Stöd mitt RAAM genom att bida till min insamling till Cancerfonden (klicka på loggan)

torsdag 7 juli 2016

Keb t/r dag 1

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Otrevlig överraskning. 32 kilometer vägarbete med grov sten. Tur att man kör mtb.image.jpeg


Cykelkompisen Dick Fredin bjuder på gofika vid midnatt i Birsta. image.jpeg


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onsdag 6 juli 2016

Kebnekaise t/r

Länge sedan sist nu, men nu är det dags för lite äventyrscykling, som jag tänker försöka att dokumentera här på bloggen.

Idag kommer jag att starta min resa t/r Kebnekaise. Det är en tur som jag har funderat på att göra under en tid. När jag fick höra talas om Kropp Challange tyckte jag att det var lämpligt att slå till och förverkliga mina planer.

Här är lite information om Kropp Challange:

Kropp Challenge är en utmaning och ett äventyr för alla. Du kan starta hemifrån, oavsett var du bor, cykla till Sveriges högsta berg, klättra upp till toppen för att sedan ta dig ner och hemåt igen. Självklart kan du starta från Skinnarviksberget i Stockholm där Göran själv började den 16 oktober 1995. Du får självfallet också välja att cykla till och bestiga det högsta berget i något annat land, precis som Göran gjorde. Det viktiga är att du cyklar till berget, bär in din packning själv, tar dig hela vägen till toppen, tillbaks ner och sedan hem igen – allt av egen kraft.

Oavsett vilket berg du väljer och hur långt du cyklar så följer du i Göran Kropps fotspår – i tanke och vision. Alla kan, utifrån sina egna förutsättningar, visa och bevisa att det med egna krafter går att ta sig både långt och högt. 

I första hand gör du äventyret för att utmana dig själv och för att ha ett mål att se fram emot. Du tränar och förbereder expeditionen, du genomför den och får uppleva stora delar av Sverige och vår fantastiska natur på ett sätt du kanske inte gjort tidigare, du får tid för egna tankar och funderingar längs vägen. 

Dessutom bidrar du med ditt deltagande till Nepal då anmälningsgiften i Kropp Challenge oavkortat går till att stödja människor i Nepal och du fortsätter därigenom det arbete som Göran påbörjade när han engagerade sig i Wongchu Shepas skola i Chyangba redan 1997.


Här är min presentation på Kropp Challange hemsida. 

'Jag är en man på 62 år som gillar långdistanscykling. Har bl.a cyklat: Solo, Race Across America 2012. Fem gånger Paris Brest Paris. Sverigetempot och många randonne-lopp i Sverige och Europa genom åren. En tanke jag haft i några år är just att cykla till och bestiga Kebnekaise. Kropp Challange gav mig en knuff i rätt riktning och gjorde att jag bestämde mig för att det nu var dags att förverkliga turen. Jag kommer att starta äventyret onsdag 6/7. Cyklar på min mtb från hemmet i Järvsö , kortaste vägen (107 mil) upp till Kebnekajse Fjällstation. Förhoppningsvis så tillåter vädret en toppbestigning dagen efter, så att jag sedan kan påbörja den lite längre cyklingen som jag planerat för hemfärden, genom den svenska fjällkedjan (135 mil).'


I eftermiddag rullar jag alltså iväg norrut. Maximalt elva dagar får det här äventyret ta och sedan är det tillbaks till jobbet igen.


onsdag 25 juni 2014

Sverigetempot

En liten stämningsbild så här kvällen innan starten av Sverigetempot. Katterjåkk by night. 

Imorgon 09:00 börjar det roliga. Ungefär 2100 km. ner till Smygehuk. 

måndag 16 juli 2012

The struggle to reach happiness :-)

It sometimes takes a lot off hard work,

  even struggle and misery,

 To reach happiness.



tisdag 3 juli 2012

söndag 1 juli 2012

Back to work

Hemma i verkligheten igen.
Jordgubbarna måste klippas fram. Mycket bär som just börjar mogna. Det blir bra återhämtnings-mat så här efter RAAM.
Har tillbringat en stor del av min vakna tid på kökssoffan här i Björskas sedan jag kom hem. Det är så skönt att bara ligga och titta upp i taket och låta minnesbilder från de senaste veckorna komma och gå.
Nu måste jag plocka ihop en av cyklarna, SVT Gävle-Dala kommer imorgon förmiddag för att göra ett repotage.
Dessutom är det ju Delsbostämman idag, så framåt kvällningen blir det ett besök där.
Verkar som om jag får hoppa över soffliggningen idag.

onsdag 27 juni 2012

På väg hem.

Vilken härlig känsla att rulla hemmåt på interstate 95 med RAAM-medaljen runt halsen. Flyger till Sverige igen i morgon.
Tiden efter målgången har varit ett virrvarr av upplevelser och intryck. Banketten på måndag kvällen var en höjdare där jag träffade och pratade med många av de andra sneda och väderbitna cyklisterna.
Att jag förutom min målsättning  att bli officiell finisher lyckades komma in på en andra plats i min åldersgrupp H-50 blev lite som grädde på moset.
Den enorma responsen bland er bloggläsare och den fina summan pengar ni har bidragit till åt min insamling till Cancerfonden gör mig verkligen överväldigad.

Hela Team Ultra-Cycling Viking innan avresan från Annapolis.
Alla har gjort ett så fantastiskt arbete, där det enda som gällt under 12 dagar har varit att få mig att på cykeln så snabbt som möjligt. förflytta mig österut.
Återkommer med en berättelse om vad som egentligen hände där under RAAM så snart jag är hemma igen.
Insamlingen till Cancerfonden fortätter, så än är det inte försent att ge ett bidrag.

måndag 25 juni 2012

GUNNAR COMPLETES RAAM 2012

After 11 days 16 hours and 46 minutes Gunnar crossed the finish line in Annapolis Maryland to become the first male Swede to complete the RAAM. "The Worlds Toughest Bicycle Race" ! Gunnar celebrated with crew and fellow racers alike and was officially awarded second place in his bracket. At this posting our racer is fast asleep in his R V and is resting for this evenings festivities. The first picture is our hero hoisting his bike in jubilation and the second is of our crazy, sweet, stubborn, very kind and fun loving Swede posing for the camera before the race in Oceanside. He truly is "THE ULTRA-CYCLING VIKING. Thank you for all your support and well wishes for Gunnar during this extreme cycling event and if you would be so kind please support our sponsors and Cancer Research.

Heading for the Barn

When Gunnar started from Grafton, West Virginia at 04:13 this morning, he had 315 miles to the finish line. One-hundred and thirty-six miles and fourteen hours later, he has pedaled his way up numerous 8% grade mountains with the strength of a true Viking.

On these leg-burning climbs Gunnar and his day-crew surprised deer, raccoons and the occasional mountain resident. PLUS encountered the chase vehicles of an Italian racer at many points along the road, even though their rider was reportedly one-and-a-half hours behind our man. Spying?! How flattering. Evidently it happens in these big races.

According to the RAAM website Gunnar is in second place for his category, and upon arriving at TS49 at Hancock, Maryland Gunnar and the lads pushed on after just a shower and a meal.

These snapshots will give you an idea of the beauty and the beast of the Appalachian mountains.

Heja Gunnar! You're almost there!

söndag 24 juni 2012

Smokin' through Ohio


June 23, 2012


TS42 at Blanchester, Ohio was manned by RAAM volunteers who sat up all night to talk to incoming crews and riders, passing out free-meal coupons for the McDonalds next to the time station.  (Thank you!)

Gunnar made it to Blanchester around 03:00 this morning, and after a couple of hours of well-earned sleep, he was on the road again at 05:15.  Crew members Francis, Susan and Alice took over from “the lads” (Arne, Anders and Lasse) who had earned their rest after caring for Gunnar’s needs all through the night.

One of the advantages of the early shift is the sunrises.  These last two days they have been gorgeous affairs with fresh air, bird song and morning mists that disappear as the sun warms the meadows.  I am sure Gunnar is going to wonder why I have taken so many pictures that don’t have anything to do with bicycling, but these rolling hills, small, comfortable communities and traditional farms invite the photographer to try for an even better snapshot of whatever it was you last took a picture of.  And there are lots of pictures of Gunnar’s backside too. 

At TS 43 we hooked up with Alice and Francis’ brother Chris and his wife Kathy who had driven down from Columbus, Ohio to see the Ultra-Cycling Viking and wish him luck.  Chris brought some needed supplies and Kathy spoiled us with home-made chocolate chip cookies and a crumble cake.  (Thank you both!)  That short visit slowed us down, but by the next time station Gunnar started making up for lost time.  His average speed increased from 12.3 to 12.6 miles per hour, and 30 miles into the third leg of our trip he was averaging 13.7 m.p.h.  He really was smoking down the highway, and it was exciting to see him overtake several of the other cyclists.  Our biker is STRONG!

We are currently in Parkersburg, West Virginia (148 miles from Blanchester, OH) and it is here that the real climbing starts.  According to the RAAM route book there is more elevation gained in this section than between any other consecutive stations anywhere from coast to coast.  This section and the following two are the three with the most climbing.  So Gunnar is down for a couple of hours now resting up for the next leg of the journey.  And the lads are out going through his bicycles to make sure they are ready for the push.  Francis said that if you could flatten out West Virginia it would be larger than the state of Texas.  So there are a lot of vertical miles ahead of Gunnar.

But my shift is over and it’s up to Arne, Anders and Lasse to see him safely through the night.
Alice O.




lördag 23 juni 2012

Indiana


Friday, June 22, 2012

At this writing Francis, Susan and I are barrelling down the highway in the RV, moving the ”elelphant” as I call it, two time stations up the road.  Gunnar started at 6:35 this morning from TS 38 in Sullivan, Indiana and has passed TS 39 and TS 40. (130 miles)  His evening crew hopes to meet up with us in Blanchester, Ohio TS 42, sometime in the early morning hours.  That’s another 100 miles up the trail.  Gunnar is tired and sleep-deprived, but in good spirits, and this afternoon he was strong. 

I always thought of Indiana as flat, but the scenery is decidedly hilly where Gunnar was biking today.  Hilly and hot.  But also beautiful, and we passed through many rural towns with populations in the hundreds, where Walmart and McDonalds are still a good drive away.  The United States is a country of contrasts, and I am sure the winding roads, small farms and peaceful scenery were not lost on Gunnar, even as he struggled up the hills. 

Thank you for all of your encouraging words.  And a special thanks to Bosse D. and his son Aaron for the two CDs you put together for Gunnar to listen to.  They are much appreciated by the crew as well and will forever more be associated with RAAM.


As I checked the Cancer Society here at McDonalds to see how much Gunnar had already collected, I saw that you have already contributed over 25000 Skr.  Thank you for your generosity!  I am looking forward to reporting that to Gunnar tonight when he finally reaches TS42.  The evening crew reported that he had left TS41 and was on his way here.
Fight on, Gunnar.  Kämpa!


P.S.  Due to limited wifi access, you often get more than one posting when we make it to a McDonalds.  Sorry about the time delay.

Midsummer/midsommar


June 21, 2012

Glad midsommar till alla våra svenska vänner!  And if you are celebrating midsummer here in the States, happy midsummer to you too.

You might wonder what happens to a biker when he/she exposes him/herself to the rigors ultra-cycling.  Henning Larssen, one of the Danish racers has developed Shermer’s neck – which means that his neck muscles can not hold his head upright.  This happens to long-distance bikers and there are various ingenious ways of propping the neck up and letting the bicyclist sit on the bike and keep on pedalling.  Other problems can be saddle sores (go figure), numbness in the hands and feet, swelling in the feet and legs, dehydration due to lack of electrolytes, and blisters in the mouth or a coated tongue.  Not to mention problems in the  upper or lower digestive tract.  And of course exhaustion.  I should have named that one first.  Every one of the solo cyclists will experience these problems to some degree.

But most of these cyclists are biking for a cause – to raise money for some charity or another.  Just listen to some of the team names:  Above + Beyond Cancer; Docs & Jocks – Racing to Prevent Childhood Obesity; Tli Cho Landtran – Food First; Ohio CycleWorks Charities; Believe & Achieve; Liv 4 Life;  4HIV Hope; We Race For Kids, etc.  It’s inspiring to realize how many cyclists are biking to help other people.  There is a team of Wounded Warriors out there, missing arms or legs, who are out biking for themselves and to raise money for wheelchairs and artificial limbs for others.

There is also a feeling of camaraderie and friendship among the bikers and their crews.  You feel it when you are in the chase car and another team’s crew honk and cheer as you and your rider pass by.  Or when you meet other cyclists and their crews at time stations.  We felt this one-big-family feeling at the start and will probably also experience it at the finish, when there will be a lot more stories to tell.

Gunnar took a 3-hour rest after reaching the Mississippi and then pushed on through two more time stations.  He is currently pushing on towards TS38.  He was making good time through TS36 and TS37.  But I’m sure he will be pooped by the time he calls it quits for today.

I can report that it is not quite as light at night in Ellingham, Illinois as it is in Järvsö tonight.  Glad midsommar!

fredag 22 juni 2012

Every Picture Tells A Story

As the Rod Stewart song says "every picture tells a story don't it" let me give you a brief tale on the three pictures here.
The first picture is of our racer Gunnar in Yates Center MO getting a massage from two of Ultra Cycling Viking crew members, Susan and Alice. Everyone in the crew does what ever they can to help Gunnar achieve his dream of completing the RAAM and raising money to help defeat cancer.
The second picture is of the magnificent bridge that spans the Mississippi River between the states of Missouri and Illinois. This was the location of Time Station 35 and the cut off point for the second section of this race. All riders needed to be here by a certain time or to face disqualification . Gunnar made it with time to spare and took a well deserved break of a few hours.
The third picture is of the man himself as he cruised into TS #35 and was greeted by crew and fellow racers. At this point Gunnar has ridden over 2030 miles and has 963.4 miles left to complete. Please keep him in your thoughts and send your positive energy in helping him achieve the two goals he rides so hard to achieve.

torsdag 21 juni 2012

Hello MO!


June 20, 2012

After arather restless night, Gunnar was off again from Yates Center shortly before6:00.  He passed the Missouri state lineabout 20 miles up the road, and we have been pushing on through the rollinghills of MO ever since.  As of thiswriting at 20:00 race time he has biked 175 miles and passed three timestations. 

We areracing against a cut-off time at the Mississippi River.  Gunnar has to be at TS35 before 15:00 on June21.  Otherwise he is out of the race.  This sounds harsh, but when you consider thehundreds of RAAM volunteers who give their time to answer the phones for thetime station reports, you understand why these cut-off times arenecessary.  After this time stationGunnar will have about 210 miles left to bike in order to reach the cut-offpoint.  Keep your fingers crossed or holdyour thumbs as we say in Sweden.

Even thoughthe hills are steep, the biking is in some ways easier than the constant flatof western and central Kansas.  At leastthere is a downhill here to coast down, so leg muscles get a rest.  Especially since the wind wasn’t with us onthe Kansas flats. 

Kämpa på,Gunnar!

Hotter ’n Kansas


Monday,June 19 

We used to say ”Hotter than Hell,” but from now on I think I’ll say ”hotter ‘n Kansas,”  It’s 23:30 and temperatures are still in the high 90s.  And this is only June.  But my sources in Sweden say it’s raining, so I’d better suck up and stop complaining.  And it’s not like I have to sit on a bicycle all day in this heat wave.

Today Gunnar biked 236 miles to Yates Center before turning in for a short sleep.  Although you may think Kansas is flat, this section was quite lovely with rolling hills and small neat towns with wrap-around porches.  We chased down a laundromat around Maize while our biker slogged on through side winds.  The halfway mark is a psychological turning point.  Gunnar passed it a couple of hours ahead of the halfway time, so if we can hold to this schedule Gunnar will achieve his goal of finishing.

So what does the crew do when the biker is biking?  Two or three of us are always in the chase vehicle – serving our racer cold drinks, spraying him with cold water, fixing flat tires, and supporting him in any way we can.  The rest of us are in the RV and get to do the running around – buying supplies, doing laundry, posting blog entries, empting the black and grey water and filling up the fresh water supplies.  When we’re not doing that we sleep so that we will be ready and alert to take the next turn in the chase car.

And rest is incredibly important.  One of the Danish racers, Morten, had his crew give up on him.  They were just too exhausted to keep going.  And since that’s not going to happen to Gunnar, I am going to sign off now.
Alice O.

The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Halfway Point


June 19, 2012

Some of Gunnar’s rightful attention and glory was stolen from him by a stray dog – (think big, yellow, part Labrador.  This young fellow ran across the highway to us as we were posing for pictures with Gunnar.  He was extremely friendly and jumpy, and knew commands like “sit” and “stay”.  But he had no collar or owner.  Francis and Susan kept him away from the celebrations, but the longer he was with us, the more obvious it became that he was lost.  We fed him turkey breast, cheese, and finally Francis decided to try to take him back across the highway where there were men working to see if one of them would take him in to the pound after work.  But the dog was having none of that.  Finally we had to throw some pepperoni into the ditch and scramble into the van.  It was a shame to leave a nice dog like that, but there was nothing more we could do.

onsdag 20 juni 2012

Gunnar and the Ultra Cykling Viking-Team continue to battle their way across America.
We have recived information that american readers of Gunnars Cykel-blogg are having trouble posting comments.
If you are following Gunnars race across America and want to give him some words of encouragement you are welcome to post them in our facebook group - "Gunnar Ohlanders cyklar RAAM" direct link http://www.facebook.com/groups/413297335347789/
Alice and the team will pass them on to Gunnar.

Järvsö 20-06-2012
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Johan Ohlanders

1500 Down...1500 To Go

Gunnar hopes off his bike, just for a moment, to celebrate the half way point of the 2012 RAAM. Pictures show our racer surrounded by his wife Alice and his crew chief Anders.

tisdag 19 juni 2012

Halfway There!


2012-06-19

Thank you for all your comments!  We have been reading them to Gunnar when we pull up alongside him for transfers of water bottles, nutrition drinks, etc.  Your encouraging words are helping push him forward through the Kansas plains.  And for you readers in the States, if you want to post a comment, go to the end of the blog entry and there should be a section that says something like “kommentera” or “lägg till en kommentar.”  If you click on that heading, you should be able to post your comments.

Gunnar pedalled through 20-mile-an-hour (9 m/s with gusts up to 18 m/s) side winds yesterday to Ford, Kansas.  The heat during the day was up to 106 ° F or about 41 C.  It cooled down to about 87 F after dark, but the hard side winds persisted through the night and were still blowing when he took off again at 6:15 this morning.

We’re in the RV barrelling down the highway to catch up to Gunnar before he reaches the halfway mark (1469.7 miles) about 23 miles east of Pratt.  It’s 11:14 race time and it won’t be long before he has overcome yet another hurdle on his way to the finish line.  We’ll be pulling out our Swedish and American flags to cheer him on, and know that you will also be celebrating with us.  Heja GUNNAR!!!

We'll add some pictures later.  Alice O.

Out Of The Rockies

As you can see from the pictures the landscape is changing quickly as Gunnar charges from the Rockies to the high plains of Colorado and Kansas. Gunnar had to work extremely hard as he pressed on through two major climbs over the continental divide and then through Cuchara pass. Gunnar pumped over 1.6 kilometers in elevation change as he traveled over 210 miles through 4 time stations. His crew had never seen him so exhausted as he laid down at 3 in the morning but he was off again shortly before 6 am. as he pedaled his way in to the plains of Kansas. Temps have climbed above 40 degrees Celsius. At this posting he has put 194 miles behind him and wants more! Kaempa.