Archives 2020

US Nationals, Junior Nationals Replaced with Regional Competitions

September 12, 2020
US Ski and Snowboard announced earlier this month that the major national competitions, including SuperTour, US Nationals, and Junior Nationals, will be replaced with regional level competitions this season due to the ongoing pandemic. This has a large impact on the Midwest as Houghton, MI, was due to host US Nationals and Minneapolis, MN, Junior National competitions.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run Thursday Night

September 9, 2020
If you're still hoping to participate in the Birkie Trail run events, Sept 26-27, either in-person or virtual and haven't registered, jump on it before midnight Thursday to avoid the next price hike!

FIS Alpine Cancels North American Schedule

August 26, 2020
Due to the impacts of the coronavirus, FIS has decided to cancel early season North American events and hold the entire FIS season in Europe for 2020-21.

Loppet Completes First Race in MTB Series

August 25, 2020
Last Saturday, nearly 150 riders turned out at Theodore Wirth to race in the Loppet Foundation's first event of their mountain bike time trial series. The event featured socially distanced starts with a wide range of ages competing.

CSS Nordic Skiing Fundraising Challenge

August 24, 2020
The CSS Nordic Ski Team taking on a challenge to best the other CSS athletics during the campus wide Week of Giving. Any contribution will help in their goal, and will go to the purchase of Ski Ergs, additional wax stations, and high visibility clothing for roller ski safety.

Midwest MTB Report

August 21, 2020
In this week's Midwest MTB Report Jay Richards covers one of the first races of the summer, the Giants Ridge Grind, highlights the start of the Loppet MTB TT series, cancellation of Chequamegon, new trail development, and some awesome trail exploration in South Dakota.

Vasaloppet Seeks Race Coordinator

August 19, 2020
Vasaloppet USA in Mora is looking for an individual to join their team as a race coordinator.

Eden Prairie/Minnetonka Rollerski Time Trial Results

August 8, 2020
Summer training juniors from Eden Prairie and Minnetonka high schools competed in a four mile rollerski trial at Carver Park on Friday.

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Results: 4K rollerski

Midwest MTB Report

August 6, 2020
The Midwest MTB report, brought to us by Jay Richards, this week includes a recap from the Maah Daah Hey 100, highlights from the Duluth Enduro series, updates on local races, a few cycling related items and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Birkie Trail Run Price Hike Friday

August 5, 2020
With a successful Lumberjack Run event last weekend, the Birkie organization is putting in final preparations for the Birkie Trail Run in September. A new virtual race options have been added as well. The next price hike comes Friday, August 7th, so get your registrations in by Thursday night to save some cash.

Lumberjack Run on for August 1st

July 25, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is planning to host their Lumberjack Run next Saturday, August 1st in Hayward. The event will observe procedures designed for a safe event, and also offers the option to participate virtually.

Collegiate: Amanda Kautzer Named NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year

July 23, 2020
Senior women's skier Amanda Kautzer of Michigan Technological University has been named as the 2019-20 Academic All-America of the Year for Division II, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Midwest MTB Report

July 21, 2020
Another jam packed edition of the Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards, this week highlighting one of the first races on tap for Minnesota, reports on North Dakota racing and trail development, updates on the Wisconsin high school racing scene, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Trail Mix is On Now

July 20, 2020
Three Rivers Park Districts annual Trail Mix run has switch to a virtual format this year and is running July 11th thru the 26th. Race options include 12.5, 25K and 50K with courses marked at Lake Rebecca.

Birkie Events Nearly Full for Tier 2

July 15, 2020
If you'd like to save some money on the 2021 American Birkebeiner races, you'll need to act quickly. Tier 2 is expected to close Thursday night, July 16th!

Midwest MTB Report

July 15, 2020
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week features MN high school season firing up, updates on virtual events, Ron Bergin retires, a Minnesota trail featured nationally and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Hayward Area Trail Runs in August

July 14, 2020
The American Birkebeiner and North End Ski Club are planning to hold trail running events the first weekend in August in the Cable/Hayward area.   
Aug 1 Lumberjack Run - Moved to the Fish Hatchery trailhead this season, and can also be run as a virtual race.
Aug 2 North End Classic - The trail run will be based out of the North End trailhead, just south of Cable.

Worldloppet: Bill Brown Shares Story on Completing All 20

July 12, 2020
Minnesotan Bill Brown shares his story on becoming the first American to complete all 20 Worldloppet races. And 'Like' the story to help it become one of the top ranked Worldloppet stories.

John Munger Resigns from Loppet Foundation

July 10, 2020
In a surprising move Friday, founder and executive director John Munger stepped down from the Loppet Foundation as announced by the board of directors. Ray Aponte has been named as interim executive director.

Midwest MTB Report

June 30, 2020
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week features updates from a Minnesotan out West, updates on several Midwest races, and the Strava ride of the week.

Midwest MTB Report

June 24, 2020
This week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards provides a firsthand tour of some incredible new trails in Minnesota, virtual race updates, a report from Badlands 100, tips on biking with family, and more.

Birkie Lumberjack Run Set for Aug 1st

June 17, 2020
While the Lumberjack World Championships were cancelled for this year, the Lumberjack 5K run event will be held on August 1st. The event has been moved to Fish Hatchery Park, and runners have the option to compete virtually.

USCSA Summer Conference Recap

June 16, 2020
Last weekend USCSA held their summer conference and midwest student representative Luke Dykowski and members of the publishing team at the USCSA put together a summary press release which includes info on the 2021 Nationals venue, covid plans, as well as race and racism in the sport.

Midwest MTB Report

June 16, 2020
by Jay Richards
Jay Richards' Midwest MTB report this week includes a recap from the Otter Creek MTB race, an update from pro cyclist and Minneapolis native Corey Coogan Cisek, a couple of cycling related items to note including some virtual events.

Vasaloppet Registration Now Open

June 15, 2020
Registration for the 2021 Vasaloppet events is now open. Help support this community and their snowmaking efforts by registering today!

Midwest MTB Report

June 9, 2020
Another jam-packed mountain bike report this week from Jay Richards! Included in the write up: the new Redhead trail system on the Mesabi iron range, riders staying fit with "notta races" and building backyard tracks, a review of Fargo-Moorhead trail work, Strava ride(s) of the week, and much more.

Midwest MTB Report

June 3, 2020
Jay Richards MTB report this week includes updates on a record broken on the Kokopelli trail, World Cup MTB update, new trail along the Northshore, updates on lift service mountain biking in the area and a return of the Strava rides feature.

Junior Nationals Returns to Theodore Wirth

June 2, 2020
The 2021 US Junior Nationals competition will be held in Minneapolis in March at Theodore Wirth. The week long competition brings in top juniors from across the nation. Minneapolis last hosted Junior Nationals in 2011.

Midwest MTB Report

May 27, 2020
Jay Richards rolls out the first MTB report of the season, bringing us up-to-date on many of the major Midwest MTB race plans, trail controversies in Duluth, Battle Creek plans, and some of the bike trail systems in the area.

CXC Announces Regional Elite Group Athletes

May 25, 2020
CXC has posted the athletes invited for 2020 Regional Elite Group training camp. The exact plans for the camp are still in flux as the staff works through the latest pandemic restrictions and best-practices.

US Ski Team: Barton, Hecker Join U.S. Cross Country Team Staff

May 20, 2020
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team welcomes two new staff members for the 2020-21 season, including Development Team coach Kate Barton, and to the World Cup Service Team, Minnesota's own Chris Hecker. Hecker is replacing Jean-Pascal Laurin, who stepped down following the 2019-20 season to dedicate more time to a booming farming operation.

CityTrail Loppet Coverage

May 15, 2020
The CityTrail Loppet, the Loppet Foundations urban spring running adventure, is being held as a virtual event this year. Runners register, pick a time to course the designated course, then upload their time afterwards. The full results should be published after the race closes on Sunday (still time to register and run it!).

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Photoset: CityTrail Loppet Course
Photoset from Instagram: CityTrail Loppet Photos
Photoset from Loppet Foundation: CityTrail Loppet Photo Album
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Loppet

Endurance United Summer Junior Announcement

May 13, 2020
Endurance United opens their summer junior training program sign up and details expectations. There will be a virtual information session via Zoom on Wednesday evening, May 27th.

2020 Collegiate Tally Board

May 13, 2020
We've fired up the collegiate tally board for the class of 2020. Let us know your college plans so we care share with the rest of the skiing community!

Gogebic Community College Nordic Skiing to Start This Winter

May 11, 2020
The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees approved the addition of Nordic Skiing as a club sport beginning this winter. The club plans to have a paid coach and compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Midwestern Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Conference (MSCA).

CityTrail Loppet Goes Virtual Next Week

May 6, 2020
The Loppet Foundation will hold their popular spring urban trail run, CityTrail Loppet, as a virtual race over six days next week (May 12-17). Log your best time on the designated 10K race course, post the results and then check back to see how you fared.

US Ski Team: Over 20 Skiers Nominated for the US Ski Team

May 4, 2020
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced nominations for the 2020-21 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Jessie Diggins and Kevin Bolger are the Midwest representatives in the line-up.