Archives 2022

Midwest MTB Report

June 28, 2022
The last weekend of June saw riders flock to the North Shore for the Lutsen 99er, the spotlight of this week's Midwest MTB report. A quick update from Jay Richards delivers coverage of the race from the perspective of both the women's and men's champions, as well as updates from an Alexandria rider taking on the Tour Divide, and highlights from the opening ceremony for new trail at Cayuna.

Midwest MTB Report

June 23, 2022
And just like that, we're officially past the solstice and into summer. Aligning with the longest days of the year are some of the longest races of the year as this week's Midwest MTB report covers both the Chequamegon 100 and Epic Bike Fest that took place these past few weeks, and also looks ahead to the Lutsen 99er happening this weekend. Included as well: clinics, camps, and more; all courtesy of Jay Richards.

Worldloppet Bans Russia Skiers, Events

June 18, 2022
As part of the Worldloppet Annual General Meeting, this year held in-person in Mora, Sweden, it has been announced that Russian (and Belarus) athletes will be barred from Worldloppet events, and the Demino Skimarathon has been suspended as a Worldloppet series event. The American Birkebeiner and the Gatineau Loppet are both Worldloppet events.

CXC Announces Coaching Excellent Award for Team Birkie's Caitlin Gregg

June 17, 2022
Each year CXC recognizes one of its great coaches with the Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award. This year’s recipient of the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award goes to Caitlin Gregg, a driving force behind the creation of Team Birkie, the newest professional cross country ski team in the Central region.

Olympics: Nordic Combined May Be Cut From 2026 Winter Games

June 16, 2022
Nordic Combined could be dropped from the Winter Olympic Games as one possible outcome of resolving gender equity issues. It is the only Olympic sport without women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to make a decision soon about whether to allow women to compete in Nordic combined at the 2026 Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Games. Men in Nordic combined have been publicly pushing on social media and elsewhere for women to be included.

Chippewa Triathlon Results

June 12, 2022
Just over a month after the lakes and rivers thawed out in Cass Lake, the Chippewa Triathlon took place on Sunday, drawing in a sizeable crowd from across the Midwest. Chris Godwin and Deanne Hart were the fastest finishers in the solo category, while John Kallemeyn and Maria Janowiak retained their titles from the previous year in the doubles category. First place in the 2-4 person relay went to the Michigan Paddlers, Ryan Harris and Jim Harwood.

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Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Team Birkie Returns After Successful First Season

June 9, 2022
After a standout inaugural season, Team Birkie is reaching for new heights during the 2022-2023 cross country ski season. The team expands with four additions: Renae Anderson, Erin Bianco, Xavier Mansfield, and Gus Schatzlein, all Minnesota natives. Consider helping fund their efforts this season with an individual donation.

Biathlon: Distinguished Career - Leif Nordgren

June 6, 2022
US Biathlon featured Minnesota native Leif Nordgren and his storied career, along with his plans for the future, in a recent podcast.

Athlete Updates

June 5, 2022
Altitude Training - Zak Ketterson writes a guide to altitude training as he heads out west for a training block with Team Birkie.
April Adventures - Alayna Sonnesyn recaps a whirlwind post-season vacation, hitting Jamaica and Europe before getting back on the skis in Bend, OR.
Recap and Reflections - Michaela Keller-Miller recaps the second half of her season, including the big races at the Birkie and up in Whistler.
Back to Square One - Top junior Greta Hansen shares some of a brief history with Nordic skiing, including overcoming a serious medical issue.
Tech to the Stars - Chris Hecker covers his season as wax tech for the US Ski Team.

US Ski Team: Bourne Joins Cross Country Team As D-Team Coach

June 2, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announces that Kristen Bourne, a Twin Cities native, will join the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team staff as D-Team coach. Bourne, who has worked with the team on several projects as a ski technician and coach, replaces Kate Johnson, who coached the D-Team for the past two seasons.

Midwest MTB Report

May 25, 2022
Racing action is in full swing across the Midwest with stops in both the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and the Wisconsin Off-Road Series taking place over the weekend alongside smaller events like The Log Jam in Cloquet. Jay Richards has highlights from those races, as well as excepts from a handful of articles from around the web in this report for the last week of May, with a look ahead to some events beginning in June to cap it all off.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

May 24, 2022
Prices on the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon and Open Track events jump this Friday. Get your registration in by Thursday night to save some cash and ensure your place on the start line!

North End Trail Run Saturday

May 24, 2022
The North End Ski Club in Cable will present the fourth annual running of the North End Trail Run on Saturday, May 28th. The Trail Run is a low key, low-frills event intended to provide a community building event and an opportunity to enjoy the local trails and a positive trail experience. Distance include 5K, 10K and half marathon and utilize the singletrack bike trail and segments of the North End ski trail.

Out There: Shoreline Rollerski Races July 8-9

May 23, 2022
The Shoresline Sprints rollerski event expands this July with two days of racing, including a new classic distance race on Friday and then skate sprints on Saturday. Pro, senior and junior athletes are all invited to participate, with spectators encouraged to come out and cheer!

Midwest MTB Report

May 18, 2022
With conditions improving and trail systems opening back up, we return to Jay Richard's coverage of the happenings in and around the Midwest. This week's report dives into an assortment of national news and articles, in addition to local developments such as new trails coming to Minocqua Winter Park. The racing action continues as well, with the Big Mountain Enduro Series kicking off this past weekend, and Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and Wisconsin Off-Road Series on deck for this coming weekend.

Minnesota High School Canoe and Kayak Championships Set for June 12th

May 18, 2022
The Minnesota Canoe Association and TwoPaddles.org invites all high school students (grades 9-12) to participate in the Minnesota High School Canoe and Kayak Championships on Sunday June 12th in Coon Rapids. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided.

US Ski Team: Cross-Country Team Nominated for the 2022-23 Season

May 10, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced 22 athletes nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2022-23 season. In addition to established veterans, including three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins and two-time Olympians Rosie Brennan and Scott Patterson, the team includes five new members. Moving up to the A Team for the coming season are 2022 Olympians JC Schoonmaker, Julia Kern, Novie McCabe, Ben Ogden and Patterson. Midwest athletes making the list include Zak Ketterson (B team) and Kevin Bolger (B team).

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 8, 2022
Beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River paddling races with over 125 entries competing. Pro Boat winners were Devin Arenz and Mike Vincent for the men, Jessica Kozarek and Patti Bohaty for the women, and Josie and Dave Nelson the top mixed pairing.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Spring Meeting Minutes

May 5, 2022
Minutes have been posted for the Spring Meeting of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association. Plus review amended bylaws, update your contact info, and reasons to join the association.

Midwest MTB Report

May 3, 2022
Rolling on despite a delayed start to the season in some places, Jay Richards in here to bring us up to speed on where the wheels are moving throughout the Midwest. Early season racing recaps, ongoing and upcoming skill clinics, an article of the week, and a look ahead to events on the horizon are all featured in this week's MTB report.

2022 Collegiate Tally Board

May 2, 2022
We've fired up the collegiate tally board, tracking high school Nordic skiing seniors and their future plans. Find out who's skiing in college, and contribute to the board.

Birkie Registration Now Open

May 2, 2022
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Open Track Birkie opened on May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on early pricing by registering now!