200km Birthdayparty

It is something special when you hear 9 guys singing for you in Alunda:

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Had bad legs today but I had good friends doing the work and keeping the pace high both in head- and tailwind. Sumo Cycling Club did a 200km Brevet north of Uppsala with the result that we dropped everyone except one who crashed and had go back by ambulance. Rode on small beautiful roads through small villages that should have been captured but was enough with just trying to keep the wheels. But we got a nice grouppic at the start:

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Emil and Anders said I didn’t have the legs because I didn’t have my Sumo jersey, maybe they where right but my Café du Cycliste Pierette jersey was really nice in the wind today and great pockets 🙂 Tried to keep the class up with a POC silk scarf too, a lovely piece.

Did I mention we got back first? Or that my body feels destroyed? But the bike felt awesome, like home 🙂

Ended it all with having burgers in Märsta on the road home:

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I may not be so much Sumo but the guys are really nice and you always know it will be hard ride riding with them 😀 Thanks for my birthdayride.

Map and stats: Strava

New tubular day

Having a bit of a cold so no Le Peloton today. But rode early to work to finish the gluing of my own wheels as the ones I borrowed from Patrik was going down to Gothenburg on the winning bike, deserved better than me. Impressive that me and Patrik fixed one cyclocross bike each for a World Champion the last two days 😀 Love my job sometimes.

Got a pair of 38mm cheep used carbon wheels that was lighter than expected:

The weights are with some glue and tape on the front wheel. Glued a pair of Challenge Grifo tires and the result looks awesome if you ask me:

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Forgot to check the weight before I left from work today so will do that tomorrow morning and update this post.

What do you think?

Race Across Skåne 2016

My best cyclingday last year was RAAS, wrote about it here: RAAS15

So for this year my expectations was high, maybe too high and the weather didn’t seem to be as good as last year either. This year I knew more about the ride, I knew more people and it was really fun to come to Musette where the start was and meet everyone, including the new owner of my old Allez 🙂

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The Ride group started 1,5h before us so just the Racegroup left when I came and a lot of nice people to talk too. And a lot of cool bikes to have a look at, but just one S-Works…

Then the Race started with a masterstart by Emil and Patch leading us out to Dalby:

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With the big group rolling behind waiting for the race to start:

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Nice roads, nice people and great tempo made it great. Until around 60km where we had our first crash. A Skodaguy sitting in front came with way to high speed into a 90° corner and lost his front wheel. His bike just slided into a stonewall with him behind with at least a broken fork as result and his race was over. 😦 Not so long after we had a bunchcrash when Carl hit the braking wheel in front of him and we where 3 you came down. Carl got bruses and a couple of broken spokes, Ola got a dent on his Allez (my old) and I who was the last one down just got a couple of scratches on my leg and bartape.

Then we had lunch and met Therese from Rapha in Vitemölla:

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On the way back it was some heavy legs in the beginning but we got up to speed in the headwind with some attacks that didn’t worked out. The famous ravin which is a ”gravel” road downhill with really loose sand this year the group got split up a bit but gathered in Blentarp or a bit before that again where the last short stop was.

Then Even crashed with a dear, didn’t see it but seemed not to be to hard as he was riding like before afterwards. Up the long climb and then it feels like a never ending end. The road goes down, and up, left and right and you never really know if Malmö is getting closer. And the rain began, was a lot of rain hurting our sour bodies. Happily it was warm so freezing and no need for extra clothes. And suddenly people started to ride fast, the group got longer and Hagen was up front sprinted and took the win! Was so worth it as he seemed really strong the hole ride and no one seemed to be a match for him.

And we rolled into Malmö, to Media Evolution and the afterparty 🙂 The ride was to an end

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My bike was perfect, my body worked good until 162km where I had a dip and it was really fun 😀 Patch did a great job this year too keeping the event awesome 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Cannondale Slate 105 preview

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The bike that came out of the box, Cannondales New Road bike Slate did I try yesterday. Thought of writing about it here but it will be on a bigger website and I will share a link as fast as it’s up.

Le Peloton #101

We all need some connections and be together. Today it was my 101st Le Peloton and it was Elviras 1st 🙂

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Vacationtimes but still over 60 riders today. Awesome to see so many up so early to go so fast. And today it was fast. Many strong riders and I had pretty good legs but only a 46T chainring in front. It worked much better than I thought and was good training for my cadence 🙂

Ended up with setting a PR on  the official loop with over a minute averaging 42,9km/h including to stops on the 34,6km loop 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Then we rode through south Stockholm (pic by Johan):

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And had a super breakfast in the sun, so worth the riding:

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I’ve got in love with my Specialized S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit for these rides and as it’s all black it feels like I need to make it a bit funnier with funny socks. But in my favourite book (Sort kaffe & hvide sokker) the socks should be white. White thin and awesome Café du Cycliste socks to match my supernice Sub6 shoes today:

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In perfect length 🙂 That’s important.

UCI Nations Cup Frauen Etappenrennen

This past weekend I’ve been in Albstadt, Germany and worked for the best: The Swedish National Team.

Felt like a long time ago working for a team and I didn’t do everything perfect but no punctures, no crashes and no technical problems and without missed times it was good. The staff did what we could do and the riders did what they could do. Many new so much learning and setting standards. And a bit special with 2 danish riders in the team making it a SWE-DEN mixed team.

Was 4 stages with:

Criterium Friday evening

Time Trial Saturday morning

Road Race Saturday afternoon

Road Race Sunday morning.

Simone Eg did best of our riders and ended 15th in General Classification.

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Thanks for inviting me Isabelle Söderberg and I’ll hope I did okay and to get the opportunity to help The National Team more. I love to see riders learn and get better, and be able to help Women Cycling grow is in my dreams. I hope that it will be as big as Men’s Cycling one day

Le Peloton #95

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Started with a Tuesday with new wheels. Sold my CLX 40 tubulars and got a pair of Roval CXL64 disc, was like Christmas at work when they arrived 🙂 Massive with their 29,9mm width and 64mm height but seems second lightest in it’s category with only Tune Schwarzbrenner that comes in lighter. But also not so high and not as wide.

Wasn’t feeling perfect but felt fun to try my new wheels on yesterdays peloton with a lot of people:

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and new Gelatosocks:

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Wasn’t on top and ended pretty far bak in the group which made me suffer a lot. Came up ok up to Fisksätra but almost got dropped on the way down again. Kept up with the peloton until Sickla and got dropped up pasted Hästhagen…

Rode alone and took the shortcut in Älta. Came to Enskededalen in time to see Damian take the sprint and the fast Jacob smash the KOM. A new KOM every week, impressive.

We all got a great breakfast at Le Mond and sat there for a long time talking to Emile in the sun. So nice.

Map and stats: Strava

Then the sad part started. Rolled of to work like usual but at the second intersection I got rammed by a car. Braked a bit but didn’t have any space to go so stepped of my bike and saw my new front wheel being driven over by a Passat:

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The cardriver did a u-turn without looking enough to the side where I was rolling. Smashed wheel and scratched fork and levers 😦

Topped it off with getting a proper cold like Emil, Ricky and Simon also seems to got from the weekend 😦 Let’s hope this turns soon.

XC pro style

Free from work today, was to expensive to fly to Bergen and celebrate 17th May, no fun cheap flights anywhere else, no fun place to go by train. Was thinking of riding a nice roadride and checked the map, didn’t find anything exciting enough alone.

So was happy when Marika talked about mtb. Decided to go north to Järvafältet to some new tracks 🙂 So rode to work (yes I was free) and borrowed a Specialized Epic Comp Carbon WC and went north. Took a singletrack in Hagaparken, rode wrong at Järva Krog but got to Bögs Gård where I was supposed to meet Marika way too early. Enjoyed the sun and relaxed for a while.

Then she came and we rode out on singletracks I missed. Real XC riding and not All Mountain like Hellas or just gravel. Great trails, great weather, great guide and a tempo that felt easy which was good after my crash.

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It may be fun with 130+ travel, dropped posts and wide tires but faster trails with a proper light (could be) XCbike with an effective rear damper is the best. Haven’t thought about it so much before but that’s me 😉

Not so long ride together but descent and got up with some distance as I rode there and back too. First proper summer ride with a Brain damper too, so nice to not have to care or have to change setting 🙂

Stats and map: Strava

Back in Stockholm I stopped and took a picture of the great bike and great city:

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Pictures from the weekend

The weekend is over, the racing is over and a big THANK YOU to all the people who made this awesome racing in Stora Skuggan, Stockholm possible! Let’s do all we can to make this event bigger, better and more spread to all the non cyclists too.

Here is some random pictures from women and men elite race and some from the Men 40 yesterday:

The Nationals (cyclocross)

The big day today, my first Nationals and the biggest CX race in Sweden. I felt relaxed but was a bit nervous before the start and I know that I have a hard time pushing myself for a longer time than a sprint. As after the first lap and felt totally dead, had to slow down to survive. But if you look at my times I didn’t slow down so much and took some places as the race went on too.

All thanks to all the cheering! It’s always awesome to hear your name, that someone recognise you and today it was many 😀

So instead of explaining all the 48min I raced with 180 in average heart rate (second highest average I’ve had on a race) where my bike worked flawless and the love of tubulars came back. Instead I will share some pictures from people like Bang:

The winner, Jens Westergren:

And from Camilla:

And ending with a picture from Emil on a wasted me just before the finish. Thinking: Aero is everything:

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Map and stats: Strava

After I finished it was time for the fast people, like Jenny Rissveds beating Emma Johansson:

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Angelica Edvardsson 3rd. Nice people gathered:

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And men elite with Matthias Wengelin winning on Specialized Crux Elite with Tune hubs, nice combo 😉 In front of Calle Friberg and Martin Eriksson:

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More pictures will come tomorrow. Now I will sleep instead 😉 Good night and hope to see you at Stora Skuggan tomorrow for the SWE Cup and UCI race 🙂