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Keravan Kevätpolkaisu race tomorrow

Keravan Kevätpolkaisu race tomorrow

I've been busy with moving and everything that has to do with it, and again I've underestimated the total time moving to a new address takes. Anyway, tomorrow will be the second race for me this season, Keravan Kevätpolkaisu. I had a week long pause from cycling but been able to train pretty okay the last week. Tomorrow will be a good test of where my condition is at the moment.

Royal Cycling

Tomorrow is the third race of the year for me, Royal Cycling (Royal Pyöräily) in Lahti, Finland. It will be a 132 km long route with around 300 riders starting. Youll find the route here. The route is somewhat hilly, and really looking forward for the hills at the end. A fast 2,8 km long uphill section just 10 km before finish. Whatever group I'll ride in, that's a place to make a breakaway in. So hopefully I'll have fresh legs tomorrow.

Elevation graphics

Elevation graphics

As usual, you're able to track my ride on Endomondo. The live tracking link should appear on my Endomondo page here or alternative you can actually follow it straight from my site here on The Invisible Hill under main menu, Races/Live tracking here.

We will start at 6 am, so once again a really early wakeup. Hopefully I'm able to get some proper sleep. 

Today was once again a great day of road cycling. A proper breakfast, coffee, and out for a short ride with a couple of short sprint-intervals just to get the legs going.

Pre-ride espresso

Pre-ride espresso

And what could be better after that, than watching a great mountain stage of Tour de France and have some proper food and coffee. Superb effort by Team Sky and Chris Froome, not to mention Richie Porte. Huge. I just hope Contador, Valverde or someone else could make it a good fight for Team Sky. If the domination is like today, it might be a boring last 2 weeks of the tour.  

Rice, chicken and green beans, my fuel-up-for-a-race-nutrition, always

Rice, chicken and green beans, my fuel-up-for-a-race-nutrition, always

So I'll keep you updated tomorrow on the facebook page with pictures from along the day. The weather should be great, hopefully my legs are great too.

No summer without wild strawberries, a must-stop when you see these on a easy ride. 

No summer without wild strawberries, a must-stop when you see these on a easy ride. 

Until next time, enjoy the summer, ride your bikes!

The season grand finale?

Tomorrow, Tour de Helsinki 2012 is upon us. Yet another year of cycling coming to its end here in Finland. There are probably a month left of the outdoor cyling season, before the snow takes over. Sitting here looking out the window would probably indicate less than that. Rain and +12 degrees is not the condition you want to go out cycling. Adding a back ache doesn't make it much better. But nevertheless, I'll be on the starting line tomorrow at 11am finnish time. 

The weather for Helsinki tomorrow looks a bit better though. Between +15/+18 degrees with possible showers and quite windy conditions. Could be worse.

The start is at 11am and our pace should place us at the finish line at around 15:15.

We will jump into a group that will hold on to a pace of 32km/h. I hope I can just ride with that group 'till the finish.

Fueling together with VueltaThe bike is prepared, I hope the fueling is ok, and hopefully the back will last those 4+ hours on the bike tomorrow. I'll probably have to end my cycling season after this race, and get my back in shape so I can start building for the next season. My wish for tomorrow is to finish, nothing more, nothing less.

Preparing the bike. Probably even more important heading for a soaky rideI'll use the Endomondo Live tracker tomorrow, and a link to that live tracking will be posted tomorrow at around 11am via my Twitter and Facebook. If you don't have the possibility to follow either one, the link should be visible on my Endomondo page here.

 

I'll get back to you with the race report next week.

Have a good one!