The last couple of days before the start people started asking for starting list. We had one, but as tradition goes, it was a non starting list. Everyone would eventually find the list upon arrival at Spira.
Last years winners were there: both mens and womens teams. They both had their strategies ready. The mandatory ride to the first hill was a battle waiting to happen with teams eager to get a good position at the let-go but also teams nervous and eager to see what Jönköping had waiting for them. After a couple of hills everyone knew. Some teams started off by riding all the hills in Huskvarna, some followed the recommended route that gave the legs a bit of breathing between the hills. When you’re on a scavenger hunt for hills anything goes as long as you find your rhythm.
As it turned out, the winning mens team: Fläskpannkaka used their local skills to make some short cuts and the winning women’s team: Team Tip Top used the recommended route. Pretty sure the winning Mixed Team: Terrible Cycling also used the recommended route.
And even though we heard riders saying they hated the hills – we knew that the hills loved them.
The results? Some say there is a pdf somewhere on the internet. We haven’t found it. But there definitely is a non result list somewhere.