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Mason Bacso, Borah Epic, June 8, 2019

Mt Wirth Loppet, June 23, 2019

Lutsen 99er event field rolls out, June 29, 2019

Rivet Run, July 14, 2019

Highlights

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

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.

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.
Related:
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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Birkie Registration Opens Wednesday, May 1st
April 29, 2019
Registration will open for the 2020 American Birkebeiner schedule of events on May 1st. North America's largest cross-country ski race, the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd with the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races slated for Friday, February 21st.

MDRA Mudball Run Coverage
April 28, 2019
The Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) held their annual Mudball Run at Theodore Wirth on the trails around the Quaking Bog section on Sunday morning. Tryg Solberg captured the kids and adult racing action.
Related:
Photoset from Tryg Solberg: Kids Race - 22 photos, Adults Race - 195 photos
Photoset from Tryg Solberg: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Report
April 23, 2019
Jay Richards of Maplelag is back for another season, giving us the latest mountain biking news for the Midwest (and beyond). The opening report highlights the Minnesota and Wisconsin series, the popular Sea Otter Classic out West, and an assortment of interesting tidbits from the cycling world.

Birkie Member Drive, Name on Bib
March 30, 2019
For the first-time ever and for one week only, as part of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation's (ABSF) annual membership drive, skiers who join the ABSF can register one month early for the 2020 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races, and get their name printed on their 2020 race bib. Don't delay, this offer is only available April 1-7th.

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Pursuit Races
March 24, 2019
The World Cup season wrapped up on Sunday in Quebec with freestyle pursuit format races. Temperatures near freezing provided a second day of fast conditions. Stina Nillson, Sweden, started with a 33 second lead and held off Norwegians Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Therese Johaug to win by 12 seconds, Johaug second, Oestberg third. Sadie Bjornsen was the top American, finishing 11th, with Jessie Diggins moving up to 14th after starting 23rd. In the men's race, Johannes Klaebo's fairly large lead of 52 seconds was eventually eliminated as Alexander Bolshunov, Russia, and Alex Harvey, Canada, skied up to join him. However, Klaebo appeared to be just resting up, as he dropped the hammer of the final climb and skied away to victory, with Harvey pulling off another amazing finish to take second ahead of Bolshunov. Erik Bjornsen was the top American in the men's race, taking 20th. The final World Cup standings were recognized as well with Klaebo and Oestberg collecting the overall titles. Diggins was 6th in final standings.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
Biathlon: Bronze Finish to Season for Egan
Fischer: Crystal globe rain for the Fischer Race Family

World Cup Quebec: Classic Mass Start Races
March 23, 2019
A great day of racing with mass start classic events for the World Cup in Quebec Saturday. Cooler weather created a fast track. In the women's race, the field eventually shredded down to three: Norwegians Therese Johaug and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg along with Stina Nilsson, Sweden. Nilsson used power, some fast skis, and eventually her sprinting skills to best the Norwegians, pulling ahead of Johaug to take the victory (and finally breaking Johaug's streak) with Oestberg third. Sadie Bjornsen lead for the US women, finishing 18th, Jessie Diggins was 23rd. The men's race was equally exciting as it came down to the finish with five in contention, and again it was the sprinter, Johannes Klaebo, Norway, that toasted the field for the win, with crowd favorite Canadian Alex Harvey pulling off his best race of the season to finish second, Didrik Toenseth, Norway, third. Erik Bjorsen topped the US mens field, finishing 18th. Sunday wraps up the World Cup with freestyle pursuit start races. The women's 10K skate will be at 8:30 am CDT, men's 15K at 9:45 am.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classic

Nordic Cross National Championships Coverage
March 23, 2019
A beautiful sunny morning on the slopes of Spirit Mountain for the self-proclaimed Nordic Cross National Championships in Duluth on Saturday. A technical course with a pair of large jumps provided some big air and great spectating. After opening heats, many of skiers competing for altitude and style in the Big Air event before the finals in the Nordic Cross.
Related:
Photoset: Warm up - 7 photos, Heats - 242 photos, Big Air - 372 photos, Finals/Awards - 69 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Last Chance Ski Race Results

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Sprints
March 22, 2019
Racing action got underway Friday in Quebec with freestyle sprints. The US squad qualified five in the sprint heats, with Sadie Bjornsen making it to the women's final. Sweden's women's team continues to get better each week, and on Friday they swept the podium with Stina Nilsson just barely staying ahead of Maja Dahlqvist with Jonna Sundling third. Norway's Johannes Klaebo proved again he's the top sprinter by far, taking the men's victory with Italy's Federico Pellegrino best of the rest and Klaebo's teammate Sindre Skar third. Saturday will feature mass start classic races, with the women's 10K beginning at 8:15 CDT.
Related:
Results: World Cup Quebec sprints

World Cup Quebec Weekend Series
March 20, 2019
The World Cup travels across the pond to wrap up the racing season in North America with three days of skiing in Quebec City. Friday features freestyle sprints, Saturday classic mass start races, and Sunday concludes with freestyle pursuit start races. The field is full of Midwest skiers this weekend: Kyle Bratrud, Ben Saxton, Kevin Bolger, Alayna Sonnesyn, Rosie Frankowski, and of course, Jessie Diggins. Friday's sprint heats begin at 12:20 pm CDT.
Related:
World Cup Quebec Website

The Curious Case of the Boulder Mountain Tour
March 19, 2019
Last February, Matt Liebsch had an epic race at the famed Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho, which came down to a photo finish. But the story didn't end that day and has taken an unusual twist.

Last Chance Ski Race Announced
March 19, 2019
The Vasaloppet crew has announced their final race of the season, the Last Chance Ski Race this Saturday, March 23rd. Exact distances will depend on the final grooming, but organizers hope to pull of a 5-10K loop with the option to race 1-3 laps.


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