bicycling

Vuelta Vantaa

Tomorrow is the fourth race of the year, Vuelta Vantaa. A 100km long ride consists of two 50km laps. The route has some rolling hills, but is mainly flat.  100 km is not that much, and depending on how fresh my legs are tomorrow I'll see if I'm able to do something more than usual. Last days have been preparing for tomorrow, some intervals and today just warming up the legs a bit.

Yesterday brought some showers, fortunately the sun came out to dry up the roads and my face

Yesterday brought some showers, fortunately the sun came out to dry up the roads and my face

10 minutes and the roads were dry

10 minutes and the roads were dry

Also spent some time sprinting

Also spent some time sprinting

Today was more of a relaxing day in the saddle. Also met some local teammates on the road!

Today was more of a relaxing day in the saddle. Also met some local teammates on the road!

It was a bit chilly despite the sunshine

It was a bit chilly despite the sunshine

It will be an early wake up again, and we'll leave at around 7 am. As usual, you're able to track me live on http://www.invisiblehillcycling.com/live-tracking/The start is at 11 am Finnish time.

Tomorrow will also be the last day of Tour de France 2013, and the riders will arrive to Paris and Champs-Élysées in the evening. This is part of the celebration of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Will for sure be a spectacular event! It will be a lot tougher for Mark Cavendish this year if he likes to win the last stage!

See you tomorrow!

See you tomorrow!

Road Cycling in Archipelago

Probably one of the most beautiful places you can take your road bike to in Finland is the archipelago. You can ride the whole archipelago trail ( 250 km / 155 miles ), or the shorter ( 100km / 62 miles ). The longer route you'll find here, and if you want to read more about the archipelago trail, you'll find some information here. I did the longer one last summer in really chilly conditions and that was one of the hardest days on the bike in rain and + 12 degrees (read the blog post here).

Last weekend I took my road bike and headed for our summerplace in Nauvo/Nagu, and the weather was very different from last year, + 25 and sunshine. 

On the ferry between the mainland and Nauvo

On the ferry between the mainland and Nauvo

Travelling to the summerplace

Travelling to the summerplace

It's so amazing being in the archipelago, no cars, just the sound from the nature. Pretty much the only place where you can completely relax.

How about waking up to this view?

How about waking up to this view?

We also took a boat trip to Utö, located in the outer archipelago. Superb weather.

The Utö lighthouse

The Utö lighthouse

Fishing huts

Fishing huts

Beautiful landscapes

Beautiful landscapes

I often talk about food. Smoked fish is one of my favorites and that's what we did. What's better than self-smoked fish?

Yum

Yum

On the way back from the archipelago I had to make a stop. Finnish summer can really be awesome, and a warm day in June has plenty of absolutely fantastic aromas. One of them is the smell from the wild strawberries. It's hard not to make a stop and just pick a handful of them. 

True taste

True taste

And what's better than coming home, sitting down in the sofa and watching a mountain stage of the Tour de France? 

Relax

Relax

If you ever have a possibility to take a ride in the Finnish archipelago, please do it!

 

Have a good one!