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The Classics-season 2019 is here!

The Classics-season 2019 is here!

We’ve seen some interesting racing this year, but the real season is just about to begin. The classics will bring the big monuments such as Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, the nerve-wracking cobbled sections when cyclists fight for being at the front, taking on the legendary short but yet so steep climbs. This is where it all begins.

Spring is in the air

This week has been warm (well not warm like Italy, but warm comparing to the average temperatures in Finland this time a year). This week has also been great for cycling. On Friday it was time for yet another FTP test, this time a proper one. Having done only a few hard strength training workouts I was a bit nervous. But gladly I managed to perform pretty close to what I expected I could. Felt really strong at the latter part of the 20 minute interval and that gave me a nice boost in self-confidence on the bike.

Post FTP workout

After the FTP test, since it was Friday I rewarded myself with sort of "junkfood" and Sauna.

This morning I woke up well rested having had troubles sleeping during the week. And what a great feeling it was to wake up when the sun was shining! This winter has probably affected me more than the previous winters for some reason, and I realized it today feeling great, energized and really happy. Can't remember the time when I would have had all those 3 feelings at the same time. So the sun was shining and Kjell had planned a 2-3 hour easy outdoor ride for me today. Great!

I prepared myself some morning coffee with my Bialetti Brikka (that is by the way working flawlessly and makes a tremendous crema!). While having my espresso and porridge, I had all the time in the world to read the news, twitter feed and update myself with the latest in the cycling world.

After an easy and relaxing morning it was time to change the studded tires for normal cyclocross tires and head out. And folks, that makes a difference!

Look ma, no spikes

"Oh please, how long can it take to take that pic?"

Today's ride-snack, nuts

Nice fog on the lens

Goodbye winter!

One more, still, like the looks!

All the asphalt roads were dry, and almost 100% ready to ride with a roadie! I returned home just in time to watch the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, and what a race that was! As a hockey fan, I also watched the "Winter-classics" Talviklassikko between HIFK and Jokerit, a pretty close game, and a nice ending to the rivalry of being the best one in Helsinki.

Yum!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite sporting events of the year, Vasaloppet where almost 16 000 skiers, both elite and amateurs participate. 90 kilometers on skis and what's interesting is that you usually see tactics in this race, similar to the ones in road cycling races. I've been following this race ever since a kid, and I'm excited every year to watch it, brings back good memories. Also a couple of friends of mine will participate, so it will be interesting to follow them! Tomorrow also Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne will be ridden. So a great day of sports!

 

Have a good one, enjoy your weekend folks!

Team IAM Cycling presentation

It is the time of the year when all the cycling teams bring out their new cyclists to the front with their new equipment, bikes, jerseys, rims, you name it. Most of the pro tour teams have released their new cycling kits, but today was one interesting launch by the Swiss Professional Continental team, Team IAM Cycling. I've been following this team closely because of Kjell Carlström is one of the team directeur sportif, and I'm lucky to know this really nice guy from Finland. Spoke with him just yesterday about the upcoming training camp on Mallorca and the season start. Loads of really interesting stuff. Maybe I could make a small interview with him in the future to introduce you to the team IAM Cycling and what's happening behind the scenes. Below are some pictures from today's official launch. All the pictures are taken by Guillaume Boillot and you'll find his blog on  with more really nice pictures!

Team IAM Cycling (Photo by Guillaume Boillot)

Team IAM Cycling (Photo by Guillaume Boillot)

The Team IAM Cycling kit. I really like the colors! (photo by Guillaume Boillot)

The Team IAM Cycling kit. I really like the colors! (photo by Guillaume Boillot)

Rear view of the jersey (photo by Guillaume Boillot)

Rear view of the jersey (photo by Guillaume Boillot)

Team IAM Cycling will ride Scott bikes (Foil & Plasma 3) (photo by Guillaume Boillot)

Team IAM Cycling will ride Scott bikes (Foil & Plasma 3) (photo by Guillaume Boillot)

The cyclists for Team IAM Cycling are:

  • Marcel Aregger
  • Marco Bandiera
  • Matthias Brandle
  • Rémi Cusin
  • Stefan Denifl
  • Martin Elmiger
  • Jonathan Fumeaux
  • Kristoff Goddaert
  • Heinrich Haussler
  • Sébastien Hinault
  • Reto Hollenstein
  • Kevyn Ista
  • Dominic Klemme
  • Permin Lang
  • Gustav Larsson
  • Thomas Löfkvist
  • Matteo Pelucchi
  • Alexandr Pliuschin
  • Sébastien Reichenbach
  • Aleksejs Saramotins
  • Patrick Schelling
  • Johann Tschopp
  • Marcel Wyss

Many of you will recognize world class riders on this list, and it will be really interesting to see how the team will do among the pro tour teams in the hard early season races (Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Milan-San Remo, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Tour of Oman and Tour of Qatar). 

Read more about Team IAM Cycling:

  • Website: http://www.iamcycling.ch
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/IAMcycling
  • Twitter: @IAMcyclingFans 

As some of you may have noticed, many of the stuff is still in French, but I'm sure there will be more content in English as well in the future.

And last but not least a short interview with Heinrich Haussler about joining the Team IAM Cycling. He truly is one of the great riders in the peloton.