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Trail Loppet, September 26, 2015


Vakava group rollerski near Afton, August 29, 2010

Niki Reker, OJ B final sprint winner, Junior Nationals, March 14, 2013

Seeley Pre-Fat, August 22, 2015 (Photo: Jay Richards)

Jennie Bender and Audrey Weber, Northshore Inline Marathon, September 17, 2011

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.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
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Hoigaards Rollerski Clinic Saturday
August 27, 2015
Looking to kick off your winter training and improve your rollerski skills? Hoigaards will have a Rollerski 202 clinic this Saturday, Aug 29th, with emphasis on hills (up and down!).

CXC Masters Camp in Park City
August 27, 2015
CXC will be hosting a four-day Masters training camp out in scenic Park City, Utah, Sep 23-27th. Former US Ski Team coach Torbjorn Karlsen along with CXC's own Yuriy Gusev will led the workouts.

Weekend Events
August 26, 2015
Aug 29 Blockhouse Roll 20 - Partnering with Gnomefest 12, MTB races on the Human Powered Trails in Platteville.
Aug 29 Women Rock - Womens only running race - 5K, 10K and half marathon distances, racing along Shepard Road in St. Paul.
Aug 30 Illinois Rollerski Race - 5K and 10K rollerski races on crusted limestone trails at Moraine Hills State Park.
Aug 30 State Fair Milk Run - Minnesota State Fair starts Thursday and Sunday brings the annual 5K run (and coupon for post-race malt!).
Aug 30 Superior Triathlon - Jump off a boat in Lake Superior, swim to shore, then bike and run, finishing at the Bayport Festival Park.

Midwest MTB Report
August 25, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this weekend includes recaps from the Flugly in Moorhead and the Seeley Pre-Fat and a look ahead to the 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet coming Labor Day weekend.

Rollerski Racing Events
August 25, 2015
Just two major rollerskiing events left on the calendar right now...
Aug 30 Illinois Rollerski Race - Just one race this season for the Illinois crew, held at Moraine Hills State Park.
Sep 19 Northshore Inline Marathon - A separate rollerski division, racing the full 26.2 mile marathon course -- get those race wheels on!

Midwest Wax Coaches for 2016 Junior Nationals Announced
August 25, 2015
In charge of the Midwest fast skis for the 2016 Junior Nationals, Head Kick Wax Scott Putman and Head Glide Wax Jason Kask were announced recently by CXC Skiing. Applications are still being taken for the six coaching positions. The 2016 Junior Nationals will be in Cable, WI.

Local Stars
August 24, 2015
Symbol of Hope - Caitlin Gregg makes headlines in Norway when she returned for the rollerski festival last week.
Norwegian Adventure - Caitlin Gregg recaps many memories from an exciting training and summer racing trip in Norway.
Norway Camp - Jessie Diggins shares 20 thoughts from Norway, just prior to the big rollerski races.
Man Camp - Brian Gregg holds his own training routine back in the Midwest.
And some news from earlier this month...
Wirth Rec Center Winning - The Loppet Foundation's project to help develop a silent sports center at Wirth wins preliminary approval.  More details on the project.
Rise of the e-Bike - What does the rise of e-bikes hold for cycling?  Velonews weights the pros and cons.

Training Programs
August 24, 2015
Many fall groups are about to start up in September, with some junior programming already under way. Check out our roundup of the area training programs.

Winter Park Meeting Scheduled for Thursday Sep 10th
August 24, 2015
If you're interested in the plans for developing a winter recreation area in Ramsey County, most likely at Battle Creek, the next work session meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sep 10th. Please RSVP.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 3 - Diggins Top 10 in Final Stage
August 22, 2015
In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppedrittsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (11th), as four Americans cracked the top 16.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 22, 2015
The St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon brought a record field Saturday morning as athletes ran from Battle Creek to lowertown St. Paul. Windy conditions and warm temps kept the trails dry, providing for nice course conditions. Ryan Albu won the mens marathon by over 15 minutes, with Lauren Opp taking the womens title. Half marathon winners were Erik Solberg and Ariella DePrenger-Gottfried.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Opening - 189 photos, Half-marathon Opening - 161 photos, Indian Mounds Park - 45 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon

Birkie Seals Land Deal for Start Area
August 21, 2015
Upon completion of their Phase I Capital Campaign, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has secured land and easements for a permanent start area and is looking forward to the construction of two new buildings for the 2017 event!

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 2 - Stephen, Randall Top 10
August 21, 2015
Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal, Norway, on Friday. Caitlin Gregg had a strong race, taking 11th, with Jessie Diggins 16th.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 1 - Caldwell Takes 5th
August 20, 2015
Olympian Sophie Caldwell opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka rollerski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. The stage race opened with an uphill foot run in the morning that saw the USA scored a pair of podiums with both Noah Hoffman and Liz Stephen finishing third.

Gear West: Fall Training Groups
August 20, 2015
Gear West's Technique and Training Program fires up in early September. Learn to ski faster, farther, smoother. The program meets every Wednesday night at French Park with Fall and Winter sessions available.
Related:
More Assistant Coaching Positions Posted

Memorial Service For Daniel Johnson
August 19, 2015
Daniel Johnson, heavily involved in western Wisconsin cycling, as well as ski grooming and volunteering at the Birkie, passed away earlier this month. There will be a memorial service next Saturday, Aug 29th, in Frederic, WI.

Outdoor Recreation Alliance Announces New Executive Director
August 19, 2015
The Outdoor Recreation Alliance of the 7 Rivers Region has announced the hiring of Jack Zabrowski as their new Executive Director.

USSA: Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka
August 19, 2015
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend's three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be part of the crew!

Bike Dr: Bike Sale, Wheeling Wednesday, Ride to the Barns
August 19, 2015
The Bicycle Doctor's latest newsletter highlights Wednesday evening rides, upcoming Ride to the Barns, women's Mountain Bike Monday, and a number of sale items.

Midwest MTB Report
August 19, 2015
Featured in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Race reports from Leadville 100 and WORS Coffee Bean Classic, and the look ahead to a number of popular events this weekend.

Finn Sisu: Trail Marathon Deals, Dryland Training Discussion
August 18, 2015
In support of the Saint Paul Urban Trail Marathon on Saturday, Finn Sisu is featuring 40% off all running gear this week, plus race bag pickup on Wednesday, Aug 19th from 4 to 8 pm.

Lakeville Seeking Coaching Help
August 18, 2015
Lakeville High School has openings for both head and assistant Nordic ski coaches for the upcoming season, which begins in early November.

Local Stars
August 17, 2015
EU Ironwood - Endurance United has another highlight video, this one covering their recent training camp in Ironwood, MI.
Stop Rollerskiing - Alice Flanders takes a look at the various ways one comes to a "stop" while rollerskiing.
Summer Update - Adam Loomis recaps his summer Nationals second place finish.
Avoiding Off Balance - Annie Hart begins to wind down her summer training and working on balancing the training workload.
First Wave Plan - Tony Mommsen outlines his recent summer training as he works for a wave one placement.
Truckee Camp - Caitlin Gregg blogs on her training out in Truckee before heading to Norway.
Viking Sport - Jessie Diggins getting spoiled in Norway... with lots of great photos to back it up.
And from around the web...
Exercise and the Brain - NYTimes has an interesting article looking at research involving the amount of exercise and brain function.

Midwest Mountaineering: Customer Appreciation Party
August 17, 2015
Join Midwest Mountaineering for their Customer Appreciation Party and End of Season Clearance Sale this Thursday, Aug 20th. Their latest newsletter has coupons for a free beer and burger, along with details on upcoming events.

CXC Dream Bike Donation Raffle
August 17, 2015
Kent Eriksen Cycles is partnering with CXC to support the Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a dream bike! Donate today and you'll be automatically entered in the drawing.

International Junior Camp 2015 Recap
August 16, 2015
Zak Ketterson provides an extensive recap and some commentary on his two weeks in Scandinavia, participating in the elite International Junior Camp and training with some of the best juniors in the world.

Big Island and Back Paddle Coverage
August 16, 2015
Rick Carter reports: We had nearly 150 register for the 2015 Big Island and Back Paddle event, raising over $10,000 together with our nordic ski version in February. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry took top honors.
Related:
Photoset: Big Island and Back Paddle

Trail Loppet Waves Filling Up
August 15, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is reporting waves for the 2015 Trail Loppet, to be held Saturday, Sep 26th, having been filling up and it appears the race could eventually fill. Get your registration in now!

Igor Legacy Camp in Ironwood
August 14, 2015
Bruce Manske recaps the Igor Legacy Camp, held in Ironwood last week. Over 25 athletes, from ten different Midwest teams, came together to learn about skiing and training, to make new "ski" friends, and to have fun.

Out There with Ben Saxton
August 14, 2015
Out There shop is hosting two fundraiser events for the Midwest's own Ben Saxton on Aug 22nd. One event focuses on youth athletes and will be at Wirth Beach in Minneapolis, the other is an evening rollerski followed by brew and food, plus a silent auction. Get your tickets now!

Legacy of the American Birkebeiner
August 13, 2015
Wednesday evening in Hayward, Tom Kelly presented The Legacy of the American Birkebeiner at the Park Center to a large crowd of supporters. Kelly discussed the origins of the Birkie, the brainchild of Tony Wise, and shared some legendary stories from the early days. Watch the entire presentation, courtesy of CXC.
Related:
Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
Video from CXC: Legacy of the American Birkebeiner

Madshus Announces 2nd Annual Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Program
August 12, 2015
Madshus has announced their 2nd annual Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Program. Madshus will select one upcoming young male and female athlete, whose team will then receive a full Madshus set up of skis, bindings, boots and poles to aid in their continued ski development. Application deadline is Sept 15th!

Top 10 Reasons to Hit up the Birkie Trail Run
August 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner crew has listed their top 10 reasons for participating in the annual Trail Run and Trek, Sept 26th. And starting off at #10 -- register by Sat, Aug 15th and avoid the next price hike!

Borah Epic Donates $17,500 to CAMBA
August 12, 2015
In only its third year, the Borah Epic was able to generate a donation over $17K to directly benefit the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association. The funds will be used to create new trails, reroute existing trails, and maintain one of the top single track trail systems in the country.
Related:
Borah Teamwear Seeking Print Technician

Coaching Position Open at Finlandia University
August 12, 2015
Ever dreamed of being a head coach of a collegiate Nordic ski program? Finlandia University in Houghton is accepting resumes for the position.

Midwest MTB Report
August 11, 2015
Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the racing action at Ore to Shore and Red Wing Classic, along with a report from Singlespeed USA, and a number of trail updates, and the usual look ahead to weekend events.

USSA: World Cup Athlete Qualification
August 11, 2015
USSA has posted the qualification criteria they'll be using to select athletes for the World Cup races this season. There are four racing blocks to qualify for, as well as the Tour de Ski event.
Related:
USSA and FIS Rankings for 2014-15 Season
FIS Athlete Lookup
SuperTour Final Standings
World Cup Standings

Ramsey County Winter Recreation Area Meeting on Sept 10th
August 11, 2015
The Ramsey County initiative to develop a Winter Recreation Area at Battle Creek will hold their next meeting on Thursday, Sept 10th, 6pm, at the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Administration Building in Maplewood.
Related:
Winter Recreation Area Fact Sheet

Local Stars
August 10, 2015
Good Days - Jessie Diggins recaps the recent Fast and Female event at MOA, and fun times at home and back at SMS.
Truckee - Brian and Caitlin Gregg have been back out west, putting in some altitude training and enjoying the Truckee area scenary.
Keep It Rolling - Niki Reker updates on her spring and summer training in Winona for CXC.
Austrians - Bryan Fish interviews the Austrian coaches at the International Camp in Norway.
The Shoes - MinnPost highlights a recent study on running shoes and the correlation to injuries.  They also had an interesting article on biking and safety.

NNF: International Camp Update
August 10, 2015
National Nordic Foundation has a couple of new videos from the first days of the International Camp in Norway, where Midwest skiers Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson have been training. Sonnesyn showed some great form against the world class junior field, winning the womens uphill running time trial!

Rossignol Names new Nordic Racing Manager
August 10, 2015
Rossignol has announced Evan Pengelly has been hired as their new Nordic Racing Manager. Pengelly will take over duties for the elite program management, tech support for athletes and coaches, and support for retail partners.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Final Results
August 9, 2015
The 2015 Hoigaards Paddle Derby has wrapped up its season. They had a good year with no weather cancellations in ten race dates and 734 total participants over the summer, and are already making plans for 2016.
Related:
Results: Final Results

Bend Training
August 8, 2015
Kris Bourne, top skier from Northern Michigan Univ, has been training with Alayna Sonnesyn and a couple dozen other skiers out west this summer, as part of the Bend Endurance Academy. Kris shares some of her experiences as the program winds down.

Saint Paul Trail Marathon Capped
August 8, 2015
The St. Paul Trail Marathon has announced they will be instituting a field limit for this year's race! If you'd like to be part of the big August 22nd event, get your registration in pronto!

Gear West: Adventure Scavenger Hunt this Wednesday
August 8, 2015
Gear West is hosting an Adventure Scavenger Hunt this Wednesday, Aug 12th. High School athletes are invited to explore the trails around Long Lake, find treasures, treats, and plenty of prizes! Enjoy a roughly 5 mile course and get your workout for the day to boot.

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 7, 2015
A record field turned out Friday morning for the annual Ringer Roll rollerski races at Baker Park. Overnight rains and cloudy weather provided a few damp, and sometimes slippery, sections on the course after many years of perfect conditions. Tamer Mische-Richter strapped on some rocket classic rollerskis and powered to the top time overall. Sarah Bezdicek, using stock Marwe skates, topped womens field and posted the only sub 26-time for group. Anders Sonnesyn had the best mens skate time. Kris Hansen notched the fastest womens classic time. Full results posted along with a big photoset.

USSA: New Nordic Director Announced
August 6, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime Nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new Nordic domestic program director.

Borah Teamwear Offers Pole and Wax Team Incentive
August 6, 2015
Borah Teamwear has aligned with wax and pole distributors to offer an additional incentive for teams and clubs ordering custom nordic or alpine apparel this season. The Borah Bundle includes includes a 30 percent discount through select retailers - but its a limited offer, acting before Oct 15th to get your deal.

Heroes of Tomorrow: International training camp in Norway
August 5, 2015
One of the biggest training camps for junior skiers is taking place in Norway, Aug 6-14, with 135 athletes and 25 coaches from 15 nations. Included in the group are Midwest stars Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn, as well as development coach Bryan Fish.
Related:
Video from Hailey Swirbul: Training Camp - Day 2, Training Camp - Day 3

Midwest MTB Report
August 5, 2015
Jay Richards report this week includes a recap from the brutal hot and truly epic Mah Dah Heey 100, the Grit Skills Clinic at Spirit Mountain, a couple mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2015
Drawing nearly 250 cyclists for the big race, John Acker took the pack sprint to win the Firehouse 50 on Saturday. Anna Johnson was the top female finisher.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Firehouse 50
Results: Firehouse 50

Local Stars
August 3, 2015
Team Gregg - Team Gregg was featured last month by the National Nordic Foundation.
Enter the Grinder - BNS Midwest showcases their Tazzari RP23 stonegrinder.
U16 Camp - Midwest skiers mix it up at the National U16 Camp in Vermont.
Superior Performance - Jason Kask's Superior Performance training gets an upbeat promo video.
On the Move - Alice Flanders and her training are in the spotlight in this CXC article.
RAAM-tastic - David Haase, Wisconsin bike shop owner, finishes 2nd overall in the Race Across America!
Looming Large - Adam Loomis takes 2nd place at the summer US Nordic Combined Nationals.
On Adrenaline - Gear West's new soccer/alpine/casual store is highlighted by the local newspaper.
And for those looking for a little more fantasy...
Quidditch for Muggles - The Harry Potter series game of Quidditch is growing into a serious sport.

Nordic Combined: Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis Takes Silver!
August 3, 2015
On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging Adam Loomis by just 5 seconds for gold with Loomis taking silver and Taylor Fletcher bronze.
Related:
Ski Jumping: Christian Friberg Takes Bronze at US Championships

Birkie Seeking Retail Enterprises Manager
August 3, 2015
The American Birkebeiner is looking to add a new member to their team, seeking candidates with experience in managing enterprise level retail sales.

Midwest Juniors at the National U16 Camp
August 2, 2015
Erin Moening reports on the National U16 Camp, which just wrapped up in Vermont. The Midwest had six talented skiers who represented well again the best in the nation.

Rollerski Racing Season
August 2, 2015
August brings two Midwest rollerskiing races...
Aug 7 Ringer Roll - The classic Midwest rollerski race, one lap around the 10K trail at Baker Park.  Online registration open through Wednesday.
Aug 30 Illinois Rollerski Race - The banana belt series drops to a single race this season.  Held at Moraine Hills State Park.

Igor Legacy Camp in Bemidji
August 2, 2015
Bruce Manske highlights the Igor Legacy Camp in Bemidji last week, where U12 and U14 athletes came together for training sessions, to plays games, and to make new "ski" friends.

Hoigaards: Final Paddle Derby of the Season
August 2, 2015
Next Thursday, August 6th, is your final chance to race in the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby this year. The last race of the season will be followed by the popular Paddler's Potluck and Racer's Social Hour and the Championship Awards Ceremony.
Related:
Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results

Midwest Mountaineering: Mosquito Coupons
August 2, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering's latest newsletter has a couple of 50% off coupons for bug protection products, and highlights upcoming events including the Reel Rock film tour, Customer Appreciation Party, and a load of clinics and special events.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors
July 31, 2015
Friday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors program for a skate workout at the Battle Creek Ravine. Five coaches, including the founder Ahvo Taipale, put the juniors through a battery of drills including a harrowing cornering/awareness test, then worked on skate technique drills, each tailored to the subgroup skill sets.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Workout - 129 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Rollerski Dexterity Derby

MacDowell Hired as NMU Assistant Nordic Skiing Coach
July 31, 2015
Northern Michigan University head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim has announced the hiring of Shane MacDowell as assistant coach. MacDowell joins NMU after being an assistant coach at Green Mountain Valley School.

Gear West: Birkie Trail Run Entry Drawing
July 30, 2015
Gear West is drawing names to give away an entry to the Birkie Trail Run and Trek, Sep 26th. Just sign up for one of their email lists and you'll be automatically entered! Contest ends August 23rd

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 30, 2015
Nordicwerks training program, under the direction of head coach Deno Johnson, was out Thursday evening for a classical rollerski workout near Scandia. After some warm up loops near the starting area, the group rollerskied over to some quiet backroads and then participated in an individual start time trial. Once all the skiers had completed the course, they skied a warm down then headed back to the start area for some sprints and agility work.
Related:
Photoset: Classical Workout - 89 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

LNR/EU Time Trial Coverage
July 30, 2015
Loppet Nordic Racing and Endurance United juniors held a rollerski time trial Thursday morning on the quiet backcountry roads near Afton. After being rescheduled due to a rainout on Tuesday, the conditions Thursday morning were perfect with bright sun and temps in the low 70s. Abigail Drach and Zak Ketterson posted the top times in the 7K distance.
Related:
Photoset: 192 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: LNR/EU Time Trial


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