2015 Year in review

It’s time to summarize this year, the year of 2015. A lot of things have happened during this year and i will try to keep it short under a couple of headlines below.


This year has been all about me and about starting to feel and perform better. I have felt that I couldn’t keep up with myself and all the things i wanted to do during 2014. I have had the ”need to train” thought for a long time but never set down my foot and starting to workout, mostly because of lack of knowledge within training and being lazy. I think many people can relate to this scenario.

During the end of 2014 I started following some athletes and interesting local sports persons on social media and got some inspiration and got pushed to actually sign up for a gym and head out for bike rides myself, they all made it seem so easy so why couldn’t I also be an ”athlete”.

Said and done, during the first couple of days in January a new gym opened 50 meters from my home, I signed up and started to train in the gym, it was to close to be lazy. I gained knowledge and self esteem by seeking information and inspiration online.

I found myself getting good results and feeling a lot better in a short period of time. During the first couple months I barely could stand on a crosstrainer or run more that couple of meter without getting really high pulse and have to stop and catch my breath but it keeps getting better.

Right after the winter, when all snow melted away I put out the bike from the garage and started to ride by myself. At first i found it a bit boring but with some good music in my ears and some challenging routes around my neighborhood i got a hang of it.

I have always been fond of cycling and always wanted to get to train and compete in cycling and MTB in particular, so during the year i bought new bikes and signed up for a couple of races. As you all may have read already the first races were not so good performance wise, but I gained a lot of experience and got to see how other people train and compete.

I competed in a couple of MTB races around Jämtland. I have gotten better during the year, with every race new experiences and knowledge was gained and I feel really comfortable to continue this newly found love next year.

The main goal was set to enter and finish the Cycle Vasalopp (cykelvasan). During August I competed and raced the 95 km at a time of 4:16. Not that great in comparison to all the high-end cyclists but once again i did it and have something to beat next year now that i know what its all about and have more time and knowledge to prepare.

During the later half of the year, after summer, I was a bit afraid to loose the great training i was experiencing but I kept going and trained both cycling and at the gym.

I got in touch with a local group of people called ”Happyride Östersund” thanks to some of the local MTB people I follow and get inspired by. These people deserves a shout-out as they are great people and great inspiration, thanks Helena and Hasse.

The group contains a lot of people with Cycle interest that get together to train and discuss cycling. I have gained a lot of new friends and really think this is an awesome way of keeping the happiness in training and cycling.

I couldn’t have been more happy with my decision to start training and pursue the dream of being a cyclist. I have gone from overweight to normal (95 to 77kg) and it feels great to have lost almost 18kg during 2015! I cant wait to get out there in 2016 and get better results and cycle even more.


This year I have started to care and involve myself a bit more in the family life. Not that i dint do this before but other years have been more about work and making a good living by making a lot of money to get and having the family floating.

But when MÃ¥ns was born I decided to dedicate my time to the family and start taking care about my relations within the family and also in friendships. I have still worked a lot this year so I cannot really say that I achieved my goals in this area. I will try to fetch them during 2016 instead.

But to summarize; I have gotten a bit better during the year, having a proper vacation and starting to be a better family father and a respectful husband.

I think the fact that I started training and taking better care of myself have reflected on my family life and i also have stopped working so much and started to say no to things have made up time to spend with family.

We had a really nice time going to Mallorca for vacation this year. I wish we could go back as it was really really nice. We have to wait a bit more and go again the fall of 2016.


The last year of work have been a really though and hard for me. I have been really unhappy with my work, been feeling depressed and sad almost every day going to work.

So i have signed for a new job starting in the begining of January. I hope it will bring me back the fire and happiness.



Yes, i did it!

I raced the 95 kilometers from Sälen to Mora in really nice conditions. I should have started at 12:05 but when I came to the start area in Sälen i tried to reseed with  my good performance from Fjällturen and it succeed, so I seeded from start group 51 to 21 and got the start number 6331. I started at 09:30 instead, everything went so fast after that so i didn’t have the time to get nervous.

I’m so happy but I’m also disappointed that i didn’t reach my goal of a finish time between 4 hours and 4 hours 15 minutes.
I finished the 95km race at a time of 4 hours and 17 minutes at place 4709 wich is pretty good anyway.

Will write more details here later.


Lofssjön Runt

This week me and the family have been in Lofsdalen, at my in-laws cabin. It has been quite good weather during this week but some rainy nights so it has been a really great ending of my vacation period.

I spent two days in the downhill tracks since they have had a Bike weekend event here with clinics and round tours of all tracks. I have a lot of Go Pro videos of my sessions recorded, so I will cut it and give you a sneak of the result later. I can say that the jumps and speed feels bigger and more intense than they appear on video. I had really high expectations but got a bit disappointed by the ”result”. Well i’ll share it further on.

During Saturday I entered a Mtb race called ”Lofssjön Runt”, its a race around the lake of Lofssjön. I signed up for the tougher race, a 50 km long trip around the lake on hard gravel road and some forest parts/tracks. During the last 10 kilometers we raced up the mountain, Hovärken and then down one of the easy downhill tracks.

I have been a bit sick during this week, sore throat and a bit fever in the beginning of the week. This have of course affected me so my body did not respond to well during the race. To top it off, it started raining like hell during the race. I felt like downgrading from the tough race to the exercise race instead (only 42km), but i changed my attitude and forced myself to do the tough race anyway.

I led a crowd of people almost the whole way around the lake and got many ”thank you” for a great drag during the 42km long trip before i went uphill and they went to the finish line. during the climb uphill i had strong legs but the body didn’t feel ok so i took it a bit easy and saved myself. There was a lot of rain and the stones and tracks were slippery up on the mountain so i could not run as fast as i would have liked.

Last year I entered the 42km race and finished at a time of 1 hour and 59 minutes. This year i raced further, but if i had not done the same trip i would have raced almost 30 minutes faster at that distance. It should have taken around 1 hour and 31 minutes this year.

This year i finished at a time of 2 hours and 26 minutes, i aimed at a max of 2 hours and 15 minutes so i’m a bit disappointed but I made it although my body wasn’t 100% ok. The weather also made it worse and during better conditions i would have made my goal of 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Now i will head home and start the preparations for Cykelvasan that start in one week. Nervous and excited!


New Downhill bike

Today I received my new Downhill bike, i’m so stoked to go try it in the tracks. It behaves fantastic when i tried it here on the backyard.

I have been looking at the Specialized Demo 8 bikes for a while but i felt that they where a bit too expensive for me. I currently run a Scott Gambler 10 so i decided to go for a newer version of that bike as they are a bit cheeper than the Specialized bikes.

Said and done, I ordered the new Gambler but the next day i got an email from the store telling me that they could not find that bike at any reseller as it was out of stock. SO we started looking for alternatives and they offered me a Specialized Demo 8 I Carbon 2015 to a reduced price.

I could not say no to that deal and i’m now a proud owner of a Specialized Demo 8 I Carbon. The Öhlins rear suspension is really great and easy to adjust. The Boxxer fork is also nice and i think i dialed them perfectly.

There is a big difference between running on old equipment and new. Handling the new is like cutting through butter with a hot knife as the old one feels as a cold knife instead.

Picture is from the unpacking as i’m trying it on the car to see that the cycle mounts fit the new frame. It’s really a great bike this far, in a couple of days i will test it in Ã…re Bike Park.



Today I have been participating in race in Funäsdalen, a race thats called Fjällturen.

We arrived yesterday and have been staying at Funäsdalen Ski Lodge, i really recommend this accommodation/apartments. All family joined in, even my wife’s sister came along and joined me for a 15 km round during Friday evening.

Ebba also raced in the children category during Friday afternoon. She was proud after finishing all on her own, and winning a medal and some candy.

This is a Cross-country race that starts inside Funäsdalen village and finishes in Ramundberget. I raced in the 58km category, there was an 70km category as well and i’ll try that one next year. This race is said to be the most beautiful race around because of their nice views, but unfortunately we did not see anything of that because of rain and fog.

The track was really nice, really muddy and wet but i can imagine it to be amazing during good weather conditions. This race was tougher and more forest/singletrack than Ã…returen, the track contained 2 big climbs and a couple of smaller ones. We did climb around 1300 meters of altitude in total.

We raced in forests, up on mountaintops and down in muddy slippery ski tracks. It got a bit cold during all the rain and wet passages. I had great legs and could have given even more speed/power but the track didn’t allow more due to the conditions, better to race safe than falling and potentially hurting myself/others.

I really liked this race and the arrangement around was really great. It’s a bit different racing when there is many participants as one can easily find someone to join and help/compete with. There was around 600 people starting in the race (all categories) and i finished as 102 out of 316 in my category, 160 in total race.

i’m really pleased and i hope i can race these tracks in good conditions sometime. I will definitely race here again next year.



Today I have been racing in Ã…re. This competition is new and have never been arranged before, so we are a couple of pioneers that have raced this course today.

Me and the family stayed at Holiday Club Hotel in Ã…re so we should make it to the starting line without all the stress. MÃ¥ns and Ebba didn’t sleep to well so i was a bit tired during the morning. It took at least a couple of kilometers to get the body going.

The course was 52km long, start and finish was at Åre town square. The course went from the town square up to Fröå mines and then down to Undersåker were we turned back to Åre. When we reached Åre again we went uphill to Tott and then further up the hills towards the town square, a total of 600 height meters to climb during the last 10 km.

It have been raining a lot the last couple of days so the course was a bit slippery. We made a total of around 1100 hightmeeters climb during the course so i’m happy that i did it without ”hitting the wall”.

Overall i think it was a good race but it could have been more single track and/or forest tracks and less gravel/asphalt passages. But for a first competition it was a really great arrangement by the organizers.

I finished on place 58 of 70 (that got to the goal). Next week I will attend Fjällturen in Funäsdalen, a 58 km race.


Downhill, training and going around Lofssjön

This weekend me and the family have been in Lofsdalen, in my in laws cabin. I have been running down Lofsdalen Bike Park on Saturday an today i have been pedaling around the lake ”Lofssjön”. afterward i took a 25 km run to Glöte for some coffee with the family.

Two amazing days with training and fun activities an surpassingly good weather. Not a bad way to start my vacation period.



Today i have been racing again.

This time i entered Jämthjulingen, a race in my hometown around a part of the lake here in Östersund, Storsjön. This race is mainly highroad so the best is to run a racer cycle. I borrowed one for this occasion and i must say i got bitten by it, it was a really fun and different way to cycle for me that have been running mountainbike all my life.

The weather could have been better, around 9 degrees and rain. I was so cold that i could not feel my fingers in the middle of the race. I definitely see a trend of rain during racedays.

We started in the city and then raced towards Brunflo, then turned around the lake via Marieby and then in to the city again. All in all we ended up on 40km.

The race was really fun and i came on place 37 of around 200 participants (in my class) at a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes.



I have always had a dream about racing mountainbike, so the last months of hard training have inspired me to pursue this dream. I have entered a couple of races to challenge myself a bit during this summer.

Today i have been participating in my first mountain-bike challenge ever, it was a race called Härjedalstrampen that is run in the town Sveg in the county of Härjedalen. We went down to Lofsdalen on friday, the day before the race, and slept in our cabin so the travel to Sveg wouldn’t be so long.

The race was really though but fun and the track was challenging and the views where really great.

In retrospect i should have chosen a simpler course (i.e. shorter distance) for my first race to get some experience. But i got to learn a few things the hard way during my first race. I did some mistakes that led me to finishing last of the 30 participants that ran the 30km long race.

The first thing that i learned was that I had too much cloths on me during the race, it was really cold before the race and i put on some extra sweater so I wouldn’t freeze during the race. Big mistake it turned out. I didn’t think about the fact the one gets warm by cycling in though environment, so next time i will run lighter.

The second thing was when I stood on the starting line i got hit by the race devil that led me to try to keep up with the elite as they raced hard from the beginning. I got a bit tired in the beginning and couldn’t really shake it off so on the last 10 kilometers I was empty of resources. I need some boost so i will try some gel or sport drinks next time and i definitely need to train more trail running.

The third thing is not to do i race 2 days before another race. As i have written here in the blog i ran 10 km on Thursday. I did not train anything on Friday so my legs where a bit stiff, which i could have avoided by pedaling some on friday to keep the stiffness away.

So i see this race as a good start but i will get back on the horse and run more races. Although i entered last i have many things to learn and i’m happy i entered, got to the finished and got a taste of what its all about.

I got to have fun and i had great support from my family who came along with me. Now i have something to beat next year, because i will be back and then i will not enter last.

I got to see a bear as well.


Some Cross-country at Bynäset

Today me and my friend Simon went for a cycle ride around Frösön and Bynäset. It was a really nice trip that landed around 40km. It was wet and muddy on some spots but a really nice track. To bad its mostly closed. We went around the fences to get the good part of the trail.

We took the car from Brunflo to Frösön and the we biked around the island via Bynäset.

On our way home we stopped at the café Stock Titt for a sandwich and some coffee.

Picture taken on Bynäset with view towards Bydalen


Beautiful day at Andersön

Today me and the family were out at Andersön. I was trying the new bike around the island and then we drank some lemonade and coffee. It was a really beautiful day with sun and a summer feeling in the air.

The tracks around Andersön were surprisingly good, it was dry and really fun to jump around on the tracks. Not to many people out on the island either.

Afterwards we went to some friends for dinner and had a great time.


Ny Cykel

Jag har alltid älskat att cykla. Denna sommar har varit fantastiskt med bra väder och många timmar på cykeln till och från arbetet. Min nuvarande cykel är nästan 10 år gammal och har tjänat mig väl men efter den senaste servicen kände jag att det var dags för en ny cykel.

Det är allt som oftast utförsäljning av cyklar i slutet av sommaren, så vi besökte den lokala sportaffären och jag fastnade för den här Scott cykeln. Det är inte den dyraste eller coolaste men den passar mina behov.

Nästa sommar kommer jag att försöka cykla ännu mer. Kanske plocka upp min dröm och intresse kring att försöka tävla i cykling.