When snow melts, Swedish xc ski star Calle Halfvarsson glides on Zipp
Nordic star finds cycling the perfect off-season training for his demanding sport. Now, he's focused on this month's cross country ski world championships.
For professional cross-country ski star Calle Halfvarsson, snow sports were simply a part of growing up in Sweden. When he was 4, his grandfather made a backyard trail for him to ski. He got the same early start riding his bike. “I started riding shortly after I learned how to walk,” Halfvarsson said.
These days, the 28-year-old Halfvarsson is one of the world’s top cross country skiers. He’s one of the stalwart performers on powerhouse Team Sweden on the World Cup circuit and a top medal prospect for the 2018 PyeongChang Games. He’s currently focused on the 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland (Feb. 22-March 5). Elite cross-country skiers rank among the fittest athletes in the world. Halfvarsson is among top skiers who depend on cycling as a key aspect of their training. We caught up with Halfvarsson, a Zipp ambassador, to talk about his love of cycling and how it helps him on the World Cup ski circuit:
How do you use cycling in your training as a cross country skier? Do you mainly ride in the off season?
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Do you mainly do long rides or short intervals?
Has cycling helped make you a better skier? It is a common form of off-season training for cross-country skiers.
What do you enjoy about cycling?
You are a big sports fan. Are you also a cycling fan? Do you watch the Tour de France or other races?
In what ways is a cross-country ski race different or the same as a cycling race? There are often a pack of skiers, just like in cycling.
What are your goals for the rest of this ski season?
How popular is cross country skiing in Sweden?
What do you like about your Zipp 404 wheels?
More about Calle Halfvarsson
World Cup Podiums
World Cup Victories
On Team Sweden
On the bike
Favorite pre-race meal? “Sandwiches with ham and cheese boiled eggs.”
Favorite post-race meal (especially to celebrate a good performance!) “Honestly, depending on where I am in the world. I´ll eat anything, after a max performance I have a huge appetite.”
Coldest temperature you have ever raced your skis in?
Which is more difficult, waxing skis or adjusting a derailleur?
Your favorite places to ride a bike?