SUMO goes gravel

It should rain this morning and I was tired since yesterday, For a short while I thought of skipping the ride today and sleep instead. But then I thought again and thought I could drop if it gets too hard.

So tired when I left home I noticed I forgot my bottle after 10min, stopped at work and picked up a bottle I had there on the way. A noticeable difference riding with studded tires so I was a bit tight on time and as Jesper got a puncture when he and Michael was riding to Urban Deli I continued to Ektorp where everyone from different places would meet up.

Already leaving Ektorp I got dropped without being able to get up, ended up in 2 groups. After Skurubron and around Boo I said to Jesper who was the only one left that I was riding alone instead so he passed and got up to the others.

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Michael waited for me and we rode together for a short bit and thought the others would wait at some point. They took a different route so after a couple of messages, a phonecall and some time we all got back together.

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They convinced me not to ride alone and instead join them around Velamsund. I got convinced and thought I would go back home from Gustavsberg instead of riding out on Ingarö afterwards. Around Velamsund was really soft gravel and I thought everyone had a hard time, specially for us with ”thin” studded tires.

When coming out to the asphalt at Lagnövägen Claes proposed to go on a new route, a bit of adventuring. Everyone agreed that it was a good idea 😉 Until we turned off the asphalt and onto the grass, wet soaking soft grass that turned in to mud. Daniel dropped his wheel and bent his derailleur hanger making him and Peter turn. While the rest of us tried to get some kind of grip and trying to stop spinning and getting forward. Forward into the woods where grass turned into dirt and was just mud…

Ending the adventure part we got out to see Emil’s secret training at full speed.

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We shook our heads and kept on moving

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Gravel again and a bit of asphalt to Gustavsberg. Me and Oskar did the fast thing and turned right towards home as fast as the others couldn’t complain :p Took one detour but except that straight back. Alone from Ektorp where Oskar turned. Stopped at work washing my bike a bit until I rounded Södermalm with Linn and Maria that had been riding mtb. A nice city detour for me trying to get 3h without doing loops.

I didn’t get 3h but almost 😉 And after all happy to get out, even when my friends are fast they are friendly and it’s always nice to meet up with people and ride ”together”. Even when everyone seemed to have taken different routes today, best Strava Flyby :p

Map and stats: Strava

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You know the feeling when your friends is going for a ride and you don’t have a bike that suits?

Then Stockholm is perfect because it’s always someone else riding something else. Today I missed a nice gravelride but found Emil and got a nice roadride instead 🙂

Going out to Strömma on Värmdö in easy tempo with Emil doing some intervals and even as it was wet and my bike ended like this,

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it was a nice ride with roads getting dryer and dryer and our bikes was quiet even with all sand on them. As said Emil did some intervals and I kept his wheel while he did them and it felt nice cruising in 35-40km/h without a too big effort. On a couple of downhills when the pace went up I got feeling and ”attacked” a little. My Roval CLX64 is really nice when it starts to go a bit faster and the bike begs for attacks 😉

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Happy life on new roads for me. Exploring new places with friends on a bike is my favourite. Love to see new places and you see so much more riding a bike compared to driving a car.

On the way back I got to ride the new bridge to Kvarnholmen too, not sure if it was so nice but Stockholm with islands and all water is beautiful:

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A great start of my wednesday while having free from work. Perfect weather for Café du Cycliste’s rain clothes too. Warm, dry and tight so felt fast 🙂

Map and stats: Strava