Thursday, 30 January 2014
Part III: 2016
Well, 2016 is a long way away so alot can happen. But I have a longterm goal (or is it a dream?) to ride the Race Across America About 5000 non-stop kilometers, solo with a support crew across the USA! In my age category this distance has to be completed in under 12 Days. Tough.
I have been inspired to do this from two perspectives: 1. was when Gunnar Ohlander rode it in 2012 and it was just incredible to follow his feat and has been incredible talking to him about it since then and 2. was when I realised after Sverigetempot 2012 that maybe I would be capable of actually doing this.
RAAM requires alot more than just being able to ride long. There are daunting logistics involved to qualify, sort out a team to drive support car(s) (at 30km/h for nearly 2 weeks...), pay for the registration fee, pay for everything else, sort out the actual trip for everyone involved, carry on with a full-time job at the same time and so on.
So alot still has to work out before 2016. Some preliminary fishing for indications of support has already shown that I may have support to pay theregistration fee, KBCK may assist with cre members I may get bike support from Markus at Alviks Cykel and Jan at Norvelo in Stockholm. However, before anything concrete is planned all parties want to wait and see how the lead up goes first. We all want to see if Sverigetempot 2014 is a success and if my body holds. That would give a good indication of how realistic my BIG 2016 goal is...
But, now this is on internet so I better do the best I can!
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Part II: 2015
After what promises to be a pretty intense 2014, my goals for 2015 are maybe, at least so far, quite modest. They can basically be described as: Paris – Brest – Paris.
The team bus to Paris in 2011
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Why not combine the year's absolute skiing World Cup highlight, Hahnenkammrennen in Kitzbühel, with a bit of physical pain?
An hour Monarking with brilliant, nostalgic entertainment with dramatic finish, beautiful scenery, huge crowd and lovely town! Listening to the crowd, the oompapa music, seeing the familiar hills and slopes I could almost smell the sausage stands and taste the Stiegl.
Strong boys those.
Friday, 24 January 2014
Luckily here's someone who has obviously had a great period of training behind him! A vintage Cadel attack on Corkscrew Hill and full out time trial to the finish. Gave him the overall lead in the Tour Down Under (which he however lost again to Simon Gerrans today). Can't wait to see him in the Giro d'Italia!
I did still manage a snowy run last night at Bosön. So at least one of the pints may have been neutralised now :-)
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Part I: 2014
OK, I didn’t start a blog to write about the past. So I thought I’d write down what’s buzzing around my mind for the future. Then you can laugh at me when I afterwards summarise how much of this actually happened. I like a laugh J
My aim for Sverigetempot is under 100 hours. I don’t have much choice really, because I have to be home for my daughter’s birthday on the 2nd July and a day later I have a flight to the USA booked…
As with Sverigetempot, my two more wishy-washy 2014 goals are also organized by Peter and CK Distans. The first is the first Ultra event to be held in Sweden; 610 km solo but with an accompanying car. This would be a great first try at ultra-cycling! It also fits in well with our summer holiday plans because the route is located around the summer house near Hällefors where we spend a lot of time. So my family could come out onto the road and cheer me on TWICE during the ride, which would be very cool. If they are even interested in seeing a slowly riding, ghostly looking, brain-dead pappa glide past. Presumably at night. Probably in the rain.
The other maybe-goal in 2014: I’ve ridden the Stockholm – Göteborg event (about 560 km) twice. This year Peter’s gone completely wild and crazy and decided to include a Stockholm – Göteborg – Stockholm option. He’s threatened to only have this much fun once though (its some sort of jubilee year, which I haven’t got track of), which means I’d quite like to take the chance and join in. The good part about this cunning plan is that it solves the problem of how to get back home after riding all the way to Göteborg.
So, that’s them. I’ll also make sure I get a few normal brevet rides in. Especially seeing that KBCK has its inaugural complete series this year. KBCK has revolutionised Swedish randonneur cycling with its brevet series which is planned so that the first finishers should always finish at Lilla Barkarby roughly when the bar opens.
If all goes to plan the year will once again conclude with an ice-cold Ötzi XL and then some summer rides in Australia! Wihee!
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Along the Coastal Drive north of Wollongong
Somehow the cramps I got due to it being too hot don’t seem a problem when looking out the window into the dark with the thermometer on -5.
It’s a nice dream.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Despite all its merits, and an uncanny ability to keep up with faster bikes on long rides, the cult-Klein is of course not a racing machine. Once I decided to get into road cycling to ride my first Vätternrundan in 2007, I bought my first racer, an aluminium Monti with cool Campagnolo Record components. This was also too small, but I’m quite insensitive to such details and really enjoyed this bike. Unfortunately it decided to steer me at high speed into a signpost during the finale of the Stockholm Cykel City Gran Fondo race in 2009 and, although I managed to ride the last 2 km to the finish before being ambulanced to hospital, the bike never recovered.
The first Pearl Dice
Saturday, 18 January 2014
I’m not very good at bikes and seldom upgrade them or buy new ones. So I’ve been very faithful to those that I use.
As I mentioned earlier, my real introduction to cycling was in the European Alps when I bought a second hand Klein Pinnacle to play around in the hills with my wife and daughter with. This was in 2000 and if I remember correctly, it was already 7 years old then, which makes it about 20 years old now J. It’s a no-suspension, pretty heavy, aluminium mountainbike. Its a little bit too small for me, but I couldn’t be bothered looking any more to buy something when I saw it in the shop, so I just bought it on sight. I think it cost 6000 Austrian shillings, which must be my best investment ever.
After this emotional reunion the Klein has, at least in my own mind, become even more of a cult bike, and if I can ever afford it I will send it away for a well-deserved new paint job by a Kleinpaintingspecialist. Its deserved it!
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Part III: Long and hard
John, Johan, Ari, myself and Calle trying to work out what we had done.
John and myself making sure we don't dehydrate when we get back to the hotel. Dehydration is very dangerous.
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Part II: Pretend fast riding
(photo Natasja Jovic)
(photo Natasja Jovic)
Thursday, 9 January 2014
I have a few exciting plans the next couple of years and would like to share my journey on the way with you. I hope its fun!
Its definitely going to be long. And hard.