Lumberjack Run, August 3, 2019
New Cuyuna trail "Sinter" (Credit:
Ringer Roll, August 9, 2019

Birkie Lumberjack Run in Hayward this Saturday

July 28, 2021
The Birkie Lumberjack 5K Run returns this Saturday, July 31st, to the Lumberjack World Championships Festival. Popular with Midwest skiers, the event rolls through backstreets in south Hayward, starting and finishing at the historic Lumberjack bowl.

Midwest MTB Report

July 27, 2021
August is just around the corner, but the weather stays the same: hot and dry. With the same consistency, Jay Richards checks in with another Midwest MTB Report—this one featuring a recap from the MNMBS race at Mount Kato, a brief highlight of the mountain bike events in the Olympics, a peak at the new trails in Cuyuna, and a look ahead to some upcoming events.

Loppet Rollerski Criterium at Machinery Hill Aug 3rd

July 26, 2021
The Loppet Foundation is hosting the CXC Rollerski Series kickoff event on Tuesday, August 3rd at Machinery Hill on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds! The event will use matched pair rollerskis with a limited set available so register now!

CXC Rollerski Cup Expands to Five Events

July 25, 2021
The CXC Rollerski Cup series will have five events this season, kicking off on August 3rd in the Twin Cities. The series will have additional stops in Blue Mound, Wausau, and Duluth.

Midwest MTB Report

July 22, 2021
The wheels keep moving despite the recent hot, hazy, and dry stretch of weather. In this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards: a recap from the BCBC race series in North Dakota; examining the transition from old school trails to newer, flowier ones; a couple bike related items to note, including a look at the Olympic mountain bike course in Tokyo; and the usual look ahead.

Salomon: Bringing Sustainability to our Events and Athletes

July 20, 2021
In Episode 4 discover Salomon’s new Sustainability commitments designed to improve the carbon footprint of events and athletes.

Madshus: Race and Service Manager Opening

July 20, 2021
Madshus USA is excited to announce that they are looking for a Race and Service Manager who will continue to build on their recent global success. They believe that investing in racing is a great way to continue to develop the highest performing products across all of their categories, and look forward to adding to the Madshus USA team.

Web Roundup

July 19, 2021
Spring Break - Michaela Keller-Miller is forced to find training alternatives after a bad break.
Track Talks - A tour of the Lake Placid roller ski loop is hosted by Jake Brown and Paul Schommer.
No Toe Woe - Recovering from a broken toe, Amanda Kautzer looks on the bright side of the injury.
Back in Vermont - Upon returning to Stratton, Alayna Sonnesyn gets back to business on the east coast.
Running the Ruby - Sarah Goble reflects on running the Ruby Crest trail with the XC Gold Team.
Set Up for Success - Post-pandemic, Strava looks to capitalize on an influx of those venturing outside of their homes to workout.
Beginning Anew - An argument is to be made about the benefits of remaining a beginner.
Touring France - Riding the entire Tour de France course self-supported, Lachlan Morton beat the pack to the line (unofficially).
Conquering Bird Ridge - David Norris and Sophia Laukli both come out on top at the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb.
Cranking Up Comfort - A new crankset has been invented that claims to eliminate the so-called ‘dead zone’ when pedaling.

Job Openings

July 15, 2021
Assistant Nordic coach opening at NMU and another posting for the Loppet Foundation highlight the recent opportunities posted on our jobs board.

Midwest MTB Report

July 13, 2021
With the halfway point of the summer fast approaching approaching, Jay Richards reports on racing action from across the country—from the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Winter Park, CO, to series racing action back up in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Also included in this week's Midwest MTB Report: a few interesting related items, along with the usual upcoming events.

CXC Drawing Ongoing

July 13, 2021
CXC Annual Fundraising drawing is underway, this year featuring a grand prize package package of Bontrager Aeolus RSL Wheelset and a Saris MRT-2 Bike Rack. The winner can choose between a wheel set for a road bike, mountain bike, or gravel bike. Only 250 tickets will be available for the drawing, and nearly 10% are already sold, so act quickly!

Shoreline Sprints Recap

July 13, 2021
A very competitive field turned out Saturday for the inaugural Shoreline Sprints rollerski races in Rice Lake, WI. Hosted by Out There, with numerous contributing sponsors, the event featured some fast racing by elite athletes. Victories were earned by Zak Ketterson and Nichole Bathe. Check out the full results plus photos and videos from the event, as well as plans for next year!

Pioneer Midwest: Rollerski Clinic Saturday

July 11, 2021
Pioneer Midwest is offering a free rollerski clinic this Saturday, July 17th, designed for those looking to get started in this fun, training sport. The clinic will be held at the Elm Creek beach lower parking lot, providing a gentle terrain to work on drills and technique. Rollerskis can providing upon request.

Birkie Trail Run Hosts National Championships

July 7, 2021
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced that the Birkie Trail Run half marathon, part of Birkie Trail Run Festival events, has once again been named the USA Track and Field (USATF) Half Marathon Trail Championship.   The Birkie Trail Run weekend is Sept 24-25, with registration now open.

Midwest MTB Report

July 6, 2021
Returning from a midsummer hiatus, this edition of Jay Richard's Midwest MTB Report features recaps from both the Lutsen 99er and the Chequamegon 100, highlights and review of new trail, the naming of the US Olympic team, and upcoming events to look forward to.