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Archives: 5/1/2019 to 12/12/2019

Collegiate Racing Season Preview
December 11, 2019
With some collegiate teams taking on warm up races this weekend, we kick off another season of collegiate racing coverage with preview of all three of the major conferences and where Midwest skiers are racing this season. We welcome Luke Brown as one of our new writers this season, covering primarily the collegiate scene.

Weekend Racing
December 11, 2019
The racing season picks up speed this weekend...
Dec 14-15 CXC Opener in Duluth - The first JNQ of the season, and a chance for some collegiate athletes as well.  Classic sprints and mass start freestyle events.
Dec 14 Hoigaards Relays - The popular kickoff to the racing season with two-person relay racing at Elm Creek Saturday!  Citizen and high school divisions.
Dec 14-15 NMU Opener - The UP college teams hold their own scrimmage at Al Quaal in Ishpeming.
Find our latest race updates in the Racing Outlook.
Related:
Waxing Recommendations
 

Frankowski: Behind the Scenes of the World Cup
December 11, 2019
Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski checks in while racing on the World Cup this month to give us a behind the scenes look at how the series rolls through Europe from week to week. Read about Christmas celebrations in Lillehammer, visiting Santa's homeland, and favorite desserts of some World Cup stars!

World Cup Report: Lillehammer Recap, Davos Preview
December 10, 2019
Rex Wax's Chris Hecker recaps last weekend's exciting World Cup racing in Norway where the US women shined, and previews the races in Davos, Switzerland this weekend.
Related:
Video: Women's Relay Highlights

Racing Outlook
December 9, 2019
Duluth JNQ registration closes Tuesday night, Hoigaards Relays set for this weekend, Winter Warmup bumps back a weekend on the calendar, and more.

Canmore NorAm: Midwest Skiers Shine
December 9, 2019
Canmore Nordic Center in Alberta, Canada, hosted three days of racing over the weekend with Midwest skiers posting some excellent results. On Friday, Alayna Sonnesyn made it to the sprint heats semifinals. Saturday saw Zak Ketterson taking the victory in the 10K classic event with Adam Martin 4th and Ian Torchia 7th. Caitlin Gregg showed her skate format is sharp as ever as she won the women's 10K freestyle race with Alayna Sonnesyn taking 6th. In the men's 15K freestyle, Ian Torchia missed the podium by 10 seconds to finish 4th, Zak Ketterson just 4 seconds behind in 6th.
Related:
Results: Canmore NorAm

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 1
December 8, 2019
It's finally here -- we post our first round of Minnesota high school rankings! Coming as no surprise, King and Queen are Cooper Lennox, Mora, and Libby Tuttle, Stillwater. Teams starting out at the top are the St. Paul Highland Park girls and Forest Lake boys.

US Ski Team: Second in Lillehammer Team Relay
December 8, 2019
The U.S. Cross Country Team of Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan and Jessie Diggins battled to a second-place finish in Sunday's FIS Cross Country World Cup 4x5k team relay in Lillehammer, Norway. Diggins skied to the fastest time on the day in ensuring the number two position on the podium.
Related:
Fischer: Norway and Russia win Lillehammer relays

US Ski Team: Diggins Second, Maubet Bjornsen Eighth in Lillehammer Skiathlon
December 7, 2019
Jessie Diggins finished second in the 15k skiathlon, tying a career-best World Cup result, to lead the U.S. Cross Country National Team Program in Lillehammer, Norway, Sunday. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was eighth, Rosie Brennan 16th, and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski 33rd. For the US men, David Norris led they way in 34th, while Midwest's Kyle Bratrud was 47th.

Skadi's Chase Coverage
December 7, 2019
Skadi's Chase 8K race at Elm Creek on Saturday morning kicked off the start of the big Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener event, hosted by Three Rivers Park District. Matt Liebsch coasted in the men's lead pack until the final 300 meters, when he pressed the gas pedal and took the victory with McEwan Rodefeld taking the best of the rest and U of M student Tony Mathie collecting third. In the women's race, Jenna Ruzich skied off the front to win with Cheryl Dubois second, Greta Koppy third. High school victories went to Declan Rodefeld and Naomi Ohman. Results and photos posted.

Flash Sale: Three Rivers Rennet
December 6, 2019
Three Rivers Park District is holding a special flash sale this weekend, Dec 7-8, for the Three Rivers Rennet events with an amazing 20% discount! You must register this weekend to get the big discount.

MCSA Racing Schedule Announced
December 5, 2019
The Midwestern Conference of the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (MCSA) has determined 2019-2020 season schedules for their Northern and Southern Nordic divisions. Clubs and teams from at least ten colleges are expected to compete in the races. And Swix Sport USA has thrown their support in as a major sponsor.

High School Racing Underway!
December 4, 2019
The Minnesota high school racing season is underway and the SEC conference scores the first post results of the season! Racing at Como golf course on Tuesday, Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, narrowly edged out Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, for the victory, with Ella Niznik, Forest Lake third. The boys race was even closer as Forest Lake's Ethan Erickson bested Stillwater's Adrik Kraftson by a single second, with Nick Parent of Forest Lake taking third.
Both NWSC groups were in action on Wednesday, you'll find all these results in our high school section.
Related:
Elm Creek Series: Zach Nelson Sweeps Opening Night

World Cup Report: Ruka Recap, Lillehammer Preview
December 3, 2019
Chris Hecker of Rex Wax highlights the racing action from the opening World Cup races in Ruka, Finland as well as a look ahead to an interesting weekend in Lillehammer, Norway, with relays on tap!
Related:
Fischer: Johaug and Klaebo win the first mini-tour of the season

Korteloppet Race Closing by Friday
December 3, 2019
Birkie officials have announced that registration for the Kortelopet ski race will close on Friday, December 6th. Anyone still hoping to get to the start line for the race needs to register by Thursday night!

Mesabi East Invite Info Posted
December 3, 2019
The big Mesabi East Invite, the largest high school meet in the nation, is scheduled for Jan 4th at the Ridge. Full meet information has been posted including registration details and the popular spaghetti feed.

Racing Outlook
December 3, 2019
The racing season is upon us as the Wednesday night Elm Creek races series starts up this week and Three Rivers hosts a new race, Skadi's Chase on Saturday morning as part of the Nordic Opener festival. Plus a short-notice high school race, Marshall Nordic Invite, on the Birkie trail!

St. Scholastica Open House Event Dec 13-14
December 2, 2019
With the season's first JNQ/CCSA race in Duluth at the Grand Avenue venue next weekend, Dec 13-14, the College of St. Scholastica will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on both Friday and Saturday evenings. RSVP requested.

Vasaloppet USA Doubles Snowmaking, Adds Ninth Ski Race
December 1, 2019
Vasaloppet organizers have announced the completion of a second snowmaking operation center to help speed the process of covering the course. And new for this season, a 20K classic race has been added to the Sunday of Vasaloppet weekend.

Minnesota Skiers Snowbound in Yellowstone
November 29, 2019
Duluth area skiers are getting an extra day on snow in West Yellowstone as some bus drivers are opting to delay the return trip home due to the weekend storm.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest
November 28, 2019
The season's first marathon event, the Sisu Ski Fest on Jan 11th will have their next price hike on Dec 1st. Skiing conditions are already very good in Ironwood, so register by the end of Saturday to save some money!

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Kicks Off World Cup Season in Ruka
November 28, 2019
The World Cup season kicks off on Friday with racing in Ruka, Finland. Midwest skiers expected to compete include Jessie Dggins, Rosie Frankowski, Kevin Bolger and Kyle Bratrud. Coverage on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.

Vasaloppet: Black Friday, Cyber Monday Special
November 27, 2019
Get something for yourself this Black Friday weekend -- save some cash on a 2020 Vasaloppet entry! Use their special promotion code now through next Monday, Dec 2nd to get this special rate.

World Cup Report: Preseason Recap, Ruka Weekend Series
November 26, 2019
Rex's Chris Hecker provides a recap on last weekend's preseason racing in Norway and Sweden, and a preview of this weekend's World Cup kickoff in Ruka, Finland.

Elm Creek XC Race Series Starts Dec 4th
November 24, 2019
The popular Elm Creek weekly race series fires up on Wednesday, Dec 4th. Due to some holiday schedules this season, make sure you check their full list of dates. And the Fulton Team Night returns on Dec 18th.

Frankowski: On the Road
November 22, 2019
Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski is over in Europe, racing this weekend in the season opening events in Beitostoelen, Norway in preparation for the first period of the World Cup. Before she hit the start line, Frankowski shared some of her secrets to preparing for a successful road trip.

Kortie Nearly Full
November 22, 2019
Birkie officials reported on Friday that the Kortelopet race is nearly full and could be closing any day now. And if that doesn't send you in a panic, the Birkie has less than 25 of the reusable gear backpacks available. If you're planning to be at the start line this February, you'd better register very soon!

FIS: Beitostoelen Weekend Series
November 21, 2019
Most of the World Cup skiers will get in their first races this weekend with races in Norway and Sweden. The US squad will be competing in Beitostoelen, Norway, with sprint races on Friday, classic races on Saturday and freestyle events Sunday. Midwest natives Jessie Diggins, Kevin Bolger, Kyle Bratrud and Rosie Frankowski are all expected to compete.
Related:
Results: Freestyle sprints, 10K/15K classic, 10K/15K freestyle

World Cup Report: Season Preview
November 17, 2019
Rex Wax's Chris Hecker will be reporting on the World Cup this season as excitement continues to build for the Minneapolis event in March. Check out Hecker's season preview, with US skiers expected to get in their first racing events of the season this weekend!

Vasaloppet First Chance Race Coming Jan 4th
November 16, 2019
Vasaloppet fires up the racing season in the New Year with their First Chance 5K and 15K races at the Vasaloppet Center on Saturday, Jan 4th. And a bargin at just $20 up through Jan 3rd!

2020 Birkie Poster Unveiled
November 15, 2019
The 2020 American Birkebeiner poster has been announced and is now available for sale in the Birkie store! The design is a beautiful old-style look, an instant classic.

Skadi's Chase Race Kicks Off Nordic Opener
November 14, 2019
Three Rivers Park District will open the big Nordic Opener Day on Dec 7th with a brand-new race, Skadi's Chase at Elm Creek.

Up, Up and Away Rollerki Race Cancelled Due to Early Winter
November 14, 2019
The Madison Nordic Ski Club has announced the cancellation of the Up, Up and Away Roller Ski Race scheduled for this Saturday, November 16th due to southern Wisconsin's early winter.

Frankowski: Time Travel Advice
November 10, 2019
Olympian and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski is back with another article just before her departure for the World Cup season. In this round, Frankowski reflects on what advice she might give to her junior self if she could travel back in time.

Rivet Run Fall Coverage
November 10, 2019
Eve Grave reports: Sunday's Rivet Run had record cold temperatures, record high numbers for the Fall event, along with a record fast winning time! With temps in the low 20's and increasing winds along with cloudy skies made for a chilly November event. The course was frozen ground, a few frozen puddles and fast. Ninth grader from Cloquet Miles Fischer won the event in 18:57, setting a new Fall course record! The first female was repeat winner Laura Gubelman, in 25:31.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run Fall
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Frozen Thunder Event
November 8, 2019
Canmore Nordic Center kicks off the North American racing season with two days of events. Classic sprints are on Wed, Nov 13th with freestyle distance races on Thurs, Nov 14th.
Related:
Registered Athletes List

Price Hike: Birkie Races
November 4, 2019
The cold weather is here and snowmaking guns will be firing up soon -- and if you want to save some money on your Birkie registration (or Kortelopet or Prince Haakon), get your registration done before midnight Thursday. The final Birkie price hike jumps Friday, Nov 8th!
Related:
Twin Cities Pay It Forward Program Event Nov 7th

USCSA: Midwest Collegiate Meeting Recap
November 3, 2019
The weekend of Oct 27th representatives from Midwest Nordic skiing teams and clubs came together on the campus of UW-Stout to discuss the development of a new racing calendar and ways they can work together and with the ski community to foster better collegiate opportunities. Read the full recap from USCSA.

Rollerski Loppet Coverage
November 2, 2019
The road to the Minneapolis World Cup in March kicked off on Saturday with a set of chilly rollerski races on the streets of downtown Minneapolis. After juniors started off the racing, things heated up with the elite mens race as crowds witnessed a true photo finish between Twin Cities native Kyle Bratrud and sprinter Andy Newell, Newell taking the win by millimeters! Jessie Diggins blasted away in the womens top field and celebrated with the crowd on her final lap. After awards, a huge crowd lined up for autographed posters from Diggins.
Related:
Photoset: U14/16 Kids - 49 photos, U18/U20 Boys - 48 photos, U18/U20 Girls - 43 photos, Masters Men - 49 photos, Open Men - 83 photos, Open Women - 83 photos, Awards/Post-race - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Rollerski Loppet

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
November 2, 2019
The Three Rivers Ski Rennet races are Saturday, Jan 11th for citizen and Friday, Jan 17th for high school skiers. Held at Hyland Lake Park with a major snowmaking operation, the events are sure to go off! The next price hike is Nov 5th, so register before Tuesday to save some cash.

Weekend Events
October 30, 2019
Nov 2-3 Star Cross - Minnesota cyclocross scene is racing in Crystal with a double header event this weekend.
Nov 2 Rollerski Loppet - Hit the streets of downtown Minneapolis for some criterium style rollerski racing!
Nov 2 Fall Back Blast Trail Run - Trail running races at Lowes Creek Park in Eau Claire.
Nov 2 State CC Meet - Minnesota high school cross-country running season wraps up this Saturday with the State Meet at St. Olaf in Northfield.

Rollerski Loppet in Downtown Minneapolis This Saturday
October 30, 2019
Register by October 31st (tonight) for the unique opportunity to race through the blocked off streets of downtown Minneapolis in the Juniors, Citizen, or Masters rollerski races this Saturday, Nov 2nd. Stick around after your race and cheer for the Elite Race skiers, like Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins, World Championship medalist Caitlin Gregg, 4-time Olympian Andy Newell, and US National Champion Kyle Bratrud, and collect some autographs and pictures after the event.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest
October 29, 2019
One of the season's first marathon races, the Sisu Ski Fest is set for Jan 11th in Ironwood, MI. Register before Nov 1st and get in on ground floor pricing!

Loppet Games Coverage
October 28, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: Around one hundred youth came out Saturday on a beautiful fall October morning for the Loppet Games event at the Trailhead! Competition included an obstacle course race, SkiErg double pole challenge, bike skills course, orienteering, tug of war, capture the flag -O and two person adventure race.
Related:
Photoset: Loppet Games

Biathlon: Nominations for Opening World Cup, IBU Cup
October 28, 2019
Following the completion of the U.S. Biathlon Fall Festival and IBU Cup Trials held over the weekend in Soldier Hollow, Utah, 15 athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Biathlon teams competing at the opening events of the 2019-20 season. From the Midwest, Jake Brown and Paul Schommer have earned IBU Cup starts along with Scholastica alumni Kelsey Dickinson.

Birkie Waves Continue to Close
October 27, 2019
Birkie waves have been filling up, the latest about to close is wave 4 of the classic race -- will close Monday night! Wave 6 of the skate race is almost full as well. And the next price hike is a little over a week away!

Annual Fall Coaches Assn Meeting this Weekend in Mora
October 23, 2019
The annual fall Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Association meeting will be held this Saturday, Oct 26th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora. The big topic on the agenda this fall is the approval of a new State Meet format which will include team sprints! Other topics include waxing restrictions, access to man-made snow, adaptive skiers inclusion, and season dates.
Related:
State Meet Proposal to include Team Sprints

Frankowski: Park City Camp -- Sixth Time's the Charm?
October 22, 2019
Minnesota native and elite skier Rosie Frankowski reports on her recent Park City camp with some lessons learned as she prepares for the World Cup season.

New Moon: Tuesday Evening Dryland Workouts
October 19, 2019
New Moon is offering a free community workout (and potlock dinner) on Tuesday evenings, beginning this Oct 22nd and running into late November. Come out and kickstart your Nordic ski training with a fun group workout.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets are Now on Sale!
October 18, 2019
Dreaming of seeing all those famous elite skiers racing in your backyard? The World Cup is coming to Minneapolis in March and tickets are on sale now. Limited numbers available, so don't delay!

CXC Rollerski Cup Returns
October 18, 2019
The second annual CXC Rollerski Cup will roll off this November as a prelude to the 2019-20 ski season. New this season, the Rollerski Loppet held in downtown Minneapolis in early November joins the calendar.

SISU Ski Fest 2020 Is Rolling
October 15, 2019
The SISU Ski Festival, set for Jan 10-12th, is rolling out new updates for the event as they open registration. Read about course improvements and new timing company details. Save some cash, register by Oct 31st to avoid the price hike!

Snow Pass Returns for World Cup Coverage
October 13, 2019
US Ski and Snowboard has announced NBC Sports Gold will be offering full coverage of the World Cup season again this year under their Snow Pass subscription package. The package tentatively has all the stops, including Ruka, Tour de Ski, the Minneapolis stop, and Canmore finale.

Kenyan Posts First Sub Two Hour Marathon
October 12, 2019
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the first marathon runner to break the 2-hour barrier on Saturday morning in a special format event in Vienna, Austria.

Frankowski: Alaska and Beyond
October 6, 2019
Rosie Frankowski is a Twin Cities native, training and racing with APU, and skied for the US at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is working to compete this season on the World Cup. This introduction article brings us up to speed with Frankowski and how she manages her life balance.

Trail Kids Adventure Trail Running Race #4 Coverage
October 5, 2019
Thursday was the 4th race in the Fall Trail Kids Adventure trail running series. Kim Rudd reported a record number of kids, included a busload of Somalia youth!
Related:
Photoset from Todd Bauer: Trail Kids Fall Trail Running Race #4
Results: Trail Kids Fall Trail Running Race #4

USCSA: Midwest Colleges Organize to Grow Nordic Competition
October 4, 2019
Midwest region clubs and teams are coming together Sunday, Oct 27th at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, to discuss how to develop and grow competitive skiing at the collegiate level including a new Midwest collegiate racing circuit. All interested parties are encourage to attend the meeting.

Birkie Trail Run Festival Coverage
September 28, 2019
A beautiful fall day for the annual Birkie Trail Run Festival races at Birkie Ridge Saturday. The marathon race proved to be a blowout as Ben Vaske took the victory in 3:19, more than 25 minutes ahead of the next male. Josie Nelson had an impressive showing in her marathon victory at 3:40, not only winning by 25 minutes but finishing 2nd overall! The half marathon race featured a small pack early on that broke up by midway with Nicholas Tseffos taking the title for the men. The women's half was a much closer affair as Jessica Gravesen-Seis bested Emily Tseffos by 12 seconds for the victory.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Start - 16 photos, Marathon 3.5 mile - 86 photos, Marathon Finish - 56 photos, Half Marathon Start - 29 photos, Half Marathon 3.5 Mile - 61 photos, Half Marathon 7.5 Mile - 49 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 81 photos, Kids Race - 26 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Vasaloppet Swedish Mile Recap
September 23, 2019
Thirty-six runners completed the five-and-10-kilometer races in the Third Annual Swedish Mile trail run held at the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center north of Mora on Sunday. Taking the titles were Phil Carlson and Amy Oberbroeckling. Read the full recap, view results and a few photos.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 21, 2019
Very humid and damp conditions made for some tough traction Saturday morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth. Highland Park high school star Mohammed Bati crushed the half marathon field, even after losing one shoe shortly into the race, taking the victory by almost 10 minutes over Brian Gregg with Chris Harvey third. Josie Nelson and Kelly Trom battled for the women's title with Nelson pulling ahead to win by just over a minute, Anna Neumeister third. Seven mile titles went to Jared Genteman and Lacey Bourgois, 5K victories were earned by Saed Aden and Sophia Pung.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 21 photos, Half Marathon Leaders - 218 photos, Early Finishers - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Endurance United Junior Cup Meeting Tuesday Evening
September 20, 2019
Interested or planning to race in the Junior Cup races this winter? Or wondering what the Junior Cup races are? Attend an info meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept 24th at the EU Offices in St. Paul.

MSHSL Considering Admission Fees for State Meet
September 19, 2019
Facing an over $400K deficit, the Minnesota High School League is considering charging admission fees for events that have traditionally been free, including cross-country running and Nordic skiing championships.

Northshore Inline Marathon - 42K Rollerski Race Story
September 18, 2019
Dave Knoop, a.k.a. Nordic Dave, shares his experience racing the Northshore Inline Marathon's 42K rollerski race. Brian and Caitlin Gregg topped the field on a beautiful day of racing.
Related:
Results: Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race

Rollerski Loppet Comes to Downtown Minneapolis Nov 2nd
September 18, 2019
Meet Jessie Diggins and catch high speed rollerski racing on the streets of downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, November 2nd in the Rollerski Loppet - a kickoff event for the World Cup 2020 in Minneapolis!

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap
September 17, 2019
Jay Richards posts a big report this week with a full Chequamegon review, including first hand reports from women's champion and Richards himself, a report from Copper Peak Trails Fest, some cool events coming up, and a collegiate MTB report as well!

Price Hike: Trail Loppet
September 17, 2019
The Trail Loppet is this weekend -- Saturday, Sep 21st. You can save some money by registering by Thursday night.

Bangin In The Brush Results
September 15, 2019
Jakob Wartman and Sarah Grenberg collected victories in the annual Bangin in the Brush trail running race at Korkki Nordic on Saturday.
Related:
Results: Bangin In The Brush Results

Chequamegon Results
September 15, 2019
Featuring a number of changes, including a new finish, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival saw over 2,250 competitors on the trails Saturday. In the new pro/elite race (held separate from the main event), pro cyclist Alexey Vermeulen took the victory, more than two minutes ahead of Brian Matter with Jorden Wakeley third. Taking the pro/elite women's title was multi-time champion Jenna Rinehart with Leia Schneeberger second, Sara Kylander-Johnson third. In the "regular" Cheq 40, Josh Molnar and Tracy Paradise topped the field. The Short and Fat race came down to a tight four way sprint with Braeden Anderson taking the win. Zoe Camp easily topped the women's field, winning by over four minutes. Watch for a full report from Jay Richards later this week.
Related:
Results: Chequamegon Results

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run
September 10, 2019
Birkie's annual Trail Run Festival is coming up fast, Sep 27-28th, and the next price hike is coming this Friday! Register by Thursday night to save some cash.

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview
September 10, 2019
This week's Midwest MTB report,by Jay Richards, includes highlights from the World Cup final including a first hand recap from Caleb Swartz, a preview of the favorites for the Chequamegon 40, forest road riding in the White Earth State forest in NW Minnesota, excitement for Mpls World Cup ski races and a look ahead to some sweet grass roots events this fall.

Price Hike: Birkie Races
September 4, 2019
The next price hike for the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon events is Friday, Sep 6th! So register by end of day Thursday if you want to save a little cash.

Midwest MTB Report
September 3, 2019
Pulling double-duty this week, Jay Richards hosted the Laddies Loppet at Maplelag last weekend and then turned around for a full recap for the Midwest MTB report this week, along with updates on the Copper Harbor Fest, Dakota 5-0, World Championships, some e-bike news, and brief update on Chequamegon.

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 1, 2019
A light mist all morning did little to dampen the enthusiasm for the short track racing events in Laddies Loppet at Maplelag Resort Sunday. Season long wet conditions made for some soft conditions and caused some minor course alterations. Eleanor Bacso collected her second title of the weekend, taking the victory in the expert women's race in a tough duel with Zoe Camp. The men's expert race came down to a battle between young and old as Jeff Hall was challenged by two young riders, Calvin Sandberg and Tom Beyer. Hall pulled ahead on the final lap to earn his weekend sweep of the titles.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 43 photos, Citizen - 39 photos, Sport - 55 photos, Comp men/Expert women - 92 photos, Expert men - 107 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet

Worldloppet: Diggins Collects 4th Victory at Merino Muster
August 31, 2019
Jessie Diggins collected her fourth title in a row at New Zealand's Worldloppet race on Saturday, the Merino Muster. Diggins was 6th overall, less than three minutes from taking the overall victory in the 42K event held at Snowfarm. Julia Kern, another US Ski team member, won the women's 21K event, finishing 3rd overall!

Laddies Loppet Cross-Country Coverage
August 31, 2019
A perfect fall day Saturday for the cross-country races in the Laddies Loppet weekend series at Maplelag as temps ranged from low 60s to low 70s under a blue sky. Big fields turned out for the events and were treated once again to new sections to ride. In the expert race, Jeff Hall and Eleanor Bacso both formed early breaks and went ahead to take victories.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 78 photos, Citizen - 97 photos, Sport - 119 photos, Kids Race - 41 photos, Comp/Expert - 183 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet

US Biathlon Nominates 2020 Youth Olympic Games Athletes
August 27, 2019
Six young biathlon athletes have been nominated by U.S. Biathlon for spots on the team for the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. Included in the six is Minnesota native Kaisa Bosek, from Alexandria.
Related:
MInnesota Biathlon: Kaisa Bosek Nominated to 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Midwest Coaches Sought for Spring Trips
August 27, 2019
Coaching and support positions have been posted for the spring junior trips including Junior Nationals, U16 Championships and U18 Trip. Applications are due by Oct 1st.

Mighty Miss 2019 Results
August 26, 2019
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Saturday's Mighty Miss paddling race had roughly 60 paddlers participating in three races 55 miler with 5 boats, 25 miler had 6 boats and 12 mile race/tour saw about 22 boats. Race summary, results, a few photos, and video highlight posted.

Midwest MTB Report
August 20, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers the Cuyuna Crusher, Reforestation Rambler, Seeley Pre-Fat races, and Giants Ridge Grind races and looks ahead to the Minnesota high school racing season, WORS finale, and Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet weekend.

Midwest MTB Report
August 13, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week highlights on the big Ore to Shore race, Mt. Kato series event, a wild Leadville 100 story, definitions of current mountain bikes, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 9, 2019
A perfect summer morning Friday for the annual Ringer Roll race at Baker Park as dewpoints dipped into the lower 50s and temps in the low 70s. Caitlin Gregg and Alayna Sonnesyn put on quite the battle for the women's title, with Gregg coming out on top by just four seconds. Alex Kelling secured the top time overall on some rocket Marwes. Photos up now along with preliminary results.

Midwest MTB Report
August 6, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week features first-hand reports from the Duluth Bike Festival and the Maah Daah Hey 100, contributions from the Borah Epic, and a number of upcoming races on the calendar.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run
August 5, 2019
The annual Birkie Trail Run Festival is Sept 27-28th at Birkie Ridge, just north of Seeley. The event offers everything from kids races to ultramarathon distances. The next price hike is coming this Friday, so register by Thursday night to save some cash.

Lumberjack Run Results
August 4, 2019
A veritable field of skiers topped the results in the 2019 Lumberjack Run in Hayward on Saturday. Nick Ross won the 5K race with a time just over 17 minutes, with Brian Gregg second and Anders Sonnesyn third. Sisters Marit and Alayna Sonnesyn finished first and second for the women, and 5th and 6th overall (their father Steve taking 7th) and Caitlin Gregg third, and 8th overall. Over 260 participants crossed the finish line, making it one of the largest Lumberjack Runs in the event's history.
Related:
Results: Lumberjack Run

Ringer Roll Set for Friday, August 9th
August 2, 2019
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park will be this Friday morning, August 9th. The event features the top juniors and masters from around the area, competing on a 10K asphalt trail course. Registration is open now.

CXC: Dan LaBlanc Named CXC Youth Director
August 2, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing has named Dan LaBlanc as it's new youth director. LaBlanc will oversee an award-winning youth sports program including CXC's Nordic Rocks for Schools and Parks.

Midwest MTB Report
July 30, 2019
The Midwest mountain bike report this week highlights National Championship age class victories for a Minnesota native, how this year's Tour de France champion got his start, and a look at some favorite upcoming events.

Birkie Waves Closing Fast
July 24, 2019
Waves have been closing fast for the American Birkebeiner. This Friday, July 26th, wave 3 is expected to close. Act fast to reserve your place at the 2020 Birkie start!

Midwest MTB Report
July 24, 2019
The Midwest MTB report, by Jay Richards, this week covers the WORS Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic, a look at the how and why of ultra-endurance athletes, digital dopers, and some upcoming events (and a pre-postponement).

National U16 Camp Coverage
July 24, 2019
The National U16 Camp is being held this week in Duluth, with top juniors from across the United States training along the North Shore, based out of the College of St. Scholastica. On Wednesday morning, the group hit the Munger State Trail to work on classic rollerski technique through a series of four stations. In the afternoon, the group used the Scholastica fieldhouse to execute a strength test session (pullups, situps, pushups, box jumps and dips).
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Photoset: Wednesday Classic Rollerski - 160 photos, Wednesday Strength Testing - 77 photos, Thursday Uphill Run TT - 178 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Classic Rollerski, Top Picks (high res) - Strength Test, Top Picks (high res) - Uphill Run

Midwest MTB Report
July 17, 2019
Packed into this week's Midwest MTB report, by Jay Richards, is highlights on CAMBA and Tioga trails, the Welch Enduro, US Cycling MTB Nationals coming up, Pre-Fat price hike, and upcoming WORS and MNMBS events.

River Run Summer Results
July 14, 2019
Eve Graves reports: We had a nice breeze and temps in the 70's Sunday for the Rivet Run/Walk. Alex Kasparek repeated his win with a time of 18:37 while Anna Lahti won for the women in 22:13.
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Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

CXC: Athletes Invited To Regional Elite Camp
July 6, 2019
The top elite junior athletes in Central Region will have a unique training opportunity this July. Invited athletes will take part in a six-day Regional Elite Group Camp under the leadership of both Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski Team staff.

Midwest MTB Report
July 2, 2019
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, by Jay Richards, find recaps from the Lutsen 99er and Duluth Hard Enduro events and previews of the weekend races in the MNMBS and WORS series.

Midwest MTB Report
June 25, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week recaps the Mount Wirth Loppet, WORS Firecracker, UP Junior MTB camp, big changes for Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead to events this weekend.

Price Hike: Birkie Races
June 24, 2019
Prices on the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon events jump this Friday. Get your registration in by Thursday to save some cash and ensure your place on the start line!

Mount Wirth Loppet Coverage
June 23, 2019
Humid and tacky conditions Sunday afternoon for racing on the twisting singletrack for the Mount Wirth Loppet, part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike series. Photos up from the pro/comp afternoon races.
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Photoset: Pro/Comp Race - 98 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Report
June 18, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week includes highlights from the WORS race at Mt Morris, the Otter Creek 55, the Chain Drive Festival in the UP and Wednesday Night at Wirth Midweek mountain bike series.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby: Solo Race Night
June 18, 2019
Solo Race Night is returning to the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby on Thursday, Jun 20th. Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe and celebrate the Summer Solstice on the city lakes!

Midwest MTB Report
June 11, 2019
Featured in this week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards, recaps from the Borah Epic (indeed), summary on Gold Rush Gravel Grinder, upcoming women's MTB skills clinic, new bike park for Two Harbors, and WORS race this weekend.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 8, 2019
A big field turned out on Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event. Taking solo titles were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Hart. Doubles titles went to David Nelson and Maria Janowski, with mixed division title for Fred Kueffer.
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Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 5, 2019
The Midwest MTB report, by Jay Richards, this week includes recaps from the WORS and MNMBS series, highlights on the Loppet Cycle Works MTB summer skills series, the Dulutrh Hard Enduro, and the weekend coming up that features the Borah Epic.

CXC: Introductory Summer Camps for Aspiring Racers
May 29, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing's summer camp lineup features a wide array of programs from newcomers to elite. Foremost among the programs coming up this summer is the annual series of Igor Legacy Camps designed for newcomers to cross country ski racing offering skills, camaraderie with friends and fun.

Midwest MTB Report
May 28, 2019
This week's Midwest MTB Report is wide ranging with recaps from Thursday Night Racing at Buck and Iola Bump and Jump, reports from Le Grand du Nord and Badlands Gravel Battle, an epic World Cup victory for a Midwest gal, exploring trails in Arkansas, and the standard look ahead to upcoming events.

Midwest MTB Report
May 22, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights impressive performances on the World Cup, Enduro racing series, Buck Hill series, and the upcoming Minnesota Mountain Bike Summit.

CityTrail Loppet Results
May 19, 2019
Over 500 runners turned out Sunday morning to endurance cold, wet and muddy conditions for the CityTrail Loppet. The event ran from downtown Robbinsdale through streets and trails (many very slick) winding its way down to Theodore Wirth and then eventually over to finish at the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center. Brian Gregg captured the men's title in the 10 mile distance, finishing in 1:03:40 with Kary Nygren second, Louis Sigtermans third. Alex Sharp was the best of the women's field with sisters Vivian Hett and Erica Wagner collecting second and third. In the 10K, junior Alex Nemeth took the overall title with Caitlin Gregg topping the women's field.
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Results: CityTrail Loppet Results

Midwest MTB Report
May 14, 2019
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, Jay Richards hits on USA Cycling Marathon National Champs, Fat Fish 40, the environmental impact of MTB trails, Kikkan's Gran Fondo, and his usual look ahead.

Gear West Duathlon Returns June 23rd
May 13, 2019
The popular Gear West Duathlon returns to the calendar this season, now scheduled for late June with the hopes of better spring weather, as well as adding a new shorter, Friends and Family non-competitive option.

CXC Congress Recap
May 7, 2019
Clubs and leaders from around the Central Region came together for a weekend of collaboration at the Central Cross Country Skiing's CXC Congress April 25-28 in Eau Claire. The four days of meetings and workshops were highlighted by the presentation of awards to regional coaches and officials.

Midwest MTB Report
May 7, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week features recaps of the major WORS and MNMBS opening events, highlights on Vermont riding, National Women's MTB day, and CBD and MTB.

US Ski Team: Twenty Athletes Nominated to 2019-20 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
May 6, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Ski Team cross country nominations for the 2019-20 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Midwest skiers include Jessie Diggins (A team), Kevin Bolger (B team), and Zak Ketterson (D team).

2019 Collegiate Tally Board
May 5, 2019
We've fired up the collegiate tally board for the class of 2019. Let us know your college plans so we care share with the rest of the skiing community!

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 4, 2019
Beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River paddling races with over 125 entries competing. Pro Boat winners were Dana Henry and Bill Briggs for the men, Kate Ellis and Maria Schilling for the women, and Lilly Brick and Joes Manns the top mixed pairing.
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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

NNF: Join the Board
May 1, 2019
The National Nordic Foundation is seeking candidates for their board of directors! Help support junior development across the US by lending your experience and expertise to this valuable organization. Application deadline is May 12th.

Midwest MTB Report
May 1, 2019
Jay Richards cranks out another update on the Midwest mountain bike scene, this week highlighting the Decorah series, Miesville ride, Minnesota MTB summit, Pump track in Cable, and racing series firing up this weekend.

2018-19 Season Highlights
May 1, 2019
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2018-2019 collegiate racing season.

2018-19 Season Highlights
May 1, 2019
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2018-2019 high school racing season.


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