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Forced to relax

Soon  7 weeks with a flu has kept me away from the bike. Well mostly off the bike. Last week I tried to make a few easy rides, but my body responded with a small temperature, sore throat and a drippy nose. Really frustrating as I can feel all muscles turn into jelly.

Early morning ride before work

Early morning ride before work

Well at least I have time to carefully plan the winter cycling season, this time with a coach. Yesterday was my weekly massage day, sometimes I feel those sessions are more mental healing than healing your body. The masseur surely does a better job than any psychologist.

Friday relaxing

Friday relaxing

I also found a neat new Rapha video, and found it to include a familiar theme.  Check out the neat short video Rapha Retreats 2014.

Wednesday chilling

Wednesday chilling

It also looks as if Belgium got some snow. Another really beautiful picture from Jered and Ashley Gruber, this time from Muur van Geraardsbergen, Belgium.

I certainly hope we won't have any snow yet!

 

Have a good one! 

 

Road cycling season so far

The weather for road cycling has been superb this year. At least most of the time. I've been spending some 130 hours on the bike this year, and that's a early season record. I aim at having that figure somewhere around 250 hours. We'll see how close I'll get. Instead of writing a lot, I'll share some pictures with you both on and off the saddle.

Early season preparations setting up the bike, should be done with espresso

Early season preparations setting up the bike, should be done with espresso

Early season team-ride

Early season team-ride

During a business-trip to Stockholm I visited Bianchi Café & Cycles, my favorite café, many times. You should really pay a visit here if you're in Stockholm! Click the picture to read more about the place!

During a business-trip to Stockholm I visited Bianchi Café & Cycles, my favorite café, many times. You should really pay a visit here if you're in Stockholm! Click the picture to read more about the place!

Waiting for the flight home

Waiting for the flight home

Taking a small brake on a long Sunday-ride

Taking a small brake on a long Sunday-ride

Giving it all is sometimes pretty exhausting...

Giving it all is sometimes pretty exhausting...

Rainy rides are not that bad when you are properly equipped

Rainy rides are not that bad when you are properly equipped

Attack!

Attack!

Easy evening ride in Ruissalo

Easy evening ride in Ruissalo

Green times in Attu

Green times in Attu

Pedalare pedalare!

Pedalare pedalare!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. 'Til next time, have a good one! 

Early Spring in pictures

Before reaching the 2000km (1250miles) mark of this year we've experienced everything from snow, icy rain to sunshine. Sunday March the 11th was the day that brought us back on the roads, with a pleasant sunny weather and some +6 degrees celcius. Yet there was plenty of snow around, which made the little breeze quite chilly. 

Bike all set up for the outdoor season


Proper clothing is important in any weather condition


All smiles


Setting up the Garmin device for outdoor use


Plenty of snow, but the roads were almost all dryAlmost all the roads...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunbathing in +6 degrees (C)


It was a pretty dirty job..


A week later, icy rain and + 3 degrees was pretty nasty

April was quite cold here in Finland, but fortunately we had at least a couple of good sunny days to ride our bikes.

Taking the ferry to Attu in late april


Run out of energy bars, so I had to use these finnish Karelian pies instead. Unfortunately my stomach didn't like them during exercise, I felt really bad and had to fight against throwing up later during the ride. But they're really tasty in any other occasion!


First ride without arm warmers was ridden in late April


A fallen off chain.....and just seconds later back on the bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Icy rides in March are already forgotten


Even the donkeys are out, enjoying the spring!

I hope you enjoyed the pics, I'll be back with more stuff again soon. The Giro d'Italia is about to start in just a couple of days and there are also other stuff on the agenda!

 

 

Ci Vediamo!

Canyon Ultimate CF 8.0

During the winter I played with the idea about buying a new bike, and a couple of weeks ago i finally made the decision to buy the new Canyon Ultimate CF 8.0. It's a full carbon bike with Ultegra components and Dura Ace rims. It actually comes with Mavic Ksyrium Equipe rims, but i decided i wanted a set of ligher ones. I haven't been able to ride the bike yet, but fitting the bike on the trainer gave some great first feelings. The framesize (52) fits a lot better than the Bianchi 55 that i had. The Canyon is also almost 3kg lighter than the Bianchi, weighing about 7kg.

 

 

Bike Fitting

Something i have been thinking about doing this spring, before the season begins is bike fitting. Roadd.cc posted a video about bike fitting on a Trek Madone. It's about setting up the bike properly for your body, and to do this in Finland costs you around 150€ (PROBIKE)

 

 

The SICI fitting process begins with an extensive interview and then progresses to measurements, a physical assessment and dynamic, on-bike positioning on a fully adjustable Serotta Size Cycle or your personal bike. The on-bike positioning begins with the feet and travels up the body to the hands. We apply principles of physiology and biomechanics to your unique blueprint to tailor a position just for you.

 

I also found an interesting article about Saddle Sores, and in the general advice section, there was a mentioning about talking about cycling...

Nobody else cares about your cycling as much as you. This includes your partner and work colleagues.

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Remember, this is general advice. If symptoms persist consult your doctor.  Or if you still have any, talk to your non-cycling friends.

 

I'll try to remember this in the future (probably i won't).

 

Team Edition Madone 6.9 SSL

This will be the bike that the new Pro-Tour team Team Leopard-Trek will ride in 2011

 

Picture from trekbikes.com

And here's how the official Team kit will look like. Quite simple, and it seems there will be a lot of black, blue and white this year.

 

Picture from cycling.tv

More pictures from Cyclingnews.com

cyclingnews.com

 

Check more of Team Leopard-Trek on their website

leopardtrek.lu

Tour de Helsinki

Last sunday the 5th September 2010 was time for the annual Tour de Helsinki cycling event. The race began at 11am with some 1733 riders at the start line.

Together with two friends we headed out for this event early in the morning from Turku. We first headed for the hotel which was located close to the start-line, to change into our cycling gear. The weather was a bit chilly, some +13 degrees and almost overcast. Fortunately there was only a gentle breeze.

At the start line the riders could choose to join different groups. We decided to join the group that would keep up a pace of 28km/h. Unfortunately one of our group-members had a small temperature so he decided to follow a slower group. Early on we realized the pace in our group was too slow and later on we joined the 29km/h group. We had an easy time following this group, and decided to breakaway at the latter part of the race.

This happened when there was approximately 20km to go. Together with 10 other riders we formed a breakaway-group at the last hilly section of the race. These climbs were HC category climbs, but really didn't feel bad at all. They were neither long or steep so it was easy to accelerate. Together with my friend we kept up the pace in the early stage of the breakaway, some 35km/h for some kilometres. Only a few km later the group only had 4 riders.

Unfortunately my friend didn't have the legs that day to keep up the pace in the hills and a second later the breakaway held only three riders. We held together almost all the way with an average speed of 36km/h. For me this was a really good speed, especially after having already 120km behind. The pace-keeping was shared among us three approx. 45%-35%-20%, with me keeping the pace 35% of the time and mostly in the small uphill sections.

Along these 18km we saw lots of riders who couldn't keep up the pace and probably lost a lot of time in the last kilometers. When we had approx 2km to go this one rider with the most energy tried to break away from our group of 3 riders. He managed to make a gap of 80 meters for a kilometer or so, but during the last kilometer i managed to hang in and reduce the gap. 

4hours and 42 minutes after the start I crossed the finish-line and it felt really good. The last kilometers went really fast and there was a big crowd cheering along the roads, which helped to keep up the pace. A couple of minutes later my friend arrived. 

I am quite sure we will participate next year too, a bit wiser and probably cutting 15minutes or more from the time this year.


 This is the data from the last 20km (left-click to open full-size picture)

 

Link to the route on strands.com