Tour de France -> European Championships

Thank you for the show TDF. 3 weeks passed fast and normally I feel guilty sitting inside watching the race when it´s beautiful weather outside. The combination heat and Morris has been horrible so I was forced to spend most days inside.
Luckily TDF delivered really good weeks of cycling. To finally have a Swede in the peloton again made it even better. Tobias Ludvigsson showed his strength in the front of the peloton working for their sprinter in Groupama – FDJ, Arnaud Démare. The reward finally came on stage 18 when they claimed the victory.

Empty feeling today now that it´s over and I can only imagen how the Tour guys are feeling…

Next thing on schedule for most riders is the European Champioinships.
That´s also the next thing on my schedule as I will be commentating the races on SVT (Swedish television).
Can´t wait to get back into it and follow the Swedish riders.
We know Tobias is in good form, but can he recover in time before the time trail on Wednesday 8 of August?
Already this Sunday you can follow our best chance for a medal when the womens road race is on. Emilia Fahlin has shown strong form this season and hopefully the team can back her up to be on podium.

You find the whole Swedish selection here.

Information about the courses here.

Throwback to my last Championship
Throwback to my last Championship

Emma

ABLOC CAMP

To be a part of an amazing weekend of cycling again made my batteries fully charged.
Didn´t even know I had missed it that much and even though me and my new “partner in crime” Morris stayed at home when the others went riding we still loved it!
Just to get to hang with cyclists again was enough to feel like one again.

The first trip outside Norway for Morris too and he loved it. As long as the car was moving he was asleep and the great location of the hostel in Makrillviken, Smögen were we stayed was just to good to be true!

Thank you Mattias for inviting us to ABLOC camp and hope that we can join the rides next time!

Emma

COMPETITION – GUESS THE GENDER & WEIGHT

Exactly 14 days left of my pregnancy today and never before have I been so emotional.
Tears have been streaming down my face for most reasons. Soon our littleone is here, and it is very hard to imagen but for every day it´s getting more real!

How to give birth has not been an easy decision. As you know our baby is lying bum down, making it a little more complicated. It´s still possible for a normal birth but it all depends on when and how it´s starting. I have had a really good meeting with the doctor and feel like I have all the facts that I need.

Whether it will be a c. section or not, time will tell and to make it a bit exciting I thought that I would put up a competition for you all;

Guess the babys gender and weight at birth in my comment field!

The one that comes closest will be the winner of a goodie bag from me 🙂

This is the best photo we have of “Buddy” so far. Is it a boy or a girl? And what will his/her weight be at birth?

Let the guesses flow!

Emma

Missing it all!

A weekend of catching up with the cycling world again was good for me.
My visit at the Swedish Bike Exhibition (Svenska Cykelmässan) made me realize how far away I have been from that world for a while now, and also how much I miss it.
And even though my belly is very pointy at the moment and my legs looks like they have never seen a bike, I still feel like home when I enter that world.

Not only did I bring good memories and new contacts with me back home… My parents met up in Stockholm and will spend a week with me back home in Norway while Martin is away again. He has a two-week period of races with the Mitchelton Scott team that he is working for and won´t be back until after the Ronde Van Vlaanderen.
Nice to have some good company that can keep my mind on something else when this belly is really starting to annoy me now…
On top of that one of my absolute favorite race is also coming up. The Ronde!
I can´t help but loving that one and this year is the first year since 2006(!) that I won´t even be there.

To keep myself busy and to keep up the spirit I´m already making plans for next year:
A spring period in Belgium like usual is what we will do and I´m already looking forward to it.
I feel it is important for our “little one” to get to know the country that both me and Martin love so much. And also for me of course, to finally breath some cobble air again 🙂

Emma