The Worlds and the Specializeds

World XCO Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic this week. Ida Jansson, Sweden won the women juniors race yesterday and today it was the Special day.

First men U23 where Samuel Gaze rode his Specialized Epic so fast so Victor Koretzky couldn’t keep up with his BH.

Then Women Elite and it looked a bit as the 2 earlier World Cups this year. Some who tries to put the tempo high in the beginning and then Annika Langvad decides it is too slow. She won the last World Cup last year, she won the 2 first this year and she is the new World Champion!!!

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So right she won. Hoped she would because Danes got cool style and she got the class. Annika Langvad and Julien Absalon is what I think the role models of XCOracing.

  1. Annika Langvad – Denmark
  2. Lea Davison – USA
  3. Emily Batty – Canada

A day with friends on a bike

This morning I went to Le Mond at 10 to watch the womens World Cup in Vårgårda together with a couple of others instead of going out riding. Great racing but not the best commentators in Swedish, how can you miss Boels-Dolmans and think Amanda Spratt is Emma Johansson? No Swedish win but Jolien d’Hoore from Wiggle-Honda won.

After the race we rode out to Ingarö and back to Le Mond:

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A great ride in the sun that we ended with a fika and a lot of talking in the sun outside café Le Mond 😉

map and stats: Strava

And now I’ve seen half of the days important XC World Cup. Awesome with Annika Langvad as a winner 😀

The Nationals has started!

I’ve been cycling today but more from that on Strava. And a big thanks to Tommy at Öster Cykel for the bike I’ve borrowed this weekend 🙂

Then the national time. Normally it’s just the National Championships on road now but Denmark and Germany already rode their XCO Nationals too. Annika Langvad got the champion jersey once again:

In Germany Helen Grobert won women elite:

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And the coolest german won men elite, Manuel Fumic!

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In Norway they started the road Nationals and today it was men U23. Team Joker with a strong team this year too got the first 3 places 🙂 Odd Christian Eiking won in front of Truls Engen Korsæth and Anders Skaarseth:

Would have loved to see that live 😀

Absa Cape Epic last stage, with emotions

An emotional day at Cape Epic yesterday when Annika Langvad had birthday and it was the last race of Christoph Sausers impressive career:

I’ve heard some rumors about what Sauser will do now and if they are correct he won’t disappear from the cycling scene 😀 Let’s hope they are correct and he will be in to lift the sport even more.

Keps Cup in Tullinge

When racing on road just ends in a tragedy like this:

Kwiatkowski and Stybar crashed in the end of Milan – San Remo today and Kristoff got passed in the sprint.

This morning it wasn’t like that. I took the train to Tullinge and entered the first race of this year. A ”small” training race with many fast riders, also my first start in Men 30-39. The course was pretty fast with some technical sections. Pretty flat course but perfect to start with. Had been snowing a little and was cold so the conditions was really good too. No mud and super track.

The race started with I’m getting passed by a friend shouting ”Come on!”, I just laughed as I already was riding fast (if you ask my legs). The race was a bit mental, going full speed 1 lap and then knowing you should ride 4 more can be hard even if it’s so short. Rode with a guy behind me first lap, on the second lap he passed me on the climb and I followed him, like this:

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In black with a bit of red today in Specialized clothes 😉 Haven’t got new club clothes yet. The guy in front of me had a problem on the third lap a bit before this and I passed him. A little bit after a friend caught me that I managed to keep behind 😀

Was riding alone until the end of last lap where another guy caught me and I missed we where in the same class. Let him by loosing a spot 😦

So fun to race again and so much training needed my and a friend that gave me lift home talked about. Better to train than to change chainring for a smaller 😉

Map and stats of the race: Movescount

(if you absolutely have to know my result I was around 13th, 3rd last)

This years highest topspeed!

It’s important to be happy and think positive. Today I sat on the wheel of two strong riders and thought, I will keep the wheel, I will hang on, I have too. Mental strength that ended with my legs standing straight out like on Tom Boonen yesterday.

Except he was at the finishline and I had 1h40min left. But a bit before I managed to get a new topspeed for the year. Nothing to brag about as it only was 52,6km/h but it’s at least something to be happy about 🙂

Rode out to Ingarö this weekend to, but instead of wet rain and water everywhere it was almost dry and really fast. Pretty much wind too. Was okey to sit on wheel in the headwind but when we turned and it became tailwind it was too hard for me so rode the last part alone.

Fastest time to work today too with 14.46, like 3-4min faster than previous record. But also got the slowest time on the way home. The wind says a lot.

No picture today as I had enough with keeping the wheel in front of me so just some map and stats: Movescount

Funny to like cycling when every muscle wants you to stop and take the bus or like last weekend when it was so wet I was freezing after just 15min of the 4h45min ride. There is something magic about the misery cycling can get you too 😉