The Norwegian National Cross-Country Team members are training hard to fill the gap left by retiring stars. A potpourri of some of the team members’ summer training.
Anders Aukland – tough rollerskiing
30-year old Anders Aukland ended up tenth in last year’s overall World Cup, after several podium awards, especially in classical technique. Since this winter’s calendar is without any Olympic Games or World Championships, the goal is improving to top three in the overall World Cup.
The whole National team is training hard to fill the gap left by retiring star Thomas Alsgaard. New coach Krister Soergaard believes both Aukland and teammate Frode Estil are capable of going all the way to the top this year.
New training methods are being tried out. The women’s team is doing much more intensive training, and the men’s team is searching out harder and longer uphills to rollerski with the goal of building stronger upper bodies. “We come here to find longer uphills” says Aukland, “the hill we’ve used earlier is not long enough anymore”. Up the steepest part of the hill, Aukland is double-poling at a speed of 15 km per hour; skiing up the entire hill of 550 m (1800 feet) vertical elevation takes 50 minutes.
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