Friday, July 15, 2011

MTB Marathon and a local road race

Last weekend i participated in a big MTB-marathon only 50 km from home. 838 starters in the main event plus youth-races as well. 68 kilometers on a mix of gravel roads, dirt roads, singletrack and asphalt. It's one of the faster marathons here in Sweden with fast and easy singletracks. Super fun despite lacking technical challenges. A great event for those who are new into mountainbiking.
I'm in that green and white jersey, #84
I was in good shape and made a big group fighting for positions 10-20. Felt great during the race but ran out of fuel towards the end and ended up in 34:th spot. Next big thing I hope to participate in will be the Cykelvasan (13:th august), biggest Marathon in Sweden with 6000 (that's their limit...) participants in the main event. It's the same organisation that hosts the worlds biggest cross country skiing event Vasaloppet. Before that I might just do a couple of smaller races as well.

A video that was shot from the end of the starting climb wich took us 182 meters up in 2.9 kilometers. You can see me from 1:25-1:32 in that green and white jersey.

The day before yesterday I did a local training road race in Torsång, Borlänge. Two 33 km long races with about 30 people of various capacity. Pretty flat rolling terrain made it easy to sit in the bunch. During the first race I tried to get away a couple of times in different groups but it ended up in a bunch sprint in which I was fourth. In the second race a group of ten was created about halfway in to the race and I was one of them. Unfortunately I had wasted too much energy that day so I could not do much and ended sixth in the sprint. For some those local races are like the world championships, but for me it's just great fun. Took a few shots during and after the race:

The breakaway in the second race

Me and the winner of both races, Roberto Vacchi, most known for being the cycling commentator on Eurosport.

We were three guys from Falun that rode home together

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