My name is Mikael and I am just an average guy with a big passion for road cycling. As a kid I lived in the Finnish countryside, so cycling was the way to get from one place to another. It all begun the day I learned to ride my bike without those training wheels. Wow, that feeling to get rid of them, the freedom they provided that young kid with. I felt I could go anywhere! And that's pretty much what I did. Summer, winter, rain or shine, ride I did. But that was all just having fun, I never trained or even thought about being competitive in cycling. Well, at least not more than being faster than my cousin or my friends.
During my years at the university I found road cycling. I had been dreaming about a road bike for years, and in the spring 2009 I finally bought my first road bike, a Bianchi 1885. That same year I moved to Italy for a year, and grabbed my bike with me. And that's pretty much where I lost control of it all. Cycling the perfect roads, passing wine yards and hills, having the sea breeze from the Adriatic Sea pushing you forward. There was no returning to a world without cycling and Italy. In 2011 I upgraded to a full carbon bike, a Canyon Ultimate CF 8.0, and from there on I have been focusing on quality in my training as well as equipment.
Cycling is more than just a hobby for me, it's a passion and a lifestyle. This road cycling website started off reflecting my interest in the world of cycling, from my saddle and from my couch and it still is a big part of the site. Today I'm exploring the world with my Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0 Di2 (2016) road bike, and I will share the stories from along the roads we travel, the joy and the pain we share together, with you. The site really is all about my everyday life around cycling, but I also try to bring you other cycling related information, interviews with interesting people and cyclists, stories from cycling related events and reviews of gadgets I use for cycling. The Fincycling project is also closely followed and I will try to bring you all the news and stories from the great road cycling project started in 2013-2014. I also worked at Canyon between 2015 - 2017, where I gained some very interesting knowledge about bikes and the industry, knowledge you never would get access to being an outsider.
In my old blog I wrote "This blog is nothing serious, it’s all just about having fun and enjoying cycling!". But today that would be probably not telling the truth. Because sometimes, and it seems as time goes by, it becomes more frequent that however dark and cold some days might be, I still put my gear on and head out. And to be honest, it's often not that fun at all, even though the hardest part is usually the "getting out". Once you're out it's seldom that bad. I do train for a purpose, mostly to beat myself, but during the years I've realized that there might be something else as well. Being able to increase the competitive level of races I do, is probably one of the most important motivational drivers today. Also doing Gran Fondos around Europe in the upcoming years encourages me to train more and harder than before.
Cycling is also much more than being competitive. It's the perfect getaway from stress and the place where you most often get the best ideas. It will help you discover yourself, awake thoughts you never would have time for otherwise, in a good way. Cycling makes you explore roads and usually takes you to places you otherwise would have missed, often beautiful landscapes, even close to your home. You might even get lost sometimes, but as they say, that's often when you discover something new. Cycling really is the best way of keeping myself both sane and fit and maybe giving me more years to live. And living a longer life, where I can stay healthy and keep on turning the pedals, that's a life I am happy to live.
Henry Ford once said something wise, and especially on those dark and cold days I usually digest that sentence in my mind.
So welcome aboard my road cycling adventure, hope you enjoy it!
And for you who wondered about the name of the website. Invisible hill - Cycling terminology; A headwind