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Archives: 5/1/2014 to 7/22/2014

Birkie Announces New Director of Race Operations
July 21, 2014
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has appointed Allan Serrano as its new Director of Race Operations. Serrano will replace Shellie Milford, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 21, 2014
Enduring some of the hottest weather this summer, the Nordicwerks Skiklubb worked out on some quiet roads just south of Scandia Monday evening. The practice started with some balance drills in a parking lot under the eye of head coach Deno Johnson. The group then rollerskied out to an underdeveloped neighborhood where they did laps on a custom course that included sprint, slalom, and hill climb segments (with frequent waterbreaks). Practice winded down with an easy rollerski back to the parking lot.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Workout - 102 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Hoigaards Challenge Standings
July 20, 2014
The 2014 Hoigaards Challenge standings have been updated, reflecting results from the first three events in the series: City of Lakes Loppet, CityTrail Loppet, and Tri-Loppet. The final event of the series is the Trail Loppet, set for Sept 20th.
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Trail Loppet

Long Lake Lap Coverage
July 19, 2014
The Rice Creek Boat Club hosted their annual Long Lake Lap races Saturday morning in New Brighton. Participants raced 1, 2 or 3 laps around Long Lake, dealing with some current from fast flowing Rice Creek, as well as battling some gusty southerly winds.
Related:
Photoset: 252 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Time Trial for the Common Man
July 17, 2014
Ride and Glide is hosting another trial time this summer, this one dedicated to the "common man". They encourage cyclists of all skill levels to come out and give it a try! Special award categories.

Midwest Junior Championships Registration Opens
July 16, 2014
The Loppet Foundation has rolled open the Midwest Junior Championships registration. The big event is scheduled for March 6-8, and is expanding again this year! Act before July 31st for the lowest pricing.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 15, 2014
Featured in Jay Richards MTB racing report this week, racing action from the huge WORS Cup and the MN MTB series in Duluth, plus some commentary on primitive trails, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

New Fall Rollerski Race Announced
July 15, 2014
Providing a great way to gauge the fall training, a new rollerski race will be held at Baker Park on Saturday, October 4th. Free rollerski ferrules for early registrations!

Loppet Registration Opens
July 13, 2014
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival registration opens today, Monday, July 14th. Note there are new field caps this season, and a number of events did fill last year -- so get your place at the start line secured today!

Rivet Run Coverage
July 13, 2014
Eve Graves reports: Perfect weather with temps in the upper 50's, low humidity, and a slight breeze made for a great Rivet Run today on the trails of Pattison State Park! Leah Holmes easily "chicked" all the males as she "jogged" in to win in 22:51, almost 3 minutes ahead of the next finisher. Leah, from Superior just finished her first year running for UW Milwaukee. The second finisher was Saif Robida a 14 year old who ran it in 24:49. Our youngest participant was 7 and the oldest 70! Rivets from ships are given out to age group winners.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Ringer Roll Coming August 8th
July 13, 2014
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park will be Friday, August 8th. While the event features some of the top juniors from the Midwest, it is also open to citizen racers.

Illinois Rollerski Race Series
July 11, 2014
The Illinois Roller Ski Race Series consists of four races at Moraine Hills State Park with racers earning points towards the season champion awards. The series uses a mix of crushed limestone and asphalt trails. The first race is August 2nd!

Best of Both - Birkie and Loppet Trail Runs
July 10, 2014
The Loppet Foundation and the American Birkebeiner have teamed up to offer a "best of both" award for runners participating in both fall trail running races.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 8, 2014
Tips on negotiating trail obstacles, riding in the White Earth State Forest, the trend of endurance events, and a Lyme reminder all make up Jay Richards' MTB report this week.

REG Camp Tuesday Coverage
July 8, 2014
Tuesday morning brought cooler, cloudy weather for the Central Regional Elite Group Camp. The group held a skate distance and technique session on some quiet backroads near Spider Lake. USST Development coach Bryan Fish led the technique sessions, emphasizing quick, snappy power in V1, V2, and V2 alternate drills.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Distance/Technique Session - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Skate Distance/Technique
National Nordic Foundation: The Regional Elite Group Explained

Local Stars
July 7, 2014
Western Howe - Former Forest Lake and NMU skier, Stephanie Howe has had a stellar ultrarunning career, recently winning the Western States 100.
Eagle Glacier - Kyle Bratrud reports in from the Eagle Glacier in Alaska and some on-snow training.
Team - Paige Schember blogs from Sun Valley, discussing the major role a team plays in an individual's success.
Bend - The Canadian National team crossed the border to train in Bend, Oregon, in June.
More REG - In addition to the coverage we've posted, CXC has photos of the REG Camp running TT.

REG Camp Monday Coverage
July 7, 2014
The Central Regional Elite Camp on Monday featured a morning rollerski time trial on the hilly terrain of Hwy OO, racing from Seeley to the Birkie trailhead. Zak Ketterson and Nichole Bathe cranked out the top times, with some stiff competition. After a wet afternoon classic workout, Bryan Fish gave an extensive presentation on skate technique in the evening, complete with video review of top World Cup skiers.
Related:
Photoset: Rollerski Time Trial - 156 photos, Skate Presentation - 8 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: REG Camp - Skate Rollerski TT

REG Camp Sunday Coverage
July 6, 2014
The Central Regional Elite Camp is going on this week, July 5-11th, in the Hayward area. Top Midwest junior skiers are training and competing in a variety of drills and events, with USST Development coach Bryan Fish overseeing the workouts. Sunday's events included a strength assessment in the morning followed by an afternoon agility test on rollerskis.
Related:
Photoset: Strength Assessment - 84 photos, Rollerski Agility Test - 153 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video from CXC: Rollerski Agility - Men, Rollerski Agility - Women
Results: REG Camp - Running TT, REG Camp - Strength Assessment, REG Camp - Rollerski Agility

Tofte Trek Results
July 5, 2014
Over 125 athletes came out Friday for the Tofte Trek trail run along the Northshore. Dan Schwamberger and Kaelyn Williams took the titles in the 10K.
Related:
Results: Tofte Trek

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 1, 2014
Jay Richards' MTB report this week provides recaps on the Lutsen 99er and Buck Hill Birch Bump races.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Update
June 29, 2014
The first five races in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby have been completed and updated results are now posted. The series takes a break this week (no race July 3rd), then picks back up again July 10th and runs to the finish week in August.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2014
Another epic Tri-Loppet event in the books Saturday in Minneapolis! Strong winds and high water played havoc with the start on Lake Calhoun, especially for the pro-class canoes, resulting some big shakeups in the paddling results. Jonathan Sanborn dominated the opening leg in a solo kayak, coming out of the water with nearly a five minute lead, then held Dave Nelson off in a sprint finish to take the mens title. Matt Liebsch nearly made up a 13 minute defect coming off the water to finish roughly a minute back in third. Josie Nelson, powered by a great opening paddle with husband Dave, cruised to the womens title by nearly seven minutes. Caitlin Gregg and Molly Moilanen rounded out the womens podium.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling Leg - 92 photos, Running Leg - 48 photos, Cycling Leg - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Triloppet

Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest
June 27, 2014
Got some talent for design? The Birkie is accepting entries for their 2015 t-shirt design. The winning entry will receive a pair of Fischer skis and Swix Triac poles (besides all the prestige!). Entry deadline is July 15th.
Related:
Birkie Trail Run Price Hike Coming July 1st

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors Program
June 26, 2014
Kicking off our summer tour, we visited the Endurance United juniors program Thursday morning (early, 6:30 am!) at Battle Creek. Head coach Kevin Brochman, along with assistants Kris Bourne and Sam Elfstrom, started the group off with a number of strength drills, including dips and lunges. The group's main focus for the day was double pole technique, which they worked on over the waterpark trails. Eventually the group split into an advanced group that went out for a long distance rollerski as the rest continued technique drills with coach Brochman.
Related:
Photoset: 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Endurance United Juniors Team Programming

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 24, 2014
With the continued wet weather, event schedules are being juggled -- Jay Richards brings us up-to-date with reports from Duluth, Cable area, Cottage Grove and even Missoula, along with a look ahead to a couple of big events.

Ride and Glide TT #2 Coverage
June 24, 2014
The Ride and Glide Club held their second time trial of the season Tuesday night. The rain stayed north as the riders cruised the just over 13 mile course near Winthrop. Ian Stanford posted the top time of the night, averaging over 28 mph. Nicole Heininger was the top woman (and 8th overall), topping 25 mph for an average.
Related:
Photoset: 91 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Ride and Glide TT (spreadsheet)

Worldloppet Expands
June 22, 2014
On Sunday the Worldloppet organization voted in four new events to the Worldloppet Ski Federation. The Marchablanca/Ushuaialoppet (Argentina), Vasaloppet China (China), Fossavatn Ski Marathon (Iceland) and Merino Muster (New Zealand) grow the ranks of the series to 20 events now.

Landslide Closes Part of West River Parkway in Minneapolis
June 19, 2014
A section of the West River Parkway, a popular route for silent sport athletes in Minneapolis, was completed blocked by a major landslide Thursday due to the wet spring weather. The section is between the bottom of the Franklin Ave Bridge hill and the Washington Ave bridge overpass, on the west bank of the river.

NSGP Report: Amateurs Catch A Ride
June 19, 2014
Corey Coogan Cisek enjoyed a special opportunity provided to some amateurs to compete in last week's North Star Grand Prix Bike Festival. Corey provides an insight into the team preparations and racing experiences.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 17, 2014
Jay Richards' column on the Midwest MTB racing scene picks up this week with the Cuyuna Lakes MTB Fest, the WORS series, Loppet kids MTB, and rising cycling star Kelly Catlin, plus a look ahead to the Red Wing race in the Minnesota series.

Olympic Day Wrap
June 15, 2014
Bruce Manske wraps up their Olympic Day celebration Saturday. Part of the festival was a 5K run, which was dominated by LNR juniors with Scott Harrison and Vivian Hett posting the top times.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 15, 2014
Minnesota skiers once again dominated much of the Chippewa Triathlon event as participants paddled, mountain biked and trail ran across the terrain of NW Minnesota on Saturday. Dave Nelson and Elspeth Ronnander post the times in the mens and womens doubles, with Craig Rudd and Elaine Nelson posting the top times in the mixed category.

North Star Grand Prix: Menomonie Road Race Coverage
June 14, 2014
After a string of absolutely perfect weather, Saturday brought out the clouds and eventually rain for the later half of the North Star Grand Prix road race in Menomonie. The course featured a number of solid climbs (with points) as well as a couple of sprint primes, then finished on a criterium style course around the UW-Stout campus. Racing concludes on Sunday with the always exciting Stillwater course.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Road Race - 104 photos, Womens Road Race - 68 photos, Kids Race - 14 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

North Star Grand Prix: Time Trial Coverage
June 11, 2014
The North Star Grand Prix race series opened Wednesday morning with beautiful conditions for a time trial along the scenic East River Road in St. Paul. Alison Powers and Tom Zirbel topped the podium. Racing action continues Wednesday evening with a criterium race.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Time Trial - 191 photos, Mens Time Trial - 253 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 10, 2014
In his weekly MTB report, Jay Richards reports on the Race to Sunset and Marquette Trails Fest events, highlights a possible new IMBA ride center, skills sessions for high school girls, along with some additional news items and upcoming events.

North Star Grand Prix Festival
June 9, 2014
The North Star Grand Prix (formerly the Nature Valley Grand Prix) starts this Wednesday and rolls through the weekend. Racing includes a double-header on Wednesday (morning TT and evening crit) and continues with races in Cannon Falls, Minneapolis and Menomonie before the traditional finale in Stillwater Sunday.

Canada to Host World Cup Stage Race
June 6, 2014
Canada will host an 8 stage World Cup series that will feature five iconic Canadian ski destinations as host venues. The series will wrap up the end of the 2016 FIS season.
Related:
2014-2015 FIS Cross-country Schedule Announced

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 4, 2014
Jay Richards report on the regional MTB scene this week covers the Epic (Mt Borah Epic!), an epic mudfest at Bluff Riders Charge, and the Duluth Euduro series, along with the local ahead on a busy schedule.

New Minnesota State Meet Qualifying Process Approved
June 2, 2014
On Monday, the Minnesota State High School League unanimously gave its approval to the Coaches Association's proposal for a two-team per Section format for the State XC Skiing Championships.

Local Stars
June 2, 2014
Around Bend - Jessie Diggins reports in from the annual spring training camp in Bend, Oregon (with snow!)
Sea to Ski to Home - Brian Gregg recaps his recent trip back to his home state of Washington and the Sea to Ski race.
Week 2 - Rosie Frankowski updates from Anchorage, with some Minnesota comparisons (including swarms of mosquitoes!).
Northwoods Campers - CXC summer training is well underway with photos from Bill Pierce
In Deep - A couple of shots from wet double pole workout with the Greggs.
Old School - A look at rollerskiing from the 1950s!
Related:
US Ski Team 2014-2015 Candidates Officially Nominated

Birkie Registration is Open!
June 1, 2014
Registration for the 2015 American Birkebeiner is now officially open! Each season the race has been filling earlier, so don't delay too long in putting your name into the hat.

US Ski Team: Selection Criteria for the 2015 World Championship Team
May 29, 2014
USSA has published the selection criteria for the 2015 Cross Country World Championship Team. Selections are expected to be named in late January.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Opening Night
May 29, 2014
A perfect evening Thursday for the opening set of races in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby series. Temperatures in the mid 80s and relatively light winds made it feel like mid-summer as paddlers raced across Calhoun, around Lake of the Isles, and even some sprinting across to Cedar. The series continues Thursday evenings.
Related:
Photoset from Craig Stolen: Canoe Derby

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 27, 2014
In his weekly MTB report, Jay Richards features the Paul Bunyan State Forest trails and the Midwest womens MTB clinic plus his usual look ahead to a number of feature events on the upcoming calendar.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 20, 2014
Jay Richards' MTB report rings in this week with race stories from the Cable Off-road Classic, Woolly Mammoth Classic, and Crystal Lake Classic as well as a look ahead to the Mt Borah Epic.

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 18, 2014
Over 400 runners participated in the inaugural CityTrail Loppet Sunday morning, as they weaved their way from downtown Robbinsdale over asphalt trails and singletrack dirt paths to finish at the big spoon in front of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Temperatures in the low 60s and light winds made it feel like summer had actually arrived.
Related:
Photoset: 10 Mile Course - 54 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10K, 10 Mile
CityTrail Event Recap

Minnesota College Skiing Working Group Meeting Tonight
May 15, 2014
Late notice: The working group on the Minnesota College Skiing/Racing will meet this evening, Thursday, May 15th at Finn Sisu. The group is open to all interested parties.
Related:
Minnesota College Skiing: April 17th Meeting Recap

2014 Collegiate Tally Board
May 14, 2014
The 2014 college tally board is growing, but with graduation parties firing up and the end of school just weeks away, we're looking for more updates. Let us know your collegiate plans!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 13, 2014
With a quiet scene last weekend on the MTB racing circuit, Jay Richards highlights the growth in Minnesota high school MTB racing, an interesting article on gels, and the upcoming weekend races.

Midwest Regional Talent ID Camp Coming in June
May 12, 2014
USA Cycling is hosting a Regional Talent ID Camp in Minneapolis, June 23-28. The camps are designed to provide USA Cycling with evaluations of juniors' talent and give juniors a pathway to develop their cycling ability. The camps are open to athletes racing age 14-21 and not limited to athletes living in the region.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 6, 2014
With the snow rapidly dispersing, the MTB bikes are rolling and we are once again fortunate to have MTB veteran Jay Richards keeping us updated in his regular MTB racing report. Kicking off the season, recaps on the Iola Stump and Jump, Decorah Time Trials, and exciting about the development of a new bike park in Cottage Grove!

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 3, 2014
A late spring thaw combined with a run of wet weather made for high and fast water for the Snake River Canoe Race Saturday morning in Mora. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry posted the top time of the day, taking the Pro category. Grant and Elaine Nelson won the mixed open, with Bret Arenz and Ed Arenz as taking first place in the male open, Kari Henry and Jan Gunther taking the female open.
Related:
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

2013-14 Season Highlights
May 1, 2014
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2013-2014 collegiate racing season.

2013-14 Season Highlights
May 1, 2014
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2013-2014 high school racing season.


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