Le Peloton #16

Today it should have been cold again and it was announced to ride CX on the CX-loop. As I’ve sold my CX I asked Patrik if I could borrow his, and he said yes 😀

Specialized Crux Pro Carbon with Sram CX1, Roval Rapide CLX 40 disc wheels with Specialized Terra mudtyres, S-Works saddle, CG-R seatpost, stem and handlebar.

So top of the line and first ride with CX1 and with hydraulic disc brakes. I am used to a great cx frame like my Cannondale SuperX and can’t say I felt any difference. The difference was round and fast. Wheels are important and these ones where very stiff and the ceramic bearings helped me as they never stopped rolling.

So the start looked like this:

With many riders going on road and Magnus taking a picture from the other side. Where just 5 who was riding the cx loop, a lot less percent than it was on the Facebookside.

Anyway the Crux was fast and I felt pretty good too. Beat my record of keeping up with Nils. fter trying to ride fast alone I ended up going slow and waiting for Magnus who some meters behind and then riding with him the rest. We kept the pace up much better than I would manage alone and as he’s strong I suffered like the Peloton is meant to do.

In the end there is a Strava section called Last Woodsection and is about 500m. Slighty uphill mostly and a small downhill in the end. Today I left Magnus and aimed for a PR there and did it with 9 seconds 🙂 10th overall of 206 riders now.

Ended up doing a PR on the complete loop too, beat my record with 5min 36seconds 😀 Great ride ending with a great breakfast at Le Mond, today with a new/another girl working there.

Map and stats: Movescount

Have to get a really good wheelset for my roadbike after Belgium next week. Today I felt it again. Roval Rapide CLX40 and Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate have made me feel difference between good and not so good wheels for real.

the sunday of cyclocross

Started the day with a long sleep. Really nice to just sleep until you wake up yourself and then a bit more 🙂 Easy morning and then I used my winter riding jacket, shoecovers and lobsters for the first time this winter. minus degrees outside and 3h on the schedule. Rode in to work to meet Jessica and we left for Hellas, Erstavik and many gravel roads in the sun. Beautiful day to ride in the sun with blue sky and not to fast. Great in all ways. Except I forgot to take a picture to share with you.

Nice with my winter jacket and lobsters today too, took some time to learn to ride a cx with Campagnolo levers with lobsters but worked fine. And my Assos Fugu jacket was almost too warm with just a thin underjersey underneath 😉

But here I/we rode: Movescount

And as picture you can see Kevin Pauwels take the victory at the CX World Cup in Namur today. Haven’t seen the women’s race yet so don’t know who won. Will see that later this evening I hope.

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CX World Cup Valkenburg, the replays

If you like me missed see the racing live yesterday you can watch the replay. See how Sanne van Paassen passing a lot of people and great english battles:

And the men’s race, haven’t seen it all yet myself:

GP Mario de Clercq, CX Ronse

First CX race this season for the world champ today, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step stylish kit:

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And as he is the world champion Stybar can have his bike like he wants. Specialized doesn’t have any Crux CX bikes with cantilevers for 2015 but Stybar got some 😉

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So world champ, light bike, Sram CX1, aerohelmet = win?

He caught Mathieu van der Poel on the first lap and lapped as #1 but then it became a bigger group. Then Sven Nys showed himself with an attack and then the race was over. Sven Nys was just better today and Stybar was dropping a bit.

1. Sven Nys – Crelan – AA Drink

2. Mathieu van der Poel – BKCP-Powerplus

3. Klaas Vantournout – Sunweb-Napoleon Games

4. Kevin Pauwels – Sunweb-Napoleon Games

5. Lars van der Haar – Giant Shimano Development Team

6. Tom Meeusen – Telenet Fidea

7. Wout van Aert – Vastgoedservice Golden Palace

8. Zdenek Stybar – Omega Pharma – Quickstep

The womens race was missing live stream 😦 but got some results:

1. Sophie de Boer – Kalas-NNOF

2. Helen Wyman – Kona FFSA Factory

3. Jolien Verschueren – Wielerteam Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove

The worlds fastest CX?

Zdenek Stybar won the World Championships on a Specialized Crux. My favorite no matter which bike he’s on but now the funny part starts.

In men’s road/CX I always cheer on Stybar (except Swedish). 

In women’s road/CX I always cheer on is Sanne van Paassen (except Swedish). She have won the CX World Cup once, was injured last season and seems like rider that prefers dirt over asphalt even racing for Boels-Dolmans. I’m always a fan of single chainring in front so now my favorite women cyclist seems to have got the coolest and fastest bike (not sure about seatpost).

Specialized Crux disc with Sram CX1 groupset:

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So let’s hope her CXseason goes as I plan with a lot of wins 😀 And the end of boring black bikes.