Posted by Anders On August 4
BRONZE! Last day of the world championships. Road race on one of the toughest courses ever in para-cycling history. 42K of suffering through the hills of Nottwil, ending with a sprint fight. I pushed the pedal to the metal against swiss homeboy Tobias Fankhauser (currently ranked #1 in the world) and passed him with about 100 meters to the finish line.
4 years of hard training did finally put me on the podium together with the best guys in the world.
Incredible, awesome and surreal!
I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped me get here.
Special thanks to Michael Lindgren for believing in me, letting me ride the world championships. Also special thanks to Bengt Axén and Klara Stålhandske for the first class support in Nottwil during the world championships.
I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you!
Posted by Anders On August 2
Stressful day. The gears stopped working during warmup and we needed to get replace parts to get it shifting again. Got into bike check just in time and went out for two laps on a hilly swiss course. I was third guy out of the gates and passed the dutch and french guys in front of me during the first lap. Then I were all alone until the end of lap two when I got passed by the world champion.
Finished in 6th place. Pretty good!
Posted by Anders On July 30
Day one at the World Championships in Nottwil. Team Relay together with Peter and Jessica. Two laps each. Heavy rain and very hard to see ahead. Did my second lap without glasses. The first time ever I’ve ridden handbike without glasses! Finished in seventh place out of ten countries so a small step forward compared to the team relay in Spain last year.
Posted by Anders On June 25
Racing season is in full swing. Swedish Nationals is over with a first place in the bag. Now full focus is put against training for the World Cup in Elzach coming up in a couple of weeks.
Posted by Anders On June 21
Went up north to Falun to ride a GP on a tricky course with dumpsters and oil barrels. Fun close fight the entire race, but with a sour ending. Lost it in the sprint with a wheel length. Annoying!
Posted by Anders On June 17
World Cup in Yverdon, Switzerland. Road race on a demanding and beautiful course up and down the swiss hills together with all the best guys in the world. Had a great time this rainy day, swooshing through the field and finishing in 4th place. Really stoked about this!
Posted by Anders On May 29
Sunny afternoon at the race track. Perfect place for a grand prix. Got out pretty good from getgo and then kept my pace throughout the entire race. First time on this track and found it tricky to keep a good line through the many tight corners. Great fun though!
Did wear a special yellow jersey today. The jersey for the leader of the National Paracycling Cup!
Posted by Anders On May 26
Today it was time for some german road racing. 16 laps on a 2.2 km course in Cologne. Tried my best but felt cold and had a tough time in the beginning of the race. Couldn’t manage to hang onto the german champ today. After a couple of laps I started to feel pretty fast, but then I’d already lost too much ground. Next time…!
A swede who was flying through the race today was Peter. Very promising for our team relays this summer!
Now back to Sweden to do some hard training in preparation for the domestic racing next weekend.
Posted by Anders On May 23
Now we’re down in Germany with the national team and snatching some international ranking points.
Had a good feeling after our training session yesterday and went into the time trial with high hopes even though I got my ass kicked twice last year by the german champ who’s fighting against me in this competition.
Cranked it hard all the way and hoped for the best. Turned out pretty good in the end. The corrected times gave me a 7th place of 25 and a win in my class. Very happy with the result today!
Posted by Anders On May 4
Posted by Anders On December 2
Last race this year went through the brand new North Link tunnel motorway in Stockholm. Pretty cool and unique experience.
Posted by Anders On September 29
Berlin delivered a fantastic day. Sunny and beautiful with all the colors of fall. 141 handcyclists on the grid and lots of fun racing together with all the others.
Had a great fight with former Paralympic gold medalist Christoph Etzlstorfer. He pushed hard in the sprint and I ended up finishing 6 seconds behind him.