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

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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:

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Mounted roadtires on my Sequoia yesterday to keep up with John. Today on the Peloton the bike felt pretty fast 😉

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Specialized S-Works Turbo 24/26mm is a bit faster than Trigger 38mm cxtires :p

And with a lot of people today, yearly record:

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Per on roadbike sat off with Nils and Emil. Anders came up and they formed a nice team time trail for the rest of the ride. Me and Oliwer was up a few times but except that they did the work and the rest of us tried to hang on. 8-9 riders at the finish with Anders taking the sprint. I got a PR on the loop so really happy 😀

Celebrated with breakfast:

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Map and stats: Strava