By André Santos
Sadurni Betriu Boix is one of two Spanish athletes in Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour. The 38-year-old is a member of the Italian Pro Team, Sottozero Trentino Team Zorzi Max.
Recently Sadurni trained in Livigno, Italy, aiming to find his best shape for season XI.
While training in Livigno, we had the chance to talk with Sadurni, who spent a full week training on snow. During this week, he took the opportunity to work out twice a day, put in a lot of hours on snow and did some intensity training sessions so he could get used to both the snow and altitude.
But the week was not only about training. Sadurni, who works full time as a painter in the Spanish region of Pyrenees, where he lives, also had some time to relax.
“I enjoyed the views! Livigno is a wonderful place with good food and a lot of people who love cross country skiing,” says Sadurni.
Unfortunately, season X did not go as he had wished. His main goals were Marcialonga and Vasaloppet, and he tells us that he wasn’t in his best shape during these races.
“It did not go as I was hoping, but in general, I am happy with my performance,” tells Sadurni.
In order to find his best shape, he spent the summer working and training, being able to train more hours than ever. Sadurni has been training in the Pyrenees, where he has done many long double poling sessions, with some intense climbs over the mountains. He complements his training with some biking and strength sessions.
Sadurni wants to race at almost every event in the Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour.
“We will start the season with the Pro Team Tempo and Engadin La Diagonela. Then, we will go to Toblach-Cortina and Marcialonga,” he says.
Sadurni has a special interest in one race during season XI. The new event Årefjällsloppet 100 km in Sweden really got his attention. The long distance makes it very interesting for the Spanish athlete.
Indeed, Sadurni seems to be very motivated for the next season, feeling ready to give his best and get the best result for his team Zottozero Trentino Team Zorzi Max.
“It is not easy to find the balance between training more than 20 hours a week and working full time, plus having a family. But I try to keep relaxed and find the right balance. The only thing I wish is that we could have more resources to allocate, but I am happy anyway. I am proud that I can be among the best long distance skiers in the world”.
The other Spanish athlete in Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour is Marta Cester who is representing the Norwegian Pro Team, Team Coop.