Bike culture: the triumph on the World Cup 50 km event at Val di Fiemme went straight into all the Swedish sporting heart. Precisely because the Swede pulled it off like no one thought possible. Bicyclings Niklas Instedt met Johan Olsson – feat skiers who love to ride.
Since the current Olympic season, the winter games in Sochi will be inaugurated as familiar on February 7, started in May with national team camps in Mallorca, Johan Olsson managed to stay unusually healthy and well. An early season that promises to be his most intensive training.
“When I prepare myself before my last winter at the elite level, I want to make it to 110%, and not leave anything to chance. I have during the spring and summer, simply wanted to see how much I can and have the energy to work out, “said the skier when Bicycling meet him at home at the kitchen table in Östersund.
You’re not afraid to burn too much powder?
“I feel I am capable of much and dare to invest, sacrifices which of course could mean a failure. A balancing act we must have the courage to expose yourself to if you want to succeed at world level.
When the yellow and blue squad came together at Mallorca was not just about roller skiing, there was also a lot of hunting by bike along the island’s steep twisting roads.
“When we in the team puts us on the bikes, it becomes immediately Cockfighting, unlike when we go roller skiing where everyone knows who is good at what. It wont be hours of tokkörning with added sprints and bergspriser. Far from being an ideal way to practice bike on, although the passports in the end always gets insanely hard. Find a bike helmet on cyclingenthusiasm.
You are among those who win the mountain Prize?
– Yes, but in spring it hangs a lot on who had time to train hard or not. But it will be really long and tough climbs, I usually and Marcus (Haahaa) keep us ahead of the game, and we do well even when it goes sharply uphill on skis, because we do not belong to the heavyweights, says the national team’s Chief mountain goat.
For Olsson has cycling become a pleasurable but also the necessary element of training to keep the embattled body in such a condition, injury-free as possible. When he recently was pulled with a painful Achilles tendon was cycle the only thing he could do in the way of exercise.
– In the physical sense is running closer to the classical skiing, even if it wears far more on the body. After a five-hour workouts on the bike, I’m usually so tired that I can barely stand, it will be a hell of a stimulus on the legs, and then it’s the couch. Tours are welcome to be hilly, so that you can stand up and pedal and really work on your upper body so that oxygen uptake will be up and running.