Making progress

Today was Velothon Stockholm. A race both for elite and amateurs on closed home roads outside Stockholm with a finish and start on Södermalm. Have done it twice before and it’s really cool to ride on closed roads where it’s always cars other days and be able to ride on the left side, right side or in the middle without any thoughts of a car.

As I couldn’t ride this year and it felt really boring to just sit home and see Strava and Instagram get filled by nice rides by a lot of friend annoyed me a bit, didn’t want to miss such an event.

So as I’m in the best team this year, Skoda Cycling Team I sent a text and I got a place in their car going behind the Skoda group.

Or in front at the maststart:

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One got dropped, one dropped with illness but the rest rode really strong. They caught a big racegroup that started ahead and passed it, got a huge group hanging on for 110km or something like that.

A great morning even without riding 🙂 And seemed great with different groups as there was very few crashes today compared to last year. Awesome organisation 😀

So what about progress?

After being at Velothon, coming home watching the first big CX race of the season, watching the women’s race in Madrid and seeing that the men’s last Vuelta stage would take a lot of time. I got up on my Colnago a.k.a. trainerbike and pedaled a bit too, almost faster than the pro’s at the Vuelta but for a short time. Started with trainer yesterday and even that my left leg is a bit stiff it feels awesome to get some pedalstrokes and feels like a step forward. A step closer to ride outside with great friends and get back to the life I want to have. But still a bit to go as you can see on my Strava: progresstraining

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Vätternrundan with Skoda Cycling Team

When things just work, without hazzle and without seen stress. Then you know the planning has been good. Skoda Cycling Team and Vätternrundan is such a thing. Friendly people with things under control, trusting that you also got things under control.

Travelled by bus Saturday morning all together and when arriving in the centre of Motala the bikes where there and the numbers got handled out. Checked the bikes, got dressed and rolled down to the exhibition centre for photos, like selfies with the Pro’s:

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Back to the bus to fuel up, fill up and get ready. Meeting Henrik

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and be cool with Glenn:

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Start ready on time, cheered on by Madde:

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I was one of the last riders rolling through the start on this 20000+ event. Felt a bit cool. Easy in the beginning with a locked train. Got rolling after 10min it felt good. Was going around and taking my turns and it felt well disciplined but not too serious. Down in the tail once but it felt harder so went around again.

Even had time to take photos in Uppgränna:

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A short stop after Gränna where the shoe covers went off and we got company by Tobias Ludvigsson to Kaxholmen. Climbs where I been dead before felt great and I could keep up going fast downhill. So cool riding in a 30+ group with everyone looking the same and with riders like Calle Friberg and Henrik Sparr who doesn’t seem to get tired 😉

Through Jönköping and up Trånghalla feeling great. Down Bankeryd flying and then the first stop. 5min stop with new bottles and Enervit energy. All prepared by the team and all bags the same so no need to look for a certain one. Back on the bike and it felt wise to stay a bit in the tail as it was 180km left.

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Warm and hard and it felt like it went a bit too fast for me taking turns. Tried to keep the tail straight. Took 3 turns the next 90km to the next stop. Now just water in the bottles, a coke and more gels and I was ready, felt more under control than last stop.

The last part where we were ahead of schedule felt good. And the finish got closer and closer. Happyride.se took some nice pictures:

And then the thing happens that always happens. Around 20km left and everyone wanted to be finished. Felt like the tempo went but everyone hanged on and everyone got a bit more happy 😉

Finished at 7h27min (18min faster than the target)

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Happy and really tired, also had a bit of a problem to stand straight 😉

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Map and stats: Strava

After high fives, hugs and some champagne we took our bus to the hotel for dinner and talking about salt, cramps and strange things from Skåne. Massage and breakfast today before we went back to Stockholm again.

An Awesome weekend with great people and a team behind with Skoda making it so easy. 😀 And so impressed with some riders be able to ride so fast and make it look so easy. Maybe some day I can also be such a rider…

 

2nd Skoda

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Some moments can be so nice on a picture. But the days 3rd puncture wasn’t so nice.

Rode with Skoda today, only cyclist missing in the picture was Johan so a small group. Was hoping for a big group today but people dropped out of different reasons. The ride got shortened from Nynäs and we just went to Ösmo. Was really nice, specially riding with Fredrik Kessiakoff for real for the first time talking old idols and memories 🙂

As usual with the teamcar behind with all things necessary (floor pump was today best thing)

142km when I got home, doing a detour and meeting a couple of friends at Le Mond 😉 Map and stats: Strava

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13 days left for Vätternrundan. Will I do good? Am a bit nervous but with this people it will be fun and will do my absolute best to make it awesome and an experience for life 😀

1st training with Skoda Cycling Team

Time flew and the Sunday went to fast to get some blogtime so here is about yesterday when I met up with some Skoda cyclists att SCS for a nice 4-5h ride south. Daniel was with us as guide and photographer:

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Not super fast but a great pace out from Stockholm. When we came to Dalarövägen we started the first team time trail part and wasn’t so controlled, specially not after passing a small group up after turning towards Årsta Havsbad. Super hard and I dropped first…

Not what I wanted and got paced by the teamcar, with Fredrik who was the next one to drop.

Back together and easy pace again to Fors where I was taking the picture of Daniel:

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Got a bit easier and with a great start the next intervall worked really good. Found the flow 🙂

It felt all very well organized with a good flow until Damian started to attack… 😉 Showing we love cycling and like to ride faster it got a bit faster than planned some times I think but just fun. Like when Karl attacked on a climb showing that the biggest guy isn’t just strong but can fly up hills too 😉

Then we came to Rosenhill. A place you have to stop and can’t just pass according to my boss Patrik, and so we did for a ”short” coffee. A regular cyclist fika so to speak:

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Great with a stop when riding a lot and not so far left home. Last intervall became one at Påla Malm where it just started without anyone saying anything

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It became hard and I thought a couple of times that I had to skip a turn and rest a bit as Cecilia did. Was just 5 of us going around the hole time there as Fredrik rested a bit in the end too and the resting time before going forward again got pretty short. 38,8km/h average and 171 in heart rate. Great training and happy to have been able to go around all the way 🙂

A ride that started negative with the first intervall ended with good feeling 🙂 Sunday Funday so to speak

And with the luxury of our own team car following us with everything needed. Driven by Pelle:

Thanks everyone for killing my legs and making my confidence grow a bit without being too serious 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Sumo weekend

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I rode like this on Saturday morning.

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And this Sunday morning 😉

Yesterday me and Emil started the day with enjoying the sunshine to Vissvass and back before everyone else woke up. A nice ride with just a couple of sprints.

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Today I rode with Stefan, Claes and Jens from Järna. Down to Nyköping (almost) in awesome tailwind and then back up to Gnesta in not so awesome headwind

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Happily we god some nice views so the headwind wasn’t so hard. The road to Sjundaskogen after Gnesta is really beautiful and so nice to ride it on my Tarmac compared to my Sequoia with 42mm studded tires in cold weather which I had last time

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Think the ride me and Emil did yesterday got results today. Emil won the Mälarcup race in Västerås in Men30 almost as cool as Fernando Gaviria won the Giro stage 🙂

Le Peloton #148

You know spring when everyone brings their racebikes with high profile wheels and best clothes to training? When everyone is high on going fast outside and showing how well they trained all winter? That was like todays Le Peloton:

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A lot of people, a lot of fast people and a lot of people able to hang on the fast people. And it was this guy a.k.a me:

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Looking fast, trying to take my turns and sit in a good position. Unfortunately I’m not as fast as I hoped and after doing a hard start including a PR before the real start and got dropped pretty quick…

Turned around and tried to get the cramp out of my left leg and got caught again at Järla. Sat pretty high and took a turn before Sickla. Then I tried to keep up with the fast ones averaging over 40km/h to Älta. On the hard Evalundsvägen through Älta I always think it goes fast and today I touched my PR, not the best way before Storkällan and I got dropped for the 2nd time…

Had to ride the rest alone and wasn’t as fast as I dreamt about. To be honest I hoped for more and when I came to Le Mond I wasn’t as satisfied as many others. Next time I will push harder, go faster and not get dropped! I want to fight as good as my friend Emil is able to do, or Sagan that doesn’t seem to be able to give up.

Map and stats: Strava

Drentse 8 van Westerveld

While I felt like a pro this weekend you can watch the pro’s here 🙂 Been testing me today at Aktivitus and I was right about some things and wrong about some, really interesting and thankful for Skoda Cycling Team supporting me 🙂 More on that when I get the results I forgot.

Until then you have to watch the women race from earlier today. Great racing but still no win for Annemiek van Vleuten 😦