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 🙂

the black boredom

November is here for real and people seems to disappear inside. The darkness is here and weather is something between snow and rain.

I feel slow and a bit bored and starting to think about things I didn’t do in the sunlight. Why didn’t I ride more long rides, why didn’t I ride gravel outside Borås, why did I take the short loop last day on Dalsland runt, why didn’t I go to Bergen, why didn’t I have an ice-cream date?

It’s easy to look back and regret. But it’s worth look back at what I did, or what you did. I’ve been riding my bike with great people in Sweden, Norway, France and Italy. I may not found the love of my life but I tried (maybe in the wrong way). I have spent time with my best friends, and regular friends. I have made new friends of different types. I have seen new beautiful places that I never will forget. I have seen that love is bigger then terrorists. I have got together with some good friends and had a social life outside cycling. I tried to keep friendships alive. I’ve got out of my comfort zone sometimes and pushed the limits.

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VIRB Picture

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Learning is a part of life and I learnt that wasted energy and time on people without time isn’t worth it no matter how much you want to spend time with them.

Let’s discover new places with the best people.

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And I will not buy a black helmet again…

Södermanland 210

I got a bike called Tarmac. It’s made for cyclists like Boonen, Contador and Sagan.

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They got tubulars, I had clinchers:

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They got competitors, I got friends:

Remember a great sunday 🙂 Didn’t feel so fast but I got some fast friends and sometimes it feels like I got many friends. Really thankful for all of you 🙂 The man of the day was Emile for convincing me to ride to Södertälje from home, never leaves a friend behind and fixed a shortcut home from Eldtomta. The same Emile who got started the ”Emile shortcut” which is the beginning of memories and laughter 😉

The beautiful ride started by Emil about Cafécycling: Södermanland 210 on Strava

Cannondale Slate 105 preview

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The bike that came out of the box, Cannondales New Road bike Slate did I try yesterday. Thought of writing about it here but it will be on a bigger website and I will share a link as fast as it’s up.

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Tomorrow it will come a review of the bike I was riding today while waiting for a new bike capable to go everywhere.

Until that I write about todays ride. My favorite German, Hagen, as a guide and my friend Emile with his special shortcuts. Both are strong, both are great, both like new ”roads”. That’s why Stockholms Explorer Club was invited a while ago. Ride in the unknown.

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Unknown like a technical singletrack along a lake outside Botkyrka that ended with one of the steepest climbs I’ve done in Stockholm, on grass. We laughed of the ”road” and continued to Flottsbro where we rode the downhilltrack down on our crossbikes and continued thru a tunnel:

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After a while we came to Södertälje and could start the original route. Started with a photopause at the bridge:

We rode some nice asphalt roads and a lot of gravel. We crossed a field laughing instead of someones garden with a man that didn’t want us to pass. Hagen and Emile is strong so for me it mostly looked like this:

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We got directions from a man in the middle of nowhere which said the first couple of hundred meters could be a bit tricky, he were right:

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After our lunch in Åker Styckebruk and a rainfall which we missed while eating 🙂 We rode bigger gravelroads but with really tired legs for me:

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Some looser than others and I started to fall behind in the many climbs. Suffering by fatigue after a long week and five hours of hard riding. Rode together to Stjärnhov were we stopped for supplies and I thanked for me and rode the asphalt to Gnesta while Hagen and Emile continued on the original route and got over 225km, impressive with such slow and small roads.

My ride: Strava

Today I really wished for more time and better legs, the ride was awesome and it’s rides like this I want to do. Discover new parts of beautiful Sweden with friends, and gravelroads are usually funnier than asphaltroads.

Hopefully I will create another post with more pictures from Hagen and Emile who took a lot more pictures than I did. 😉

Rapha Transfer Recon

Read an article some months ago about Multimodual rides. Taking the train or something else out from the city to be able to ride further and see new places that’s usually too far away.

Rapha calling it Transfer where you go out from your city and then riding back. There will be one from Stockholm in a couple of week and yesterday we did a recon. Instead of writing about how it was, how great my Diverge is and that Café du Cycliste got the best clothes I share some pictures from

me:

Camilla:

Emil:

Thanks to Emil for the guiding, Emile for the paceholding, Camilla for holding the group at descent speed and to Jessica for our first Sub9 training 😉