2 years of Le Peloton

Thanks to this guy I started with Le Peloton 2 years ago:

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  • 58 rides 1st year
  • 60 rides 2nd year

Could have been more rides this last year if I didn’t slept so long and rode Le Snooze instead 😉

I’m not a guy that loves to do intervals on a trainer. I can’t push myself really hard riding alone and I found it boring to ride alone. I like to ride with good people. And I like a good breakfast. I don’t have any problems going up early. And I like routines.

So it has been awesome meeting a lot of riders in the mornings for a ride that helps me improve my bike skills in different ways:

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Even when it’s cold and we aren’t so many but sometime happier riders that do the cx loop:

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I like to optimize, I want to go faster and get faster gear. Like speedsuit, aero shoes, helmet and an awesome fast bike:

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And the big city life with a great breakfast with great friends in the city centre at Le Mond:

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I’ve done Le Peloton with 7 different bikes this year but mostly these two:

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Le Peloton is like a race with redlights. Sometimes you make it but if you have a bad day you get dropped and everyone rides in the same class. Some people wants everyone to help, some people just want to make it around, I don’t want to get dropped before Hellas.

On Wednesday I start my 3rd Le Peloton year. I want to improve and I want to ride harder, better and maybe I will get dropped too early. I will never be the best and I will never be in the centre but I will be a hangaround with class.

Swedish autumn

Riding on trails full of leaves. Dry gravelroads with colourful trees:

Thinking about summer and beaches:

Dreaming about big houses next to a lake:

And having a fika at the best café:

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Had a nice autumn ride with Emile yesterday as you can see.

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Including the too be famous #EmileShortcut:

We drank a bit too, Etixx you know:

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And finally we found the light in the darkness:

We ended up on gravelroads where you just have to push a bit extra. Rode asphalt for the fika and tried how good cyclocross is on rocky trails. The only thing we really missed out was riding on big roads with a lot of traffic. But that’s okey 😉 It took us 1,5h too meet the first car on a road. I’m impressed how good gravelroads there are just outside Stockholm 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

My Crux 4 you

My cross season is over without a single cross race. But there is still time for you to race on a great raceready bike 😀

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Specialized Crux E5 bought 16th September 2016 (same as 2017). Size 54
Specialized Expert alu bar 40cm
Specialized 90mm stem adjustable between 13° and 21°
Specialized original alu seatpost (not even mounted yet)
Specialized Toupe Expert saddle
Sram Force 1 brakes, levers and rear derailleur
Shimano 105 11-32 cassette
Shimano Dura-Ace chain
FSA SL-K BB30 crankset with a new 42t Sram Force1 chainring (not pictured)
Novatec 38mm carbon tubulars (1500g)
Challenge Grifo 33mm tubulars

If you want I can send you the Fabric bottle and bottle cage (on the picture) with.

Sold without pedals and under 8kg. Just add pedals and race

Price: 15000SEK for you my readers

Le Snooze

Awesome name as I did sleep over 1h extra compared to when I’m riding Le Peloton. It’s nice with friends that start work late and want to ride before. Met up with John and Patrik as the regulars at Hammarbybacken and then the new guy in the hoods, Martin Söderström did his first ride on his Crux. And Emile joined us too.

We did go fast up a climb, and sprint up two small climbs. Otherwise it felt pretty easy and just like a nice ride with great people 🙂 Met a couple of other friends also out riding.

Emile had a photoshoot:

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And as you see it was light, the best thing with riding a bit later 🙂

It was such a ride you would expect to get a pretty slow time on the CXloop we did. Last time I did it Peloton style I got 1h4min and it didn’t feel good but I dropped Fredrik and caught Rille.

Today 1h5min, haha

map and stats: Strava

Patrik thought he won:

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And I thought Rio with a scarf, lovely piece:

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Group but with Emile behind the camera so missing out:

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Another nice morningride in the books and I think I can survive this autumn too 😀 (at least Vivels will survive with all the food we eat there)

Le Peloton #116

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My first year I did 58 Pelotons. Now I’ve done 58 more but it’s still 1 month left until 2 years 😉

Today it felt like old days. Got a great start but passed by fast guys in the first climb and dropped with Fredrik in the middle. We rode together until he dropped a bit before the Adventure course. Then it was TT alone and while I felt better than yesterday I wanted to get 10 beats more out of me. Felt like riding on half power and not until the end when it was 3min left I caught the next guy, Rille who had problems with his gears. Both put the throttle down to keep the other on behind, I almost succeeded but Rille passed me in the end when I was just rolling.

The funny thing is even when it doesn’t feel fast I’m not so far behind. Not as big gaps as you imagine while riding and it’s dark around you.

Ended at Le Mond as always and met Sara who was home before she leave for Worlds on saturday. Really funny to hear how she’s going and see the development. She’s just getting better and better and I really hope she will find a great team for next year 😀

Map and stats from the ride: Strava

Le Peloton #115

Rain can be hard, Rain and darkness is hard. But there is something take makes it fun to ride in bad conditions sometimes even when I’m not so good at it. Maybe it’s my Café du Cycliste rainjersey and bibs that works better the worse weather 😉

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Or is it all the comments I get afterwards? Options for today was to ride Le Peloton in the rain or not ride at all, I love riding…

4 riders doing the CX-loop and 3 on the road. CX and gravel feels so much better when it’s raining as the water is soaked up a bit by the ground and you’re not holding wheels like on the asphalt.

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Emil and Michael dropped me before the start. I had Tobias on my wheel trying to chase but without success. Tobias went up in the front two times. First time I almost rode off the road as my Garmin lived its own life in the rain and second time was in the sand where it felt like I was standing still. But just for a couple of minutes. Then he was on my wheel for the half of the ride before he dropped complaining on too much dirt on his glasses.

I didn’t feel fast any time today but I did my best and got around, at around 1min slower than Michael and we all got breakfast at Le Mond 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Now we hope for sun rest of the week 😉

Castleride to the cakes

Some are racing CX in Gothenburg, some are travelling, some work. For us still in Stockholm we are thankful for Martin’s Taxinge plans.

Was 12 riders gathered at Liljeholmen this morning ready to ride to Taxinge castlecafé.

After 20km and after chasing back after I dropped my bottle I felt a bit cooked and took place behind the group aiming to hang on, a great group:

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After Södertälje it felt better and I went around with everyone else the rest of the ride 🙂

After 61km we finally arrived to this:

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Wasn’t alone:

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With me trying to be a bit absent-minded when Johan took pictures:

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Ending this photoserie with a picture of my Crux kited for road with my S-Works crankset and Roval CLX64 wheels. Only alu bike in our group 😉

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Map and stats: Strava