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Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 28, 2015
The first month of competition in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby wrapped up last week, and results are now tallied. The racing continues throughout this summer on Thursday evenings at Lake Calhoun.
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2015
Perfect weather for the Tri-Loppet races across Minneapolis on Saturday. This year featured the new race and general (stock) boat categories, and based on finishing times, it appears the competition was much tighter. Matt Liebsch won the mens general division with Zach Handler roughly 1:30 behind. The womens general was even closer, with Josie Nelson holding off Kim Rudd by 44 seconds for the title.
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Tri-Loppet
Results: Tri-Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
June 23, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week, an interview with Tristan Schouten, reports on Chequamegon 100, and the look ahead to weekend races.

USSA: Rookie Camp
June 17, 2015
New members of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will be in Park City at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) Center of Excellence this week for the teams' annual Rookie Camp. Included in the camp is Caitlin Gregg and Nita Englund.

Midwest MTB Report
June 16, 2015
This week's Midwest MTB Report, compiled by Jay Richards, has recaps from the WORS event, Red Eye Rendezvous, the 25 hour event of Dirt Wirx, and spotlights an amazing downhill run with no chain(!), plus the usual look ahead.

Birkie Completes Fundraising for Phase I of Capital Campaign
June 16, 2015
In just seven months, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has reached their goal of $650,000 fundraising for Phase I of its first-ever major fundraising capital campaign. Phase I includes securing a permanent trailhead and race start area in Cable, WI, near the old Telemark Lodge, improving safety, traffic flow, and participant experience at the finish line area in Hayward, WI.

Chippewa Triathlon Coverage
June 14, 2015
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon. Doubles titles went to David Nelson/Ryan Peterson and Elspeth Ronnander with Elaine and Grant Nelson taking the mixed crown. Solo champs were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Kivi. The top relay team was Big Al and the Funky Bunch (Joshua Tesch, Al Rundquist, Megan Brown and Kell Peterson).
Photoset from John Arenz: 54 photos
Photoset from Nikolai Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 9, 2015
Recaps from the Dirt Wirx, National Press on WORS, area rides, an update on Ore to Shore, Minneapolis global bike city, St. Cloud HS racing, and the usual look ahead are all part of this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards.

Midwest MTB Report
June 2, 2015
Jay Richards weekly update hits on the Borah Epic with two recaps, Duluth downhiller Max Fierax, 25th anniversity Laddies Loppet, lift service for MTB, Lebanon Hills highlight and upcoming events.
Final Days: Vote for Spirit Mountain Trails for $100K Award
Press Release: Borah Epic hosts record field for year three

USSA: Utah Bids for 2017 Junior Nordic Worlds
June 2, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is making a formal bid for the International Ski Federation's (FIS) 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships, to be held at Utah Olympic Park in Park City and Soldier Hollow in Midway.

Midwest MTB Report
May 26, 2015
Information on a new Alexandria based MTB club developing new trails, college skiers now MTB racers, Kask MTB programs for juniors are all part of Jay Richards MTB Report this week, along with the look ahead to some big weekend events.
Jun 13 Celebration of Life For David Cook

Midwest MTB Report
May 20, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers the Minnesota series from St. Croix Falls, WORS from Crystal Lake, Gooseberry Park trails (Moorhead), Cable-Offroad's latest minute cancellation, along with upcoming camps, clinics and races.

Big Bay Relay Results
May 18, 2015
Over 30 teams races the Big Bay Relay Saturday in Marquette. "Running Noses" from the Junior division posted the top time on the day.
Results: Big Bay Relay

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 18, 2015
Over 500 runners participated in the Loppet Foundation's CityTrail races on Sunday. The events started in downtown Robbinsdale and finished next to the famous spoon at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Matt Flaherty hammered out an incredible sub-hour time in the 10 mile for the mens victory, with Angie Voight the top female. In the 10K race, Kevin Johnson and Christina Roberts collected the titles.
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: CityTrail Loppet
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 12, 2015
Jay Richards posts his weekly MTB report, this week covering motocross as cross-training, highlighting a number of area clinics, a report on Movil Maze trails, and a look ahead to upcoming events (including the sudden cancellation of the Cable Off-road Classic).

US Ski Team Nominations Released
May 11, 2015
The nominations for the 2015-16 US Ski Team have been posted. Midwest skiers show strongly across all levels, with Jessie Diggins continuing her run on the A-team, and now Caitlin Gregg on the B-team, with Ben Saxton on the development squad.

Collegiate Cycling Nationals: Saturday
May 10, 2015
Mindy Benton reports in from the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, being held in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend. Saturday's event was criterium racing on a tough, hilly course.

Midwest MTB Report
May 5, 2015
Jay Richards MTB recap this week has race stories from the opening MNMBS and WORS series, an ageless note on US Nationals, a first-hand trail report from the Paul Bunyan State Forest, highlights on endurance training diets, trail building, womens and adaptive clinics, and a brief look ahead!

Fossavatn Ski Marathon Coverage
May 5, 2015
Steven Gromatka reports: The 2015 Fossavatn Ski Marathon held last Saturday in Isafjordur, Iceland was a blast. Now that it is a part of the World Loppet circuit, it had it's largest field ever. The 25km skate race on Thursday was won by Olympic Bronze Medalist Iliya Chernousov and Finland star Riita-Lisa Ropenon, both also each went on to win the 50km classic on Saturday as well. 25km classic champions went to Dagur Benediktsson and Anna-Maria Danielsdottir.
Photoset from Steven Gromatka: 6 photos
Video: Fossavatn Ski Marathon
Results: Fossavatn Ski Marathon

Birkie Registration Open
May 3, 2015
Birkie trail registration opened officially on Monday. Get in on the early pricing, and guarantee your spot on the 2016 starting line!

Buck Hill Birch Bump Coverage
May 3, 2015
Dry and unusually hot conditions for the first MNMBS race of the season as Buck Hill was the venue for the Birch Bump. In the afternoon expert race, veteran Jeff Hall survived the early pressure and took over about half way into the race to take the mens victory. Rebecca Sauber dominated the womens elite field, winning by over four minutes. Ryan Guy and Cindy Schafer won the comp divisions. Photos from the expert/comp afternoon races.
Photoset: Expert/Comp - 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Buck Hill Birch Bump

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 2, 2015
Don Olson reports: Race was held on Knife Lake due to low water in Snake River but on a beautiful day with sunshine and very little wind. Winning entries: Pro Boat - Dana Henry/Devin Arenz (same time Al Rudquist/Joe Manns); Open - Brett Arenz/Ed Arenz; Solo - Jonah Lidberg; Kayak Male - Joe Zellner; Kayak Female - Lana Voynich.
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

National Sports Center Velodrome Announces Spring-Summer Season and Intro Classes
April 30, 2015
The track-cycling velodrome at the National Sports Center in Blaine is finishing up a substantial renovation and training and racing will begin in mid to late May and run through the summer. Expanded introductory classes are open to all levels of athlete, and include equipment rental. Nordic skiers are warmly invited to discover or rediscover the track at its new beginning

Midwest MTB Report
April 28, 2015
Jay Richards has a first-hand recap from the Decorah MTB Time Trials, a big writeup on a MTB skills clinic in Colorado, a report on the newer singletrack at Wirth, and the look ahead to the first weekend of Midwest racing.

Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders Join CXC Team
April 28, 2015
CXC has announced the addition of Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders to their 2015-16 CXC Team. Applications are being accepted thru May 15th.

Birkie Registration Opens Monday
April 28, 2015
Registration for the American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet events opens next Monday, May 4th. Registration is open for the Fat Bike Birkie, as well as the Trail Run and Birkie Tour.

Midwest MTB Report
April 21, 2015
Jay Richards is back with this regular Midwest MTB Report, kicking things off with a recap of the recent Frog Hollow event out in Utah and the epic Sea Otter Classic, an update on the Minnesota River Bottoms issues, and a look ahead of some of the upcoming events.

Worldloppet: Holly Brooks Finishes Third Overall in Series
April 11, 2015
The Worldloppet FIS Marathon Cup wrapped up on Saturday morning with racing in Khanty-Mansiisk, Russia, in a 50K freestyle race. American Holly Brooks had a narrow 4 point lead coming into the final race. Still waiting for the final race results, but final points totals for the series have Brooks finishing third overall.

Biathlon: US Team for 2015-16 Season Nominated
April 10, 2015
US Biathlon has released their preliminary nominations for the 2015-16 season team. Included on the top tier squad is Minnesota's own Leif Nordgren. In addition, Siena Ellingson was named to the National Development Group.

Worldloppet: Holly Brooks Goes for the Title Saturday
April 9, 2015
Holly Brooks is racing Saturday morning in Khanty-Mansiisk, Siberia at the Ugra Ski Marathon, hoping to secure her Worldloppet title! Brooks has a 4 point lead going into this final race of the Worldloppet and FIS Marathon Cup circuit. The event is a 50K freestyle technique race, and organizers have promised a more challenging course (previous edition was quite flat). Racing begins at 1 am CDT Saturday morning.
Ugraloppet Ski Marathon
Worldloppet Results/Standings
Holly Brooks Blog

2015 Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Schedule Posted
April 8, 2015
Organizers of the Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America, scheduled for this Saturday, April 11th at Spirit Mountain, have posted their official schedule. The event will feature sprints and relays, and yes, on snow! Check out the course preview video...
Video: Course Preview
Facebook: Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America

US Ski Team: The Season in Review
April 8, 2015
USSA reflects on the 2014-15 Nordic season, breaking it down into five key points.

Out There Bike Kits on Sale Now
April 7, 2015
Out There shop has their Podiumwear bike kits available for order for a limited time -- get your order in by the April 19th deadline.

Birkie Announces Slumberland as new Title Sponsor
April 6, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced an extended partnership with Slumberland Furniture with the signing of a three-year agreement as overall Title Sponsor of the American Birkebeiner.

Team Gregg Welcome Home Celebration April 6th
March 29, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is hosting a welcome home celebration for Caitlin and Brian Gregg on Monday evening, April 6th at Theodore Wirth. Watch some video from the season, pick up posters, and catch remarks from Caitlin and Brian.

SuperTour Sun Valley: Freestyle Marathon
March 26, 2015
The Spring Series SuperTour event in Sun Valley wrapped up on Thursday with the mens 50K and womens 30K freestyle races. Caitlin Gregg remained on her A-game, besting in the womens field by over two minutes with Liz Stephen and Sadie Bjornsen rounding out the podium. In the mens race, Canadian Ivan Babikov took the victory with Rune Oedegaard and Noah Hoffman finishing second and third. Brian Gregg was 8th.
Results: Freestyle Marathon

SuperTour Sun Valley: Freestyle Sprints
March 22, 2015
Sunday featured the freestyle sprint races in the Sun Valley SuperTour series. Sadie Bjornsen took the womens title while Andy Newell just edged out Simi Hamilton for the mens victory. For the Midwest Caitlin Gregg had the top Midwest qualifying time posting the 6th fastest time.
Results: Freestyle Sprints

SuperTour Sun Valley: Classical Races
March 21, 2015
The SuperTour Spring Series in Sun Valley, ID, started Saturday with a pair of classical races. Some solid results from Midwest skiers including Ben Saxton finishing 6th mens 15K, with Rosie Frankowski 10th and Annie Hart 13th in the womens 10K. The Bjornsen's made it a family sweep as Erik and Sadie captured the titles.
Results: Mens 15K, Womens 10K

SuperTour: Spring Series Returns to Sun Valley
March 20, 2015
The SuperTour wraps up the 2014-15 season with a final series of events in Sun Valley. Classical races start the week on Saturday, with freestyle sprints Sunday, mixed relays Tuesday, and concludes with 30K/50K skate marathons on Thursday.

Midwest MTB Report: Special Edition Birkie Fat Bike
March 20, 2015
Jay Richards files a special edition MTB report, digging into the Fat Bike Birkie with some interviews and posting a couple of early summer updates, including the 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet.

Finland Border to Border: Days 5-8
March 15, 2015
Ritva Taipale provides a wrap up her and father Ahvo, along with a group from the Midwest and Alaska, completed the border to border ski across Finland. Read the journal entries from days five thru eight and check out the photos.

World Cup Oslo: Womens 30K Freestyle
March 15, 2015
Racing at the historic Holmenkollen venue in Oslo, Norway, the prestigious womens 30K freestyle marathon title was decided on Sunday. While Norway's Marit Bjoergen won the race (with Norwegians sweeping the podium), the American crew had some great results. Liz Stephen finished 9th, Jessie Diggins 14th, and Caitlin Gregg 19th!
Results: Womens 30K Freestyle

World Cup Oslo: Mens 50K Freestyle
March 14, 2015
Wrapping up the World Cup season, two giants races at the famous Holmenkollen venue in Oslo, Norway this weekend. Saturday was the mens 50K freestyle race, which came down to a sprint and photo finish -- in the end Norway's own Sjur Roethe was awarded the victory over Dario COlogna, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby third. Canadian star Alex Harvey was with the lead group most of the race, but came off in the final 5K and finished 13th. Brian Gregg was the top American, posting 35th.
Results: Mens 50K Freestyle

Canadian Nationals Start Up in Thunder Bay
March 13, 2015
The Canadian Nationals start this Saturday, March 14th, and run through next weekend, with races nearly everyday. This year's competition is being held at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay.

Skiwerx Series/Cities Cup/MNSA Banquet set for March 22nd
March 10, 2015
Sunday, Mar 22nd, skiers and supporters will come together for the annual Skiwerx/Cities Cup, and MNSA banquet at Theodore Wirth. In addition to handing out the series awards, Ahvo Taipale will be recognized by MNSA for their Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets must be purchased by Mar 17th!

Black Lake Loppet Coverage
March 9, 2015
David Harrington posts an event recap of the eclectic Black Lake Loppet event last Sunday, which was "won" by Doug Johnson and Wanda Arenz. View a full set of photos from the donut-loving snowy contest.

Finland Border to Border: Days 3-4
March 8, 2015
Ritva Taipale reports in on days three and four of Border to Border ski across Finland. Highlights include an epic snowstorm and awesome feed stops -- now only 318K to go!

Midwest Junior Championships Freestyle Coverage
March 8, 2015
The Midwest Junior Championships wrapped up a busy weekend of events with a full slate on Sunday at Theodore Wirth. Photosets from all of the mass start freestyle races posted.
Springloppet Coverage Posted

World Cup Lahti: Classical
March 8, 2015
The Lahti World Cup on Sunday was 10K and 15K classical races. While the races were won by Marit Bjoergen and Francesco De Fabiani, the American women skied another strong set as Sadie Bjornsen was 14th and Jessie Diggins 17th. Erik Bjornsen was the top US male finishing 38th.
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

Sleeping Giant Loppet Coverage
March 7, 2015
The annual Sleeping Giant Loppet in Thunder Bay always attracts a number of America skiers to compete for the titles, and this year was no exception. St. Scholastica's Chris Hecker strided away from the mens 50K classic field to win by over seven minutes. Erin Tribe was the womens champ, with Kerrie Berg of Grand Marias second. Hecker's teammate, Gerrit Garberich, finished second in the mens 50K freestyle, with Harry Seaton the clear winner. Two more St. Scholastica skiers, Liz Peterson and Ellie Evans, finished 1-2 for the women. Brady Harkonen and Paula Rich went first and second overall to collect the 35K crowns. Scott Hill and Jennifer Jackson won the 20K titiles. Results posted, along with a short highlight video.

Pepsi Challenge Results
March 7, 2015
Giants Ridge had great conditions for the Pepsi Challenge races Saturday with over 300 skiers competing across the events. Matt Zak and Sara Graves won the 48K freestyle races with David Nelson and wife Josie Nelson sweeping the 48K classic. In the 24K skate, Calvin Mehrhof and Hannah Bettendorf took the titles, with classic victories by Ian Ivens and Erika Fox.
Great Bear Chase Results

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 7, 2015
Over 700 participants in the 2015 Fat Bike Birkie showed the enormous growth in this sport, as cyclists battled for titles on the Birkie trail Saturday morning. Will Ross won the mens 47K event, just ahead of the legendary Ned Overand, with Brendan Moore third. Jenna Rinehart was well in front of the womens field, winning by almost five minutes. The 20K titles went to Thomas Meyer and Rebecca Ireland.
Results: Fat Bike Birkie
Press Release: Ross and Rinehart Win 3rd Annual Fat Bike Birkie

World Cup Lahti: Freestyle Sprints
March 7, 2015
The weekend World Cup races at Lahti, Finland, featured freestyle sprint races on Saturday. Midwest's own Jessie Diggins had a great day, qualifying 5th and advancing with Kikkan Randall to the women's final where Randall finished 3rd and Diggins 4th. Andy Newell was the top American male, qualifying 13th and making it to the semis. Norwegians Eirik Brandsdal and Marit Bjoergen won the sprint titles.

Finland Border to Border: Day 1-2
March 6, 2015
Finn Sisu's Ahvo Taipale along with his daughter Ritva and half dozen other Minnesotans are participating in the Border to Border ski across Finland. Ritva brings us up to date, including the first two days of skiing this epic 440 km journey.

US Ski Team: Americans Still Going Strong in Lahti
March 6, 2015
The World Cup circuit resumes this weekend with some big races in Lathi. Many of the top skiers, including from the US squad, will be back in action. Jessie Diggins will be racing in the sprints Saturday and classic race on Sunday.
Caitlin and Brian Gregg, along with Birkie champ Holly Brooks, will be racing in the WorldLoppet Engadin 42K freestyle marathon on Sunday.
Biathlon: IBU World Championships Live Video Coverage this Weekend

Wisconsin Biathlon Cup #5 this Weekend
March 2, 2015
The final event of the 2015 Wisconsin Biathlon Cup Series will take place this Saturday, Mar 7th at Blackhawk Ski Club. Included will be an open race and novice event, perfect for first timers.

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