Le Peloton #125

My riding the last week has been as my blogging. Slow and haven’t come anywhere or done anything. Feels like a black hole and nothing to write about. Until yesterday when Emil got me changing. Riding with Emil on a morning means your legs will hurt.

He’s strong and my Sequoia was 12,24kg all inclusive, more than 2kg more than his gravelbike. But its my own choice and the plan to be strong hopefully will get me some results.

We rode to Älgö in fast winter tempo, a tempo that I haven’t been feeling for a while. Pushing hard and keep on pushing to not loose that wheel.

Today I did Le Peloton.

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We thought it still would be to icy to ride the cx loop so did the short roadloop. Ended up riding with three others from Sumo Cycling and Christian. Christian and Michael did most of the work with Claes and me in the front a couple of short times. But both thinking we will get dropped.

We didn’t got dropped, just got our legs wasted 😉 An Awesome start that ended with a long breakfast. So worth to get up too early.

And new for today was my handlebar. My Zipp bar had warranty issues so have changed to a Specialized S-Works Aerofly instead:

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A bit less space for my light is the big changed and it’s a bit longer so using a shorter stem. Really like the look and feel of an aerobar. And while the Sequoia isn’t light it feels good, felt tight and stiff this morning. And love the space for the tires, just waiting for the Specialized Dry-Tech fenders for it now and it will be magic 😀 A bike that makes me like to ride more 🙂

Map and stats from a hard morning: Strava

And at work I got the so far best Christmas present, a Café de Cycliste mug that I have missed since I saw them at Café du Cycliste this summer:

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The retarded route

Was an event some years ago called Tour de Retard that went from Nynäshamn to Stockholm on asphalt and gravel. Today me and some different people did the same ride in the best autumn sun. Autumn can be the most beautiful time of the year and include some rides I will remember for a long time. Sweden is great with its 4 seasons.

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Some old faces and some new today and a great group 🙂 nice plan by Patrik who took this picture as you may have guessed.

Had some problem with my gps in the beginning as the route was opposite to what we rode and it sent on wrong roads 😦 missed my Suunto Ambit3 with just a line to follow then. Ended up riding with Google maps and the route on ridewithgps on internet comparing. Worked pretty good but had to stop many times to check. Anyone who wants to buy a Garmin 820 from me?

Awesome ride except that. 🙂 Me and Patrik rode hipster style with a Oakley Frogskins today too, or Terrible Tuesday style 😉 Everything isn’t about wattage and training effect and this was such a day. It went sometimes slow and sometimes fast, everyone got tired I think but enjoying the magic autumn on new gravel roads was the priority.

Map and stats (including the train as Strava included the paused time): Strava