2017-

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Time to look back and see the ups and downs of this year. What to learn from the sad and what to remember as good.

The big things seems to start with Racemile Showdown in the end of January, this year not so cold but really icy as seen on the picture above. My Sequoia came to it’s perfect use with 42mm studded tires:)

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A weekend with friends and a big Thank You to Hagen for arranging 😀

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Then came a spring with a not so fast Sequoia which didn’t seem to give me any extra leg muscles. Instead it became a dropping time on Le Peloton with a too low handlebar and I felt slow…

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It may have seen like many people on the picture here but my thoughts has been Le Peloton is loosing people to other things. Like Morningspins:

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Without finding the speed on my roadbike I found it on my superlight Epic ht mtb and cut my PR at Långa Billingeracet with around 20min 🙂

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The fastest bike I’ve ever had and super agile. Unfortunately it didn’t have an rear damper and I seem to have been older making my back hurt after like 40-50km Marathon racing. Felt fast uphill, it felt really good downhill singletracks but on on flat singletrack with roots and rocks it felt like I was standing still.

So I ate ice-cream instead:

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And I tried to ride with fast people, SUMO style:

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Manage to do a Randonneur with these great people in awesome pace 🙂

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And according to Strava the one I was riding most with in 2017 is Emil who’s super fast:

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A thing I didn’t think was I was going to do Vätternrundan once again. Riding around a boring lake on boring roads with stressed people. But Stefan convinced me to apply and what a team. Known and unknown people having fun going fast for almost 300km 😀

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I never thought I would do it at 7h27min, and remembering it as fun. Riding with Henrik, getting to know Glenn, seeing how simple everything seems for Calle and Fredrik. Everything together with Jukka and Karl keeping things together. And the biggest effort by Erik for making it all possible and making us have a calm knowing everything is in control and skipping the stress so many people got for Vätternrundan. Skoda Cycling Team is not just a team effort, it’s like being a pro with everyone trusting you 🙂

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The summer passed and the next big event came.

Race Across Skåne. Another friend like Hagen arranging a top notch event. Waking up in Malmö that day not feeling on top was a bit sad as I really longed for being in top shape that day. Got dropped sitting totally wrong in the crosswind pretty early, feeling like on a spring Le Peloton but at a 190km race instead of 40km training. Ending up with meeting my good friend Emil who saved the day. Cruised on this wheel feeling shit the rest of the route:

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We had a crash in a group and it started raining. Everything felt just bad so at the last stop I got an ice-cream…

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It’s always fun with an ice-cream, always 😀

The day after I felt worse, driving to my mum instead of doing an recovery spin with the rest. Got fever but manage to get good until our adventure trip. Me, Emil and Emile went to Norberg with gravelbikes and target to explore some new roads in the middle of nowhere. I felt slow after my illness but I love new roads and places. I found a straight fast road on a sunny day outside Norberg, or the road maybe found me…

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The end of the summer after a stupid crash. But the start of knowing I got so many kind friends always there to help out. So thankful for everyone making my recovery easier. I missed Rapha 12 Hills and many many kilometers of sunny cycling but it could have been worse.

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I got back on a bike outside 😀 Have been feeling slow all autumn but I’m riding and no matter of speed cycling is a beautiful sport. And with help from Specialized Nordic and Specialized Concept Store Stockholm I’m more motivated than ever. Got the dreambike which I’m hoping to ride everywhere, all the time and with a smile (when the salt is gone from the roads)

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Travelled to Girona for some sun and met some cool people:

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So 15437km later the year ends and I’m still not tired of cycling. The best way to explore our beautiful world and meet nice different people from all over the world.

For 2018 I want to go to new places, new countries. Want to enjoy every moment no matter if I ride in sunny Italy or just commuting to work a rainy grey day. Want to be a good friend. Want to watch some proper roadracing and maybe even meet Annemiek van Vleuten. Want to be an ambassador of our beautiful stylish sport without judging people. Because style is important 😀 IMG_20171229_083905_413

So welcome 2018 and good luck having more fun! Let’s enjoy every moment 🙂

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SCS adventure

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Stockholm is surrounded of gravelroads, some of them are surrounded by Stockholm. Christer and Johnny found some new roads, shared with Magnus who fixed Johan as a Garminguide for todays ride. Me and Viktor joined and helping making it an adventure:

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Everyone had the best bikes and smiled more than the hills where steep 😉

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My Diverge tackled every obstacle better than its rider too 😉

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Not every day I got use of 44-42 but that’s the good thing with it and new roads, ready for everything 🙂

Map and stats if you want to do the same awesome ride: Strava

What it’s all about

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Cycling can be so many things. Some are trying to win Tour de France, some are saving the environment by commuting, some are loosing weight, some like to discover the unknown, some wants to see how fast they can ride, some want to win a local race, some just want to spend time with their friends, some wants to teach others how to ride.

No matter if you’re riding 3km to the train or winning World Cups like Nino Schurter it should be fun. You should enjoy the riding or you should stop riding….

Pro’s usually got a big break from cycling in the autumn, maybe even a week or two in the middle of the season. A break to keep the motivation on top and be able to perform. We usuals aren’t that good on thinking of the breaks, or having a mental coach understanding how we work and what we need.

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Now when it’s 2 weeks left until the biggest ”race” in Sweden, Vätternrundan. Not even a race but many people train seriously to beat a certain time riding with a fast group of people. If you mention for a non cyclist in Sweden that you ride a bike the first question would be: Have you done Vätternrundan?. In Sweden it’s the biggest event and for non cyclists it can even be bigger than World Championships or Tour de France.

It’s easy to get stressed about shape, group, time and what if you don’t make it… Some people even quit cycling after Vätternrundan and some hangs the bike up on the wall and not riding for the best period of the year (summer).

It’s so sad. I think it’s really sad with people getting fed up by cycling and quits, people that lost the joy and what it all was about in the beginning.

You may think that I never rest and never gets tired of cycling both working with it, have friends who ride a lot and riding a lot on my spare time. But my biggest fear is getting fed up and stop. I’m getting better on resting and as I said to a friend today. I’m riding so much it doesn’t matter if I miss a ride to do something else fun. The Skoda team with riding Vättern under 8h gives me a bit of pressure even when people say I would make it. It could be the end if I took it too serious but I try to keep it fun. I try to enjoy riding fast with my awesome teammates and aiming for everyone to have a fun time 🙂

If you’re tired, then rest. If you feel like going fast, then go fast. Don’t think too square, everyone are different and needs different things to work as a cyclist.

Take care and ride because it’s fun, don’t think anyone reading this blog have to ride their bike to survive. And the summer is perfect for riding 😀

Sumo Gravelgrinding

Our 120-150km roadride got changed as the weather should go below 0° and it’s freezing to ride roadbikes in so cold weather. Eva wanted to ride gravel and everyone changed. Became 8 riders who left Urban Deli this morning towards Gladö Kvarn and new roads for some. Anders turned around after a while and we became 7 for the rest of the ride. 7 happy cyclists just after we had a break thanks to Johan 🙂

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The reason I was happy was cause of my tiretesting. 1,95″ Specialized S-Works Renegade today with an awesome float 🙂 Sadly not sticking so good in mud so did have one ”crash” or fall. Rolled a bit better than I thought compared to my friends 33-38mm cx tires. Now I just need the legs of Michael to became fast too…

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A really nice ride in mostly really nice (but cold) weather, just got very little snow on us in the end. The ”end” was Hellasgården and fika, maybe last time for me as their service was at the bottom. But nice company 🙂 Me and Claes rolled home together and just after we said goodbye in Duvnäs my watch died, so missed a couple of kilometers on Strava.

Map and stats (with a strange heart rate): Strava

Le Peloton #150

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A lot of people this cold morning.

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As it was so cold we where a group who decided to do the CX loop instead. Me on my Sequoia. Was fast to Urban Deli but when the others started pushing after the first climb I couldn’t keep up, tried to hang on Johan but after the Adventure Course I couldn’t keep up. Chased him for a while but lost him at the turning point.

Rode as hard and fast as I could but didn’t go fast… Finally got back to town, caught Johan and rode together on Folkungagatan to Le Mond for waffles 🙂

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A great afterbike 🙂 with some easter egg painting:

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Thought of doing an extra loop but just took anther road home as I was tired. Map and stats: Strava

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Like an Alfa Romeo 😉 Flashing morning with some guys:

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2 groups today, one Kangas group and one for the rest of us. I was unsure if I would ride the CX or roadloop as it snowed yesterday evening so took my Sequoia. Everyone rode the roadloop so keeping up with my 11kg Sequoia was hard, but did alright in our 2nd group and felt like some good training 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

And after work I took out this beauty, think we will be good friends 😀

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Le Peloton #145

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More sun for us 🙂 After a fast Peloton on Wednesday and some hard efforts on Djurgården yesterday I had an easy morning today. Rolled the shortest loop with a big group of riders. It feels like my heartrate is lower than usual, maybe I got a bit of shape somehow. Was really easy for me today and just what I wanted 🙂 But also really cold which I didn’t want and had a bit too thin gloves.

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At the start a bit after these picture we where 19 riders today too. Will next Wednesday be the first one this spring with over 20 riders? I’m aiming for riding my roadbike next week and we talked a bit today of changing to the longer standard loops and groups. 🙂

Map and stats from today: Strava

And ending with a tip, inCycle with a video about La Fabrica and Service Course in Girona: