200km Brevet

I did my 3rd Randonneur ride today. First one was 1,5 year ago in the middle of the winter. A long long snowy day riding alone around Mälaren. 2nd was last year on my birthday when Sumo Cycling Club smashed a ride from Uppsala with an average of over 34km/h for 200km, but with a bit too long stops and sadly a crash.

Today was a classic ride which many of my friends have done before, Slottsrundan (castleloop) in Sörmland starting in Östertälje. I missed it last year but today on Sweden’s National Day which of course is sunny seemed perfect 🙂

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Got there with my Sumo club with El Gringo, The Joker and the The Dictator.

It all started in a very big group with like 30-40 riders and it was a bit too big. El Gringo thought of attacking and the Dictator wanted the same. Passing Vagnhärad it was an attack and some stopped, a bit messy but they tried to make the group smaller. Dropped a few but not so much. After the first stamp/castle and we turned right into tailwind it changed quiet a bit. El Gringo went up in the front and just smashed it, one line behind and not so many wanted to help out with the pace 😉 People got dropped and into Gnesta we where a fine little group. Stopped at Circle K for some water and a guy complained at the speed, hmm, nothing said about it.

Another group passed but they stopped for Pizza in Gnesta. We started riding again with mostly known people for me. Really fun. Mats got some attacks, a couple of signsprints and we lived life 😀

South of Mariefred where we turned to Åker Styckebruk the road got very undulating and while Sebastian was really strong on the climbs not everyone was.

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In Åker Styckebruk we lost the Dictatotor and El Gringo and the Joker stopped to wait for him. I continued to get some more help from the 1st group.

Ended up at Malsåker castle:

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Back over the water in Stallarholmen and stopped at a gas station.

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The other Sumos wasn’t so far behind so we met up. Johan was pretty tired so me and him waited while the group I rode with before went to finish the ride. Johan was still tired after the break so he rode alone from Mariefred. Just the SUMO group back together:

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El Gringo keeping the pace right, The Joker and me pushed the tempo a bit too high for the Dictator. Have to live up to my name (The Lightweight Lizard) on the climbs you know 😉

A nice pace straight back to Östertälje and the ride was over. me and the Joker celebrated like you should a sunny summer day 😉

Map and stats: Strava

The funny thing is today felt alright, I had no problems with going around (mostly) and take my turn. Compared to last autumn where I more or less just tried to hang on as I thought the pace was to high. Same speed today, more climbing and less good teamwork. Feels good 🙂

Some may think that you shouldn’t ride Brevet this fast but why not. Everyone in the final group today was happy about the speed I think, otherwise they should have dropped to another group 😉 And short stops makes it easier to get back on the bike 🙂

Älgö Deluxe

Don’t know what it is but it seems like my body like Älgö in a way. Seems to have easier to hang on compared to a Le Peloton. Until Mathias attacked today with Michael and Anders rode up to them. Ended up in a chasing group just behind, A great group with great speed, lost a lot at a redlight but except that I think we had some flow 🙂

Looked like this, filmed by Jesper:

Got together afterwards and had breakfast in the sun 🙂

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A great morning with a ride like this: Strava

Le Peloton #160

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You know this thing with recovery? I didn’t and tried you hang on to Le Peloton today. A lot of fast guys almost making all time records today but I didn’t. My left leg said stop on top of Österviksbacken and I didn’t manage to hold a wheel around Fisksätra. Dropped.

Took the shortcut at Kranglan and rode with Oskar to Älta where we got caught by the 1st group again. Tried to hang on and thought it felt good until Storkällan. Went alright on the climb but when it flattened out and the speed rised I couldn’t keep up. Just to fast which feels like a good reason to drop. Rode the rest alone as fast I could and ended in the sun outside Le Mond for breakfast and which fast happy people 🙂

Like Rille captured:

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Biggest reason I tried to ride fast today was because of the bike I borrowed. Wanted to try it for real and sure it’s superfast. But I wasn’t.

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Specialized Venge Vias Expert Disch with Roval CL64 wheels. The Rocket Red color even makes me like red 😉

Map and stats: Strava

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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Le Peloton #158

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Many degrees, many cyclists 😀 Record this year with around 60 cyclists.

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so many but no ambassadors so I stepped up trying to say something about riding safe, following traffic rules and so on.

It started ok but was a bit further back than I planned to be when coming down to Järnvägspizza but went fine and in front a bit after the tight corner. Didn’t feel awesome up to Fisksätra but managed to hang on and got really happy to tackle the first obstacle. Far back at Stationsbacken then again and saw the first riders go away when half the peloton had to stop for a bus in the roundabout in Ektorp. Ended with a big chase and in Storängen at the red light all was together again. Got a bit too long way to go around in the front and got tired to Nacka Forum. Down to Sickla I got 2 (!) KOMs 😀

Up on Viktor’s wheel up Hellas and after I took a turn I was really tired. Dropped a bit and hoped for someone else to cover the gap. Worked a bit until a car tried to passed and got into the middle of the group. My legs died and I saw the peloton float away…

Got company by Oscar and 4 others. Rode the last part together and it went pretty good. At Skarpnäck I stopped for the redlight like you should but the others just passed 😦 Had to ride the long last straight alone behind and wasn’t as happy as I hoped I would be. Complained a bit and then we rode to Le Mond to be happy again. Eating breakfast in the sun is the best 😀

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All just smiles, and coffee. And bragging Stockholm style about KOM’s, big turns and wattage, or just happy to meet a proper pro cyclist :). Everyone dreaming of sitting there in the sun all day. Happy life

Map and stats: Strava

Sumo weekend

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I rode like this on Saturday morning.

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And this Sunday morning 😉

Yesterday me and Emil started the day with enjoying the sunshine to Vissvass and back before everyone else woke up. A nice ride with just a couple of sprints.

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Today I rode with Stefan, Claes and Jens from Järna. Down to Nyköping (almost) in awesome tailwind and then back up to Gnesta in not so awesome headwind

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Happily we god some nice views so the headwind wasn’t so hard. The road to Sjundaskogen after Gnesta is really beautiful and so nice to ride it on my Tarmac compared to my Sequoia with 42mm studded tires in cold weather which I had last time

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Think the ride me and Emil did yesterday got results today. Emil won the Mälarcup race in Västerås in Men30 almost as cool as Fernando Gaviria won the Giro stage 🙂

To Torö with friends

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Klas fixed a route in his head and then we gathered some great people and rode to the end of Torö. A lot of wind, sun and some snowflakes a short while. We had fika and got to see the last 5km of Liege-Bastogne-Liege 🙂 The pace felt good and after 140km the attacks started 😉 I didn’t feel so strong today but had easy recover when I sat on wheel so one step ahead.

Today I also found the Tarmac feeling. The bike just wanted to attack and go faster no matter if it was downhill, uphill or flat, straight or turning. I’m in love in that bike 😀 Not the lightest or stiffest I had but the funniest 😀

Overall a lovely day on the bike and nice to get some distance again, was a while since I rode over 100km it feels like.

Map and stats: Strava