to not be alone and just feel sorry for yourself and instead enjoying to ride a bike with a beautiful girl like this:

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and as a tribute to the day before I had Le Mond kit and we ended the ride with a coffee at bikecafé Le Mond:

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Then we left for Rönneberga on Lidingö for a weekend planning the bright future of She Rides which is a great community for women cyclists in Sweden. Rode some mtb together too:

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had a nice view:

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and I used my new cool shoes I got from David, Patrik and Lisa in birthday present 🙂

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After a nice sleep and some good breakfast and to learn about Prehab and Rehab from Access Rehab it was time for riding again. Today I got a bike in my size and a full suspension, Scott Spark 27,5″:

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Fun to try and haven’t ridden 27,5″ all year, felt small. Met the big guys (Johnnie and Andreas) and I got to try a 29+ Trek Stache a little, that’s big:

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Great weekend with great people and a lot of fun 🙂 Specially to Jessica and Jaime:

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Went back to Stockholm and packed and changed clothes to get the best end of the weekend. Was out with some friends and ate dinner together, Niklas missing in this blurry picture but thanks to Rille, Camilla and Linda and Niklas 🙂

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A sunny sundayride with the girls

Sometimes it’s good to just ride easy and enjoy the nature we got. Have had a great day with three girls from She Rides today north of Stockholm on small beautiful roads. Ann-Sofie was our guide and had planned a great ride. Noor kept the mood of everyone on top all the time. Emelie pushed her limits the way we like it.

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We missed the rain and ended with a nice fika. Nothing to complain on 😀

Map and stats: Strava

And thanks to Cykelspecialisten i Sickla a.k.a Specialized Concept Store Stockholm for the great bike: Tarmac Expert:

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Mtb in the rain after work today. Easy riding with a happy group so was fun even when we had to wait a lot. Fun to be good sometimes and not always be the slowest and Specialized Fast Track worked better than I thought in the wet 😉

Mostly of the riders this evening:

In the last part we rode a really muddy section with a lot of laughter 🙂 But Jaime also managed to puncture so here me helping him fixing it (while waiting for a couple of riders):

Fun ride so thanks Jessica for that 😀

Can really recommend Warsaw Cycling‘s Floral Kit. Great Bioracer quality and cool design. 🙂

Back at work we washed some bikes and I changed for a roadbike for tomorrows Le Peloton. Coming from an Epic to a Tarmac made it fun, felt fast and managed to get 3rd on a section 🙂

Map and stats: Strava