What it’s all about

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Cycling can be so many things. Some are trying to win Tour de France, some are saving the environment by commuting, some are loosing weight, some like to discover the unknown, some wants to see how fast they can ride, some want to win a local race, some just want to spend time with their friends, some wants to teach others how to ride.

No matter if you’re riding 3km to the train or winning World Cups like Nino Schurter it should be fun. You should enjoy the riding or you should stop riding….

Pro’s usually got a big break from cycling in the autumn, maybe even a week or two in the middle of the season. A break to keep the motivation on top and be able to perform. We usuals aren’t that good on thinking of the breaks, or having a mental coach understanding how we work and what we need.

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Now when it’s 2 weeks left until the biggest ”race” in Sweden, Vätternrundan. Not even a race but many people train seriously to beat a certain time riding with a fast group of people. If you mention for a non cyclist in Sweden that you ride a bike the first question would be: Have you done Vätternrundan?. In Sweden it’s the biggest event and for non cyclists it can even be bigger than World Championships or Tour de France.

It’s easy to get stressed about shape, group, time and what if you don’t make it… Some people even quit cycling after Vätternrundan and some hangs the bike up on the wall and not riding for the best period of the year (summer).

It’s so sad. I think it’s really sad with people getting fed up by cycling and quits, people that lost the joy and what it all was about in the beginning.

You may think that I never rest and never gets tired of cycling both working with it, have friends who ride a lot and riding a lot on my spare time. But my biggest fear is getting fed up and stop. I’m getting better on resting and as I said to a friend today. I’m riding so much it doesn’t matter if I miss a ride to do something else fun. The Skoda team with riding Vättern under 8h gives me a bit of pressure even when people say I would make it. It could be the end if I took it too serious but I try to keep it fun. I try to enjoy riding fast with my awesome teammates and aiming for everyone to have a fun time 🙂

If you’re tired, then rest. If you feel like going fast, then go fast. Don’t think too square, everyone are different and needs different things to work as a cyclist.

Take care and ride because it’s fun, don’t think anyone reading this blog have to ride their bike to survive. And the summer is perfect for riding 😀

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 😀

Got into a cyclingteam!

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People think I can ride faster than I do. And they been trying to get me into a group of fast riders to ride fast around Vätternrundan which I said I don’t want to do again.

In a weak moment I sent an application to Skoda. Heard from many it was a great experience and thought for myself if I would ride around Vättern again I would do it with a pretty fast and pro riding team, don’t want a mess and don’t want to ride too fast like 7h20min.

Skoda Cycling Team is doing it in 8h and with super support. No matter results this is a way for me getting faster and having fun at the same time. Really happy for this spot (even if I may not show it) 🙂

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Got a package from them today and next weekend we’re meeting and testing . Looking forward.

Vätternrundan with She Rides

If you say to any Swede that you cycle you will get the question: Have you ridden Vätternrundan? A huge amateur ”race” around Swedens 2nd biggest lake and 297km long.

Now I’ve done it!

And I had a fun time. Rode with She Rides Sub10 (under 10h) and there are some amazing people there who always spread joy. After riding a lot this year it was an easy ride which made it easier to just enjoy.

And to be able to take some pictures while riding 😉 here in Bankeryd:

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Finished like this 😉

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Before the start at the house we stayed at, 5.30 and started 6.02 which was a perfect time (just like a Le Peloton)

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In Kaxholmen where I usually get dropped but even created gaps while taking it easy today:

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Up in Kaxholmen:

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Was a bit wet in beginning but Peter was happy:

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Our 1st stop in Fagerhult:

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The best support. My dad came with coffee and cinnamon rolls, awesome ❤

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Jessica and Lotta in Karlsborg:

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The strong Mattias in Karlsborg:

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Me and the group in Karlsborg 😀

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Me and Peter leading the group after too many kilometers on boring roads we finally found some good ones 😀

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Smaller road without traffic 🙂

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Our awesome group after finishing my longest ride:

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Hopefully no one got angry about me talking about ice cream for 297km. My Café du Cycliste did it’s job too and I felt good all day on my Specialized S-Works Toupe saddle 🙂 Good power transfer without hurting my feets with Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoes. Aero and fast with my Specialized S-Works Evade helmet with my lovely Oakley Jawbreakers.

But the thing that worked flawless, begged for attacks and felt good all day as it never had too big bottles is my Specialized S-Works Tarmac disc! Fast and fun without any problems:

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I love to just step on a bike and feel like home. Feel that everything is right and don’t worry about that something will break or not be enough. Or loosing grip in the wet like I did see one guy do in front of me in Bankeryd. Specialized S-Works Turbo tires are just awesome 😀

Big Thanks to Jessica who’s got She Rides and to Noor who was todays leader. 

Ending with map and stats: Strava