During the course of the season I’ll spend upwards of 180 days away from home. I’m not sure you can still call a place home if you’re away so much but anyway… I get to see some truly beautiful places, but they aren’t the places that I enjoy visiting the most. Races take you back to many of the same places year after year. Places that otherwise, you’d have ever have even heard of, never mind have thought about visiting. Now some of these places (that will remain nameless) aren’t so desirable and you wonder ‘why am I coming back here?!’ but others are little gems that you grow an affection for, as you arrive you almost feel like coming home. Alingsås is one of those places.
The Swedish WorldTour races don’t include Alingsås in their routes but it is the main base for teams during the race weekend, just a short drive from the start/finish in Vårgårda. It’s a sleepy town centred around a pretty high street and park, with a disproportionate number of cafés for it’s population. It’s always nice to come back and try to spot the few things that have changed since my last visit.
Fun fact (according to Wikipedia): Amongst Alingsås’ most famous former residents is Jonas Alströmer, who introduced the potato to Sweden!
But enough of my rambling, onto the photos from a VERY wet TTT!
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