Bike: BMC Teamelite XX1 Fast Trak 2.0 / Fast Trak 2.0 1.5 bar (Stans Valor race wheels)
The VenueThe fourth race in the Vintercuppen cup. Conditions were dry and temperatures just above freezing. I'm in fourth place overall in the cup, just a point behind third place.
The StartGood start, I was around fifteenth place. I climbed about 5-6 places during the first half of the first lap. Legs felt frigging great.
Blocked!During the fourth lap (out of a total of five) I'm in a group with the second placed guy in my M40 category and the leader in the junior category. I'm last in the group. We start lapping some back markers. The other two riders get ahead of them but I end up blocked in. They totally refuse to give me any room to pass and I lose valuable time.
Chain DroppedDuring the fifth and last lap I start see the two escaped riders ahead of me again and I'm gaining on them. Then, suddenly, I drop the chain. In all my time of riding SRAM XX1 this has only happend twice before. I manage to get the chain back on in the second try. Henrik Ahlbäck (M50) and another guy (don't know his category) pass. I manage to overtake the unknown guy before the lap ends but Henrik finishes just ahead of me.
I finish 10th overall and 3rd in M40. The second placed M40 guy finishes 20 seconds ahead of me. Without the obstruction and dropped chain I would've had him.
I've had a hard training week with a total of three high intensity training sessions so the result is good in that respect.