It's been a couple years since Zackarias Toresson was a member of the UAA Ski Team, but it still seems like it was only yesterday. And in fact, it was only a few months ago that we finished off the last of the Swedish Aquavit that Zacke gave us as a gift when he left Alaska.
|Marine and Erik|
|Zacke advised me to be cautious around the Baske Droppar that he left with us. Jo didn't get the word.|
But recently, the former Seawolves' paths crossed again. After a series of disappointing results in some Swedish domestic races made it clear to Viktor that he would not qualify for this year's World Cup races in Falun, and after his girlfriend Jenny, racing for Team Ramudden won La Diagonela (you remember - the race where everyone was losing fingers and toes to frostbite) by four minutes, Viktor decided to pack up the car and drive to Italy for a 11-day quarantine/Covid-style pre-Swedish Nationals training camp in the Dolomites that would conclude with the Marcialonga, the marathon race in Val di Fiemme.
|Viktor drives a car with his name on it.|
|Zacke. The night before Marcialonga. Preparing snacks.|
|Zacke in his native habitat of Varberg|
So Zacke was recruited once again. This time as training partner and Marcialonga serviceman for Team Curira - Viktor's team for Marcialonga Weekend.
|Along Sweden's southern coast. You can almost see Lasse Moelgaard-Nielsen's house from here.|
As it turns out, Viktor's arms faded in the later stages of the Marcialonga and he didn't get the result he had hoped for, but the word on the street is that Team Curira was so impressed with Zacke that he's been invited to stay on as serviceman and drinkmeister with the team for the Jizerska and the Vasaloppet!
|Zacke and Viktor|