SVEN ERIK BYSTRØM

Cruis­ing Nor­way’s jords and the best cap­puc­cino in Tus­cany. It’s only the best for

Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

What’s your favourite place to ride? That has to be at home in Sta­vanger, Nor­way, along the jords. It’s got some stun­ning views and the fact that they are my home roads makes me happy. In ad­di­tion to that, I would say Gran Ca­naria and Pied­mont, Italy, are near the top of my list.

What’s the best piece of rac­ing ad­vice you’ve re­ceived?

Never give up and be pa­tient. Many bike races are over 200km and some­times you feel like shit af­ter 50km but you can sud­denly be ly­ing in the last 20km – that’s if you take care to eat prop­erly and ride smart.

What race would you most like to win dur­ing your ca­reer?

I would be a happy man if I could win the World Road Race Cham­pi­onships again. When I won it in the U23 ranks in 2014 I didn’t get to ride in the rain­bow jersey be­cause I moved up to the pros the year af­ter. To wear the rain­bow jersey for a year would be a dream.

What is your hard­est reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sion?

The hard­est reg­u­lar ses­sion

I use is a six-hour ride, with 10 four-minute hill re­peats within the irst two hours. The hill re­peats on even num­bers are at a max­i­mum and odd num­bers are at sub­thresh­old. The last one you do should al­ways be the fastest. What’s your favourite co fee stop and what’s the spe­cial­ity there?

I have only been there a cou­ple of times, but the café Il Re del Cap­puc­cino, The King of Cap­puc­cino, in Mon­sum­mano Terme in Tus­cany, is a great place. The spe­cial­ity is of course their cap­puc­cino. It’s amaz­ing.

De­scribe your per­fect o f-sea­son. For me that would be one week away with my wife in some ex­otic des­ti­na­tion. Then it would be spend­ing three weeks at home with my fam­ily and friends where I can do the things I nor­mally can­not do the rest of the year, such as hik­ing, ski­ing and sur ing.

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