The German countryside

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I never understood climbing long climbs in rocky alps on short days. Riding the same routes all the time. I’m not a very strong cyclist that loves the flat landscape either. I grew up in a landscape without any real flat sections or any steep climbs. Swedish lagom you could say and put that on steroids and you got the part of Germany I been riding in the last days.

Travelled to Stuttgart to get some variation. Nice was my first choice but not possible with my SAS Eurobonus points. Amsterdam second choice but Germany was nicer I think. On Saturday I went south, into the Schwarzwald to Freudenstadt where I almost rode too at Trans Schwarzwald 6 years ago. Also passed Specialized Concept Store in Herrenberg and saw the new S-Works Epic HT 🙂 (and got an espresso). Most of the roads where really good with some long climbs on 7-10km and some fast awesome descends. Even got some feeling on the way back and just pushed on in nice tempo position feeling strong 🙂

Sunday was the day with a plan. I was going to Bruchsal meeting an old friend I almost met in Germany 3 years ago. Had some tailwind on the way there so even with some wrong turns it felt great. Cruised through small villages (I really like Flacht and Weissach), got to climb passed the Porsche factory and even I who isn’t a Porschefan got impressed. Maxed out at 80,8km/h on the way down to Mönsheim. Got on some small roads across fields where it wasn’t allowed with cars. Out of Bretten and the last part I missed the small road but tailwind made me stick to the big road and just pushing, so fun with some speed 😀 Had a splendid time in Bruchsal and got company by my new friend Lars-Kristoffer back to Bretten with some guiding on small roads.

Then it went wrong. Headwind and got on some wrong roads which made the shorter way home longer and after stopping for a coke in Rutesheim I managed to get a small puncture on my rear tire too. Pumped it up twice but worked without changing tube. Worst roadchoices and getting tired went into a mindgame. Passed a closed road with oil on after talking to the Police to shorten it and got on the worst cycling path possible on a field. But I also got on a really nice cycling path and even being tired with little air in my rear tire and being more or less lost a couple of times it felt like a good day. First day in short-short and my legs felt much better than I thought. Magic misery so to speak.

Last riding day, Monday was just a small spin before the rain came. Nice roads, beautiful landscape and a soft way to end the trip.

All together it feels like my bibs got shorter, according to my tan :p And even I thought of changing my Tarmac for a Roubaix or a Venge Vias a couple of times my S-Works Tarmac Disc have to be the best bike. Except the nail in the tire it worked just perfect no matter if I’m going fast as Sagan downhill, climbing like Contador or just pushing on the flats like Martin. It feels so perfectly balanced all the time and with it’s short chainstays compared to new discbikes it’s so fun standing up accelerating. Just think it’s missing a pair of light wheels like Roval CLX32 Disc Tubular 😉 

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

Le Peloton #146

The forecast talked about snow, people showed up on cx bike and half the group rode the CX loop. 7 riders on road:

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Think we had the riders to get a proper team time trial today but it didn’t work out so good. Rode pretty fast but without order and I maybe sat on wheel too much as usual. But was good anyway, hard to ride so fast and hard alone so great with people pushing the tempo 🙂

7 in the beginning, 7 at the sign where Oliwer won the sprint and then people dropped one by one to get home/work. So when I reached Le Mond for breakfast it was just me… The cxloop people came just after and then Stuart came too so I didn’t get all of these myself:

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map and stats from this years first Le Peloton on my Tarmac: Strava

Skoda Cycling Team gathering

Today it all started. Met the team at Bosön and got some cool clothes and equipment. Got to listen to some smart people like Mattias Reck:

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And got to know some cool people. 15 ambassadors and 15 ”random” cyclists that all should ride together around Swedens 2nd biggest lake in less than 8h. I am really liking the pro style of it all. Like the Sport director of Joker-Icopal, Gino, just takes for granted that everyone will do their part proper. Like a leader should. And Skoda gives us the right conditions for it 🙂

How I looked last year on Vättern:

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How I will look this year with helmet and glasses from POC and Skoda design on the Verge clothes instead of She Rides:

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Of course with matching laces for my socks 😀

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It will be awesome 😀

When impossible things happen

Did and easy distance ride with Sumo Cycling Club and Johan today. Read it again.

An easy spin with Sumo is like a Zone 2 ride with HRT, full speed as long as it works and then continue 😉 But Sumo’s own QOM Cheetah knew how it worked and lowered the pace and had everyone to ride like they should. Rode to Älta, Vissvass and down to Årsta Havsbad. I almost got hit by a car just before Årsta Havsbad as it passed me with not even 10cm distance. I don’t understand why people driving cars want to drive over cyclists on a clear straight wide road? Happy that I am as I am and didn’t even get scared, but would have called the police if I had seen the car afterwards…

Eva took the sprint a bit too easy but we got over it, gentlemens.

Rode to Västerhaninge and Jordbro where my bike wanted a brake so it snapped a spoke 😦 Happily using discbrakes so just twisted the spoke around another and continued. Felt good on Lissmavägen and Fredrik got a bit tired after Länna so last part back to town we slowed down even more.

Easy riding with great people and a lot of talking, just like it is supposed to be in February. And on dry roads 🙂

Coffee at Le Mond and then to work giving my bike a new spoke. Easy change so now it’s like new again 😀

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Almost 4000km on it now and it feels so nice. 😀

Map and stats: Strava

End of season SALE

Never been riding as much in a year as this year. Seen so many beautiful places and met so many nice people. Never been more happy with my tanlines and never had better bikes/components. But the season came to an end and now I will rest for a couple of weeks and recharge, want to enjoy cycling for many many more years.

I also looking forward to new stuff, new places and new parts. So here’s your opportunity to help me sell this years great parts and help me get some money for new stuff.

 

first up, the worlds best road shoes, Specialized S-Works 6 in size 42:

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Price: 1200SEK (3599kr)

Continuing on shoes. A pair of Fi’zi:k R3b Uomo which was supposed to be a pair of spareshoes before I got the ones above, very little use. in size 41,5:

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Price: 600SEK (2499kr)

 

Everything can be sent (inside Europe). If you want something, send an e-mail to cerrol.jl@gmail.com

Le Peloton #104

It all started yesterday after work when Stefan took a look at my fit on my bike. Ended with a new seatpost with 1cm less setback and some millimeter changes in height. Had been thinking of if I was sitting right and nice to have it checked out by a guy with great routine 🙂

So today was a bit of a test, both in position and how my legs felt after my terrible ride yesterday. Was much better 🙂 The not so good thing that maybe made my day a bit easier was that I forgot my phone so late upload to Strava and no pictures by me. Magnus took a couple at the start:

A lot of people even in vacation time. But what a mess, as unsmooth as it can be today and it was really hard for me that wasn’t on top. My last part along Flaten where I tried to pass the hole group as everyone was riding in 1 line instead of 2 like we should I burned my power and when I went in to the right lane I got dropped for real. Tried to keep the pace as high as I could the last part and managed to just loose 40seconds. People sometimes seems to afraid of being dropped when the hole point is to ride together as hard as possible. And as it says on the Peloton kit, Being dropped is not a defeat, it’s an honor.

After we anyway had a great time eating breakfast and filling Magnus Johanssons bakery:

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Map and stats: Strava

winterride deluxe

Sure, summer with dry roads and warm weather is the best but a sunny snowy winter isn’t that bad 😉

Today me, Jessica and Jaime went out with Marika and Majken for a snowy mtbride. Marika and Majken rode alone as they thought it was better so me, Jessica and Jaime rode together the rest. A lot of XCskiers close to Hellas but when we came away from that it was pretty awesome. Super snowy gravelroads and some pretty nice singletracks at the sea. Not all so flat and big and easy rideable like here when we had to stop in the sun for a picture or two:

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It was cyclists, walking people, XCskiers and horses out on the roads today. Testrode an Specialized Epic Comp Carbon too. It’s quiet a difference between that and a Camber Evo but for today the Epic was better. Pretty nice with a Brain damper too and not have to think about settings on the rear damper. Jessica rode her S-Works Era with a Rock Shox RS-1 with Brain, that’s luxury. I would prefer Brain front and rear if I would have bought an Epic too. 🙂

Map and stats: Movescount

handlebar changes

Last year I used a supergood Deda Superleggera handlebar. Light, great bend and just really good. Sold it when I sold my bike and got a Deda Campione used:

Classic bend like I use on my cx but in carbon and supposed to be under 200g. Wasn’t and after doing a Body Geometry fit last tuesday we came up with that the handlebar didn’t suit me.

Thought of getting a S-Works Shallow handlebar but wasn’t available until late april in my size 😦

Have been looking around for a matching handlebar with good weight and for a good price all evening today and finally found it. And it’s matching my seatpost. Engage Apsis Race:

And as AX-Lightness who is owning the brand is stopped the production as they just focus on high-end German made parts it was on sale 🙂

Also found the handlebar that I want most but 498€ was a bit too much. AX-Lightness 4200 Ergo:

160g 😀