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Midwest Collegiate Nordic Page Offering Prizes for Snow Photos
November 27, 2014
The Midwest Collegiate Nordic Skiing page on Facebook is offering some cool swag for those Midwest skiers that post the best on-snow photos. Contest wraps up Nov 30th, so get snapping!

Minnesota Finlandia Registration Now Open
November 26, 2014
The Minnesota Finlandia registration is now open. The Finlandia has released a homebrewed promotional video to help get your amped up for the big races on February 14, 2015.

World Cup: Nordic Opener this Weekend
November 26, 2014
The FIS World Cup season opens this weekend in Ruka, Finland with a pair of events. Saturday, Nov 29th, will be classical sprints, and Sunday, Nov 30th, are womens 10K and mens 15K classical races. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg are scheduled to compete as well and many of the top stars in the World Cup, including Kikkan Randall.
Video: Livesteam and Recaps
World Cup 2014-15 Season Preview
Ruka World Cup - Nordic Opener

NNF/WYSEF Masters Race in West Yellowstone
November 25, 2014
The National Nordic Foundation and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation have joined to offer a masters ski race on Saturday, Nov 29th. The event will be a short 5K skate race, with interval starts.
A Thank You from NNF Executive Director, Dave Knoop

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2014
The 2014-15 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today on the eve of the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Midwest skiers include Jessie Diggins (A Team) and Ben Saxton (D Team).

Minnesota CX Championships Coverage
November 22, 2014
Given the cold November, relatively warm temperatures on Saturday generated some slick conditions for the Minnesota Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek. Still waiting for official results online, but former Maine cross-country skiing champ Corey Coogan-Cisek popped a great race to finish second overall in the womens cat 1/2/3 race. Photos from the Saturday afternoon races are up.
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 167 photos, Mens Cat 1/2 - 231 photos

Fall Coaches Update
November 21, 2014
A short update on the Minnesota HS Nordic Coaches Association happeneings, including another opportunity for USSA Level 100 certification, and discussion on State Meet formats.

Birkie: Honoring the Legacy - Ensuring the Future
November 13, 2014
Twin Cities skiers and supporters will have a chance to learn firsthand about the steps the Birkie Foundation is taking to preserve the race legacy, including the Telemark start, as well as significant updates to the course and finish area (like a new skier bridge). Please join them Thursday, Nov 20th, and support the legacy! Limited tickets available.

Short-notice: Rock Skate Race at Spirit
November 11, 2014
Nikolai Anikin is going full-tilt with the new snowfall, organizing a an informal, short-notice race at Spirit Mountain for this Wednesday evening, Nov 12th! Bring your headlamp and rock skis.

2014-15 Minnesota High School Nordic Season Preview
November 10, 2014
The Minnesota High School Nordic season kicked off Monday with a major winter storm - perhaps foreshadowing for the season? We provide a breakdown on the sections and even a preseason ranking to get the juices flowing.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Results
November 9, 2014
The Illinois Rollerski Race Series wrapped up Sunday with the final event in the four month series. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time and locked in his title as the overall series champion. Maxim Glyuka was crowned the junior champion.

Rivet Run Coverage
November 9, 2014
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run 5k trail run/walk at Pattison State park drew nearly 100 participants (double the previous event!). With temperatures hovering around freezing and sunny skies participants had a great experience. Rett Moreland won with a time of 21:21 while Kaelyn Williams won for the women with a time of 22:25. The first Master's male was Dan Duff with a time of 23:08 and the first Master's female was Jen Vos Benkowski with a time of 26:51.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Vakava Time Trial Coverage
November 9, 2014
Squeezing in perhaps the last rollerski of the season in the Twin Cities, the Vakava training group held a pair of rollerski time trials on some quiet backroads near Afton Sunday morning. Temperatures were in the upper 30s for the interval start 5K skate race, followed shortly afterwards with a 5K classical event. Photos and results are up.

Arctic Commando Results
November 8, 2014
St. Paul Central ski team held their annual trail running races at Battle Creek Saturday morning. Craig Cardinal and Allie Rykken collected top honors, with Cardinal posting the only sub 20 minute time on the hilly 5K course.
Results: Arctic Commando Results

Birkie Capital Campaign Comes to the Cities
November 4, 2014
The American Birkebeiner has begun their Capital Campaign and will be in the Twin Cities on Nov 20th for a special evening presentation. Come talk with ABSF Director Ben Popp about the new permanent start area at Telemark, access to warm, indoor spaces at the finish, and the re-creation of Tony Wise's International Bridge! Tickets available now (and going fast).

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 2, 2014
With the end of daylight savings time, the early sunset signals that winter is not far away! We've updated our racing calendar with the latest info on the citizen, collegiate, and high school events. Our annual preview covers some of the big changes on tap this winter, along with some new additions and a few losses.

Registration Open for January’s US Nordic Championships
November 1, 2014
Registration has opened for the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships, January 2-10, at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center in Houghton, Michigan.

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 1, 2014
The Minnesota high school cross-country running season wrapped up Saturday with the championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Cool temps and a strong breeze were tapered by some sunshine for the crowds that swelled along the course. The boys AA race appeared to be a two horse race between Wayzata's Connor Olson and Hopkin's Joe Klecker, with Olson breaking away in the final half mile to take the win but it was Chaska's Joey Duerr reeling Klecker on the final straightaway to take second. In the girls AA, Alexandria's twin stars Megan and Bethany Hasz put on a strong performance, easily taking 1-2. Shakopee's Tess Misgen just nipped Forest Lake's Emma Benner for third. Wayzata swept the team titles for class AA. In class A, champions were Shane Streich, Waseca and Emily Donnay, Eden Valley/Watkins/Kimball. Team titles went to the Trinity School girls and Mora boys.
Photoset: Boys AA - 134 photos, Girls AA - 118 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Boys A, AA, Girls A, AA

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 28, 2014
Jay Richards wraps up his MTB reporting this season, going out big with coverage of the EndTombed 12 hour race, Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB series finals, and a half dozen other updates and stories. Thanks to Jay for another great season of keeping us all "up to speed"! -- Ed.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest
October 28, 2014
Kicking off the January marathon season, Ironwood's Sisu Ski Fest features point-to-point races starting at ABR and finishing in downtown Ironwood. Act by Oct 31st to avoid the next price hike (and check this newsletter for a $5 off online coupon!).

Frozen Thunder Skate Races
October 27, 2014
Frozen Thunder, Canmore Nordic Centre's celebration of the start to skiing season, held skate races on their 2K snow loop Monday morning. Rosanna Crawford posted the top womens time, with Caitlin Gregg showing some strong form in finishing fourth and Jessie Diggins took 8th. Devon Kershaw bested the mens field, with veteran Kris Freeman taking second! Brian Gregg 17th, Ben Saxton 21st.
Photoset from Bow Valley Photography: Frozen Thunder Skate Races
Photoset from Nathaniel Mah: Mens 15K
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Noah Hoffman: Frozen Thunder Skate Races

Birkie Bridge in the Works
October 26, 2014
The Sawyer County Record covered the recent Hayward City Council meeting where plans were presented for a temporary skier/pedestrian bridge spanning Hwy 63 to help ease the traffic congestion during the Birkie finish.
Learn more: There will be an event in the Twin Cities on November 20th - more details forthcoming.

Frozen Thunder Classic Sprints
October 24, 2014
On Friday, the Frozen Thunder event at Canmore Nordic Centre hosted classic sprint races on 1.6K loop of recycled snow. Andy Newell and Ida Sargent won the sprint finals, with Jessie Diggins finishing fifth.
Photoset from Noel Rogers/Angus Cockney: Classic Sprints
Video from Tor-Arne Hetland: Mens Qualifying, Womens Qualifying, Mens Heats
Results: Qualifying Times, Heats/Finals
Noah Hoffman: Frozen Thunder Classic Sprints
Cross-Country Canada: Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint Report

SuperTour: Yellowstone Race Info
October 23, 2014
Detailed information on the Yellowstone Ski Festival races, Nov 28-29, has been posted. Covers the SuperTour events, as well as the masters, juniors and biathlon events.

Birkie Registration Closing Tonight!
October 23, 2014
The American Birkebeiner has reached their field limit and will be closing all registration for the 2015 Korte and Birkie races at midnight tonight (Oct 23rd) -- act quickly if you haven't already registered!

Request For Midwest JN Team Coaches Applications
October 22, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Chris Harvey has been selected as the head coach, with Bonnie Fuller-Kask acting as trip leader. Applications are still being accepted for the glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 21, 2014
Enjoying the fall weather, Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the Red Wing Classic, WORS finale, and Otter Creek 55. Plus a look ahead to the MN HS MTB race at Whitetail this weekend.

Mesabi East Update
October 20, 2014
The huge Mesabi East Invite is scheduled for Jan 10, 2015. With the new event center being constructed at Giants Ridge, the old dorms have been torn down. Coaches should make their lodging plans early - a listing of the area lodging options has been posted.

Midwest Collegiate Nordic Community
October 19, 2014
A new Facebook community was rolled out Sunday evening to help spearhead the support and growth of collegiate Nordic skiing (varsity and club programs) across the upper Midwest. Show your support for this new group by "Liking' their page.

State Nordic Coaches Fall Meeting Oct 25th
October 19, 2014
The annual Minnesota Fall Coaches meeting will be this Saturday, Oct 25th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The big topic will be accommodating the new State Meet format (2 teams per section). There will also be a CXC/USSA Level 100 clinic option.
MNSCA Fall Meeting Oct 21 Update

Skijor Racing Coming to the 2015 Vasaloppet
October 16, 2014
The Vasaloppet USA is partnering with Skijoring USA to introduce the first-ever skijoring races at the 43rd annual Vasaloppet USA to be held in Mora, MN February 6-8, 2015. Two skijoring races will be held on Sunday, February 8th following the Miniloppet.

Kyle Bratrud: A Time for Reflection
October 16, 2014
Entering his senior season skiing for Northern Michigan University, Kyle Bratrud reflects back on his growing expectations and benchmarks, and appreciates the "free" benefits that have come with collegiate racing.

East Metro High School Cross-Country Ski Scheduling
October 15, 2014
Ramsey County and St. Paul Parks will be holding the high school winter scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Oct 28th in Maplewood. Ski coaches in the east metro should attend to reserve their dates and venues for the upcoming season.

Out There Athletes
October 15, 2014
Did you know Out There ski shop sponsors athletes from across the globe? Skiers from New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Netherlands, Hungry and more!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 14, 2014
Highlighted in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Blacks Grove River Crossing recap, MN HS Cycling League first-hand report from Mankato, BrewMonster Enduro photos, big news for the Laddies Loppet, and the look ahead to some upcoming events.
Dec 20 Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race - Price Hike Oct 15th!

Sisu Ski Fest: Did You Sisu?
October 13, 2014
Sisu Ski Fest registration is now open and there are less than 90 days until the big weekend of events in the UP. The race offers early season 42K marathon and 21K half marathon point-to-point races, starting at ABR and finishing in downtown Ironwood.

Pepsi Challenge Coming March 7th
October 13, 2014
Pepsi Challenge will be back for their 31st annual event coming this March 7th. Package of the race registration includes a free pass for Nordic skiing at the Ridge on Friday (test those kids, check out the conditions).

Nordic Combined: First U.S. Title for Bryan Fletcher
October 12, 2014
USSA reports: Bryan Fletcher added another jewel to an already star-studded nordic combined career, winning his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid. Fletcher parlayed a strong jump to take the win in rollerskiing over brother Taylor, who won the rollerski. Adam Loomis (Eau Claire native) took bronze. Note: Ben Loomis, Adam's younger brother, finished 9th!

Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon Recap
October 12, 2014
Over 300 runners turned out Saturday for the inaugural Gandy Dancer trail marathon events, hosted by Cyclova XC. Mark Swiontek and Tammi Braund claimed the first marathon titles. In the half marathon, Dan Schoepke and Megan Felling posted the top times. Read the full event recap.
Results: Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon

LNR Afton Time Trial Coverage
October 11, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing has a full schedule of training and racing this fall as the skiers make their final dryland push before the snowfall flies. Saturday morning the group held another time trial on the quiet, hilly roads near Afton. Results and photos posted.

Birkie Down to the Last 500 Spots
October 8, 2014
Still haven't registered for the American Birkebeiner or Kortelopet? You'd better do it now, as there are less than 500 openings left and they are going fast...

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 7, 2014
As the season rolls into fall, Jay Richards catches up with the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB racing, and the Heck of the North event. Plus previews of the upcoming Women's MTB retreat, Black's River Crossing, WORS Finale, and the MORC 20th anniversary gala.

Jackson Meadow CX Coverage
October 5, 2014
The Minnesota cyclocross series came to the unique community of Jackson Meadow, just above Marine on the St. Croix, for a full set of races on Sunday. The course featured a nice mix of prairie, road, and lots of woods, with the usual barriers and a pinwheel. We caught the womens cat 1/2/3 and mens 45+ and then the mens 1/2/3 and mens 35+ events in the afternoon.
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3, Mens 45+ - 151 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3, Mens 35+ - 160 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Jackson Meadow CX

Baker Rollerski Race Results
October 4, 2014
Clayton Keim reports: Cold and damp forecast kept many rollerskiers away this morning for the inaugural RollerskiShop.com Baker 10K Rollerski Time Trial. Skiers that came out actually found really nice conditions with the trail being dry and clear of debris thanks to the park staff who made a couple laps blowing it off this morning and clearing a couple trees yesterday from the high winds. We hope to make this an annual event as people seemed to enjoy it and we would like to thank everyone for coming out.

LNR Adventure Race Series Continues Thursday
October 1, 2014
The FAST KIDS Adventure Race Series has two events left: one this Thursday, Oct 2nd, and the final event on Oct 9th. The evening events at Theodore Wirth feature trail running through the woods and includes a number of obstacles along the way.
FAST KIDS Late Fall Sessions Start Oct 14th

Birkie Nearly Full
September 30, 2014
The American Birkebeiner staff are reporting the race field is nearly full for the 2015 event! Less than 750 openings were left as of Tuesday...

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 30, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB report includes a big first-hand report from the Deer Fly Chase, a number of updates on trails and trail maintenance, plus the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Baker Rollerski Race this Saturday!
September 28, 2014
RollerskiShop.com is putting on a 10K rollerski time trial at Baker Park this Saturday, Oct 4th. The same course as the Ringer Roll will be used, allowing skiers to compare their times. And, the first 100 registered get a free pair of new rollerski ferrules!

LNR Afton Time Trial Results
September 28, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing held a rollerski time trial Saturday morning in Afton, inviting some of the top juniors for an 8K freestyle race. Zak Ketterson took top honors, with Tamer Mische-Richter just 11 seconds back. Caitlin Gregg finished third, as Sarah Bezdicek pulled away from Amanda Kautzer on the Trading Post climb to post the top junior female time. Results and a few photos posted.

Roy Griak Invite Coverage
September 27, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Roy Griak Invite turned out one of the biggest fields in history on a warm Saturday afternoon on the Univ of Minnesota golf course. The Wayzata boys took the team title in the boys Gold race with Connor Olson finishing fifth. The Wayzata girls were outpaced by a powerful Saugus team (California), settling for second place. Bemidji's senior Jenna Truedson and Minneapolis Washburn's eight-grade sensation Emily Covert were second and third overall! In the Maroon races, Lakeville North boys and Notre Dame Academy collected team titles. St. Paul Academy's Mike Destache won the boys race, with another eight-grader, Sarah Olson of Blaine taking third for the girls.
Photoset from Bjorn Adelsman: Boys Gold - 33 photos, Girls Gold - 39 photos, Boys Maroon - 46 photos, Girls Maroon - 49 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Roy Griak Invite
Univ of Minnesota Griak Recap

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Coverage
September 27, 2014
A beautiful fall day in the northwoods of Wisconsin for the Birkie trail running events. Starting the morning off was the marathon field, which saw Craig Cardinal taking the lead just over half way into the race and holding off Scott Weispfenning to take the victory. Kari Brown was the womens champion. In the half marathon, Justin Rose pulled away from the field to win by over three minutes, with Tiffany Kari having a similar strong performance to top the womens field. More than 1100 competitors turned out of the events, which featured the newer Birkie Ridge trailhead.
Photoset: Marathon/Relay - 142 photos, Half Marathon - 109 photos, Finishers - 75 photos, Kids Race - 17 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

USSA World Juniors and U18 Staffing
September 24, 2014
USSA has published application forms for coaching positions on the vaunted World Junior/U23 and U18 trips.
- World Juniors/U23 application - Jan 30-Feb 9 in Almaty, Kazakhstan
- U18 Nations application - Feb 1-11 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Applications are due by Nov 1st.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 23, 2014
The Midwest MTB Racing Report by Jay Richards this week features recaps from the Singletrack Escape, Norseman Challenge, as well as upgrades from Interbike and the Cottage Grove Bike Park.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek this Weekend!
September 22, 2014
The American Birkebeiner excitement is ramping up, especially with excellent weather on tap for this weekend's Birkie Trail Run and Trek. Do the race solo, or form a relay team! Free food and beer post-race, cool hats, and prize drawings.
And make sure you get your Birkie ski race registration in, the event is nearly full!
Birkie Ski Race Nearly Full!

Bangin in the Brush Coverage
September 20, 2014
The Bangin in the Brush trail run was held at Korkki Nordic Saturday morning. Eve Graves reports: The first place male, Mark Johnson, dominated the men's field by nearly 5 minutes while the first place female, who was also 5th overall, Kaelyn Williams, dominated the womens' field by nearly the same margin.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Bangin in the Brush
Results: Bangin in the Brush

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 20, 2014
Nearly ideal conditions for the Trail Loppet (including a smooth bib pickup) as runners enjoyed temps in the mid 60s with bright skies and a decent breeze in the open sections. Chris Lundstrom took the mens half marathon victory, with skiers Matt Liebsch and Erik Fagerstrom sprinting it out for the remaining podium spots. Ladia Albertson-Junkans took the womens title, as well as posting 12th overall. In the 13.1K race, Michael Hartnett and Faith Leicht collected the titles. Andrew Quinn (posted the only sub 20 minute time) and Caitlin Gregg took the 5K victories.
Photoset: Half Marathon - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Trail Loppet
Results: Trail Loppet
Trail Loppet Recap

Minnesota Fall Coaches Meeting and Education Opportunity
September 17, 2014
The annual Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting will be October 25th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The 2015 state meet will be a primary topic. And if there is sufficient interest, there may be CXC/USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification session as well.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 16, 2014
A big Chequamegon recap is the primary feature this week in Jay Richards weekly MTB racing report, along with the usual look at upcoming events.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race Results
September 13, 2014
A small by very competitive field cranked it up Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Flying from Two Harbors to Canal Park in Duluth, Andre Watt and Caitlin Compton took top honors.

Chequamegon 40 Coverage
September 13, 2014
Brian Matter held off Jeremy Bishop to repeat as the Chequamegon 40 champion Saturday morning in Cable. Travis Woodruff along with five other riders all cracked the two hour barrier in the fastest race on record. Jenna Rinehart took the womens title, also posting a new course record time. Area crew did a fantastic job clearing the trail of major storm damage from the prior week, including a huge amount of fallen trees.
Photoset: Kids Race/Start - 20 photos, Rosies Field - 45 photos, Mid-race - 106 photos, Finish - 98 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Saturday Recap
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Sunday Recap

Request For Midwest Team Coaches Applications
September 11, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Applications are now being taken for the head coach, glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st.

Chequamegon 40 Course Update
September 11, 2014
Chequamegon organizers have published the course reroutes for the big 40 mile event (Short and Fat event will not have any reroutes). The biggest change is a reroute onto Phipps Fire Rd between water stops #2 and #3. There are many sections that will still have tree debris, generating some narrow passages.
Chequamegon 40 Course Reroute Map

FAST KIDS Fall Adventure Run Series
September 10, 2014
The Loppet Foundation's Fall Adventure running series for kids kicks off this Thursday, Sep 11th at Wirth. There will be four events in the series, including age-gap relays and singletrack races.
Photoset from LNR: FAST KIDS Adventure Race

Chequamegon MTB Race Will Have Significant Rerouting
September 10, 2014
Recent persistent rains and high winds have taken a toll on the courses of this weekend's Chequamegon Fat Tire Festiva. After review and consultation with responsible land managers and trail workers, organizers have decided to implement a wet weather contingency plan for the Chequamegon 40 race course from Hayward to the Telemark Resort in Cable.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 9, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB racing report highlights the Treadfest WORS event, the first race in the MN high school MTB series, plus updates on the mighty Chequamegon and the rescheduling of Blacks River Crossing race.

Willow River Trail Challenge Oct 4th
September 9, 2014
Willow River State Park will be home to a trail running events on Saturday, October 4th. The course is a scenic mix of steep climbs and descents though Willow River State Park totaling 10.6K (with a shorter 6.6K option available).

Chequamegon 40 Update
September 8, 2014
The Chequamegon and Birkie crews have been active every day since the big storm rolled through last Thursday, knocking down a lot of trees and dropping a lot of water on the trail system. Progress is being made, but expect some reroutes along the course for the Chequamegon 40.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Results
September 7, 2014
Organizers report great conditions Sunday for race #2 in the Illinois rollerski race series. Jan Myrda and Maria Castellese posted the top mens and womens times in the 10K race. The next event will be Oct 5th.
Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Race Report

Climb to the Castle Results
September 6, 2014
Saturday brought out some of the best US skiers for the annual Climb to the Castle rollerski race in New York. The race climbs roughly five miles with an average 8% grade up the summit of Whiteface Mountain (just under 4900 feet). Caitlin Gregg did the Midwest proud again this year, finishing second only to champion Liz Stephens. Jessie Diggins was 7th, Anne Hart 13th, Paige Schember 17th. In the mens race, biathletes stacked the field with Tim Burke taking the title. Ben Saxton was the top Midwest result finishing a strong 8th.
Photoset from NNF: Climb to the Castle
Results: Mens, Womens

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 2, 2014
Even after hosting a very busy and long weekend of racing at Maplelag Resort, Jay Richards still finds time to crank out his weekly report. Featured this week: recap of the Laddies Loppet stage race, report from Copper Harbor MTB Festival, updates on the Wisconsin and Minnesota high school racing leagues, a new IMBA Ride Center at Noque, and a look ahead to the weekend races.

Baker 10K Rollerski Race by Rollerskishop.com
September 1, 2014
Rollerskishop.com is hosting a fall rollerski race at Baker Park, and to encourage early registration, is offering free rollerski ferrules to the first 100 who sign up!

Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
August 31, 2014
Overnight rain showers and another cloudy day generated some greasy sections on the Maplelag MTB trails, forcing the organizers to alter some of the courses and distances to avoid trouble spots. Brendan Moore and Sara Kylander-Johnson dominated the expert cross-oountry races, sealing up the overall stage victory for the weekend.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 72 photos, Citizen - 77 photos, Sport - 147 photos, Kids Race - 44 photos, Comp/Expert - 245 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
August 30, 2014
Light rain on Friday provided a nice tacky track for the events Saturday at the Laddies Loppet stage race. The morning featured a fast three mile time trial, with a mix of ski trail and singletrack. Short track racing around the Maplelag compound wrapped up the first two stages of the series.
Photoset: Time Trial - 192 photos, Short Track Kids Comp - 51 photos, Short Track Citizen - 41 photos, Short Track Sport - 46 photos, Short Track Comp/Elite Women - 69 photos, Short Track Elite Men - 61 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Time Trial, Top Picks (high res) - Short Track

CCSA: Ternes, Hokanson Hope to Fill Big Ski Boots For Saints
August 29, 2014
With school starting up, the St. Schloastica Saints are looking forward to another strong season, and excited about their incoming freshman class, which includes top skiers Allison Ternes and Steve Hokanson.

Volunteer Program for IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships
August 27, 2014
Organizers of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships taking place in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, have launched their volunteer program aimed at recruiting the multitude of helpers needed to host such a prestigious international event.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 26, 2014
Fall is on the doorstep as Jay Richards recaps the latest MTB racing news including reports from the Pre-Fat, Flugly, and WORS, while looking ahead to weekend events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet stage race!

Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 23, 2014
While the clouds obscured the sun, the high dewpoint made for a warm and humid Urban Trail Marathon Saturday morning in Saint Paul. The sticky weather did little to slow down Gerad Mead, who took the marathon title in strong fashion. Kevin Johnson and Timothy Villaran rounded out the top three. Paula Marozas and Jan Guenther raced together for much of the marathon before Marozas pulled away in the final miles to take the womens title, with Megan Maiser collecting third.
Photoset: Indian Mounds Park - 83 photos, Battle Creek Woods - 39 photos, Battle Creek Prairie - 115 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Urban Trail Marathon

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 19, 2014
Jay Richards MTB report this week features series racing taking place in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota with first-hand reports from the Minnesota and North Dakota races, mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead as summer starts to wind down and kids get ready to go back to school!

MNJRC Season Wrap
August 19, 2014
Jakok Ellingson reports: MNJRC, Minnesota Junior Cycling, concluded their road-racing season on Saturday at the Minnesota State Road Championships. Photo albums from the season season are posted. MNJRC supports junior riders ages 10-21, primarily in "drop-bar" cycling; Road, Track and Cyclocross. The outdoor riding season starts in April with a weekend camp, continues with a week long summer camp, and meets twice weekly through the end of the season.

Urban Trail Marathon Saturday
August 17, 2014
Endurance United hosts their second annual Urban Trail Marathon this coming Saturday, August 23rd. Racing from the streets of downtown to the trails of Battle Creek, the event offers distances ranging from a quick 10K to a full marathon. Online registration closes Thursday (onsite Friday/Saturday).

Trail Marathons Approaching
August 13, 2014
Three big trail marathons are fast approaching...
Aug 23 Urban Trail Marathon - Endurance Uniteds point-to-point race from downtown Saint Paul to Battle Creek.
Sep 20 Trail Loppet - The Loppet Foundation's big fall trail run is reporting big numbers of registrations and possible wave closures.
Sep 27 Birkie Trail Run and Trek - Save a little cash by registering before the next price hike on Aug 16th!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 12, 2014
Sporting a huge update this week, Jay Richards MTB report has two first-hand accounts from the Ore to Shore, a report from Single Speed USA, a feature on Copper Harbor MTB trail system, as well as a look at the busy upcoming weekend events!

Deux Pipe Coverage
August 11, 2014
Eve Graves provides coverages on the Deux Pipe paddling races last weekend in Cloquet.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Deux Pipe
Results: Deux Pipe

NorthShore Inline Marathon
August 10, 2014
The next big rollerski event is the NorthShore Inline Marathon rollerski division race, September 13th in Duluth. A full marathon (26.2 miles), many skiers opt for race rollerskis (usually race wheels/bearings).

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Wrap
August 9, 2014
Jim Lind reports: The ten race 2014 Hoigaard's Paddle Derby ended on a high note with a record 61 race boats at the starting line. We had an excellent year with strong competition in canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard divisions and paddlers aged from 9 years to 81 years old. With 33 seasons of paddle racing behind us we had the children and even the grandchildren of our early paddlers at the starting line this summer. Hoigaard's would like to thank everyone for showing up at Thomas Beach, paddle in hand, and we look forward to seeing you all next spring!
Results: Final 2014 Paddle Derby Results, Championship Awards

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 8, 2014
The Ringer Roll once again experienced great conditions for the annual 10K rollerski race around Baker Park, as skiers enjoyed light winds and temps in the mid 70s. CXC coach Andy Keller posted the fastest time on the day, racing on a pair of smoking race skis, following by Endurance United's Jeremy Hecker (also on race skis). Zak Ketterson was third overall, but tops in the stock skate rollerski division. Jen Rolfes edged out Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht by 11 seconds to take the womens stock skate division. Alex Larson and Sarah Bezdicek were the top classic division skiers. Results are up, plus a big batch of photos.

Minnesota Collegiate Skiing Meeting, Aug 12th
August 7, 2014
The focus group on Minnesota Collegiate Skiing is holding their next meeting on Tuesday, August 12th. The group will review recent progress including efforts on marketing materials, as well as updates on the current collegiate programs. The meeting is open to all interested (please note the new location!)

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 6, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB report contains race stories from Border Crossing, Wausau 24, and Wilderman, plus a look ahead to the Ore to Shore and UP riding.

Birkie Filling Fast
August 6, 2014
With more than 8,000 now registered, the Birkie events are filling fast and waves have been closing. If you're still planning to do the race and haven't registered, get to it!

Illinois Rollerski Race Series Race Report
August 4, 2014
Chris Pappathopoulos and Erica Mennerick took the opening titles in the Illinois Rollerski Race Series, held last Saturday. The series resumes with the next event in early September.
Rollerski Results 2014

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Summer Program
August 4, 2014
As the Minnesota summer junior Nordic training programs wind down their season, we caught up with the Vakava Juniors at Battle Creek on Monday morning. After a short warm up, the group performed a three lap fitness test, later graphing the results to compare their performance improvements over the summer. They also went through a set of strength tests, finishing up the session with consultations with the Vakava coaching staff, led by head coach Ahvo Taipale.
Photoset: 113 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Ringer Roll Racing This Friday
August 3, 2014
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park is this Friday, August 8th. While the event features some of the top juniors from the Midwest, it is also open to citizen racers.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 3, 2014
The annual Firehouse 50 is one of the most popular citizen cycling races in the Midwest. Kelly Randolph shares photos from this year's event.
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Road Race, Time Trial, Ride the Divide
Results: Firehouse 50

Jumping: U.S. Ski Jumpers Compete for Champs Title
August 1, 2014
U.S. Ski Team ski jumping and Nordic combined athletes will be vying for national championship titles this weekend at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City Sunday, Aug 3rd.
Video: Aug 2 Springer Tournee Livestream, Aug 3 Large Hill Nationals

Spotlight: Loppet Nordic Racing
July 30, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) has one of the largest summer training programs in the nation, with more than 130 juniors participating. Wednesday morning we caught up with them for a rollerski time trial in the south suburbs. The skiers broke into groups with the coaches to get some pre-time trial advice and then skied a warm up out to the course. Racing in packs of 4-6 similar level skiers, they raced over a roughly 5K winding street course with a couple of moderate climbs. Comp team skiers Sarah Bezdicek and Zak Ketterson posted the top times for the day.
Thursday morning the LNR Comp team was back at it again, executing another time trial, this time on a rolling lap course in the west metro. Once again, Zak Ketterson and Sarah Bezdecik notched the fastest times, racing over a 10K course.
Photoset: Girls - 126 photos, Boys - 135 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Thursday Time Trial Highlights
Results: July 30 LNR TT

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 29, 2014
Race reports from the Red Earth Classic and Elm Creek 40 miler, and a tour of the North Shore MTB trails, plus the look ahead, fill Jay Richards MTB report this week!
FAST KIDS LNR 2014 Mountain Bike Series - Two Events Left!

Spotlight: Duluth Summer Training
July 29, 2014
Duluth has a very active skiing community, hosting multiple summer training programs. We dropped in earlier this week to catch two sessions. Monday evening featured a small set of Duluth XC juniors working out at Spirit Mountain, punctuated by five sets of six minute interval ski walks up the long downhills (with one of the best backdrops in the state). Tuesday morning Superior Performance brought some of their collegiate skiers to join the Duluth XC juniors for a tandem workout based out of the famed Duluth East High School. The group worked on rollerskiing agility and technique, including some video analysis, then did an easy skate out the smooth Lakewalk trail.
Photoset: Spirit Mountain Dryland - 76 photos, Rollerski Technique/Drills - 126 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Dryland, Top Picks (high res) - Rollerski

Birkie T-Shirt Design Nominees
July 29, 2014
Voting is happening this week on the 2015 American Birkebeiner official t-shirt design. There are five candidates to choose from, cast your vote!

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Kicks Off Saturday
July 27, 2014
The Illinois Rollerski Race Series starts this coming Saturday, August 2nd, with a 10K race (5K for juniors) at Moraine Hills State Park in McHenry. This first race will is the Leatherleaf Bog trail which is surfaced with crushed limestone and paved on the hills.
Ringer Roll Coming August 8th

Spotlight: SCAR
July 27, 2014
The St. Croix Area Racing program (SCAR) was out Sunday morning for an overdistance rollerski on the hilly backroads of Afton, led by coach Kris Hansen. The group was joined by Vakava masters/racing members, with skiers doing one or two big laps of the area (25K or 50K).
Photoset: Afton Rollerski Session - 46 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Urban Trail Marathon Next Month
July 24, 2014
Endurance United's Urban Trail Marathon is less than a month away -- August 23rd. Races start in downtown St. Paul and finish at Battle Creek with a number of distances available, and even a relay format.

Weekend Events
July 23, 2014
Jul 26 Synergy TT - 20K and 40K time trial divisions, on the popular Withrow route in the NE metro.
Jul 26 Voyageur 50 - Epic trail running race from Carleton to Duluth and back again.
Jul 26 Board Across the Bay - Stand Up Paddleboard race across Chequamegon Bay.
Jul 27 Chisago Lakes Tri - Sprint and half format triathlon events based out of Chisago Lakes.
Jul 27 WI State Championship RR - The Wisconsin State Championships will be on the line in the Spring Prairie Road Race.

Tri-Loppet Bans Racing Boats
July 23, 2014
In an effort to provide a more level playing field, the Loppet Foundation is banning racing boats from the Tri-Loppet. From the Loppet website: After the wind of the 2014 event, organizers have concluded that race boats have no place at the Tri-Loppet ... Going forward, no race boats of any kind will be allowed at the Tri-Loppet. No race canoes. No race kayaks. No surf skis. ... The hope is that this rule change will make for a more "democratic" event.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 22, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB racing report features first-hand reports from the Afton Avalanche and Dakota Adventist Academy race, an update on Brian Matter's US Nationals, as well as highlights of upcoming events including the Dakota Offroad series, the new Cycling Museum of Minnesota, and North Shore trail explorations.

Midwest Skiers Heading to National U16 Camp
July 22, 2014
The Midwest will be well represented next week at the National U16 Camp in Jackson, Wyoming. Earning their trip west: Claire Benton, Anna Johnson, Amanda Kautzer, Erin Moening, Hannah Rudd, and Henry Gore, plus Great Lakes division skiers Bethany Wright and Mitchell DeLong. The crew will spend a week (July 27-August 3) working out with top juniors from across the US, along with USST Development coach Bryan Fish and other elite coaches.
National U16 Camp Roster
U16 National Camp Schedule

Mt Itasca Run For Snow Results
July 22, 2014
Petra Cervenkova reports: Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association held its fourth annual 5K Run for Snow on Saturday, July 19 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. Over forty runners came to support snowmaking at Mt. Itasca. Overall male winner was Sam Nelson (18), Minneapolis, with time 18:43, Jakob Ellingson (19), Minnetonka, finished second with time 18:52, and third placed Patrick Gibeau (16) from Grand Rapids, 19:42. Overall female winner Andrea Nelson (40), Bemidji, ran 20:41, followed by Siena Ellingson (17), Minnetonka, 21:11 with Dawn Fairchild (38) from Grand Rapids, 22:22 in third.
Results: Run for Snow

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.
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.
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.
Photoset: 252 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Long Lake Lap

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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