I really like to start the day with a bikeride. Going out with less traffic, fresher air and get my lungs inside out with great views. Rode in to the big city life and Djurgårdsbridge and met 11 others like this:
Shaking hands, introducing themselfs and talking about the latest stash. The difference with this ride is the Void/Rapha/Café du Cycliste style of riders. Riders who have cooler socks than on a fashion show. Sure, they look like cyclists but not racers.
But they are 😀
Nice and fast race around Djurgården. First lap I got dropped just after the middle after being a very short turn in the front. 2nd and 3rd lap went better but was never with the group until the ”finishline”.
Awesome training, like long hard natural intervals.
There is a Swedish saying to ”ride hard, fika harder”. Fika is Swedish for a coffee and cake (or some other small food). The word and thing every Swedish cyclist brag about and should work for to spread all over the world 😉
Then back to different jobs and places with some motorpacing with a Vespa:
Maybe I will be fast someday too riding with those people. Maybe I will be cool too. At least I aim to always enjoy cycling in a comfortable stylish way
Free from work today, was to expensive to fly to Bergen and celebrate 17th May, no fun cheap flights anywhere else, no fun place to go by train. Was thinking of riding a nice roadride and checked the map, didn’t find anything exciting enough alone.
So was happy when Marika talked about mtb. Decided to go north to Järvafältet to some new tracks 🙂 So rode to work (yes I was free) and borrowed a Specialized Epic Comp Carbon WC and went north. Took a singletrack in Hagaparken, rode wrong at Järva Krog but got to Bögs Gård where I was supposed to meet Marika way too early. Enjoyed the sun and relaxed for a while.
Then she came and we rode out on singletracks I missed. Real XC riding and not All Mountain like Hellas or just gravel. Great trails, great weather, great guide and a tempo that felt easy which was good after my crash.
It may be fun with 130+ travel, dropped posts and wide tires but faster trails with a proper light (could be) XCbike with an effective rear damper is the best. Haven’t thought about it so much before but that’s me 😉
Not so long ride together but descent and got up with some distance as I rode there and back too. First proper summer ride with a Brain damper too, so nice to not have to care or have to change setting 🙂
A bike can’t talk but it can give signals. My cx started to collect dust and begged to go out today so announced a gravelride after work but without answers.
Tried the Peloton CXloop for the first time with my own Crux. Last time I did it on a cx it was my boss Crux Pro the 25th March. Today the plan was just to have fun, no higher goals and I succeeded. My Crux feels stiff, fast but also so quiet. Took some pictures for you:
A little after this on the gravel out to Erstavik I found my gears limit, 40-11 was a bit too easy with tailwind. 😀 Around the small lap and then back. Went pretty good with not to big effort. And then I met a guy with orange bartape, could only be one so we stopped and met. Magnus was out training too.
Had a chat that ruined my Le Peloton Stravasegment but was nice in the sun 😀 A reason to ride it again in the sun and try to beat some personal records. Maybe next saturday.
Got a personal record of the little lap out in Erstavik today but a lot segments behind the ride I did in March 😉 Then it wasn’t as dusty as today so better grip then.
Never give up is the word of today. It can change.
Today I met up with these:
After I had to chase on the road to Saltsjö-Duvnäs to close a gap it felt hard. Was okey up to Fisksätra but on the way back to Saltsjö-Duvnäs it felt hard. Got a good position up Ektorpclimb but still became a big gap to the front. Tried to cover it but couldn’t manage at all and got passed by some guys up to the roundabout. Tried to hang on the wheel on them and finally caught the front at a redlight. Sat last afterwards and after Sickla I thought I will get dropped and have to take the shortcut in Älta.
But I didn’t get dropped. A friend didn’t expect to see me still be in the bunch there. We was some guys getting dropped up Lindalen and the chase on top there I have a hard time with just hanging on. 2 roundabouts and sprinting out. Sat down and then rised to sprint again to try to catch the 2-3 in front of me and managed it. Got all back together at the next intersection. Full speed at Flaten and got dropped a little in the climb. Got back up at Skarpnäck and hanged on a wheel. Out on the last straight I found a wheel of my friend Henrik who did a lot of the work today. Kept it and said I wouldn’t do anything until I got over the last small uphill and I didn’t. Henrik passed and I hanged on.
Felt like I had little left so passed Henrik and pressed all I had before the Enskededalen sign and end. My legs stood straight out and my arms hurted, as did my back. And those last 50 seconds I had 184 in average heart rate, at least 95% 🙂
Really felt like my body deserved the good breakfast in the sun at bikecafé Le Mond after that: