archipelago crit

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I went to see the the finishing race of Landsvägscupen — the last in a series of 8 races in the greater Stockhom area. A legendary grand prix race that takes place just outside the entrence of the Modern Museum of Art on the Island of Skeppsholmen.

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Stockholm is based on islands and this one is central and accessible, yet easy for organizers to seal off. The GP goes around a park filled with sculptures from Alexander Calder, Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle so there’s more to the eye than bikes.

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The route is short, about 7-800 m long and only 2 corners.
Here’s a Strava segment of it.

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I caught the last bit of the womens race and sat down just as the men’s cat A race was about to start.

The race lasted about 40 mins (36 laps) and it was pretty much full gas from the start.

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The accelerations after the slow corner took it’s toll and rider by rider had to let go of the main field. Yellow jersey holder Jacob Wihk would secure the overall lead by just finishing the race and so his team had already prepared the celebrations.

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He went on the attack mid–through the race and got a 400 m gap that he held for 3 laps or so — quite impressive and lovely to see the leaders jersey going solo.

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Swedish H40 champion Rickard Persson tried as well but without luck. In the end it all came down to a reduced bunch sprint. Johan Nyman took the win and Jacob Wihk 3rd plus the overall.

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Full results

Glad I decieded to go, it’s not everyday you get to catch a bike race in the middle of Stockholm.

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