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Womens individual camp Josie Nelson, Tri-Loppet, June 25, 2016

Miners Revenge MTB race, July 16, 2017

Rivet Run, July 16, 2017 (Photo: Eve Graves)

Thunder Bay Alignment Camp, July 2, 2017

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
We've collected together a bunch of common questions to assembly our own FAQ for cross-country skiing in the Midwest and using the Skinnyski website.

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February 5, 2009
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Weekend Events
July 19, 2017
Jul 22 Lumberjack Run - Part of the Lumberjack World Championships, 5K run in Hayward.
Jul 22 State Time Trial - Wisconsin's cycling state time trial champion, held near Cottage Grove, WI.
Jul 23 South Side Sprints - Bicycle racing action on the streets of south Minneapolis.
Jul 23 Tri-Loppet - Racing across the Twin Cities with paddling, trail running and mountain biking segments.
Jul 23 Coffee Bean Classic - WORS series racing at Minooka Park in Waukesha.

Midwest MTB Report
July 18, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards find first-hand reports from Lake Rebecca Classic and Miners Revenge, updates on Welch Village's new trails, and great motivation video on girls MTB, and a look ahead to a number of fun races.

BNS: Rollerskiing Intro
July 18, 2017
Boulder Nordic Sport offers a primer on getting started with rollerskiing, including information on equipment selection.

Web Roundup
July 17, 2017
People - Annie Hart writes about all the people and bonds she has formed from her skiing career.
Not An Olympian - Paul Schommer highlights how everyone is a bit of an Olympian in their own world.
Chile - Over a foot of snow fell in the capital of Chile last weekend, the biggest in nearly 50 years.
Dirty - A little dirt might actually be beneficial.

River Run Summer Coverage
July 16, 2017
Eve Graves reports: An awesome lake breeze provided temps in the low 60's with no humidity, a slight breeze and sunny skies for the 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park in Superior, Wisconsin Sunday. All the funds from the event go towards the trails in the park. Our "official" limit is 100, but we had 104 who finished the event. Today's overall winner was 15 year old Kieren Johnson whose time of 21:46 edged out previous 2 time champion 23 year old Seth Korhonen by a second. Seth ran the 26 mile Curnow trail race Saturday too! Our female winner capturing her second overall win, was 31 year old Laura Gubelman with a time of 26:06 with Andrea Carroll, 60 in second place almost 3 minutes back. The next event will be November 12th.
Photoset: River Run Summer
Results: River Run Summer

Loppet: Age Gap Relays
July 13, 2017
Tuesday evening at Theodore Wirth the Loppet Foundation had a great turnout roughly 100 youth and adults for the Age Gap Relay mountain bike race. The final event of the summer will be August 3rd at Elm Creek.
Results: July 11th, Age Groups
Age Gap Relays

Midwest MTB Report
July 11, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week covers the WORS Cup and Border Crossing events with first-hand accounts, as well as the usual look ahead.

Finn Sisu: Happy Birthday Finland Sale
July 10, 2017
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, FInn Sisu has some of their best Finnish brands at 50% off this week: Optiwax, Peltonen, Rex, and Yoko. All Finn Sisu logo product are included in the sale.

Web Roundup
July 10, 2017
Benchmarking - Vakava Racing's Elspeth Ronnander writes about a favorite local race with a small town vibe.
Zen of Rollerskiing - New Moon's Joel Harrison shares his tribute to the benefits of rollerskiing.
NZ - New Zealand's winter is cranking up, with fresh snowfalls this week.
China - China opens one of the largest indoor ski areas with six runs, including one 1/2K in length.
Synhill - Power Ridge in Middlefield, CT, in the latest to add synthetic ski surface for year-round skiing.
Tour de Burn - How many calories does the typical Tour de France cyclist burn?

Border Crossing Coverage
July 9, 2017
Avoiding most of the rain, the MN MTB Series held their sixth event on Sunday at White Trail Ridge Corporate park in River Falls, Wisconsin. Photos from the morning races: Kids Comp, Citizen and Sport races.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 42 photos, Citizen - 212 photos, Sport - 182 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Border Crossing

Ringer Roll Coming August 11th
July 8, 2017
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is scheduled for Friday, August 11th, at Baker Park. The 10K race draws many of the top metro juniors, as well speedy seniors and master skiers. Registration is now open.

Web Roundup
July 4, 2017
Bono Record - Former Minnesota state XC champion Katie Bono sets a new women's speed record up Mt. Denali.
Crushing It
- Gear West's Jan Guenther provides training tips for improving your Birkie trail running experience.
Brown's Creek Trail - Finn Sisu features Brown's Creek as a rollerskiing destination, reviewed by Val Hart.
Lutsen Growing - Lutsen Mountain is planning to double their skiing operation size after a deal with the US Forest Service.
Skiing on the 4th - Thousands have been skiing out West over the holiday weekend due to the usually high snow season.  Video of skiing at Squaw Valley.
Lutsen for Sale - Lutsen Resort is up for sale, the first time in 30 years.
Poop Dope - Could fecal transplants be the next tool in improving your athletic performance?
Salmela - Chad Salmela is interviewed in this recent podcast, sharing his approach to training and challenges as a coach.

Tofte Trek Results
July 4, 2017
Racing over a wet course on a beautiful sunny morning on the Northshore, Adam Swank and Kaelyn Williams took the titles in the annual Tofte Trek 10K race Tuesday. Over 170 athletes participated in the annual Fourth of July event.
Results: Tofte Trek

Thunder Bay Alignment Camp: Sunday Morning Workout
July 2, 2017
After a tough afternoon of rollerski racing Saturday, the Thunder Bay Alignment Camp skiers were back out on Sunday morning for a classical workout on some smooth roads west of town. Most of the group did sets of zone 3 eight minute double pole intervals, while some juniors did short sprints. The camp continues their two-a-day workouts through next weekend.
Photoset: Saturday Morning Workout - 113 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Canada 150 Rollerski Race Coverage
July 1, 2017
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada Day, the National Team Development Centre of Thunder Bay hosted a unique rollerski race in the heart of downtown on Saturday afternoon. Using a set of more than 50 matched skate rollerskis, the event started with every skier completing two laps of a roughly 750 meter course which was then used to seed skiers into race groups. Caitlin Gregg notched the top qualifying time for the women. Evan Palmer-Charrette had the fastest time for the men with Brian Gregg taking 4th. In the womens elite race, Caitlin Gregg pushed the pace early and never let up, eventually eliminating half the field as she lapped them, collecting all the primes and cruising to the womens title. The mens race was much closer, and after 15 laps the event came down to a sprint finish with Brian Gregg getting narrowly edged out by Evan Palmer-Charrette. Results linked in, along with a number of photosets.

Thunder Bay Alignment Camp: Saturday Morning Workout
July 1, 2017
Thunder Bay is hosting the Canadian National Alignment Camp, bringing together many of Canada's top cross-country senior and junior skiers for a week of training. Caitlin and Brian Gregg are also participating. On Saturday morning at Centennial Park, the group has led through a mobility session with Scott Perras, then did an easy hour hour run.
Photoset: Saturday Morning Workout - 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Mid-Series Results
June 30, 2017
Reaching the mid-point of the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby season, there are now five races down, with five to go. The series is averaging a good turnout of 40+ boats on the starting line each week and they welcome any new paddlers to the races remaining, from rookie to pro.
Results: Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results

Spotlight: DXC Juniors Program
June 29, 2017
Thursday afternoon we caught up with the DXC Juniors Program, under the leadership of Jason Kask, as they did a hill workout at Spirit Mountain downhill area. The group started with a short warmup run and some stretching, then did uphill bounding 6 minute sets, 4 minutes with poles, and finishing with sets of full out uphill sprints for 30 secs. A warm up run wrapped up the roughly two hour workout.
Photoset: 84 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
DXC Summer Juniors Program

Spotlight: Ely Nordic Juniors Program
June 29, 2017
Making the trip up north, we hooked up with the vaunted Ely Nordic Juniors Program on Thursday morning for a classical rollerski workout under a steady drizzle. Led by Tyler Fish and Ellen Anderson, the group did an initial warmup ski on a quiet county road, then went through a series of drills for power and agility using a variety of courses setup by the coaches. After nearly two hours in the wet conditions, the group skied a warm down before wrapping up.
Photoset: 172 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Ely Nordic

Midwest MTB Report
June 27, 2017
In this week's jam packed Midwest MTB report, Jay Richards covers WORS and MNMBS series events, Duluth Enduro, Lutsen 99er, NICA Conference, an interview with Rebecca Sauber, toast to Steve Tilford event, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

USSA: SuperTour Schedule Announced
June 27, 2017
Top U.S. cross country athletes will race in seven cities across North America in the 2017-18 iteration of the SuperTour. The tour is a series of International Ski Federation (FIS)-sanctioned cross country events across America produced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with its divisions and clubs. The Midwest stops are Ishpeming, Feb 15-18th, and Hayward (Birkie), Feb 24th.

Web Roundup
June 26, 2017
Spring on the Coast - Eric Carter updates on his recent mountaining adventures.
Melting - California's Mt. Whitney melts off a 1000 feet of snow in a week.
Lasers - Biking -- with lasers, a new visibility system called BikeSphere.

Midwest Regional Biathlon Dev Camp Recap
June 26, 2017
Bill Meyers provides a recap on recent summer training by Midwest division biathletes up at the Regional Development Camp at Mt. Itasca, June 14-24. Nearly 20 athletes attended, along with six coaches.

New Moon: Bike Demo Friday
June 26, 2017
New Moon and Specialized are holding a bike demo at the OO CAMBA/Birkie Trailhead on Friday, June 30th. Come test our new gear and snag some beverages and treats as well!

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Program
June 26, 2017
Monday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors Program at Battle Creek Waterpark for a classical technique workout. Coaches Ahvo Taipale, Greg Weier, Richard Clark and Chris Torvi split the more than 50 skiers into small groups, working on fundamentals, double-pole and striding technique. Taipale collected video and did on the spot analysis with the groups.
Photoset: 124 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Vakava Juniors Program

Price Hike: American Birkebeiner, Kortie, Prince Haakon
June 25, 2017
The first price hike for the Birkie week events is coming this Friday! Plus this will be your final chance to guarantee one of the cool new Birkie backpacks.
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline July 1st

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps in Minnesota, Michigan
June 25, 2017
Igor Legacy Camps are still open for July in Minnesota and August in Michigan. The camps are designed for juniors ages 10-13 and include an introduction to ski specific dryland training, rollerskiing, and cross training activities such as agility and obstacle courses, pole hiking and bounding, and outdoor games.

Midwest MTB Report
June 20, 2017
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: Coverage on the Menacing 40, Red Wing Classic, and Mt. Morris Challenge events, and a look ahead to MN, WI series and Lutsen events.

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