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CityTrail Loppet approaches Hwy 55 underpass, May 22, 2016

Casey Hildebrandt, Keweenaw Tread Fest, June 18, 2016

Mudball Run, April 17, 2016

Snake River Canoe Race, May 7, 2016

Highlights

Midwest MTB Report
June 21, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers racing action from Chequamegon 100, Keweenaw Tread Fest, and even the Missoula PRO XCT. Plus check out the Strava ride of the week and the look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report
June 14, 2016
The Midwest MTB report this week, by Jay Richards, covers last weekends WORS and MNMBS series races, the Strava Ride of the Week, a couple of interesting news items, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 11, 2016
Warm conditions Saturday for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event in Cass Lake. John Kallemeyn posted the top time on the day with Dave Nelson taking second and Ryan Peterson and Jonah Lidberg posting the same times in third. Maria Janowiak won the womens overall with Emily Johnson not far behind.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: Canoe Segment - 45 photos
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 7, 2016
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest mountain biking report this week: Detroit Mountain, Mt. Borah Epic, and Battle of Camrock recaps/first-hand reports, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the usual look ahead on events.
Related:
Official Borah Epic Recap

ABSF Phase 2 Kickoff Event at Rivers Eatery, June 27th
June 6, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicks off their Phase 2 capital campaign with an event at the Rivers Eatery in Cable on Monday, June 27th. Besides getting all the details on the new developments, you'll enjoy pizza, a custom pint glass, live music, and auction.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 4, 2016
Hoigaards held their first paddling race of the season on Thursday. Brent Arenz and Matt Liebsch combined for the mens racing victory, with Sarah Tokos and Cheryl Dubois taking the womens division.
Related:
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Gear West SUP Events
June 3, 2016
Gear West is hosting a pair of stand-up paddle (SUP) events coming July 23rd at Long Lake. Sup-Athlon is a 5K run combined with a 5K SUP paddle race, while the Sup-Tour is a friendly 5K tour.

Midwest MTB Report
May 31, 2016
Driving home his Midwest MTB report this week, Jay Richards climbs on the saddle for some first-hand racing action in Canada, highlights the upcoming Lutsen 99er, Mt Borah Epic, new Longass ride event, and MN and WI series races, as well as news on Chloe Woodruff's Olympic bid, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Midwest MTB Report
May 24, 2016
This week Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report goes out west for a first-hand report from the Gunnison Meowler, Strava rides of the week, and a wide range of interesting news and interest items, including a look at some of the eMTB products.

Birkie Board of Directors Elections/Annual Meeting Set for August 6th
May 23, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting will be Saturday, August 6th. Come check out the new, permanent Birkie start venue, dedication of the new Birkie trailhead cabin, and tour the new Great Hall. Registration for the annual meeting begins this Friday, May 27th.
Related:
Video: Birkie Great Hall and New Start Area Preview

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 22, 2016
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures graced the race courses for the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday morning. Skiers topped the 10 mile field as Craig Cardinal edged out Brian Gregg for the victory with Matt Liebsch taking third. Josie Nelson was the womens champ, with Vivian Hett taking second in a sprint out with Martie Kuzzy and Erica Sharbono. Andrew Towne pulled away from Xavier Mansfield for the mens 10K title with Christina Roberts taking the womens division by a large margin. A small set of photos posted from the 10 mile race course.
Related:
Photoset: 10 mile course - 39 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10 mle, 10K
CityTrail Loppet Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 17, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest report on mountain biking this week covers the WORS opener, Buck Hill races (and the return of a legend), a sundry of news and interesting topics, including a new feature: Strava Ride of the Week.

Endurance Training Retreat June 3-5
May 17, 2016
Elite runner Nichole Porath (Team Nichole Coaching) is hosting her third annual Endurance Training Retreat, June 3-5, in Hayward, WI. This year, Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join up for part of the camp. Just a few spots left, so act soon!

USSA Announces Winners for Annual Awards
May 16, 2016
Minnesota native Jessie Diggins was among the honorees at the USSA Annual Awards banquet last Friday, May 13th, in Park City, Utah. Diggins received the Beck International Award for her performance in international competition, marking the first time a cross-country athlete has won this award since Bill Koch in 1982!

Midwest MTB Report
May 10, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights the Thursday evening racing at Buck Hill, pro racer and cancer survivor Jen Hanks, a Woolly baby recap, profile on Hansi Johnson, Detroit Lakes group ride, Movil Maze trail development, and the start of the big WORS series.

Borah Epic and Trek Team Up for Custom Bike
May 10, 2016
Celebrating the upcoming Borah Epic race, Trek's project one team has created the Epic bike. Featuring Trek's Procaliber 9.8 SL build, its sports a custom color scheme and matching Borah Epic and CAMBA logos. The Borah Epic is June 4th (registration still open).

Snake River Canoe Race Coverage
May 7, 2016
It was a beautiful May morning Saturday for the annual Snake River Canoe Race in Mora. The event is the first in the Classic Series, which also includes a bike race, running race, and of course, the Vasaloppet. Pro boat victories were earned by Scott Nesvold/John Mundahl and Io Harberts/Amy McLaughlin, with Dave and Josie Nelson taking the mixed division. Kira and Craig Stolen conquered the aluminum canoe division. Mike Brumbaugh posted the top kayak time (and fastest overall).
Related:
Photoset: CR 19 Bridge - 152 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 this Saturday
May 6, 2016
Hoigaards Andy Turnbull will be leading a beginners rollerski session this Saturday morning, May 7th, at Hoigaards. Demo equipment can be provided, please RSVP as class size is limited. There will be a second session on Saturday, May 21st.

Midwest MTB Report
May 3, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest mountain bike report this week features a big recap from the St. Croix Valley Woolly, info on upcoming events including a cool short MTB film festival, and more new trail development up north.

US Ski Team: 2016-17 Team Nominations
May 3, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season, based on published selection criteria in the prior season. From the Midwest, Jessie Diggins continues her run on the A squad, with NMU's Ian Torchia joining the D (development) team.

CXC Announces 2016-17 Elite Team
May 3, 2016
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced that Felicia Gesior (NMU) and Oscar Friedman (Dartmouth) will be joining the CXC Team for the 2016-2017 season. Nichole Bathe and Kyle Bratrud will return for another season.

Birkie Events Registration Opens Monday
April 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will open registration for the Birkie week events, as well as the popular Fat Bike Birkie, starting this Monday, May 2nd. And to celebrate the opening, there will be a Flash Party at Fitger's Brewhouse on Monday evening, 5-7 pm!
Related:
May 2nd Birkie Kickoff Flash Party in Duluth

Midwest MTB Report
April 26, 2016
Spring must be here -- Jay Richards fires up the Midwest MTB report, and its chalk full of news on the area races and riders, as well as interesting tidbits from the national and international scene.

MDRA Mudball Run Coverage
April 17, 2016
With temperatures already nearing 70F, it was a warm and dry Mudball run Sunday morning at Theodore Wirth. Photos posted now, results should be up by Sunday evening.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Race - 26 photos, 4 Mile - 128 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Biathlon: National Team Nominations Announced for 2016-17
April 6, 2016
US Biathlon has released the nominations for the 2016-17 season teams, everything from the A team to the development groups. Minnesota once again has strong representation with Leif Nordgren on the A team, Jake Brown on the X team, and Amanda Kautzer and Vasek Cervenka on the development squads.

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Recap
April 3, 2016
Duluth News Tribune posted complete coverage on the 2016 Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America, including first-hand video and a number of photos. Find more coverage on the event Facebook page.
Related:
Bjorn Bakken Championships of America Facebook Posts

CXC Marathon Cup Committee Meeting
April 2, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is hosting the CXC Marathon Cup Committee Meeting this April 22-24 in Hayward. The weekend is open to all race organizers, as it will cover topics like best practices in cross country ski event operations, marketing and promotions.

US Distance Championships: 30K, 50K Classical
March 26, 2016
Racing action wrapped up Saturday at Craftsburg, VT with the US Long Distance Championships. Jessie Diggins put the final exclamation point on her season, going out hard to take the women's 30K classical title. Ida Sargent and Caitlin Patterson rounded out the women's podium. Erik Bjornsen took the mens 50K title, with Tad Elliot pulling out a surprising second place finish, and David Norris taking third. Some other top Midwest results: Annie Hart 8th, Alayna Sonnesyn 18th; Adam Martin 9th, Luke Brown 18th.
Related:
Results: 30K, 50K Classical

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relays
March 24, 2016
The final event of the SuperTour Finals on Thursday was a mixed relay. Most teams were composed of two male and two female skiers, alternating, starting with two legs of classic and finishing with two legs freestyle. APU's first team took top honors, with a mixed team of Vail and Craftsbury 2nd, and SMS T2 top stars finishing 3rd. Saturday will be the US Long Distance Championships, with the women skiing 30K classic, and the men 50K.
Related:
Results: Mixed Relay

SuperTour Finals: Classical Sprints
March 22, 2016
Continuing racing action on Tuesday at Craftsbury, the SuperTour Finals classic sprint titles were awarded. Jessie Diggins again rose to the top, taking the womens final in front of Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan, with Annie Hart finishing 4th! Erik Bjornsen won the mens title, with the Hanneman brothers, Reese and Logan rounding out the podium.
Related:
Results: Heats, Qualifying

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle 10K, 15K
March 21, 2016
The SuperTour Finals and US Long Distance Championships kicked off Monday at Craftsbury, utilizing a 3.4K man-made snow loop. Jessie Diggins punctuated a great season with a dominating victory in the womens 10K, followed by Sadie Bjornsen and Finland star Riitta Liisa Roponen. Annie Hart made the top ten, finishing 8th. Alanya Sonnesyn posted an impressive 19th and 2nd fastest junior, just two seconds behind Katherine Ogden. The mens 15K podium went to Noah Hoffman, Scott Patterson, and Patrick Caldwell. Adam Martin, NMU, skied strongly to finish 7th. Ian Torchia was the top junior, taking 21st.
Related:
Results: Womens 10K, Mens 15K

Birkie Introduces Major Changes in 2017 Event
March 18, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has published their schedule for the 2017 events, and it contains some big changes. One of the key changes, and possibly the most controversial, is the movement of the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races from Saturday to separate Friday events! With the change in date, the Kortelopet will also change courses, starting at Hwy OO and finishing on Main St Hayward. The new Birkie start area will be introduced with the 2017 event as well.

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 8 - 10K/15K Classic Pursuit
March 12, 2016
The Canadian Ski Tour put a wrap on its 8th and final event Saturday with the 10K and 15K classic pursuit races. Jessie Diggins continued her amazing season, notching another 5th place finish. Teammate Sadie Bjornsen finished just outside of the top 10, in 11th overall. Norway's Therese Johaug dominated the race, overtaking teammate Heidi Weng to collect 1st place with over a minute's breathing room. In the men's race, Norway's Martin Sundby also had a dominant performance, launching himself from the 3rd starting position to claim the race win over the day's leader, Sergey Ustiugov of Russia. Noah Hoffman and Erik Bjornsen were the top finishers for the US men in 34th and 42nd.
Related:
Results: 10K/15K Classic Pursuit

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 7 - 10K/15K Freestyle
March 11, 2016
The Canadian Ski Tour closed out stage 7 of 8 on Friday with the 10K and 15K individual start skate races. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg bested the women's field by over 20 seconds. Jessie Diggins continued her strong performance, collecting the top US women's spot with a 5th place finish. Teammate Sadie Bjornsen crossed in 17th with Caitlin Gregg cracking the top 20 in 19th position. For the men, Finland's Matti Heikkinen brought home the gold, with the top US finish posted by Noah Hoffman in 23rd place.
Related:
Results: 10K/15K Freestyle

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 6 - Skiathlon
March 9, 2016
The Ski Tour Canada had a grueling day of racing on Wednesday with womens 15K and mens 30K skiathlon (classic and skate) events. Jessie Diggins once again was the top American woman, skiing to 11th place. A number of Midwest skiers had strong days with Caitlin Gregg finishing 31st and Anne Hart 34th. Noah Hoffman led the US mens field, finishing 35th.
Related:
Results: Skiathlon 15K/30K

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 5 - Classical Sprints
March 8, 2016
Moving across Canada, Ski Tour Canada began the final phase with racing in Canmore. Tuesday was classical sprints in 40 degree weather. Jessie Diggins once again was the top American, advancing to the womens final where she came in 6th. The womens squad skied well, placing four in the heats: Sadie Bjornsen, Diggins, Sophie Caldwell, and Ida Sargent. The US men had a tougher day, as Simi Hamilton withdrew and no other skiers made the heats. Federico Pellegrino, Italy, and Maiken Falla, Norway, won the titles.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Gear West St. Patrick's Day Stumble
March 8, 2016
The Gear West St. Patrick's Day Stumble 5k Fun Run and Walk will be on St. Patrick's Day (Mar 17th) evening in Long Lake. They have partnered to offer consumable awards, including a number of interesting divisions like best costume, along with door prizes and food.

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 4 - Freestyle Pursuit
March 5, 2016
Racing continued Saturday afternoon in Quebec City as the Ski Tour Canada showcased freestyle pursuit start format races. Jessie Diggins resumed her top form in the womens 10K, taking 5th with Sadie Bjornsen hitting 10th. A little tougher day for the US men in the 15K race, with Erik Bjornsen posting the top result at 32nd. Sergey Ustiugov and Heidi Weng (in a photo finish over Therese Johaug) were the top skiers.
Related:
Video from Holly Hart: Womens highlights
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle pursuit

Great Bear Chase Results
March 5, 2016
A record field Saturday as over 650 skiers turned out for the Great Bear Chase races on the Swedetown trails in Calumet, MI. Nick Power and Rosie Frankowski won the 50K skiathlon events (classic then skate). In the 50K freestyle, mountain biker Tristan Schouten won the mens race with Paulette Niemi taking the womens title. Luke Bodewes and Chandra Ziegler skied to 50K classical victories. In the 25K events, Nathan Koch and Joellen Torresani won the skate with Peter Scheller and Nicole Gilman winning the classical events.
Related:
Sleeping Giant Loppet Results

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 5, 2016
Birkie organizers report: It was a glorious, 28 degree day in Cable, Wisconsin for the 4th annual 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie Presented by Freewheel Bike. The finish of the 2016 47K race was akin to an instant replay from 2015. Will Ross, 2016 champion, repeated his first place 2015 finish, and Jenna Rinehart three-peated her championship podium with wins in 2014, 2015, and again in 2016.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Fat Bikes in Cable
Results: Fat Bike Birkie

Hoigaards Slush Rush Coverage
March 5, 2016
The 2016 edition of the Hoigaards/Breadsmith Slush Rush was held Saturday in not-so-slushy, but mostly crunchy conditions, on the manmade snow loop at Hyland Lake Park Preserve. In the Masters Mens 10K race, Wayzata high school sophomore Luc Golin held off Thomas Matush and Craig Stolen for the win. For the Masters Women, Sara Galbreath took the title. Luc Golin came back to race again to take home a second win in the Juniors 5K race. Results posted, along with some photos from Odd Osland and Hoigaards.
Related:
Midwest Junior Championships Results

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 3 - Freestyle Sprints
March 4, 2016
Racing in mid-winter conditions in Quebec City, the Ski Tour Canada featured freestyle sprints on Friday. The US ski team came out flying once again, as Sadie Bjornsen notched the fastest qualifying time, Jessie Diggins 4th, and were joined in the heats by Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent. The men qualified three skiers: Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell, and Erik Bjornsen. The heats proved to be a bumpy road for the US, as a number of skiers took a tumble or got bumped around. Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton made it to the semifinals before getting knocked out. Frenchmen Baptiste Gros was the mens surprise winner, with Sweden's young star Stina Nilsson taking the womens title in a near photo finish.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Fat Bike Birkie Events This Weekend
March 3, 2016
The Fat Bike Birkie this Saturday, March 5th, is expected to draw over a thousand cyclists to race in this unique Birkie trail event. There are also criterium races on Friday and equipment demos on Sunday. Read their full press release, including a list of some of the favorites.
Related:
Fat Bike Birkie Race Guide

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 2 - Classical 10K/20K
March 2, 2016
Racing shifted to Montreal on Wednesday for the Ski Tour Canada series for some chilly, and windy, classical races. Norway continued its domination of the event, with Therese Johaug and Emil Ivensen taking the victories. Jessie Diggins had another awesome race, taking 8th in the 10.5K! Erik Bjornsen was the top American finisher in the mens 17.5K, taking 31st.
Related:
Results: 10K, 20K classical

US Ski Team: I'm Ready!
March 1, 2016
Check out the 2016 music video from the US Nordic Ski Team, showing they're all ready for the Ski Tour Canada!

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 1 - Freestyle Sprints
March 1, 2016
Firing up the nearly two week long Ski Tour Canada World Cup series, freestyle sprints provided the opening fireworks in Gatineau, Canada Tuesday. The morning qualifiers showcased the strong US squad as Jessie Diggins and Simi Hamilton both hammered out the second fastest times! Also qualifying for the afternoon sprint heats: Sadie Bjornsen 8th, Sophie Caldwell 26th and Ida Sargent 28th, as well as Erik Bjornsen 27th. After some bumps and slips in the heats, Jessie Diggins and Simi Hamilton ski great races to both take 3rd place in the finals!
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming

NSC Announces Spring-Summer Class Schedule
February 29, 2016
The National Sports Center has announced their spring-summer training sessions to learn how to ride fixed gear bikes and racing on the world class Velodrome in Blaine, MN. Open to all ages, no bike needed.

Great Bear Chase Countdown
February 29, 2016
Organizers are reporting great conditions on the Swedetown trails for the Great Bear Chase this weekend. The event is also the final race in the CXC Marathon Cup series. Online registration open closes Thursday night!
Related:
Racing Outlook

Ski Tour Canada Starts Tuesday
February 28, 2016
The long anticipated Ski Tour Canada series kicks off this Tuesday with freestyle sprints in Gatineau, Canada. Ski Tour Canada will feature eight stages over almost two weeks as they race at venues across Canada, wrapping up the World Cup season. A large number of American skiers have been selected, including from the Midwest: Jessie Diggins, Caitlin Compton, Annie Hart, Matt Liebsch, and Brian Gregg! The races will be streamed live on NBC Live Extra.
Related:
Ski Tour Canada Website
USSA: U.S. Coach Talks Ski Tour Canada
Fundly: Matt Liebsch Fundraising for Ski Tour Canada

Minnesota Pursuit Championships Results
February 28, 2016
Racing under fast conditions on the snowmaking loop at Wirth, titles for the Minnesota Pursuit Championships were awarded Sunday. Tamer Mische-Richter from fourth place after the classic leg to rocket to first in the skate for the men. Nora Gilbertson used a dominating classic race to easily capture the womens event. Finn Sisu won the Top Shop trophy, St. Olaf won the College Cup Challenge.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage
February 27, 2016
Very nice conditions for the annual Minnesota Finlandia races at Buena Vista Saturday. Elite biathlete skier Wynn Roberts logged a training session in the 42K freestyle race, winning by over 20 minutes. Kate Ellis topped the womens field, also by large margin. The 22K continuous pursuit titles went to Craig Cardinal, just besting junior Isaac Miller, and Brittney Dorn, the top woman. In the 22K freestyle, another elite biathlete and teammate of Roberts, Jake Dalberg, won for the men with Anne Ellefson cruising to the women's victory. Topping the podium in the 22K classical race were Steven Scoles and Elspeth Ronnander. Full results linked in, along with photos.
Related:
Stump Farm Race Results
River View Loppet Results

NJC U18: Classical Races
February 27, 2016
The US fared very well in the second day of events at the Nordic Junior Countries Competition (also known as U18 Nations or Scando Cup) in Otepaa, Estonia on Saturday. Hannah Halvorsen skied to 5th place, just 5 seconds off the podium in the girls 5K classical. The US boys had an incredible day of racing in a 10K classical event, placing four skiers in the top 15: Daniel Streinz 8th, Hunter Wonders 9th, Gus Schumacher 13th, and Peter Wolter 15th. On Friday, Halvorsen finished 4th in the freestyle sprints, Streinz was 11th.
Related:
Video: Girls 5K classical, Boys 10K classical, Sprint Heats
Results: Girls 5K classical, Boys 10K classical, Girls Freestyle Sprints, Boys Freestyle Sprints
LNR/EU Juniors Team Sprints/SkiCross Results

Pepsi Challenge Results
February 27, 2016
Over 250 skiers hit the trails Saturday at Giants Ridge for the Pepsi Challenge races. In the 48K skate, Olympian John Bauer showed he still has it, taking the title with a five minute margin of victory. High school skier Hannah Bettendorf was the surprise of the day, topping the womens field by six minutes! In the grueling 48K classical, David Joda and Josie Nelson earned top honors. For the 24K freestyle, Santiago Ocariz just beat out Andy Schakel for the win, with collegiate skier Caroline Brisbois finishing 9th overall to win the womens title. Young skiers filled the top ranks of the 24K classic, with high school skier Josh Albrecht posting the top time for the men, while Margie Nelson lead the womens field.
Related:
Squirrel Hill Skiathon Results


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