CX and Gravel

Today it was a trainingrace in Ursvik and SCS CK joined with 5 riders and me. Me, Patrik and John rode up while the others went by car. I joined the course preview but as my leg isn’t all good I didn’t want to race, stood on the side, took some pictures and cheered a bit instead. And talked to the ones who punctured (many of those).

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And then we had fika 🙂 Lisa asked if anyone was up for an easy gravelspin afterwards and I joined. Wanted to go on a nice gravelride from the beginning and not so often I ride at Järvafältet and the weather was perfect for autumn 😀 love Swedish sunny autumn with all the colors and smiling people.

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A picture from the end of our ride. Riding home from Ursvik I got to know how long time it was since I have ridden over 3h, even with the fika my energylevel dropped and had to eat a couple of bars at work before washing my bike. Closest I’ve been to bonk 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Ending with a nice teampicture, just missing Patrik who escaped home:

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Annonser

New Specialized CX tires

I saw them already last winter, they came on Annika Langvad’s S-Works Crux for this season and now they are released for public. more or less.

The Trigger made for gravel and commuting more or less so no more Trigger tubulars and maybe not even new rubber.

Tracer get’s faster and with Gripton compound. No both in 33 and 38mm:

The new Specialized Tracer features a round profile, shallow and broad lightening bolt-shaped knobs.  © C. Lee / Cyclocross MagazineThe new Specialized Tracer is a complete redesign, with numerous shallow, broad knobs but a lot of edges for grip on hardpack surfaces. © Cyclocross Magazine

Terra get’s bigger and a bit different studs. More for mud than before and the other end of the lineup compared to Tracer:

The new Specialized Terra has taller knobs but an open tread design for mud shedding. © Cyclocross Magazine

Both tires available in tubular too of course. And as the customers want, tan sidewalls:

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Read more and get more info about these on: CX Magazine

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