Representing Sweden Age 33 Home Nice, France Occupation Consulting Engineer in energy industry
I started with endurance sports through trail running, and completed my first real challenge in 2009 by participating in a 72km ultra marathon in Germany.
In late 2010 I joined a triathlon club in Copenhagen where I was living at the time, got hooked on triathlon and completed my first Ironman in Zurich in 2011. After moving to Nice, France in 2012 I spent the last 5 years riding and running in the French Alps, as well as swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. In 2016 I took the step towards ultra cycling by pushing the limits in training, with several days of 10h+ riding as well as riding Nice-Barcelona (820km) in 2.5 days. During the last year I climbed some 150.000m on the bike during 450hours of training, and spent an additional 150h swimming and running. In January-February 2017 I rode the whole length of South America together with Axel Carion in less than 50 days, breaking the previous world record by 8 days.
- 3 x BAMM(Bjorkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon) finisher
- 5 x IRONMAN finisher (Nice x 2, Cozumel, Zurich, Los Cabos)
- Team world record holder cycling the length of South America (10.685 km in 50 days)
- Hammered through Lima, Peru in 1h 45min and is still alive.
Tell us a bit about your background
I work for a small consulting engineering company, providing specialized services to power plants around the world. Based in Nice I spend a lot of my time traveling for work (normally 40-50% of the time) to the Middle East, Asia, North- and Central America, which sometimes makes it difficult to keep the training load constant. During the last 5 years I’ve travelled to more than 15 different countries for work, and I always bring my running shoes to make sure I don’t loose to much fitness during long trips. Living on the French Riviera also means great weather for endurance sports all year around, and absolutely amazing riding in the French Alps!
Why did you sign up for IncaDivide ?
Having ridden the whole length of South America, I’ve experienced the challenges this amazing continent has to offer, and I can’t wait to get back to ride in the Andes again. It’s brutal, not just due to the massive climbing, but also due to the actual environment you’re racing in. It`s not like riding in Europe, trust me! I’m also looking forward to beating my friend Alex Wall with at least 5 seconds.
What bike/equipment are you planning to use ?
The bike I used cycling across South America: Open UP with tubeless 35 mm tires, di2 and 50/34-11/32 gears.
You broke the world record riding across the length of south America. Can you tell us more about this experience ?
It was amazing! We rode through the the Andes in Colombia and Ecuador, descended down to sea level to cross in to Peru, where the green landscapes of Ecuador changed into Peruvian desert over a 30km stretch close to the border! We then suffered through 2400km of massive headwind in the Peruvian desert, hammered through Lima like two maniacs to avoid riding in the city in the dark, and experienced what its like to having 10% rolling hills and headwind at the same time before entering the Atacama Desert in Chile.
After long steady climbs (1500m+) in Chile we rode across Paso de Jama reaching 4820m above sea level on our way to Argentina. After having spent 2 nights of very bad sleep at 4400m+ and 4000m I suffered from high altitude sickness and rode 200km completely dizzy, hearing myself talking to Axel in 3rd person…the worst ride of my life ! In Argentina we rode through La Pampa, experiencing massive 50-60kph headwind, hailstorms, rain and 300km stretches without any turns!
The last 2 days of riding we realized we could break 50 days and rode 753km in 48h to finish in Ushuaia after 49days, 23hours and 43minutes. An adventure of a lifetime!