Olympics and some CX

Sad day for Norway but good day for Sweden and perfect day for France. Womens XCO at the Olympic Games in London today. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå that hole Norway hoped for crashed on first lap and then after a puncture she abandoned the race. A race like a normal world cup in a way. Annie Last in the front in the beginning but fading. The women who didn’t fade today was Julie Bresset! She showed that she has been preparing well and dominated the race with a great victory in the end 🙂 Will she now tell Julien Absalon how to do tomorrow so France win the hole XCO?

For Sweden with Alexandra Engen a friend said 15th, I hoped for top 10 as I know she rides well at important races. But so good as she rode today I never would have thought. 6th!

 

Results:

1 Julie Bresset (France) 1:30:52
2 Sabine Spitz (Germany) 0:01:02
3 Georgia Gould (United States of America) 0:01:08
4 Irina Kalentieva (Russian Federation) 0:01:41
5 Esther Suss (Switzerland) 0:01:54
6 Alexandra Engen (Sweden) 0:02:16
7 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Poland) 0:02:28
8 Annie Last (Great Britain) 0:02:55
9 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) 0:03:36
10 Tanja Zakelj (Slovenia) 0:03:49

Looked at it as much as I could on my phone as I was working. After work I was heading out on my CX in the sun. Really nice weather this weekend 🙂 Tried some add-ons for my CXcourse as you can see here in lap 2: Map&Graph And some photos showing the green between the mountains:

 

1,9km course at the moment. What do you think? On the way home, felt a bit tired after work so not so much training but passed Nordnesparken to check it out. Not so big but good oceanview

Bergen CX

Living in a city with 260000 inhabitants surrounded by 7 mountains and working in city centre it’s not perfect for Cyclocross. But today I found the perfect spot, not just townroads, not hard long climbs but small hills, grass, gravel, a little pavement if you want and stairs. Even benches if you’re getting tired ;):

 

Look at that, and it’s even bigger in real. The fun didn’t end there. Riding in grass, on gravel with high carbon fibre wheels is something different than having low cool pair of Crono F20rims. Challenge Grifo 32mm with around 2bar today, would go lower but some riding on road home too. Map & graph here: TrainingPeaks CXrecon Look at lap 3 that is getting a bit longer and came up with some more ideas but haven’t ridden them all in one lap. Anyone wants to join and train CX with me on real (saturday at 16.30?)?

Looked like this today that shows how well the yellow on my bike matches 😉