With yet another turbulent season under my belt I have taken a step back and am now putting focus on just the FUN part of cycling. After the DNF at NC Bukkerittet I got another setback and realized I needed a mental break from my competitive mind and just relax and have fun. That means – no super structured training plan for a while, just spend time on my bikes (if I feel like it – which I normally do) and gather experiences.
This week I’m devoting time to my newest addition to my bike park – the 2017 Merida Scultura Team. It’s a super light and stiff bike that screams “climb with me!”. And I think the bike deserves it. That’s why I’m attending Tour de Hallingdal this upcoming Thursday to Sunday. It’s a tough road stage race located in my home town, Gol. The perfect stage to gather some climbing meters while having fun racing!
The following weekend (July 16), I’m planning to attend Valdresrittet – another local(ish) bike race in the neighbour valley. Once again – just for fun, company and good training. I don’t feel like I’m even close to my best race shape, so no ambition. It’s nice to take the self inflicted pressure of my shoulders from time to time. I should definitely do that more often!
The weekend after that (July 23) it’s time for a longer and different kind of challenge. Offroad Valdres has it’s debut this year with 150 km’s of trails, dirt roads and romantic scenery in the beautiful landscape Norway has to offer. This is a race with a high social profile and mostly just for fun. Based on the same concept as Offroad Finnmark. They say it’s a race free from bars and gels, so perhaps I’ll just bring some lunch and a GoPro to capture some footage from the journey. Hope to make some video blog out of it.
There are also some other exciting news about to be announced regarding next year, but as of now it’s not 100% ready yet. So you’ll just have to get back and see a bit later 😉