Dead end ride

Ended this weeks riding with a ride on Ingarö and to all the big wharfs there. Claes was guide and gathered hours. Mathias tried to get the legs to spin after his ride yesterday. Magnus tried to acclimatize back to Sweden after being in Spain for a week. Peter just wanted to ride. I like variation and riding on a Sunday 😉

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Colorfull group, all with white helmets. And strongest today was Magnus:

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I wasn’t:

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But it was 3 well spent hours on some new roads, some old and with speed. Felt a bit strange to be home finished riding already at 11 but got a lot of time to cheer for Stybar at Le Mond all afternoon 🙂

Map and stats of my ride: Strava

Le Peloton #79

After beeing on musical yesterday with some gorgeous it was time for cycling again. Not so much sleep, no smoothie made it a hard morningride but with good and fast company:

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Map and stats: Strava

Today we got a new marmelade at Le Mond too, living the dream so to speak:

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Easy spinning today with my newest shoes, Specialized S-Works Sub6, lowered my shoe/pedal weight by 305g since wednesday 😀

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And was so early at work so had some afterbike with David and watched yesterdays awesome race at Tirreno Adriatico

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After a long day at work it was time to go home. But before I changed to a new chain, new bartape and bigger, better and more oval chainrings from AbsoluteBLACK:

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Felt a bit strange with oval rings the first hundred meters but then I didn’t think about them so much. Will be fun to try them for real soon

Strade Bianche

The Spring Classic I really want to ride. So beautiful and always great racing. Stybar isn’t perfect as he couldn’t repeat his last years victory but ended 2nd after Cancellara.

One that seems perfect is Lizzie Armitstead, check the highlights from the race yesterday:

But she isn’t perfect either, she needs to learn by Tony Martin how a proper cycling cap looks like and how to wear on the podium. But awesome racing 🙂

The beauty of Strade Bianche

Was looking at a reply of 2015 Strade Bianche yesterday after been thinking of how wide tires I can fit in my Tarmac and if Challenge Strada Bianca 30mm would fit. Maybe should be looking to travel and ride the race route. Beautiful scenery and great racing so I can recommend this replay too, in 2 parts:

STYBAR!!!

Yes, I think Cyclocross World Championships is bigger than Tour de France but a win is always a win. Etixx did it again and made Sagan and the others think about what they should do instead of doing it.

Zdenek Stybar won the 6th stage of Tour de France 2016 😀

While Tony Martin made a crash and broke his collarbone. After receiving a new yellow jersey he abandoned this years Tour 😦

highlights:

And by: Etixx-Quick Step

Some highlights from the weekend

A lot of racing this weekend. Team Tre Berg and Crescent D.A.R.E have been showing their power in Sweden with the 2 first road races of our season.

International it has been the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen with a great 3rd place for Truls Engen Korsæth. Video here: TV OOST

It has been the first DH World Cup in Lourdes. Video here: Red Bull

My friend Filip Eidsheim won the two last stages of Tour du Maroc.

It has been Circuit de Ardennes and Energiwacht Tour which both had a Team Time Trail which ruined a bit for many riders it looked like.

And it has been Paris-Roubaix with another tragic end if you ask me. Etixx-Quick Step have to be smarter in the end so people stop laughing at them:

Yesterdays sunny Ronde van Vlaanderen

Some people get better weather than others, some ride faster than others. Not jealous, just want to ride fast in better weather 😉

Highlights from the womens race yesterday with some beautiful views of the ”Swedish” town Zingem:

The Belgians can cheer so much for a Swede. Than we can do better. We need a better fan culture in this country.

Emma Johansson ended 13th. Great ride by Annemiek van Vleuten, I like offensive riders 🙂

BMC filmed inside the peloton and breakaway of the men’s race:

And here is the last 30km of the men’s race. which I have to watch as we followed the last part of the race on the radio in a car towards the airport yesterday.

Happy that my second favorite won 🙂

THE Belgium trip

Came home late yesterday after the weekends nice trip to Belgium. First time there riding and it was as hard as I imagined, but also a bit easier. Here are some random pictures by me, Kalle, Mario and others from the first day when we rode the last 45km of Paris-Roubaix with 9 cobblesections including Carrefour l’Arbre which is said to the tuffest:

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The cool guy with a Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc and white Prevail helmet is the Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw. Really cool to ride with him, a nice classy guy 🙂

The man that make it all happen:

Around 40 riders, 3 motorbikes in front stopping traffic, 1 car and 1 van behind with wheels, things and food. Got into the Roubaix Piste which isn’t open usually and got to see the showers that usually aren’t open either. Johan Museeuw is great to have with you riding with good connections 🙂

Yesterday we where out and watched the Ronde van Vlaanderen pass Izegem where we stayed as we went to early to be able to travel to the climbs and watch it more:

Awesome weekend and a big thanks to David Schwieler and Mario Bulckaert who made it possible 😀