Sköndal CX and the 1st World Cup of 2015/16

My day started bad today, slept to long so missed the women Cyclocross World Cup race in Vegas, just woke up to see the last 4 laps of the mens race. If you too missed it you can watch the replays here:

Started the working day with rebuilding my tubular front wheel with the right spokes, planning to finish it tomorrow and hopefully the rear too. Was raining today but when I quit work the sun was shining and I went straight to Sköndal some irl cxaction. A bit too much action as when I came there they said 15 seconds to start. Took of my backpack and clicked in and the race was on. Slippery after the rain but felt pretty ok and those training sessions is so good quality.

1st heat went ok, 2nd I thought of skipping the last, 3rd I got a good start but dropped to the same position as earlier and was the last rider doing the 2 laps. Checking my watch now my lap times was around 30 seconds slower than usual. Thinking of resting instead of Le Peloton tomorrow…

But was a nice group after all heats:

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By Birjer before the last heat:

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It’s fun with a standing training like this and where everyone can join no matter how good you are. 2 girls joined for the first time today and seemed to have fun too 🙂 Every cyclocrosser is welcome no matter which club the ride with 😀

Map and stats: Strava

On the way home me, Birjer and Joel stopped and washed our bikes Pro style:

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290g lighter, S-Works ftw

When you change some parts you do it for the fit and the weightsaving is just a bonus. My Sram Rival crankset is really good (you want to buy?) but it’s also really heavy for being a single chainring BB30 crankset:

A S-Works crankset 172,5mm long (2,5mm longer than the Rival1) including the same chainring and chainringbolts:

290g difference, A bigger weightsaving than measuring bikeweight without pedals 😉 But it’s not just light. It’s also the stiffest high-end crankset on the market according to Fairwheel Bikes 😀

I don’t know if I felt it or if it was placebo but it felt better riding home with it on. My Crux on the way down in weight:

crank:

40t chainring. Ordered a 46 for the most epic trip this autumn 😀

CX season is almost here, are you ready?

I thought it was summer but now the cyclocross preparations starts for real here in Stockholm. The track in Sköndal is fixed, Stockholms CXcup starts be shared on Facebook. People starts talking cyclocross and wheels and tires again. Customers come in at work asking about cyclocross. 2016 models starts to come.

All while I’m thinking how not spend a fortune on a light cyclocross that I won’t use 😉

my frontpage is this: Crux Elite

My mind has a war between the stiffer thru axle versus the easier QR and in the middle is it thinking about what colours and which parts I should/have to change on:

I am thinking about it’s worth spending over 250€ on Sapim CX-Ray or if I should go with DT Revolution spokes, or maybe competition?

Not a single thought of cotton sidewalls because this season will be easy and fast. Specialized tires are good and cheaper than FMB. And is cotton really more attractive?

So many questions, so little time. CX is the dream for a guy interested in parts and tweaks. CX is also the sport which women and men compete on the same courses on the same days with drop bars going faster than possible and looking better than they usually do. The good looking sport with friendship, and maybe even more.

photo by Cyclephotos which gets the best pictures of cycling.

So what are you expectations for this season and dreams? Which bike is the coolest of 2015/2016?