Le Peloton #120

It’s about routine. If you ride every morning the same time the body get used to it and adapts. Our bodies do adapt more than we can understand and does all it can to be as good as possible, otherwise complain.

My body was tired this morning but I got up and out to Le Peloton. Thought of skipping it but thought again that I would be thinking of it the hole day. It’s better to start a training and get dropped than not to start.

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4 Sumos with me and Emil missing out on the picture and 8 in total. Okey for a friday in wet November.

Emil sat the pace high and we tried to follow, two got dropped pretty early. And I felt like I would be too but hung on and we got a bit of rest  when Emil turned wrong in Saltsjö-Duvnäs 😉

Almost dropped before Älta like Michael but got back up. almost got dropped again on Flatenvägen but got up once more. On the last straight Emil dropped me and Claes. I tried to chase a bit but when Claes passed me I was all cooked. Survived with the help of waffles:

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2,5km/h faster than on Wednesday feels good with studded tires. Maybe I can get fast sometime.

At least it’s warm enough to wear the Le Peloton kit now 😀

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And to care about my great Sequoia with a very needed wash:

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Map and stats from the morning: Strava

The best roadshoe just got beaten

Yesterday I took a cycling shoe in my hand and thought, this was light. But it also looked slim and small.

Specialized S-Works 6

I tried it on and it just sat around my foot. With great toe space. It was size 42 and I got a 42,5 S-Works shoe at the moment. So half a size smaller but fitted me perfectly. Perfect is the word to describe the shoe, the closest you come. You should try one before you buy a new pair of roadshoes.

So what about the weight? In size 42 with the  boa note still on:

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208g and you see the paperthing coming on the shoe. Really light.

Will the S-Works Sub6 be as good or do I have to get a pair of these for next season?

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.

Le Peloton #43 and Lanterne Rouge

A lot of people this morning with the same goal: Ride fast to get breakfast at café Le Mond.

One Pro, One elite, some strong guys and then people like me 😉 Like usual it feels to hard and felt that I couldn’t hang on as I used to do up the climbs to Fisksätra. But managed to stay in the first group all the way and was up in the front and did some work when I could, or almost could if you ask Sara 😉

And then breakfast:

and we got some nice company by Nicolas who is the man behind all of this Le Peloton:

A great guy training so much more than just cycling.

Map and stats: Strava

Then after a wash of me and my bike and a day of work it was time for the days second ride. Lanterne Rouge with cafecycling Le Mond group. Met up with them close to work and rode the regular route to Gustavsberg. Got company by another guy for a while before he continued with his intervals. My body felt tired as understandable but also I got a bit to little food this afternoon so was hungry in the beginning. Never a good sign and the last part was hard in many ways and my heart rate was real low.

But riding in the sunset is awesome 😀

The Crux!

Sometimes bikes are so good you can’t resist. Sold my old cantilever cyclocross half a year ago and tried my boss Crux Pro with discs and Force CX1 a couple of months later. That bike was fast and Sram hydraulic disc brakes is like brakes should be.

And as I’m working in the worlds best bike store, Specialized Concept Store Stockholm, who sells Crux I was curious on 2016 Crux line up. For 2015 it was pretty boring and there wasn’t one single complete CX that I wanted. But for 2016 all the time since I saw the Elite X1 the first time I was in love. As good as it gets out of a box for under 30000kr.

I wanted a carbon frame as I didn’t want to go down from my Cannondale SuperX

I wanted Sram hydraulic disc brakes

I wanted Sram Rival 1

I thru axles (who doesn’t after riding mtb?)

And as you may now I love blue. And since the Tarmac SL3 came in yellow I always wanted a yellow bike. So blue and yellow in Sweden?

With a bike I love to think new outside the box but still want to be traditional. Can’t use black socks riding a roadbike for example and white bar tape looking so good 🙂

Still waiting for a package to make it ready for training but had to show it for you 🙂

Heaviest cyclocross in many many years and first time I will use clinchers on road/cx for over 5 years. But don’t worry, will get tubulars so I can race 😀

Love when manufactures doesn’t things as I think is right and really happy to work with cyclists in a store selling the best bikes 😀

So, are you race cyclocross this season and on which bike?

Le Peloton #41 and more

The Peloton this morning went pretty okey. Did all I could and was really tired afterwards, hard to do more:

Me and Rille was the last pelotoners out from café Le Mond as usual:

Map and stats from that: Strava

Today it was good weather and I had to ride home. So I did the best of the situation and joined Le Mond for a ride to Gustavsberg after work. Heavy legs deluxe so no real attacks today, got dropped some times too. Rille who said he was tired too was strong and fast and kept the pace up. He also took the picture of the evening:

And a couple of pictures by Ena:

Le Peloton #39

Today I found out the ”bad” thing with riding Le Peloton. It never goes faster, it just get harder.

A big group today and it felt pretty good. I tried to hang on, did more turns than usual and never got dropped for real. Up to Fisksätra it felt ok but afterwards it maybe was the hardest thing I’ve done on a roadbike. I was very close to drop up Hellas but claimed me on a wheel. And coming to Älta trying to cover a gap in the front I felt like I should throw up. But i was still there. Did well up Lindalen and I was there. After the last straight I tried to hang on another guy who attacked and caught him with my legs standing straight out, rised again and pushed all I had to the Enskededalsign.

Not the fastest Peloton I’ve done but the hardest. And it was a great time. Great to feel good and feel the difference from spring where I got dropped real early. Let’s hope this will continue.

Ended as usual at café Le Mond and today we got cake to celebrate Nils and Johanna’s wedding. Two great pelotoners. Didn’t got them on a picture but one from Le Mond. Inside today as it was raining a bit:

And the bike making it all be possible for me. My fastest bike I’ve owned:

Map and stats: Strava