Calle Friberg summerize the bike summer season
There´s been a lot of things going on since the last blog post. But I´ll try to post updates more frequently, with hopefully some new lamp testing aswell, now that the days are getting shorter and shorter again. The good thing in this is that I´ll get out on more training rides with a headlamp strapped on my helmet – which I´m looking forward to. I like that extra feeling of speed you get from riding a singletrail with only a headlamp.
Now a short re-cap of whats been on my plate since June. As you´ve seen in my blog here (or if you follow me on twitter.com/callefriberg or facebook) I´ve been quite serious with my bike racing this year again.
I mid June I went down to the german alps with some fellow swedes and my american buddie Colin Osborn, to do Trans Germany – a really hard 4 day stage race. Very hilly and with pretty much all the best marathon pro´s in the world attending. It all went quite OK(was 22nd in the GC) until I got tangled up in a crash on stage 3 and broke my collarbone and also fractured the shoulderblade. Not so pleasant! So rest and rehab for 5-6 weeks.
I unfortuanately missed the Swedish XC Champs in Gothenburg in July. Bummer! But I didn´t feel race ready. I did however race the swedish marathon cup the weekend after – and managed to squeeze out a win.
Then since I felt I missed some racing in the legs before the race I´ve been focusing on – The Breck Epic in Colorado in the middle of August, I decided to do Grenserittet the weekend after and ended up 6th in the sprint finish. So not so bad.
Then off to Breck Epic in Breckenridge in Colorado. A super tough 6 day stage race with lots of sweet singletrack but also lots of steep climbing. All on high altidude. Breckenridge is at 2900 meters above sea level and then we started climbing from there! During stage 5 we went over a pass at 4000 meters! Was getting dizzy up there. It was a super cool experience but this week was extra tough because of a cold(and a lot of coughing) during the whole week plus a couple flats. I still managed to win stage 2 and ended up 5th in the overall. So very happy with that, especially with the high level of racing and that crazy altidude. Check it out at www.breckepic.com and then go do it!
I missed the last round of the Swedish marathon cup www.langloppscupen.se
Due to a muscle injury, but will do a couple MTB races before taking a break.
Until next time /Calle