Le Peloton #159 and Djursholms GP

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Started yesterday, Tuesday with riding fast out to an island and back.

Then after work me and Patrik rode out with our fast colleague Oliwer to Djursholm to cheer on him and watch the Crit racing. Awesome racing on a nice course (yes I tried it)

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SCS in the sun, by Jonas Rodny 🙂

The Men racing (women just on my Insta story):

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No victory for SCS CK or Sumo but well done and fun to see. It’s getting better and better for Oliwer too which is great to see. And the power of Emil a.k.a. The Speed Lunatic is awesome 😀

Home and got too little sleep before this mornings Le Peloton:

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Tried to dope with the Sumo jersey:

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It worked a little in the beginning than my left leg got stiff again. Turned around in Fisksätra and rode easy spinning back. Caught by the first group again, took a turn up Hellas and then just tried to hang on. A successful fail I would say about that ride, want to go with them all the way and take more turns. Want to push harder and get the heart work faster like I know it can…

Map and stats: Strava

Then we had a nice breakfast in perfect weather at Le Mond 🙂

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Instead of put the bikes outside and sit inside we did the opposite. Some with better parkings than others:

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Dead end ride

Ended this weeks riding with a ride on Ingarö and to all the big wharfs there. Claes was guide and gathered hours. Mathias tried to get the legs to spin after his ride yesterday. Magnus tried to acclimatize back to Sweden after being in Spain for a week. Peter just wanted to ride. I like variation and riding on a Sunday 😉

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Colorfull group, all with white helmets. And strongest today was Magnus:

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I wasn’t:

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But it was 3 well spent hours on some new roads, some old and with speed. Felt a bit strange to be home finished riding already at 11 but got a lot of time to cheer for Stybar at Le Mond all afternoon 🙂

Map and stats of my ride: Strava

SCK Lidingö

New Saturday and Crippa found a new guide and a new place to explore. I got invited and it was just as I hoped.

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As usually we gathered at a gas station early and the guide said a few things, serious. These trainings are serious but not too serious. Is about seeing new roads, make miles and have fun. Great people 🙂

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Then after a flat was fixed we rode and met more people, over 20 riders:

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We rode all over Lidingö on roads I’ve done before but not enough to manage such a good route. Got new PR in both Grönstabacken and Aborrbacken which was on Lidingöloppet MTB too. Nice to push the Sequoia a bit and keep up with the mtbikers 😉

After Lidingö we rode along the coast of the North Djurgården and down Haga, really nice roads which I never done before. Ended with a nice coffee at Kaffeverket:

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Wasn’t so dry today as we hoped for but fun. And my Sawtooth tires are really good on everything except leaves 🙂

Got a pause on my lonely way home at the bridge towards Liljeholmen:

Wool and silk is the thing 🙂 A scarf in silk feels like a must, perfect when a buff is too warm and it’s too cold without anything. And my new Café du Cycliste gloves:

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Map and stats: Strava

Stockholm style gravel

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One thing I like about big cities is that people doesn’t care so much about the weather but more about style and how they look. Like I use to say: There are no bad shoes, just bad technic.

Pink wool socks and white Specialized S-Works XC shoes may not be the best for wet gravel roads but it feels and looks good. And I wanted to try how good my MB socks were 😉

Rode with Stockholm CK south of town today with Alexander showing us the way, a great group on mostly ridden roads. A couple of punctures and mechanicals gave chances for pictures:

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A couple of new faces and first time riding with Leo. Crippa managed as usually gather a really nice group of people that seemed work good together 🙂 Not too organized either so was all fun, and sometimes harder.

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And Camilla managed to take a picture of me in a strange pose 😉

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I should get a new helmet am the thing I’m thinking of. The Evade sits perfect on me and feels super fast but at the moment I only got it. Would be nice with a light regular helmet too, thought of the new Specialized Prevail II but it’s not available in all white 😦

Anyway, map and stats of the ride today: Strava

Castleride to the cakes

Some are racing CX in Gothenburg, some are travelling, some work. For us still in Stockholm we are thankful for Martin’s Taxinge plans.

Was 12 riders gathered at Liljeholmen this morning ready to ride to Taxinge castlecafé.

After 20km and after chasing back after I dropped my bottle I felt a bit cooked and took place behind the group aiming to hang on, a great group:

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After Södertälje it felt better and I went around with everyone else the rest of the ride 🙂

After 61km we finally arrived to this:

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Wasn’t alone:

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With me trying to be a bit absent-minded when Johan took pictures:

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Ending this photoserie with a picture of my Crux kited for road with my S-Works crankset and Roval CLX64 wheels. Only alu bike in our group 😉

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Map and stats: Strava

The Swedish National Road Championships

Sweden may not be the biggest cycling country but we got one of the best cyclists in the world and today she showed how good she is. Emma Johansson dropped everyone and got over 4min to the 7 chasers in the group behind. Emma Johansson is on such level like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is. Absolute top both but only one has the media attention.

Anyway, it was a hard race today and already after first (of 10) laps the bunch was in small groups. After a couple of laps it looked like this:

The first group with Emma Johansson, Sara Penton, Emilia Fahlin, Sara Mustonen, Sara Olsson and a couple of more went hard and made the others suffer. Specially on the pavé section in the middle of Västerås:

Emma deserves a bigger picture, also a good one but I only got this:

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Where 44 riders to start but only 11 finished as the other where too far behind. The last rider who finished after having 2 rear punctures but never stopped chasing was my Sumocycling teammate Eva Lindskog. Rode real Sumostyle and did a great first Swedish Championship:

Results:

  1. Emma Johansson
  2. Sara Mustonen
  3. Emilia Fahlin
  4. Alexandra Nessmar
  5. Sara Penton

 

Suns out, guns out

What can be better on a sunny day to ride my favorite roadbike? Planned an easy ride to Ösmo, or maybe Nynäshamn alone. Changed plans a bit while riding to have a break in Ösmo and then continue almost to Södertälje to get some new roads and variation. Thought it would be longer but was shorter.

Magic weather and first training in short-short this year 🙂 But no one is perfect, forgot my pedals at work yesterday so had to ride with mtbshoes, luckily my S-Works mtb shoes are pretty good too 😀

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My S-Works Tarmac felt great today too, didn’t think it would be as fast as it was, felt good.

The ride: Strava

Finished the day with going up to Fiskartorpet and check the 1st race in the Stockholms roadbikecup. Great racing and met a lot of nice people 🙂 You should watch racing if you can, it’s fun.

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a shorter Sunday ride

The biggest miss for me today have to be that I rode 230m (!) shorter than yesterday.

Left home this morning to ride with Rejlers/Sthlm CK on Ekerö as a change for yesterday. Not as good weather with a bit more snow, more wind and without sun, but with more people like this picture Rille took shows:

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Rode out towards Ekerö and had a short stop in the beginning to pump some tires:

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Then we rode wet asphalt roads and snowy cycling paths. Really wet on the asphalt and not so many with good fenders today so got a bit cold and wet, tried to stay away from it as good as I could.

After all as good as a sunday ride could be this sunday, great people 🙂 Back on the way home in a steep climb I tried to change to the small ring in front but my derailleur was frozen, first time it happens and it is impressive how good my rear derailleur worked today as my bike collects a lot of snow with the tight fenders. Kudos to my Diverge 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Gravel deluxe

Sometimes a winter in Sweden can be really hard with snow, ice and really cold. But when it isn’t it’s awesome to enjoy our beautiful landscape in a new way with new and old friends.

Today I joined Christer who I haven’t been riding with since our eastertrip to Belgium. Patrik and Jimmie also joined and some others I don’t know as well. Christer had announced a 90km gravelride on Södertörn south of Stockholm. The place where I rode with Emile and Alexander a while ago where I was dead last without power.

Today with fresh weather, some minus degrees and easier pace with better legs it was just pure fun. Everything was just good and friendly. Except it was a bit too hard for Jimmie, but he survived and maybe was the one enjoying the food afterwards the most. My Diverge felt perfect today too. Only thing that wasn’t perfect was my lobster gloves. Lobsters sucks at everything keeping your hands warm, strange to get good grip around the handlebar, hard to get things out of the jersey pockets and and a little hard to grab your phone with to take good pictures. But here are some by me and the ones with me from a little distance is by Patrik:

Nice with a scarf today too, style is important no matter of time of the year 😉 (except for shoes, wintershoes is awesome even if they do look a bit boring)

Coming home and felt a bit sorry for my bike, S-Works cranks looking as this:

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Map and stats from my 5h: Strava