Bergens finest singletrack

Good things: Have ridden the best singletrack in Bergen of them I’ve tried. Dry forest descend made all of us smile 🙂 CK Henie showed us citypeople it today. A video of it here showed in a tempo 3min slower than I rode: Fløyen MTB video

Got 6th best time so not so much to brag about but enjoyed it a lot. The group today except Eirik who took the photo:

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More good things was that I managed the Kubakke climb (cowclimb in english), 10min 40sec with 186 in average heart rate and good use of my 42t sprocket 🙂

On top:

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Last good thing was that Karl Johan (they guy in red jacket trying to get some BCK colors on the picture) helped me to get back to Bergen city.

Bad things: My shape at the moment and preparation for this ride. Was expecting a pretty soft ride with some friends. Was riding for 3h17min with an average heart rate at 161/82% with no extra energy and just a sip of water in the middle.

Results was that I hit a wall after like 2h30min, a thick one. Never ridden so slow up Birkelundsbakken before and had to concentrate myself to ride straight and have my eyes open down the last part to Bergen city. Aimed fo Kaffemisjonen which is a café for an espresso and muffin or something but to much people. Got to the only food store in Sandviken open on sundays and got some food. sat on a bench outside before riding the last meters home.

Conclusion: My Liteville rules. There is a small satisfaction get home completely empty and look back on a super training with great people. My helmet feels hard banging in the stem/handlebar. It’s fun to see how hard my body can work hard and develop.

Winter sunshine ride

Last week riding with Fløyen MTB it was muddy and wet, today it was winter big time. Came a little snow last night, minus degrees, and the sun shined on us. I was early as usual so rode up to Fjellveien and that way to the meeting place instead of just through the city with cars. Pretty beautiful morning:

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4 people that met up today. Ole Anders, me, Eirik and Justin. Decided to get up Fløyen but through Isdalen and up Rundemann. Already then I knew it would be hard with a 36t even with XX1 back up that climb. And it was, managed more than I thought but had to walk the last part before waiting for the others:

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Then the last part was riding some. Managed the steep part you can see on this picture above. And then walking some. But great view with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other:

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Up on the top we talked a little about where to go and I thought it would be hard going down too. But the road was pretty good, or my Racing Ralph worked for a bit 😉 Stopped at a turn so Eirik could fill up with water and both me and him did a 2 wheel slide 😉 A bit slippery. Down to Fløyen and rode a nice little singletrack I never ridden before. Missed it first so had to turn back. There I knew why I rode my Liteville. Ate the trail like I eat ice cream 😉 Super fun. Ended the singletrack with a rear puncture for Eirik with a big scar made him put in a tube and just roll back home as it was a hole in the sidewall. Ole Anders got a smaller puncture at the same place and tried to pump it up, rode Stand and Deliver and then it was little again so rode home.

Stand and Deliver was pretty nice with a thin layer of snow on top of the hard ground. Me and Justin decided to take Sticks’n’Stones to from about before heading. Super grippy and would have been nice if I haven’t missed a turn and had to stop to get back on the right line. Rode the 2 small singletrack parts down from Fløyen after we watched the beautiful view over Bergen.

Great winter riding 😀 But impossible to wash my bike when I came home, the dirt had frozen so had to wait with that 🙂

The ride today: Movescount

Fløyen training

Changed my 36t XX1 chainring from my cyclocross to my Liteville for todays training with Fløyen MTB. Don’t think my heart rate belt was 100% as the heart rate was a bit high today but had me thinking about that it is you can ride mentally looking at numbers. Rode up to Krohnegården and when my clock showed 182 in heart rate I didn’t push more. Looked like this when me and John waited for the others (swedish, 27,5″, 36t and all that):

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Did 1,5 lap there on the changed course (put a lot of dirt in the start of a section so unrideable). Leaving Krohnegården Eirik broke his chain and without chaintool he rolled back home. Back in the city John left us complaining on a knee. Went up Fløyen and felt pretty good using 36-32 on the climb. Decided after Skansemyren that I should keep that gear all the way up and here came the heart rate numbers again. After I fought myself around the last turn on the steepest part my clock showed 192 in heart rate. Never been over 194. So rised and pushed on some more, a couple of gears extra and had to sit down a little before I could rise again. Topped 199 in heart rate. 🙂 If my clock had showed like 182 instead of 192 I wouldn’t have stood up and pressed more, than just tried to get up but a record gives motivation to press harder 🙂

On the top Ole left us and me and Mikael thought of going up to Brushytten but changed half way. Rode Fløyen Rock Garden as Mikael never managed the hole before, but did today so all smiles 😉 Wasn’t my day and did a lot of small mistakes, got down 5th best time but not as happy as Mikael. Before going down we took Stand and Deliver and I tried a new line, was pretty good but needs a bit more practice to go faster than on the normal line.

Great training before the CX world Cup in Rome that is today. More about that when the men has raced (starting 15.00). But can say that Marianne Vos can race classy.

last, hardest, no middleclass

Last ride of the year today. A year with over 5 months without cycling, with 3 races, 1 win and many new thoughts. Rode up to Rundemann passing Sticks’n’Stones with John today with the best bike of 2013.

Some years ago I would never have been thought of riding a 10,8kg bike with 150mm front travel, dropper post and slack angles. The terrain in Bergen changed me, optimizing isn’t always about weight even when it always got a small point and is really fun to save weight.

Today with 2 nights of bad sleep, and last time I was riding properly was the 15th december after beeing out the evening before with work. Didn’t got drunk but takes a lot of energy to come home late and go up early. So today with the Christmas shape on top, made for walking from a meal to another it was hard. Sitting climbing with over 180 in heart rate and when coming onto the singletrack just didn’t have the power needed to ride properly over slippery obstacles. But no matter about shape and feelings it’s fun to ride. Topped 191 in heart rate up Rundemann where the rain came sideways and the mist did make the gorgeous view as beautiful as a plastic mug with milk. Epic. Going down the first part it was important to hold onto the bike when the wind came. Onto the singletrack it was wet, wetter and muddy. Just to press the pedals and let the bike go if you got the power. I didn’t today so had to fight to find some power. No pauses for me going down the singletrack made it harder too. Tried a new track at the bottom that can be pretty good, if it’s a bit drier.

John is getting faster and faster feeling home on his Rocky Mountain Altitude so he flew down the singletrack today even when it was muddy. Or are Nobby Nic so much better then Racing Ralph in mud?

Going back on the asphalt down to the city I found a new feature with dropper post. When just sitting on the bike as you don’t have heavier gears it’s just to sink the seat and you get more aero 😀 Awesome feature.

So back home with 167 in average heart rate, 168 if not counting pauses my body hurts. But it gives muscles, it gives confidence, it gave me a smile sometimes and I know that it can become a lot better next year. The best thing with a hard training have to be all the other rides when it feels so easy and you fly.

Me after the ride today. And as my boss said this morning I got the sun on my head 🙂 Have to lighten life up sometimes 😉

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And the bike of the year. my Liteville 301 with Sram XX1, Sram X.0 brakes, Magura TS8 fork, Tune Race 2.0 27,5 wheels, Rock Shox Reverb Stealth seatpost. And of course a Tune Komm-Vor seat and Crank Brothers Candy pedals:

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With the new Sram X01 rear deralleur. Worked perfect like the XX1 derailleur did. But didn’t use the 42t today, not so weak 😉

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Strava from the ride: Strava

Friends can make something boring to a happy end

Started the day to prepare for riding my bike at 10 a clock today. 9.35 it was raining a lot and came some lightnings, the electricity disappeared for a second to. Changed our plans and met John at 11 instead. 11 a clock with the blue sky coming and both me and John feeling really slow after a long week. Riding uphill with 130/150mm travel (John 150/150) with slack angles and bad legs isn’t the funniest. If I had been alone I wouldn’t enjoy it and when coming up to Fløyen and riding Sticks’n’Stones with soft ground and really slippery roots it usually feels shit and just want to change sport to Bowling instead. Fell once but John had to fight the trail more. Both survived 😉 Continued up to Rundemann in slow to moderate pace and over the top with foggy air so no great view as we usually got at 560m altitude. So down the gravel first and onto Hardbakkedalen singletrack. Wet and I failed a bit seeing John disappear. Back fighting and when you just hold on to your handlebar and letting the bike work over stones, holes, rocks, roots and soft ground you know why you’re rode all the way up. We found Enduro and love it.

Over the gravel and onto a pretty fast singletrack that first goes almost flat until it’s steep in the end. Last time it almost was dry and my bike flew like a dream. Today it was wet. But I didn’t care so passed John and pedaled as hard as I could. Didn’t always had grip in the mud but didn’t care and just rode. The smile grow on my face. So high going down some stairs in the end I almost forgot to sink my seat.

Back over the gravel and onto a steep track that was really slippery today. Was full brakes, lean as far back as possible and hoping to not slide into a tree. Thought for a second if my front wheel was locked or if it rolled, steep and muddy. Managed the steep part but passing a root I had to put a foot down. If there is anything that can scare me it’s wet roots.

Down back to Bergen city and home again after that. Great ride and first ride after my fork was on service. Awesome performance now and can really recommend a Magura TS8 😀

Going uphill it’s always talk about gearing, someone complaining, someone have to go hard and so on. John complained that he couldn’t go easier (granny ring is not for use) and I smiled with my 42t 😀 For those of you that doesn’t want a OneUp 42t ring for your 11-36 cassette there is another alternative now. Customizing is coming closer to us riders/customers. Absolute Black has come with a 40t that looks pretty good:

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Magura TS8, lighter, better and back in business

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Got my fork back from service today and changed to a FIX 150mm instead of adjustable between 120 and 150. Light but hardcore and seems to work great now too compared to when I sent it. My Liteville 301 is now at 10,8kg and after some headset toptuning at work tomorrow and later a bit wider handlebar it’s ready to take me over everything I dare 😀

Sometimes I’m thinking that I should have another AMbike but in the end this is really good and hard to beat in price too. Around 3000€. Try to beat that 😉

Now I just have to find some light time to ride it too, seems tight this year with darkness and many plans.

Enjoying autumn with some friends

Met up with Fløyen MTB this morning for a nice soft sunday ride. Discussed wheelsizes like always and today it was a bit fun with that. 1 29″, 3 27,5″ and 3 26″. First time ever 27,5″ is so well represented and not beaten by any other odd size 🙂 My Liteville 301 is like a toy that begging for going fast so perfect for this rides. Rode up Fløyen in pretty soft tempo and then 3 more riders, 1 29″ and 2 26″ more. Rode Sticks’n’Stones a bit better than yesterday but not as good as I want. Then some waiting and going down Stand and Deliver. Sat on the wheel to Ole Anders and felt good with some nice lines and just to push the bike through the mud. A bit more waiting again and then back up to the start. A steep short climb where Eirik attacked and I followed, was hard. Continued easy up to Brushytten but Eirik looked like he attacked on the last corner so I answered and disappeared, like the others standing still. Felt awesome at that moment and the bike responded great. Continued up Rundemann and stopped to take a photo. Eirik passing by:

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On my bike again and up to the top. Last corner I attacked to get some intervals too, 189 in heartrate and almost had to brake to not ride of the road 😉 Fun 😀 A break on the top for some food, enjoying the view and trying a Scott Genius 720 for me and John.

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A Genius 27,5″ with 150mm front and rear with Shimano XT. Shimano with Shadow+ derailleur is really stiff and makes the gearing hard. Prefer the easy levers on Sram no matter what derailleur you use. But curious on the Schwalbe Hans Dampf he had, should fit on my bike too and with TrailStart they should have a bit better grip. Felt like that at least or the bike was a bit slow just. Can say I won’t change for a Scott Genius at least. After enjoying the lovely weather on the top we rode down the gravel to Hardbakkedalen which is a singletrack going in and down. Dropped the post and just rode, bike went as a dream and felt really comfortable on it. Slowed down on a place as I wasn’t sure where the two riders in front of me had ridden and at that time I got passed by John. So had to hear that 80mm hardtail is faster afterwards 😉 Went out to the walking path again and crossed it for a pretty straight slack singletrack where I was flying, so fun to just press on and go fast there. Down some stairs and over the walking path again.

Then a new singletrack for me, steep first and then it got steeper down, never ridden anything that steep before. But went great so down at Svartediket we rode around on the walking path and up to ride it again 🙂 Thought of trying another way but rode the same as first time again, not as good grip on the downhill but worked.

Great riding, great people and great weather made this sunday morning a really good one 🙂 The time of the year you regret not riding more cool tracks in the summer when it’s dry.

Map and stats, with wrong altitudestart: Movescount

Slip and slide

Great autumn weather today and no work. Perfect some bikeriding. But was alone so no huge ride in some odd place. Just rode up Fløyen and felt strange. high heart rate but felt pretty good. Tried Sticks’n’Stones but way to wet now so just sliding all over the place. Continued up to Rundemann (550m altitude up from my home). Pressed the button and dropped the seat before going into the rocky trail there. Felt a bit strange first but when the rocks got bigger it was great and just push the bike forward 🙂 The uphill afterwards went pretty until I stopped on a rock standing in the wrong place and fell to right, high heart rate and power and then just stop wheren’t the best.

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Anyway afterwards I thought of trying a singletrack going down Blåmannen to Brushytten, like 100 altitude meters from the top. But the start was really bad, or I came the wrong way. Had to walk a bit and then I met some people and asked about the way. Seemed like I was right and then it was time for riding. Or trying to as it was big slippery rocks in the beginning and had to walk a bit more. Felt that my Mavic Fury got worse grip then my Racing Ralph to so fell on a slippery rock. It got better and great riding in the end, stopped at an easy part and took some pictures:

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Bergen 600m down, Snow on Ulriken (also rode/walked in some snow) and me in yellow. A bit wet too as you see 😉 Bergen style. Enjoyed the last part a lot and the bike worked great. Passing Brushytten and went down a little more before the singletrack over to Fløyen Rock Garden, really slippery and bad power in my legs. But the downhill with dropped post was great, just to push on. Rode into Fløyen Rock Garden with confidence as I knew the grip of my tires, I knew than it should be easier with lower saddle and knew where to ride. More slippery then usual and almost crashed in beginning but kept me upright and tried to get some speed to beat my record. Felt fast and the bike worked under, in front of and behind me, awesome just letting go. Down to Skomakardiket with a smile and just let the bike go. Rode Stand and Deliver and tried to cross the small flood with just getting my rear wheel stuck in it. Ok time.

Down and my fork started to sink, not so nice riding with >72° head angle going downhill so rode to Sykkelsenteret and checked it. Seems like it lost some air and that’s the reason. Will send it for service next week.

But the sad thing coming down is that I only got 3rd time on Fløyen Rock Garden, been riding those 200m 7 seconds faster with almost 2km/h more speed earlier this autumn. Have to beat that time 😉

Map and stats from today with some odd altitude as usual. Will fix my watch later today. Movescount

10,9kg Liteville 301

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Rock Shox Reverb Stealth mounted. Took some time as I had to drill a little to get the hosing nicely in the frame 🙂 And think I have to lower the saddle a couple of millimeters. Great AM bike. But have some things to fix with my fork this winter, compression isn’t working perfectly at the moment and thinking of changing the Lift Select 120 to 150mm setting for a plain 150mm.

I nailed the Rock Garden!

What a ride. Thought of riding on Fløyen and got to ride with the best guy in Bergen if you want to train hard, my friend John. When riding with him it’s just to gear up and sprint, if you beat him once he will talk good about you for a very long time. But it’s hard as he is really fast. Had been sick and said he should take it easy today. Dropped me up Fløysvingene with his Rocky Mountain Vertex. I pedaled on in my tempo with 90% in heart rate. Met a common friend on the top so talking a bit before riding for the first singletrack.

Sticks’n’Stones with John is a nightmare as he usually disappears and I have to fight to every root and they are many. But I have trained, looked and learned. Today it was me and my bike fighting together and what a fight. Awesome and even passed John for a bit but he got a better track in the end so passed me. Coming out from the singletrack with 184 in heart rate and so wasted felt pretty good. I can ride hard even in technical terrain so no my techincal skills and physical skills is at the same level. Going up to Brushytten and then burning down. Almost rode out from the road when I found my 10t on the cassette while racing against John. Fast gravel with some parts with some rocks in, just to jump over 😉 Down and then up where John flew away again. He’s fast and my Liteville isn’t the fastest uphill. But coming up and starting Fløyen Rock Garden I thought of following John’s track as he’s much better than me. But in the middle he had to stop and I passed(!). And instead of having problems in the middle the bike worked for me and nailing the that was super fun! All smiles and riding on clouds afterwards, really love to manage new things. Love to letting the bike go and work for me, love knowing that I have control of it, love when it just works. 😀

A small dhtrack to Skomakardiket and then to Stand and deliver. Love that track but some wet roots today made me slow down a bit, my Racing Ralph doesn’t have the best grip on roots laying the wrong way but worked good and stayed on the bike. Down from Fløyen on some nice singletracks where it’s possible to ride and going home.

Home watching the bike:

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Stravaride with some great personal records: Strava

And for the interest if you thinking of getting a 27,5″ bike like me. Rock Shox SID XX 100mm Tapered for 9mm QR is pretty light including some plastic:

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