Highlights

Shoreline Rollerski Sprints in Rice Lake Coming July 10th!

June 15, 2021
Out There shop has announced a pro-level rollerski event coming to Rice Lake on July 10th. Over $5000 in payouts is being offered, with the races being held on an 800 meter course along the Rice Lake shoreline. Open to elite/pro-level skiers and biathletes, register now! Spectators strongly encouraged.

Chippewa Triathlon Results

June 12, 2021
Beautiful weather on Saturday brought out a nice field for the annual Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake. Solo titles were earned by Mike Brumbaugh and Janele Shepard, Doubles victories for John Kallemeyn and Maria Janowiak. The 2-4 person relay title went to Fighting Squirrels (Mark Morrissy, Kim Carroll, Louis Morrissey, Mike Meehlhause).

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Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report

June 8, 2021
Despite an early heat wave in place making for an extra challenge when riding and racing, there is still plenty to cover in this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards. Featured are highlights from both the Borah EPIC and race #3 of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, a couple mountain bike related items, and a look ahead.

US Ski Team: Diggins Honored With Overall Athlete Of the Year Award

June 7, 2021
Jessie Diggins was honored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with its Beck International Award as overall athlete of the year. Diggins was one of eight athletes recognized for their accomplishments in the 2020-21 season. It was her third time winning the overall athlete honor.

Seeley Hills, Birkie Tour Breakup

June 6, 2021
An early update to the 2021-22 season calendar, the American Birkebeiner has split the pairing of the Birkie Tour and Seeley Hills Classic events into separate weekends. Birkie Tour will be Jan 15th while the Seeley Hills Classic is set for Jan 29th. Registration is now open for both events.

Borah Epic Coverage

June 5, 2021
On a very hot early June day in Hayward, riders hit the course to compete in the annual Borah Epic. In the full Epic, Daxton Mock took the victory in 2:36:34 with Pavel Nelson second, Logan Schlough third. Courtenay Mcfadden raced to the women's top time at 3:08:25 with Elaina Griffiths second and Kenzie Statz third. Titles in the half Epic went to John Kubiak and Lyllie Sonnemann. Long gravel champions were Luke Beirl and Sabine Furlong, while short gravel winners were Kim Neitzel and Rob Weum. We've got photos from the full Borah Epic by Jackie Schneider!

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Results: Borah Epic

World Cup Returns to Midwest in 2024

June 4, 2021
FIS released a long-term planning calendar that tentatively awards Minnesota and Wisconsin with World Cup events in 2024! The Loppet Foundation could get a second chance after Covid halted the 2020 World Cup, with Theodore Wirth possibly hosting three events, and then the World Cup would move to Hayward for two more possible races, coinciding the 50th anniversary of the Birkie.

Midwest MTB Report

June 2, 2021
With summer riding conditions in full swing and much warmer weather in the forecast, this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards covers racing action from over the Memorial Day weekend, including Enduro events on the Copper Harbor Trails, along with other news from Copper Harbor and additional coverage of upcoming races and events from around the Midwest.

Mighty Miss Paddle Coming Aug 14th

June 2, 2021
The Mighty Miss Paddle, offering a 55 mile relay/paddle, 25 mile, and 12 mile race/tour will return this summer on the Mississippi River starting in St. Cloud, Monticello, or Elk River with all finishing at Two Rivers Peninsula Point Park in Anoka.

Midwest MTB Report

May 25, 2021
Jay Richards' Midwest MTB Report returns with coverage of greasy racing conditions for race #2 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, in addition to information on "Ride The Range", details on IMBA's Trail Accelerator grant, the impact of mountain biking on nature, and a look ahead to the Wisconsin Mountain Bike Endurance Series.

CityTrail Loppet Coverage

May 23, 2021
Temps in the 70s and humid conditions for the 2021 edition of the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday. The loop courses, due to covid, stretched through south Wirth around Brownie Lake, adding Cedar Lake for the 10K runners, before winding back along the east side of south Wirth to finish near Wirth Beach. Zak Ketterson powered to the men's 10K top time, running just under 38 minutes. Aaron Bartnik finished second, Brian Gregg was third. Becca Loman finished just under 44 minutes for the women's best time, Renae Anderson second and Caitlin Gregg third.

Midwest MTB Report

May 19, 2021
In this edition of the Midwest MTB report, Jay Richards is back again with in-depth coverage of the Pro XCT race at Englewood Farms, which also served as race #1 in the Wisconsin series (WORS). Highlights of a new trail app for Midwest riders, group rides, Redhead's grand opening, a couple other related items to note, and a look ahead is included as well.

Join the Board: American Birkebeiner

May 14, 2021
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is looking for four amazing ABSF members to join our 13-member Board of Directors. Any ABSF member can submit a nomination form and be placed on the ballot for the 2021 ABSF Board of Directors Election. Applications due by June 23.

Midwest MTB Report

May 13, 2021
Another weekly Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards brings coverage of the Hungry Bear 100, links to upcoming clinics and events, and reporting on both constructive and destructive trail building efforts. A preview of the upcoming UCI race at Englewoods Farm is also featured.

US Ski Team 2021-22 Nominations Announced

May 5, 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team nominations for the 2021-22 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Making the list from the Midwest: Jessie Diggins (A) and Kevin Bolger (B). Two new stars get updated to A team: Gus Schumacher and JC Schoonmaker.

Midwest MTB Report

May 4, 2021
Jay Richards turns out a jam packed Midwest MTB report this week with local recaps from the Fat Fish 40 and race #1 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MNMBS) at St Croix Falls as the racing season is underway. Also reports on the Midwesterners at the PRO XCT race in Soldier Hollow UT, US women posting solid results in the Swiss Power UCI XC race plus a handful of mountain related links.

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 1, 2021
With temperatures soaring into the upper 80s, the annual Snake River Canoe Races was one of the warmest on record. Over 130 entries competed on the smooth running Snake River. Pro Boat winners: Joe Manns/Allen Limberg (male), Maria Schilling/Greg Zophy (mixed); Open racing: Kari Henry/Jan Guenther (female), Jeremiah Menk/Steven Menk (male), Chris Godwin/Amy Godwin (mixed). Check out the full results for all the division winners.

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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Posts Historic Season

April 30, 2021
The US Cross Country Ski Team posted a historic season as they racked up two World Cup overall titles, the first American FIS Tour de Ski overall victory, five World Cup victories, and 14 World Cup podiums. Read the full recap on the season.

Midwest MTB Report

April 27, 2021
Jay Richards reports on the Midwest MTB scene, this week providing a number of trail updates, X Games MTB, morel hunting, and the start of the Minnesota series this weekend!

US Elite Racing: End of Season Recap

April 27, 2021
We catch up with a wild finish to the elite racing season with Michaela Keller-Miller as she recaps all the action across the US from mid-February to some of the final races in mid-April!

Birkie Registration Opens May 1st

April 27, 2021
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Fat Bike Birkie opens May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on ground floor pricing.

Ultimate Midwest Ski Tour Prize Wheel

April 22, 2021
Last winter a coalition of Midwest ski races offered an opportunity for prize drawings for skiers that competed in a number of the races. On Thursday, they held their random prize drawings for eligible skiers. Check out the winners and the goodies.

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Video: Drawing Replay

Midwest MTB Report

April 20, 2021
This weeks Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards includes a recap from Minnesota native John Wessling on racing in Fayetteville, AR, for the US Pro Cup, updates on the PRO XCT series race at Englewood Farms, WI, and a few articles of note including the upcoming International Women's Mountain Bike Day.

Midwest MTB Report

April 13, 2021
Jay Richards' Midwest MTB Report this week covers early season racing action down in Bentonville, AR, as well Puerto Rico, along with updates on the Minnesota and Wisconsin MTB series, and a couple of additional major events for the season.

CityTrail Loppet Registration Open

April 12, 2021
The Loppet Foundation has their CityTrail Loppet event coming up in late May. This year they'll be offering both virtual and in-person events. The 5K and 10K races will be Saturday, May 22nd, with registration open now.

Midwest MTB Report

April 1, 2021
Jay Richards returns for another season reporting on the Midwest mountain biking scene! In the opening report, Richards highlights two high school hockey stars and their MTB connections, the Borah Epic, Minnesotans out West, rising Arkansas, and the start of the Midwest race series.

Birkie Membership Drive and Early Registration Underway

March 31, 2021
Support the American Birkebeiner and start your 2022 Birkie training by taking out a American Birkebeiner membership! As an added bonus, your membership gives you early access to race registration and a custom bib as well as the new open track event.

Biathlon: Stertz Takes Youth Sprint Title at National Championships

March 29, 2021
Bill Meyer reports: Wrapping up US Biathlon National Championships on Sunday, Sam Stertz won the Youth Men’s sprint class, Kaisa Bosek was second in Youth Women and Luke Brown also took second in the Senior Men’s class. All did 5 km with 4 shooting stages and a shorter penalty loop with a wicked wind for shooting.

Biathlon: Bosek Wins Youth Women's Pursuit Title at National Championships

March 27, 2021
Bill Meyer reports: Competing in the US Biathlon National Championships in West Yellowstone Saturday at an elevation over a mile above her hometown, Kaisa Bosek of Alexandria (MN Biathlon) won the Youth Women’s 7.5 km Pursuit format in pristine, but windy conditions. Cheresa Bouley of Zimmerman was third in the Junior Women’s 10 km, Sam Stertz of Grand Rapids finished fourth in the Youth Men’s 10 km event. Minnesota native Luke Brown finished second in the Men's division. Ten Midwest biathletes are competing in a field of over 140 athletes from Alaska, Washington, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, Vermont and Maine.

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Results: 7.5K, 10K Pursuit

World Cup Engadin: Freestyle Pursuit

March 14, 2021
The World Cup season wrapped up on Sunday with freestyle pursuit marathon races using much of the famous Engadin trails in Switzerland. Jessie Diggins put on a solid fight for the podium, skiing with the lead pack of four, and finished fourth on the day. Rosie Brennan was 12th. Norway's Heidi Weng took the victory with a hard effort on the last (and only) major climb roughly 1K from the finish. On the men's side, Norway's Simen Krueger was the winner with Gus Schumacher capping a great first World Cup season as the top American in 20th. Afterwards, the crystal globes were awarded to Jessie Diggins, becoming the first American woman to win the overall World Cup as well as the distance titles. Brennan finished fourth in the World Cup overall and distance. Schumacher was second in the U23 World Cup overall.

World Cup Engadin: Classic

March 13, 2021
The final weekend of World Cup racing begin Saturday in Engadin, Switzerland, with men's 15K and women's 10K mass start classic races. Jessie Diggins lead the way for the US women, finishing 5th and just 20 seconds off the winner, Yulia Stupak of Russia. Hailey Swirbul and Rosie Brennan both posted top 15 results finishing 12th and 14th. On the men's side it was a tougher story, with David Norris posting the top American place in 41st. Alexander Bolshunov, Russia, won the men's race after breaking away solo in the final kilometers. Sunday's final race will be a pursuit start freestyle marathon, 30K for the women starting at 1:15 CST, and 50K for the men beginning at 4:35 CDT (note the daylight savings time change!).

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic

Great Bear Chase Results

March 13, 2021
Over 500 skiers turned out Saturday for the Great Bear Chase races on the Swedetown trails in Calumet. In the premiere event, the 50K skiathlon, NMU's Maurus Grond took the victory by almost four minutes and Caitlin Gregg collected the women's title by nearly a 10 minute margin. Freestyle 50K titles went to Tres Green and Anna Engel while 50K classic victories were earned by Adam Witokwski and Pauline Forren. In the 25K races, freestyle winners were Zaine Braaten and Pearl Harvey, with Mike Fraley and Victoria Myers winning the classic events.

Endurance United Junior Spring and D-team Registration Open

March 10, 2021
Endurance United has announced their spring juniors training options, as well as the year round D-team plan. Registration is now open.

World Championship Recap, World Cup Finale Preview

March 9, 2021
Rex Wax rep Jeremy Hecker recaps some of the highlights from the World Championships, and previews the World Cup finale this weekend in Switzerland.

Borah Epic Hires Josh Kleve as New Race Director

March 7, 2021
The Borah Epic is excited to welcome Josh Kleve as it’s new race director. Josh brings close to ten years of experience as the executive director of the Minnesota High School Cycling League, where he helps build strong bodies, minds and character through youth cycling. The Borah Epic is scheduled for June 5th.

World Championships: Men's 50K Classic

March 7, 2021
The World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, wrapped up on Sunday with the premiere 50K marathon race, this year in classic format. As usual, the race started out at a casual pace for the first half, with the lead pack eventually whittling down to five skiers for the last kilometer. Unfortunately, the finish was marred by lane issues once again, and involving Russian Alexander Bolshunov again, but this time it was Norwegian superstar Johannes Klaebo that was disqualified for interfering with Bolshunov's finish, which caused Bolshunov to break his pole. Norwegian Emil Iversen was elevated to 50K champion, Bolshunov second, and Simen Krueger, Norway, bumped onto the medal stand in third. Scott Patterson skied to a fantastic result, finishing 10th.

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Results: 50K Classic

World Championships: Women's 30K Classic

March 6, 2021
The final event for the women at the World Championships was Sunday with the 30K classic. Norway's Therese Johaug strode away with the victory, leaving a pack of four skiers to battle out for the remaining medals. Heidi Weng, Norway, made the decisive move on the final climb, outsprinting Sweden's Frida Karlsson for second, Karlsson collecting third. Karlsson was then immediately taken to the hospital, following a hard crash in the race. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was the top American, finishing 15th. The men will wrap things up on Sunday with the 50K classic, starting at 6 am CST.

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Results: 30K Classic

World Championships: Men's 4x10K Relay

March 5, 2021
The men had their relay shot on Friday, as the weather gods put some additional pain onto the Oberstdorf, Germany, trails with heavy snow falling throughout much of the race. Hans Holund broke apart the field on the third leg for Norway, providing a decent lead for Johannes Klaebo. However, Klaebo seemed content to "wait" for Russian star Alexander Bolshunov, as the two skied a comfortable pace until the final hill where Klaebo took off like a rocket, easily scoring the victory. France was elated to take a well earned third. The US men had one of their better results, finishing 8th. The women race 30K classic starting at 5:30 am CST on Saturday.

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Results: 4x10K Relay

World Championships: Women's 4x5K Relay

March 4, 2021
The weather woes continued on Thursday as the World Championships venue at Oberstdorf, Germany, dealt with warm conditions that made waxing very tricky. Team Sweden appeared to be the biggest loser on the kick waxing as the medal contending favorites lost nearly a minute and half off the lead pack by the end of the classic legs. Team USA struggled a bit on the first leg, but maintained contact with the group contending the final podium position, as the race eventually came down to sprint between Jessie Diggins and Krista Parmakoski. Parmakoski was able to secure the bronze medal for Finland by just 8/10s a second over the US. Norway easily won the relay with a dominating leg from veteran Therese Johaug, as Russia collected second. Men's relay is on for Friday morning, starting at 6:15 am CST.

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Results: 4x5K Relay

World Championships: Men's 15K Freestyle

March 3, 2021
The common theme of warm weather continued at the World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, Wednesday as the men raced for the 15K freestyle title. Norway successfully swept the podium with Hans Holund first, Simen Krueger second and Harald Amundsen third. Scott Patterson had the top US time, finishing 27th. Next event: Women's 4x5K relay on Thursday, starting at 6:15 am CST!

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Results: 15K Freestyle

World Championships: Women's 10K Freestyle

March 2, 2021
One of the marque races arrived on Tuesday with the women's 10K freestyle at the World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. As expected, the warm weather continued to play a role as a number of skiers opted for modified uniforms to keep cooler. The US squad had a strong performance with Jessie Diggins taking fourth, less than six seconds off the podium as Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was 11th, Rosie Brennan 17th and Sophie Laukli 23rd. Norway's Therese Johaug easily won the race with Swedish stars Frida Karlsson and Ebba Andersson cleaning up the medals. Next race will be the men's 15K freestyle, starting at 6:15 am CST.

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Results: 10K Freestyle

World Championship: Team Sprints

February 28, 2021
The World Championships contested team freestyle sprint events on Sunday with sloppy conditions once again. Sweden continued their dominance of the sprint with the pairing of Maja Dahlqvist and Jonna Sundling taking the women's title. Norway's duo of Erik Valnes and Johannes Klaebo needed an exceptional final leg by Klaebo to overtake a Russian lead and ski to victory with Finland nipping Russia at the line for second. Americans Rosie Brennan and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen combined for fifth place. The American men did not advance to the finals after missing an exchange in the semi-finals. The next event will be Tuesday, Mar 2nd, with the women's 10K freestyle starting at 6:15 am CST.

American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet Classic Results

February 28, 2021
A winter wonderland descended on the Birkie trail Sunday with several inches of fresh snow falling for the final day of racing and the crowning of classic champions in the American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet. Ian Torchia pressed the pace early on, eventually shedding all competitors and skiing most of the second half of race by himself to take the men's title by over seven minutes! Johnny Hagenbuch finished second with Tyler Kornfield doubling poling his way to third. Rosie Frankowski and Alayna Sonnesyn also separated themselves from the elite women's field, with Frankowski eventually striding away from Sonnesyn to take the victory. Sonnesyn took second with Kate Feld rounding out the podium in third. Frankowski and Sonnesyn had impressive times, finishing 6th and 8th overall! Kortelopet elite titles went to Kevin Johnson and Kristina Vanwilgen-Hammitt. Results linked in, along with the livestream replay.

World Championships: Skiathlon

February 27, 2021
Saturday featured grueling 15K and 30K skiathlon races in Obersdorf, Germany, as the weather continued to be warm. Norway's Therese Johaugg pulled away from the women's field to take the win with Sweden's pair of Frida Karlsson and Ebba Andersson sprinting it out for second and third place, respectively. Jessie Diggins was the top American for the women, finishing 15th. On the men's side, Russia's Alexander Bolshunov held off a pack of Norwegians for the victory, with Simen Krueger second, Hans Holund third. Scott Patterson and David Norris lead the way for the American men, both posting top 20 results (14th and 17th). The next races are Sunday with team sprint events, the finals starting at 6 am CST.

American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet Freestyle Coverage

February 27, 2021
The elite in-person freestyle races that determined the official winner of the American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet were held Saturday morning in Cable. The men's race stayed fairly tight with Johnny Hagenbuch taking the victory followed by Sam Wood and Tyler Kornfield. The women's event came down to a two-way battle between Alayna Sonnesyn and Rosie Frankowski, with Sonnesyn pulling ahead for her second title. Caitlin Gregg, completing the all-Minnesota podium, finished in third. Kortelopet titles went to Kieran Mullen and Nina Chosy. Results linked in along with photos of the elite waves and livestream replays.

World Championships: Classic Sprints

February 25, 2021
The World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, got underway Thursday with classic sprints. Unfortunately, warm weather has been playing havoc with conditions and the races were even moved to an earlier schedule in an attempt to provide a better course. Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell Hamilton, Ben Ogden, and JC Schoonmaker all qualified for the sprint heats, but none advanced. Sweden's Jonna Sundling took the women's title in a bit of a surprise, with Johannes Klaebo (no surprise) taking the men's victory for Norway. Next races are skiathlon events on Saturday: 15K for the women at 4:45 am CST and 30K for the men at 6:30 am CST.

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Results: Classic Sprints

US Ski Team: Talent-Stacked Team Kicks Off World Champs Thursday In Oberstdorf

February 24, 2021
The Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team heads into Thursday’s kickoff of the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a talent-stacked team that has experienced one of its best seasons ever with 15 World Cup podiums, numerous breakout performances, and a current World Cup leader in Jessie Diggins. With warmer than average temperatures, schedules are being revised. The opening classic sprint Thursday now has the heats starting at 4:30 am CST.

Vasaloppet Classic Results

February 21, 2021
The Vasaloppet wrapped up their weekend of racing with classic format races on Sunday. Andrew Tilman collected the 41K crown, besting Ryan Sederquist by less a second, with Karl Holub third. Josie Nelson notched yet another classic title with Molly Watkins second, Elspeth Ronnander third. Early results indicate Zaine Braaten and Bonnie Weiskopf scooped up the 21K victories.

US Ski Team: Seventeen Athletes Named to World Championships Team

February 21, 2021
The FIS Nordic World Championships are Feb 24 thru Mar 7 in Oberstdorf, Germany. Representing the Midwest is Jessie Diggins who leads the World Cup and is joined by Kevin Bolger. The first races are classic sprints on Thursday, Feb 25th with heats getting underway at 8:15 am CST. Livestreaming will be on NBC's Peacock Premium.