Le Peloton #51

Last day meeting up at Urban Deli at 6 a.m (on a roadbike 2015):

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A nice group today, half group 1 and half into group 3 of the road cyclists and then some cyclocrossers. Rode with the 1st group first but didn’t feel good and the group was hard to ride with today so just after Saltsjö-Duvnäs I turned around. Rode up the climb and waited for the 3rd group.

Took it easy in the 3rd group and it was just a nice ride. Was an attack in the end by 3 guys which Sara Penton caught with me on her wheel. Talked a little and me and Sara decided to attack in the last climb and so we did 😉 Then we rolled to Le Mond for breakfast and talking:

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The happy Pentons: Nils was the fastest in the 1st group as usual 🙂

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Map and stats: Strava

Now I fixed my roadbike for a great winter rest and to become a training bike at my dad. My most used bike in my life I believe 😉 So great Specialized Allez and hopefully next years bike will be used more and be even better 😀

Markerna runt

After being sick and not riding anything last week ended in a perfect way. Me, Emil and Karim left Stockholm for Vänersborg and Dalsland for a small event. Me and Emil drove from Stockholm after work on friday and met up Karim who had been in Gothenburg in Vänersborg. Stayed at a simple hotel before the adventure.

Saturday morning we met up with the rest to ride up to the middle of nowhere and stay at a cabin for next day. Saturdays plan was 227km and almost 50km on gravel. Started like this:

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The weather was perfect and the tempo felt pretty easy to so just enjoying. First gravel section before one guy thanked for him and left back to Vänersborg:

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Riding on small roads in the middle of the forest with new people is a fun way to see new places and get to learn new people. Came to Ed and had lunch at the restaurant

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We rode along many lakes:

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And when being 10 riders riding for so long we didn’t have much problems. But Karim had a flat:

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And we splitted the group in two, one group going shorter and we where 6 left going the big loop. Including going to Norway:

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In Norway we stopped at a store and got typically Norwegian cycling food. Icecoffee, Kvikklunsj and boller:

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The big gravelpart started and my Specialized Roubaix Pro 25/28c tires managed it perfect:

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And so did Emil in the middle picture. Me, Emil and Even (the guy on Emil’s wheel) dropped the others on the gravel and had to wait on top of a very long and steep climb:

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And finally we got back to Sweden:

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And passed a car graveyard in the middle of the forest:

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We had more gravel in the sun:

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But finally reached the asphalt and a big bridge:

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Stopped on the bridge to wait for the others as it was just me, Emil and Fredrik left 😉 The others came and we hit a new gravelroad:

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After a while me and Emil had dropped the others once again and it had been starting to be darker. We decided to go alone the rest and did:

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The route ended on a gravelroad somewhere without any houses or signs. Met Even after a short while and tried to follow the road without success so rode back. Met the others and nowone knew where we should go. After a while we could call and then we met a guy explaining the road. was 5km wrong and on the wrong gravel road 😉 Rode in the dark and I think I never been as happy reaching the final destination and coming inside in the heat. Celebrated my longest ride with thai food:

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After a shower, a nice sleep and breakfast it was time to go back to Vänersberg. Choosed the shorter route (130 instead of 152km) We rode easy with all together most of the time so just showing the great autumn pictures instead of a lot of text:

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Awesome. Thanks Johan Björklund for this weekend 😀

Vaxholm ride the bad way

Woke sunday morning after being out a bit late and was tired and felt a bit slow. Had felt slow all week so wasn’t strange. Ate breakfast and rolled down to Le Mond to meet up with some friends. Came early so helped Sandra taking out tables and chairs before the others came. And I drank a coke instead of a coffee.

Had planned of going easy and felt ok in the beginning. Great autumn weather but a bit chilly I thought. Didn’t have any power at all when it was free speed for a while and the fast ones just dropped me. Tried my legs in the first climb at Bogesund but half way up I dropped myself…

Saved by a ferry with the faster people that enjoyed the ride:

Some guys wanted to take the Strava KOM between the ferries but I didn’t even gave the slightest effort to hang on. Waiting for the second ferry:

But managed to smile with Emil and Ena 😉

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Managed to hang on the team time trial after the second ferry to Siggesta Gård for a fika. Then it went a bit slower down to Gustavsberg with bad cycling paths and so on. From Gustavsberg we rode Lagnövägen and I thought it would go to fast for me but managed to sit on wheel and got an average of 37,5km/h those 5,8km.

Instead of going over Kummelnäs like the others I rode straight home, took every shortcut I could. A good summary of the ride:

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sunny and me a bit behind, at least mentally.

Map and stats: Strava

After coming home, taking a shower and laying cold on the sofa I thought if I was sick. 38,9° C and the termometer showed that I got fever 😦 Being home from work two days and not being so off for a very long time. But impressed be able to ride so fast feeling so bad 😉 That’s why I haven’t blogged so much either. Will try to get better feeling and blogging, about things like S-Works World Champions and so on 😉

Don’t miss the women Time Trial World Championships today!

Velothon!

First time we have Velothon in Stockholm and what a benchmark event. To be able to ride safe on closed roads in the middle of Stockholm is awesome. To be able to ride a super course and then see the pro’s do the same things afterwards is cool too, they ride a bit faster.

The start:

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Through Stockholm passing the castle without cars 🙂

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Almost at work 😉

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Was riding with friends a co-workers a bit. Hard to be together with big groups and me and Magnus a bit stronger than the rest of us. We dropped them at Årsta Havsbad and after going easy for a while after Ösmo we decided to stop and wait in Nynäshamn. Rode together up to Sorunda, attacked with a couple of guys from Haglöfs up Kessiakoff’s climb, it’s easy if you’re not attacking 😉 and after been waiting for the others we ended up in a small group in the front who rode away. Was around 7 guys going around for a while but when we came back to Stockholm we where 5 left with one a bit more tired then the rest of us. Was magic to pass the traffic on safe closed roads through the beautiful town.

Was really tired in the end and when I noticed we had to go around Gärdet and Kaknästornet instead of straight to the finish I was more tired. In the second last corner I went in the front and then it was full speed to the finish, last straight was full speed for real and hoped to be first in our group but Jonas from Haglöfs passed me 😉 Fun sprint that killed my legs. Me, Jonas and Magnus after finished at 5h11min official time:

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Map and stats: Strava

170km and it felt good, the distance was never a problem and thinks that all my long riding makes a difference. Learning by doing so to speak 🙂 Fastest of the amateurs was Nils Penton and Eva Lindskog, two pelotoners 😀

Fun day in the saddle representing Specialized Concept Store Stockholm and after some food and talking it was time to watch the pros:

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Marko Pump – Adria Mobil won ahead of Daniel Hoelgaard – Team Joker

Le Peloton #48 and Lanterne Rouge deluxe

This morning it happened again. I put on my S-Works roadshoes, pumped my tires and went out in the early morning to make my muscles suffer more than they thought. With the home feeling on my bike, it feels just so good, we have grewn together and it feels sad that the season soon is over.

Met up with friends and others at Urban Deli:

Today in my latest Café du Cycliste jersey, a blue Lucienne 🙂

We rode fast out to Fisksätra where we also roll easy around the neighbourhood and it is a good time to drink a bit and to take some pictures:

With Magnus, the fast guy:

After trying to catch Lisa Nordén and Nils Penton and after being dropped and chased back again and past some guys in Enskededalen where I was so tired I had a little problem breathing on my bike, just wanted to sit down in the grass at that moment.

But this was ahead at Le Mond so was motivated, a great breakfast:

Map and stats: Strava

Then I got a pair of rims you will be able to read more about tomorrow from Magnus before going to work. Worked and then it was time for this years most important cafecycling. Last ride with Isa before she moves to beautiful Alsace

Sometimes hard to so stopped for a drink and waited for the last ones:

And Emil, the hero of cafériding:

bonus by Daniel:

Ended at Urban Deli where I started. But ate there for the first time. Didn’t feel for something big so ate something good, shrimps and glass of good wine:

Could have a worse time. Great evening with great people. Sad that Isa is leaving us, but she is always welcome back 🙂

Lanterne Rouge with Power and Stix

Cycling after work yesterday with a great bunch of friends going hard, and not so hard. Felt better yesterday than usual as I didn’t ride hard this morning and while not being in such shape as Emil it felt good. And I got a bad picture of me, Emil and Isa a.k.a Team Le Mond:

here a picture from Jimmie of us in front:

It was pure fun and while not feeling that I had any power in my legs Strava showed others. My plan to get my own KOM and not share it with some others up Skurubacken felt like a mistake. Planned how to ride, when to press and which gear I should use to not change gear more than needed and loose time. I had to gear down one time too much as my legs stiffened when the climb got steeper.

But still got the KOM and a PR by 2sec 🙂 My Allez is fast.

First Lanterne Rouge with the talk and show of lights too:

I borrowed a Specialized Stix Comp headlight from work. It’s small, waterproof and chargeable through USB, awesome light:

Also trying Specialized Power saddle a bit, CX before and now on my Allez. Feels much better then I first thought. Looks short and it is but you don’t think about on a roadbike:

Map and stats if you want to give me kudos 🙂 Strava

Tested Velothon

Today I had the opportunity to ride the track of Velothon together with She Rides, a couple from Velothon and some others. Skoda Cycling Team rode at the same time but a bit faster, unfortunately they seemed to have had a crash and went home earlier.

Our goal was to try the course and Milla from Velothon should check it out and wanted company. With an average of 27-29km/h. Easy through Stockholm:

Mattias, our guide and the Event Director:

Down to Ösmo we had a much lower average than planned and while sitting in the front all the time it felt a bit too easy but we rode all together and it was a couple of riders who wheren’t as fast. In Ösmo we got ”fika” or pit stop by the great Maria Kullberg:

Then we split our 11 riders in two groups. We where 7 riders who went a bit faster, the others also stopped for lunch in Nynäshamn. We just stopped in Sorunda for filling up water and ate while riding.

I was still in front, wanted to get some training too 😉

After some time we got the ”big” climb of Velothon. Kessiakoffs Climb. I should get up first but Mattias was hanging on my wheel. It was steep for a short part in the beginning (think full speed with 52-14) and then it flattens out and even goes downwards before it goes up again. Not so steep but pretty long. Felt like waste in the last part and had to gear down a couple of gears and thought Mattias would pass. I stood up and pushed as hard as I can we he tried too and got the win 😀

After that Linda and Amira started to sprint in the small climbs, felt a bit crispy for a while but went okey. It’s hard to change rhythm from easy to hard while riding I think, so much easier to go fast if you done it all the ride.

I didn’t take all sprints but sat in front all ride and felt good. Good ride for the confidence and it was really fun 🙂 And a great course

Map and stats: Strava

Ended with a coffee and carrot cake at bikecafé Le Mond with Linda:

Le Roi de La Montagne

Today it was the racing day. The people behind Le Peloton put together a hillsprint in the center of Stockholm. Raced 4 and 4 up a climb that took around 50 seconds. 2 qualified for the next round.

Started on a regular road not so steep and then turned left into the park and it started to get steeper. A little flat and a sharp left turn before the steepest part straight up to the finish:

Ended 2nd pretty easy in the first round. The second was a lot harder to qualify but made 2nd place there too:

Into semifinals and it became a lot harder. Thought I would be 3rd at this moment:

but ended 4th and saw the only crash this evening. the 2nd and 3rd rider crashed after the finishline:

They where ok. After the mens semifinal it was time for the womens final. Emmy Thelberg won it rather easy:

The mens final was tighter. Luca and Damian was close:

Prices from Oakley for the top. Awesome event with great people 😀

Ended with going the bar next to the start for a great dinner with some friends 😀 Love Stockholm cycling life.

(All pictures except the 2nd last by Andreas Nyström) More here: Photoalbum

Le Peloton #45 and the legkill

Started the day with meeting the Pro Sara Penton for a ride to Le Peloton, there we met a former World Champion and a lot of others:

Rode around, maybe not as fast as it could be but was hard for me so great training. Here in Fisksätra at the easy part:

Then we had an awesome breakfast at Le Mond:

Longest breakfast in a while and it ended with a projectplan for me. More on that later. I’ve got a dream.

Like last wednesday I met up with some other people after work to totally empty me legs. cafériding it’s said but it can go pretty fast 😉

People ride with aero helmets, Lightweight wheelsets and class is important but everyone are welcome. Great group of great people which always make it fun. To fun to not join I think even if me legs usually needs some rest instead of sprinting up climbs and doing team time trial.

Instamoment:

And of course we ride with girls. Good ones:

Hard to have a better after work ride. And today I felt better than last week, maybe because of the ice cream I ate before 😉

Map and stats: Le PelotonLanterne Rouge

Tomorrow will be a resting day so maybe I will blog a long post from Eurobike instead of cycling 🙂 Many new things coming up for us.

I got S-Works

Specialized really god them self a high-end name with S-Works. Cannondale got their Black bikes but you never mention just the name Black when you talk about their top of the line helmet for example.

Scott got their RC or is Premium better?

No matter if you talk about bikes, helmets, shoes or chainring bolts if you want it from Specialized you know that S-Works are the best. Like with handlebars.

the 27th February I got a S-Works handlebar for my Allez, 40cm wide and shallow bend:

198g is pretty light but not the lightest you can get. Today I mounted a new S-Works handlebar on my cx. I would say that Specialized S-Works shallow bar or Deda Superleggera got the best shape on the market with their flat top that is rotated perfect for holding.

Back to my Crux. The same model as I got in February and same measurements, but far from the same weight:

21g lighter! 21g! It’s in the same weight category as the lightest Fi’zi:k handlebar. Like Christmas for a weightweenie like me.

Ending the post with a bit more S-Works. We got the new mtbshoes today. Looks the same as the old ones but a bit changes in the opening that suits me so much better. Couldn’t have the old ones but the new ones fit me perfect:

sorry for my low socks, good to work in, not for riding.