UCIWWT Vårgårda

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Like I wrote about in Norberg there is a lot of forests and lakes in Sweden. And gravel a.k.a sportgrus. Today the women peloton rode it all in the World Tour race in Vårgårda with a lot of attacking and great livestream on Swedish TV and on Eurosport for other countries. More women racing to our TV’s, this is great action 🙂

No victory for Emilia Fahlin or Sweden this year but close. Read about the highlights and watch some more scenic pictures here:

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Exploring with Sumo

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Was supposed to come a bit of rain during the day today so when Emil talked about a ride in the morning it seemed like a good idea. When he suggested gravel and I could borrow the Diverge I was all in 🙂

Me, Michael, Claes and Emil rode laps today, laps everywhere, some new roads, some old. Mostly in the opposite direction. Should have been easy but Sumo and easy doesn’t go hand in hand. But great tempo today with a lot of fun 😀

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Passing the ”ocean”, riding around lakes, taking pictures at ”ocean”:

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We finally found the place everyone talks about, Fisksätra:

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And of course we rode beautiful gravelroads, enjoying life, in sun and trying to keep up with Michael:

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At the end we got a bit more quiet, the tempo went down a bit and we rode up a ”mountain” just because:

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Yes, it’s a lake that we rode around in the background…

And yes, we bragged about all this while having ice cream and more or less endless of fika:

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All in all Diverge+Sumo=Win

Map and stats if you also want to do laps: Strava

Torö is far away

At one time I thought of riding short today but it was sunny and I got nice friends who wanted to go to Torö. So Christ went to Heaven and we to Torö

It felt good, my bike felt fast so had to wait for the others a couple of times 😉 And I got Ice-cream 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Södermanland 210

I got a bike called Tarmac. It’s made for cyclists like Boonen, Contador and Sagan.

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They got tubulars, I had clinchers:

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They got competitors, I got friends:

Remember a great sunday 🙂 Didn’t feel so fast but I got some fast friends and sometimes it feels like I got many friends. Really thankful for all of you 🙂 The man of the day was Emile for convincing me to ride to Södertälje from home, never leaves a friend behind and fixed a shortcut home from Eldtomta. The same Emile who got started the ”Emile shortcut” which is the beginning of memories and laughter 😉

The beautiful ride started by Emil about Cafécycling: Södermanland 210 on Strava

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Tomorrow it will come a review of the bike I was riding today while waiting for a new bike capable to go everywhere.

Until that I write about todays ride. My favorite German, Hagen, as a guide and my friend Emile with his special shortcuts. Both are strong, both are great, both like new ”roads”. That’s why Stockholms Explorer Club was invited a while ago. Ride in the unknown.

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Unknown like a technical singletrack along a lake outside Botkyrka that ended with one of the steepest climbs I’ve done in Stockholm, on grass. We laughed of the ”road” and continued to Flottsbro where we rode the downhilltrack down on our crossbikes and continued thru a tunnel:

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After a while we came to Södertälje and could start the original route. Started with a photopause at the bridge:

We rode some nice asphalt roads and a lot of gravel. We crossed a field laughing instead of someones garden with a man that didn’t want us to pass. Hagen and Emile is strong so for me it mostly looked like this:

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We got directions from a man in the middle of nowhere which said the first couple of hundred meters could be a bit tricky, he were right:

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After our lunch in Åker Styckebruk and a rainfall which we missed while eating 🙂 We rode bigger gravelroads but with really tired legs for me:

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Some looser than others and I started to fall behind in the many climbs. Suffering by fatigue after a long week and five hours of hard riding. Rode together to Stjärnhov were we stopped for supplies and I thanked for me and rode the asphalt to Gnesta while Hagen and Emile continued on the original route and got over 225km, impressive with such slow and small roads.

My ride: Strava

Today I really wished for more time and better legs, the ride was awesome and it’s rides like this I want to do. Discover new parts of beautiful Sweden with friends, and gravelroads are usually funnier than asphaltroads.

Hopefully I will create another post with more pictures from Hagen and Emile who took a lot more pictures than I did. 😉