Right now I am on my way down to Schladming, Austria with the bus. This will be the first stop of my seven weeks long Euro trip this year. With me this time is Adam Eriksson and Carl Blomqvist.
We are going to Schladming for one day to train then we are heading to Leogang to race the world cup. For a couple of weeks ago I received my bike for this season, my Santa Cruz V10, if feels good to be able to compete on my own bike again. I’m eager to see how the bike handles some real downhill riding here in southern Europe. I have longed for this trip for a while now, I am really stoked to go racing again!!
The second stop at the Sweden Enduro Series this year but the first Enduro race for me. I was excited to try out my new enduro bike on some proper tracks. With the Easter being this weekend, the training was on Thursday and the competition was on Friday. I had a really good time on the tracks. I had tuned in a good setup om my suspension and the bike worked like a dream. It felt like a had a good overall speed going and I had so much fun I nearly forgot that I was training for a race. When Friday arrived I felt stoked and eager to race. There were 6 special stages that was around 2 minutes each. I rode good all day except one mistake on the third stage where I rode into a tree and got stuck for a few seconds. Unfortunately, that cost me a podium place. I was two seconds away from being third and four seconds away from being second. In overall, I had a great weekend and the thing I take with me is that I had a good overall speed going.
It’s been a while since I updated the site. I did the World cup in Losinj about a month ago now.
So I’m just going to pick up from the days after the race in Maribor.
We had some days off after Maribor where we visited Ljubljana and then we continued by car down to Losinj, Croatia.
It was a beautiful resort, and not the first place that come in mind when you think of downhill. It´s a big island in the Adriatic Sea. We arrived on Wednesday night and had some time to check out the village. It felt more like you were on vacation than a competition with a venue this beautiful.
On Thursday we did the track walk and the track was basically a 2-minute-long rock garden with pointy rocks everywhere.
in the first half of the training session it was hard for me to find any flow in the track, but I made some adjustments on the bike later on and found some flow in the track.
They have made some changes for the world cup competitions, usually top 80 qualifies for the finals but now instead only top 60 will be able to race in the finals. With that Said and only 120 people on the start line for the qualifications, it’s a pretty high standard
For the qualification run I focused on having a smooth run down but instead I got stressed and started making small mistakes and was not riding the way I wanted at all. At last I smashed my bash guard at a rock in the lower section of the track, it left the bike unable to pedal so I just cruised down the last part of the track to finish a disappointing 110th place. I still have some good lessons to take with me to the next world cup in Leogang that is 7th of July. I think I need some world cup races as practice to get a good routine until I can perform where I want to be at.
This past weekend it was time for the first European Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. My body still hurt from the crash in Lousã but that´s racing, sometimes you need to push past the pain. The foot held me back at some of the bigger features because it hurts from bigger impacts. The track in general is one of the most fun tracks I have raced. It starts with some fast-technical parts, a big rock section in the middle and ends with some flowy parts in the woods. The training went well, I felt confident and started to feel more comfortable on the bike. I have not received my new bike, so I am still racing on the borrowed bike from Järvsö Bergcykel Shop.
On my qualifying run I felt like I had a good pace, but I had to many small mistakes, I struggled with keeping the bike in check when I braked hard. I got down in 68th place with a time of 03:55, I missed the big final by almost 10 seconds. This race had a higher standard than it usually is on a European Cup. With the World Cup being nearby the next weekend a few world cup teams competed here in Maribor as a “warm up” for next weekend.
When I looked at the qualifying results I figured I had to do some changes for the final run. I tried a new setup on the bike to make it more stable and I also thought about making a few line changes for the final run.
On Sundays training I tried out my new lines and decided to keep the changes for my final run.
I strapped my foot once again and was ready to race. I got a good run going but halfway down I hit my brake disc on one of the stones in the rock section. It got bent and slowed me down a bit as it was slapping my brake pads the rest of the run. I made it all the way down and improved my time to 03:47 and ended up in 59th place in total. If it weren’t for my crooked brake disc I was satisfied with my run. I still have some things to improve but I am happy to get some time on a downhill bike and now I will recharge my batteries for a few days before I go racing the World Cup in Losinj, Croatia next weekend.
Here is the follow up from the last post.
The qualification did not turn out the way I wanted. Unfortunately, I crashed at a bridge and got thrown over the bars. It ended with a DNF (Did not finish), a twisted ankle and some big bruises on my back/hip.
On Sunday morning I was unsure if I could do the final run. I strapped up my foot and tried one run in the morning and made the decision that it was alright to ride with. It hurt to ride with, but I could handle it. For the final run it rained a lot once again and the track got slippery and hard to ride.
I got down and felt like it was an alright run, the crash before had made me a bit shook so I felt like I could have ridden faster at some sections but I got down in one piece.
I ended up in 38th place with the time 4:31, about 20 seconds off the winner, not really where I want to be in time but I felt satisfied in the end that I got down with the injury.
The first race of the season is almost here!
I have done two days of practice here at the European Championships in Lousã, Portugal. It feels really good although I am not riding on my own bike, this year I am riding on a borrowed bike. The freight on my Santa Cruz V10 got delayed so i had to improvise a bit before we flew down to Portugal. Järvsö Bergcykel Park solved that problem and borrowed me a bike for the race. For that I am really grateful! The track is so much fun to ride and today the sky opened up and it started to rain. My smile just brightens up when there´s time for a mud race, I did two runs in the rain today and I was grinning the whole way down.
Tomorrow it´s time for the qualifications and my run starts at 15:50 (GMT+2).
Hopefully I will have a decent run to see where I´m at in the results and then I can see what I have to change to improve my run for Sundays Finals.
I will do my race run on Sunday around 16:30 (GMT+2).
With the season approaching just around the corner it´s time for me to reveal my preliminary 2018 scheme and some news regarding sponsors.
First I want to thank Specialized Nordics for the past two seasons for their support. With their bike I won the national championship in 2016 and performed my best placing at an European cup (23st) in 2017.
In 2018 I will proudly compete on Santa Cruz Bicycles. I will use the Hightower LT on the enduro races and the V10 for downhill.
So far, I have received the enduro bike, but I am eagerly waiting on the downhill bike.
Two other sponsors that is joining me for the upcoming season is Sitab and Midroc. Sitab is a local company that work with industrial solutions and they will support me financially. Midroc is an electrician company and they will also support me financially.
I also have three more sponsors in progress, hopefully I will update you soon.
The new Enduro bike for 2018.
Unfortunately, Macon and Gävle Alltransport is not going to support me for 2018. I am thankful for the long time support that Macon has given me all the way back to 2007, when I started my racing career. It has meant a big deal and they have helped me a lot through the years. I also want to thank Gävle Alltransport for their support the past two years.
First year of racing, Gesunda 2007
The upcoming season my main focus will be on getting a total result in the European cup. I will be riding a few world cups and Scandinavian cups also and of course try to defend my National title.
It’s been a while now since I updated the website. I once again want to thank all my sponsors and the people around me for all the support during 2017. I’m really grateful to have you guys backing me up and making it possible for me to perform the very best that I can. My hope for 2018 is that my racing will improve even more and that we will have a good and fun year with lots of riding to look forward to .
Recently I have been spending a lot of time in the gym and on the indoor bike and due to my tight workout schedule the website have been pushed back a bit. This winter I have been given a complete program from Idrottsgruppen Dalarna and I have been following it strictly now for almost two months. I have been focusing on max strength in the gym and the progress so far has been really good. Soon I will enter a period where my focus will be on Explosive reps instead and stamina. Besides spending time in the gym I’ve been riding a lot in Hofors indoor bmx park to maintain my basic bike skills, something I enjoy very much.
Due to an illness I could not participate in the National Enduro race in Falun. I had prepared with spending some extra time on my enduro bike and making the bike a bit fresher with new stickers and some service. I was really bummed to miss the race, but when I look back on the season this is my first time being sick so I´m still pleased considering that.
Sweden Enduro Series in Gothenburg. Photo by: Jon Bokrantz
For now my focus will be on having fun on my bike and just play around while I visit the bike parks. Soon the bike parks will close and then I will focus on getting my strength up during the off season.
Right now I am working on getting more sponsors for the next year so I can compete even more.
I like to thank everyone that has supported me this year and helped me along the way. Here is my official sponsor picture from this year.
Gesunda was my last scheduled downhill race for this season, it feels like the season has gone by way too fast! I have had a blast throughout the whole season and I was really eager to make a good result here. With this race being so close to home and since I already know the track pretty well I decided to drove up to Gesunda early on Saturday morning. I got there and started to walk the track to see if there was some big changes compared to earlier years, but it was pretty much the same. They had banded the track a lot wider than before though so there was some new line choices at some sections. The track is pretty short but it´s quite intense with a high average speed and a lot of pointy rocks that you can´t really notice until you hit them. Anyway, the training went good but I felt like I needed to look a bit closer on my line choices at some sections so I decided to walk the track once again after the training was done.
I had a few parts on the track in mind that I wanted to take a further look into and in one section I found one completely new line that I decided to try out on Sunday.
Photo: Anki Eriksson
Photo: Anki Eriksson
With this competition only being two hours away from my home I got some family members to support me on Sunday and I felt really motivated to do my best. Gesunda has always been a good place for me if you look at the results. This was the place where I took my very first win in a downhill competition back in 2011 when I was racing the Junior class, the day before that I also won the nationals in fourcross here. In 2012 I got 4th place in the Downhill Nationals as a first year elite, only one second away from the podium. So this place only brings good memories for me.
I tried out my new line choice early on Sundays training and it felt really good, I had all the other sections dialed and I was ready to go after it. In my seeding run I had a stable and smooth run with no major mistake and I qualified as 1st with a time of 1:31:75!
Final run, I was last man down and I was really excited, but this time in a good and relaxed way. I got through the first section really good and had a general good feeling. The bottom part was really good too, I kept my nerves in check almost all the way down. When I got to the finish jump I pedaled way more into it than I did in the training. I was prepared to fly longer than before but I was not ready to jump as far as I did. I landed really hard and almost crashed into the goal, I was happy just to manage to hold on to my handlebar when I crossed the finish line. Then I heard the speaker said that I got down in 1:28:23 and that I had won!
I was really pleased with my run and I don’t think I could have performed any better than that. I was also told I had beaten the old track record by 3 seconds. With this win I climbed the overall in the Scandinavian cup so much that I landed on a second place, which surprised me. I have only raced three out of five competitions in the cup so I didn’t think I would get such a good overall placement. I was buzzing, this was the best way to end this race season on the downhill bike.
The next and last race for this season is the Nationals in Enduro and it is in Falun next weekend.