Archives 2020-2021

NewSection 1 Results

March 2, 2021
Brian Abery reports: Minnesota high school Section 1 Championships took place Tuesday at Hyland Lake with the boys and girls experiencing very different competitions. Racing first in the morning, the boys had a relatively firm track with Magnus O'Connor leading the Prior Lake boys to victory winning the combined by almost one minute over his young brother Evan. Sam Folland, Northfield, took third place overall. The girls races were an entirely different animal as the track broke down in the afternoon and there was free water in the snow as the temps rose to the upper 40s. Greta Engels, Lakeville, and Hastings Linnea Urban battled it out for the individual title with Engels edging Urban by 1.8 seconds for the overall in spite of the latter being the only girl to break 14 minutes in the freestyle race. Olivia Matsoff, Eagan-Eastview, rounded out the podium. On the team side, Prior Lake bested Eagan by 10 points for the team tile, while the Rosemount girls held off Eagan-Eastview by 8 points.

NewSection 8 Results

March 2, 2021
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to the Minnesota High School Section 8 Championships under bright March sunshine and fast warming temperatures on Tuesday. The changing conditions after a fast boy's classic race did little to alter the power generated from champ Logan Jensen, Bemidji, who put in a dominating performance in both the classic and skate events and was the only skier to post a sub-10 minute classic time. Little Falls Jackson Grant put up a solid fight to nail the second spot while Jensen's teammate Nick Youso collected third after posting the second fastest time in classic. In the girls race, Kaisia Bosek of Alexandria skied to the fastest classic time in the morning but Brainerd's Lilian Schaeffer put in a crushing skate performance that was good enough to overtake Bosek and take the Section title. St. Cloud Tech's Wren Scott-Lumbar registered the third spot. Team titles went to the Bemidji boys with Little Falls the runner up. The Brainerd girls took the top spot and Alexandria girls finally punched their ticket to State after missing by the slimmest of margins the previous two years.

NewSection 2 Coverage

March 2, 2021
Minnesota High School Section 2 Championships quickly turned into a battle of heat and slop as temperatures soaring into the 40s by late Tuesday morning at Theodore Wirth. The boys race was an exciting three way battle between Minneapolis Southwest's Cooper Camp and Victor Sparks and Eden Prairie's Benon Brattebo. Brattebo posted the top classic time, but then the Southwest boys came flying back in the skate with Camp logging the fastest time and taking the combined title by less than four seconds, Brattebo second, and Sparks just 4/10s behind! Margaret Wagner, Edina, ruled the day for the girls posting the fastest times in both formats. Eden Prairie's Ella Bakken posted a fast enough freestyle time to take second place in the overall, with Washburn's Etta Leugers third. Teams advancing to State: Minneapolis Southwest and Eden Prairie boys, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Washburn girls. Results linked in, along with photosets.

NewWorld Championship: 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 Obersdorf, 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

NewSection 3 Results

March 1, 2021
Minnesota high school Section 3 championships were run on fast trails at Hyland Lake on Monday. St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening had a strong performance, posting the only sub-13 minute classic and sub-11 minute freestyle results in collecting the girls victory. SPA eighth grader Inga Wing skied to second place with Math and Science Academy's Greta Hansen in third. Davis Isom, St. Paul Highland Park topped the boys field with St. Paul Central's Charlie Ostergren second and Isom's teammate Otto Schmidt third. St. Paul Highland Park and St. Paul Academy girls advance to State, along with St. Paul Central and St. Paul Highland Park boys.

NewSection 6 Coverage

March 1, 2021
Minnesota High School Sectional Championships got underway Monday, with Section 6 competing on new snow and temperatures in the teens at Theodore Wirth. Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, leveraged a strong classic race with enough speed in the freestyle to defeat Colin Freed, Wayzata, for the boys title with Wayzata's Daniel McCollor third. For the girls, Sydney Drevlow of Hopkins dominated as she won both classic and freestyle races. Lauren McCollor, Wayzata was second with Hopkin's Elsa Bergman third. Boys teams Wayzata and Robbinsdale-Armstrong and girls teams Wayzata and Hopkins advance to State. Results linked in, along with photos.

NewNCAA Regionals: Freestyle Coverage

February 28, 2021
Day two of the NCAA Regionals in Houghton, MI, and like much of the region, snow became a factor as the flakes starting falling during the men's race. NMU's Kjetil Banerud skated to the top men's 20K time with MTU's Patrick Acton second, Tobias Moosmann, NMU, third. On the women's side, NMU made a clean sweep of the top five placings with Molly Miller taking the win, Malin Boerjesjoe second, and Hilde Eide third. Results linked in, photos by Chris Schmidt.

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.

Birkie Classic Livestream

February 28, 2021

Price Hike: Great Bear Chase

February 27, 2021
Looking to use some of that late season fittest in one more marathon? The Great Bear Chase in Calumet, Michigan, has a number of pandemic appropriate racing options available! But register by Monday night, Mar 1st, as the price jumps after that.

NCAA Regionals: Classic Coverage

February 27, 2021
In the final step towards NCAA Championships, regionals are underway this weekend in Houghton, MI. Saturday was classic races, 5K for the women, 10K for the men. Anabell Needham, MTU, posted the best women's time, following closely by NMU's Molly Miller and Hilde Eide. On the men's side, Zak Ketterson, NMU, posted a punishing sub 27 minute time for the victory with teammate Kjetil Banerud second, and CSS's Emil Book Bratbak third. Results linked in, along with photos from Chris Schmidt.

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.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 5

February 26, 2021
Another round of rankings is out, just in front of the big section meets next week. Some shuffling in individual rankings, and a new number one team for the girls!

Junior Birkie Coverage

February 26, 2021
The kids finally got their chance to shine at Birkie Week on Friday with the Junior Birkie races at the Kortelopet Stadium. Check out the final results and photos from the event.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA

February 25, 2021
All three major collegiate divisions were racing last weekend as NCAA Championships draw near. Luke Brown has recaps on all the divisions, plus an update on NCAA selections.

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.

Minnesota State Meet Switches to Two Day Format

February 24, 2021
The 2021 covid format Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Championships has been changed to a two day format, with girls on Thursday, March 11th and boys on Friday, March 12th. In addition, the section qualification has been restored to the two two teams of seven skiers, plus the top six individual skiers not on the selected teams.

Birkie Livestream

February 24, 2021

Birkie Week Racing

February 22, 2021
The racing calendar comes out early ...
Feb 24-28 Birkie Races - The Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon in-person racing on the Birkie trail!

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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.

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.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Coverage

February 21, 2021
A near perfect day of racing Sunday at Theodore Wirth for the freestyle races in the Mayor's Challenge. Caitlin Gregg showcased some of her World Cup talent in posting the only sub 15 minute time in the women's 5K on a challenging course. Renae Anderson (U23) and Erin Bianco (U23) rounded out the top three. Maggie Wagner was the fastest of the U18 field, Sydney Drevlow best of the U16 (and 5th overall), and Isabel Seay topped the U20 group. In the men's 10K, Christian Gostout (U23) ruled the day while Adrik Kraftson (U18) was second, Tyrg Solberg (U23) third. Colin Freed skated to the best U20 time. In the boy's 5K, Daniel McCollor topped Davis Isom by just over six seconds for the win, Josh Frett third. Results linked in, photos from the 5K and 10K events online now.

Mayor's Challenge Super Cup Livestream

February 21, 2021

Mayor's Challenge Sprint Coverage

February 20, 2021
Temperatures started off in the single digits for the classic sprints but rose into the 20's in the afternoon for the freestyle sprints. Posting the top times in the classic sprints were Joe Lynch (U20) and Renae Anderson (U23). Roger Anderson was second overall by only a few tenths of a second for the best U18 time with Miles Miner the top U16 skier. Jordan Parent was third overall as the top U18 gal, Margaret Dalseth posted the top U20 time, and Sydney Drevlow was the best of the U16 field. The afternoon freestyle races had some extra "bumps" on the course to change things up. Renae Anderson (U23) completed with the sprint sweep with the best freestyle time, Cooper Camp (U18) had the top time for the boys. Isabel Seay scooped up the best U20 result, Lauren McCollor had the top time for the girls U18 division while Margo Nightingale topped the U16 field. Joe Lynch lead the U20 skiers and just missed the sweep, finishing just two-tenths of a second behind Camp. Davis Isom was the fastest of the U16 guys. Results linked in, along with photos from the classic sprints.

Vasaloppet Freestyle Results

February 20, 2021
In-person racing fired up for the Vasaloppet on Saturday with the first event on tap: 47K freestyle race. Matt Liebsch somehow found a way to nip Ian Torchia at the line to collect his 12th title, with Brian Gregg finishing third. Alayna Sonnesyn was the women's champion, and eighth overall, with Abby Drach second and Claire Trujillo third. In the afternoon 32K race, Dennis Curran and Nicole Schneider collected the victories. Sunday will feature the classic races.

World Cup Final Weekend Rescheduled

February 20, 2021
After cancelling the final World Cup racing weekend in Oslo, Norway, FIS has rescheduled the event for Engadin, Switzerland on March 13-14th. The final events will be a mass start 10K/15K classic followed the next day with a pursuit start 30K/50K freestyle race, using much of the famed Engadin skimarathon course.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 4

February 18, 2021
Whew -- after being frozen out, the rankings finally get a refresh. Nothing new at the top of the heap, but plenty of tweaks including some well deserving that had been previously left out.

Coaches Association Proposes State Meet Format

February 18, 2021
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association has put forward a new proposal for the State Meet this March, suggesting the normal section selection criteria with a two-day State Meet format at Giants Ridge with boys and girls competing on separate days, each skiing 5K classic in the morning and 5K freestyle (non-pursuit) in the afternoon. A final decision is expected by early next week.

Weekend Racing

February 17, 2021
The racing season resumes after multiple cold week cancellations...
Feb 20-21 Vasaloppet USA - Freestyle races on Saturday, classic races on Sunday, with each division having their own start window.
Feb 20-21 Mayor's Challenge - Sprint qualifiers on Saturday, freestyle distance racing on Sunday.
Feb 20-21 CCSA Championships - Collegiate action on the Grand Avenue trails in Duluth.
As usual, we post any updates we receive in our Racing Outlook.

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Virtual Birkie Partner Courses

February 16, 2021
A number of locations across the United States are offering courses to complete your virtual Birkie this year, including locations like Snow Mountain Ranch, Bearskin and Golden Eagle Lodges, ABR, Vasaloppet, and many more.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA

February 15, 2021
The Eastern conference (EISA) was the only action last weekend, but Midwest skiers continued to post some strong results. Luke Brown brings us the weekend recap.

Junior World/U23 Championships: Relay Day and Classic Distance Recap

February 14, 2021
The Junior/U23 World Championships wrapped up this weekend with relay races and classic distance events. Michaela Keller-Miller brings us a full recap on the races, including a fifth place finish in the U23 mixed relay.

World Cup Remaining Races Cancelled

February 13, 2021
The remaining World Cup races on the calendar, Feb 20-21 Nove Mesto (CZE), Mar 12-14 Oslo (NOR), and Mar 19-21 Beijing (CHN), have now been cancelled due to pandemic restrictions. On paper, this would appear to give Jessie Diggins the World Cup title with Rosie Brennan third. Gus Schumacher would also finish third in the U23 World Cup competition. However, official announcement is still pending and some races could be added.

Junior World/U23 Championships: Skate Distance Recap

February 12, 2021
Freestyle racing on Friday for the Junior/U23 World Championships, as the US scored a number of top 20 finishes, including fifth places by Zanden McMullen and Sophia Laukli. Canadian Olivier Leveille earned a bronze medal as well. Michaela Keller-Miller brings us the complete recap.

Biathlon: Jake Brown Sprints to 12th at World Championships

February 12, 2021
Minnesota's Jake Brown had an epic day Friday at the Biathlon World Championships, using some clean shooting to ski to a career best 12th and just over 30 seconds off the podium in the 10K event! Midwest natives Leif Nordren and Paul Schommer finished 46th and 72nd respectively.

Junior World/U23 Championships: Classic Sprint Recap, Preview of Upcoming Week

February 11, 2021
The Junior World/U23 Championships are underway in a scenic but very chilly Vuokatti, Finland, this week. Michaela Keller-Miller brings us up-to-date with the classic sprint events and a look at the remaining competitions.

Wisconsin State Meet Posted Postponed

February 10, 2021
Another casualty to the cold weather: The Wisconsin State Meet scheduled for this weekend has been posted to early March. Also, the CCSA races scheduled for this weekend in Rhinelander have been cancelled.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

February 9, 2021
Collegiate racing continues to find ways to compete during the pandemic. Luke Brown has recaps from the East coast and Rockies.

World Cup Update: Ulricehamn Recap

February 9, 2021
Jeremy Hecker of Rex Wax brings us the recap on last weekend's sprint races in Ulricehamn, Sweden, plus a brief look at the last World Cup races before the World Championships.

Racing Outlook

February 9, 2021
Forecast cold weather again this weekend is playing havoc with the racing calendar: North End Classic postponed, Vasaloppet postponed, Pre-Birkie considering delay, WI State Championships watching the weather.

Vasaloppet Postponed Due to Cold Weather

February 9, 2021
Vasaloppet USA organizers have announced the postponement of the races scheduled for this weekend, Feb 13-14, due to expected bitter cold weather. The events will be held the following weekend, Feb 20-21.

Coaches Association Seeks State Meet Input

February 8, 2021
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association is seeking member input on the 2021 State Meet, planned for March 12th. President Michael Meehlhause presents some of the details and options and is asking coaches to provide input via a Google Form.

Jessie Diggins Honored on Billboard

February 8, 2021
Jessie Diggins recent performance at the Tour de Ski is shared with all of Minnesota as a billboard went up recently, honoring her victory! The billboard was made possibly by Swix.

Great Bear Chase: Winter has Arrived

February 8, 2021
The Great Bear Chase in Calumet, MI, is happy to report great conditions on the Swedetown trails as the big event is less than a month away! Catch up on their latest updates, including the virtual option. And act quickly, some races are near capacity!

Birkie Event Livestream Update Monday Night

February 7, 2021
As the Birkie draws near, organizer will host another live event on Monday night at 7 pm via Microsoft Teams. Catch the latest Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon event updates, clarifying Birkie Week details, reviewing the new virtual options, and making key announcements for your Birkie 2021 experience.

World Cup Ulricehamn: Team Sprints

February 7, 2021
Exciting two-person freestyle team sprints were contested on Sunday in Ulricehamn, Sweden, for the World Cup. The duo of Sadie Mauret Bjornsen and Jessie Diggins skied at the front of the field throughout, just missing the podium in a tough final sprint as Diggins came in fourth. The men's tandem of Simi Hamilton and Kevin Bolger were also competitive right up until the final few hundred meters, finishing sixth. Favorite Sweden was rocked as the Slovenia women and Italian men claimed victory.

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Results: Team Sprints

Striding Towards a Dream

February 6, 2021
Errol Chen, a Taiwanese native living in the Madison area, has a dream of competing in the Winter Olympics. An elite level marathoner, Chen has taken up Nordic skiing and competed last weekend in the Seeley Hills Classic. Mark Parman brings us Chen's story.

World Cup Ulricehamn: Freestyle Sprints

February 6, 2021
A crisp day of racing in Ulricehamn, Sweden, for World Cup freestyle sprints on Saturday. Jessie Diggins put herself on the podium with a gritty third place finish, boosting her overall World Cup lead. Sweden went 1-2 in the women's final with Maja Dahlqvist first, Johanna Hagstroem second. Favorite Linn Svahn crashed out during her quarterfinal. The men's sprint final saw local favorite Oskar Svensson take the victory with Russian Gleb Retivykh second and Italy's Federico Pellegrino third. Kevin Bolger was the top American, finishing 24th. Sunday brings the team sprint races, starting at 5:45 am CST.

World Cup Ulricehamn Coverage

February 4, 2021
The World Cup stays in Sweden, racing this weekend in Ulricehamn. On tap is freestyle sprints Saturday with team sprints on Sunday. Peacock Premium will have live coverage, starting with the sprint heats at 5:50 am CST on Saturday, and the team sprint heats Sunday at 5:45 am CST.

Price Hike: Vasaloppet USA

February 4, 2021
The Vasaloppet has their cbourses ready and weather looks good for the big races next weekend, Feb 13-14! If you're planning on racing, get your registration in by Saturday night, Feb 6th to avoid the next price hike.

Minnesota State Meet is On!

February 4, 2021
The Minnesota State High School League board of directors approved plans for state tournaments this winter. The Nordic skiing State Meet is scheduled for Friday, March 12th at Giants Ridge. They plan to split the genders up, with one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon, as well as limiting the field size to 88 skiers per gender.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 3

February 3, 2021
Another JNQ in the books and a regular diet of high school meets has allowed us to generate a new set of rankings for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing scene. Keeping a firm grip at the top, Molly Moening and her Highland Park teammates hold both the individual and team number one rankings. On the boys side, things are getting tighter but Colin Freed holds on for at least another round as the top ranked guy, with Minneapolis Southwest the top team.

US Elite Racing: Late January Update

February 2, 2021
Much like the collegiate scene, the elite racing scene across the US continues to find ways to put on safe competitions during the pandemic. Michaela Keller-Miller has an update on the last couple of weeks of racing across the US, as a number of Midwest natives have been skiing to some great results.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA

February 2, 2021
CCSA and EISA were both in action last weekend as the collegiate racing season continues to forge a way through the pandemic impacted environment. Luke Brown brings us the highlights on the racing action, with the usual emphasis on Midwest skiers.

City of Lakes Loppet Weekend Ski Races Cancelled

February 2, 2021
For the safety and well-being of both participants and volunteers, the City of Lakes Loppet organizers have decided today to cancel the Skate/Classic Ski Loppet and Skate/Classic Ski Puoli Loppet in-person events on both Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7.

Racing Outlook

February 2, 2021
With cold weather coming in for the weekend, updates are flooding in. City of Lakes Loppet ski races cancelled due to cold weather; Mt. Ashwabay Summit also cancelled; Moraloppet rescheduled; North End Classic rescheduled.

World Cup Update: Falun

February 2, 2021
An action packed three day weekend of World Cup racing in Falun, Sweden, with some fantastic results from the US squad! Rex Wax's Jeremy Hecker brings us the weekend recap as well as a look ahead to another racing weekend in Sweden.

Biathlon: World Championship Teams Announced

February 1, 2021
The 2021 World Championships biathlon team has been announced and includes a number of athletes from the Midwest: Leif Nordgren, Jake Brown, Paul Schommer, and Deedra Irwin. The Biathlon World Championships begin Feb 10th in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

World Cup Falun: Classic Sprints

January 31, 2021
Wrapping up a long weekend of racing, classic sprint races were contested on Sunday in Falun, Sweden for the World Cup. Jessie Diggins again led the way for the US squad, using a spectacular finishing stretch to advance to the semi-finals where she finished 8th on the day. JC Schoonmaker had the top result for the US men, qualifying 11th and finishing 18th. The women's sprint final saw Sweden's Linn Svahn take another victory with Slovenia's Anamarija Lampic outstretching Sweden's Jonna Sundling for second. Norway's Johannes Klaebo appeared to be back on form, taking the men's win after teammate Eric Valnes crashed in the finishing curve, with Sweden's Oskar Svensson collecting third, Norway's Haavard Taugboel third. Next weekend will feature team and individual sprints in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

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City of Lakes Loppet Fat Bike Races Coverage

January 31, 2021
The City of Lakes Loppet held their first weekend of events, Jan 30-31, pulling off a wide range of activities from kids races to the Luminary Loppet to skijoring. We caught the fat bike races on Sunday morning. In the 29 Fat Tire Loppet, Steve Marshall edged out Joel LaFrance by just eight seconds for the victory, with Christopher Stevens taking third. Sonia Pond won the women's division (and was 12th overall), with Leah Miller second, Jill Beskar third. Champions of the 16K Puoli Fat Tire Loppet were Bob Thompson and Elizabeth Yray.

Price Hike: Great Bear Chase

January 30, 2021
The Great Bear Chase is coming up in early March, and they're offering both in-person and virtual racing options. Sign up by Feb 1st to avoid the next price hike!

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage

January 30, 2021
Racing out of the Hwy OO trailhead on the Birkie trail, the Seeley Hill Classic returned to their roots on Saturday. In the 42K race, fresh snow broke out during the event which featured Brian Gregg breaking away for the victory, Matt Liebsch second with Isaac Wieber third. Caitlin Gregg sealed the family sweep, taking the women's title (and 11th overall) with Marit Sonnesyn just a few minutes back in second and Bonnie Weiskopf taking third. Titles in the 22K went to Nick Ross and Della Bettendorf. Results linked in, along with 42K photos by Jackie Schneider.

World Cup Falun: Classic

January 30, 2021
Another exciting day of racing on the World Cup in Falun, Sweden, Saturday featuring mass start classic races. Jessie Diggins pushed herself to remain in contact with the lead group for most of the race, eventually finishing seventh. The women's race came down to an exciting finish with Therese Johaug trying to fend off a pack of wolves: Sweden's Linn Svahn showing cagey tactics in positioning herself well and then using her sprinting prowess to take the victory, Russian Yulia Stupak doubling poling past Johaug for second, with Johaug just edging out Germany's Katherine Henning for third. On the men's side, Russia's Alexander Bolshunov took on half the Norwegian team to win a sprint finish over Johannes Klaebo and Paal Goldberg. Gus Schumacher led for the US men again, taking 28th even after falling early in the race. Sunday wraps up the long weekend with classic sprint events, heats starting at 6:30 am CST.

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic

World Cup Falun: Freestyle

January 29, 2021
An incredible performance by World Cup leader Jessie Diggins on Friday, finally taking down the queen, Therese Johaug, in a very cold 10K freestyle race in Falun, Sweden. Diggins had the disadvantage of being seeded around the middle of the interval start field and it appeared Johaug was going to squeak out a narrow victory, but Diggins flipped the script in the final kilometer to take the win by 2.1 seconds! It was a great performance across the US squad as Rosie Brennan was 8th and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen 10th. And just as spectacular for the young upstart's career, Gus Schumacher notched 9th place in a stacked men's field! Scott Patterson also scored well in 15th. Saturday will be mass start classic races, men’s 15K at 6:30 am CST, women’s 10K at 7:55 am CST.

World Cup Update: Lahti

January 26, 2021
Another exciting weekend of racing as the World Cup picked up again in Lahti, Finland. Rex Wax's Jeremy Hecker shares his take on last weekend's action, plus a look ahead to a busy racing weekend in Falun, Sweden.

Collegiate Racing Recap: RMISA, Misc

January 26, 2021
Luke Brown reports on RMISA division racing out west, plus some off circuit racing by Midwest athletes.

Birkieland Doubleheader: Seeley Hills Classic, Birkie Tour

January 26, 2021
Two big events available this weekend in Birkieland with the Seeley Hills Classic running out of Hwy OO trailhead on Saturday and then the Birkie Tour on Sunday at the Birkie start area trailhead. Both events will apply extensive covid protocols to ensure a safe weekend. Seeley Hills Classic has separate race times and numerous waves for each race. The Birkie Tour will give skiers a first crack at test driving the Birkie race courses.

Racing Outlook

January 25, 2021
Starting updates on the weekend races: Seeley Hills Classic set to race out of Hwy OO trailhead; Snekkevik cancelled; Iola Norseman Challenge is still on.

Duluth CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 24, 2021
A big day of freestyle racing at Grand Avenue Nordic Center Sunday for the Duluth CXC Super Cup races. Some blazing fast times for the 7.5K distance with Cooper Camp, U18, posting the best at 18:04. Colin Freed again lead the U20 men (and 2nd overall), while Daniel McCollor also repeated as U16 champion. On the women's side, Isabel Seay, U20, had the top time at 21:13, with U18's Molly Moening second, and Sydney Drevlow continuing her strong run as top U16 in third overall. Results linked in along with U16 boys race photos by Dave Zoll.

World Cup Lahti: Relay

January 24, 2021
A foggy Sunday in Lahti, Finland, for the team relay races in the World Cup. Norway dominated the event with both the women's and men's teams easily taking the victories. The big story on the day was an altercation between Russia's Alexander Bolshunov and Finland's Joni Maiki in the final stretch as Maiki outfoxed Bolshunov, blocking him out of his lane preference and allowing Finland to take second. Because of Bolshunov's aggressive reaction, he was DQ'd, with the second Russian team moving up to take third. The Swedish women placed second, Finland third. The US squad was fifth in the women's event, seventh in the men's.

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Results: Relays

Duluth Super Cup Livestream

January 24, 2021

Duluth CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 23, 2021
Grand Avenue Nordic Center was the center of action on Saturday as JNQ format races in classic technique were contested. Gus Schatzlein posted the top time in the men's 10K, with Roger Anderson just five seconds back and the top U18 skier followed by Victor Sparks just one second later. Top U20 skier was Colin Freed (5th overall), Daniel McCollor won the boy's U16 5K race. In the women's 5K, a pair of U16 lead the field with Sydney Drevlow and Margo Nightingale separated by a single second! Lauren McCollor was the top U18 (3rd overall), Isabel Seay best of the U20 gals. Results linked in, photos of the U16 boys from Dave Zoll.

City of Lakes Loppet Registration Closing for Fat Bike, Skijor Events

January 23, 2021
If you're planning on competing in some of the events on the first weekend of the City of Lakes Loppet, like the fat bike and ski jor races, you'll need to register by Monday night. The major ski races are on the second weekend, and registration for those races close the following Monday night (Feb 1st).

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage

January 23, 2021
A fun, fast day of racing Saturday at Woodland trails in Elk River for the Skinny Santa Solstice events. Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch broke away by the second lap in the 20K race and then dueled to the finish with Liebsch gaining victory by three seconds. Joel LaFrance topped the remaining field for third. Caitlin Gregg was the women's 20K champion with Bonnie Weiskopf second, Jennie Bentrup third. Victories in the 10K race went to Ryan Davis and Renae Anderson. Results posted along with photosets.

Duluth Super Cup Livestream

January 23, 2021

World Cup Lahti: Skiathlon

January 23, 2021
The Norwegians returned to the start line as the World Cup resumed in Lahti, Finland, on Saturday with skiathlon format events. Jessie Diggins continued her strong form, just missing the podium in the finishing sprint in the women's 15K, as Norway's Therese Johaug won once again with brand-new star Helene Marie Fosseholm (age 19!) in second and Heidi Weng completing the Norway sweep in third. Diggins was 5th, less than a second off the podium with Rosie Brennan, 11th. On the men's side, the results were much the same as Emil Iversen lead a Norwegian sweep with Sjur Roethe second, Paal Golberg third. Gus Schumacher had yet another great race, finishing 18th (only 1:31 back), with Scott Patterson 21st. Sunday will be the thrilling four person relays, live coverage at 2:30 am CST for the women, 3:40 am CST for the men.

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Results: 15K, 30K Skiathlon

Pepsi Challenge Cancelled

January 22, 2021
Due to continuing concerns over the pandemic, the Pepsi Challenge directors have decided to cancel the 2021 event and begin plans for returning in March 2022.

World Cup Lahti Coverage

January 21, 2021
The World Cup returns to action this weekend with racing at the famed Lahti venue in Finland. On tap are women's 15K and men's 30K skiathlon for Saturday and then relay races on Sunday. Three additional Midwest skiers will be joining the team with Jessie Diggins this weekend: Alayna Sonnesyn, Ian Torchia, and Adam Martin! There will be live coverage in the US on Peacock Premium. Women's skiathon is at 3:30 am CST, men's at 6 am CST. Sunday times will be 2:30 am CST for the women, 3:40 am CST for the men.

Virtual Birkie Event Switch Deadlines

January 21, 2021
Two final dates to be aware of for the virtual Birkie events...
Jan 22 Changing to virtual option and receiving bib packet before race week
Feb 27 Hard deadline for switching to virtual event (no guaranteed on bib packages)

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA, EISA

January 20, 2021
Luke Brown covers the first real weekend of collegiate racing for CCSA and RMISA divisions, along with a brief update on the NCAA Championships.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2

January 20, 2021
After a great weekend of racing in Cable, WI, that featured many of the Midwest's best juniors, we take a dive into the individual rankings and shake things up. But at the top, Colin Freed, Wayzata, and Molly Moening, St. Paul Highland Park, remain firmly seated.

Birkie Live Q&A Tonight

January 18, 2021
Join the Birkie staff on Monday evening, Jan 18th, at 7pm for a Birkie Week Q&A Session. Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director, and Kristy Maki, Event Director, will discuss Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon event updates, plans, deadlines, bib pick-up details, virtual experience news, and more.

Cable CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 17, 2021
Another day of fantastic racing on a fast course at the Birkie trailhead in Cable for the CXC Super Cup on Sunday. In the men's 10K freestyle, NMU's Kjetil Baanerud was the top dog again with Tobias Moosmann (also NMU) and Brian Gregg within 30 seconds back. Caitlin Gregg captured the women's 5K freestyle with the only sub 13 minute time on the day. Henriette Semb, MTU, was second with Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, third. Spectacular results by the U18 champions as Adrik Kraftson was 5th and Molly Moening was 7th overall! Best in the U20 field were Olivia Laven and Colin Freed. U16 titles went to Sydney Drevlow and Daniel McCollor. Results linked in, photos of U16 boys by Dave Zoll online now as well as photos posted from the women's 5K and men's 10K by Jackie Schneider.

Pre-Loppet Coverage

January 17, 2021
Hosting their first ski race of the season, the Loppet Foundation pulled off a beautiful Pre-Loppet event on Sunday using a mix of natural and snowmaking trails at Theodore Wirth. Matt Liebsch topped the men's field with Joel LaFrance second, Nathan Porath third. Kim Rudd posted the top women's time with Lisa Garretson second, Jan Guenther third. Results linked in, along with photos from the 15K race.

Cable CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 16, 2021
Near perfect conditions Saturday for classic distance races at the Birkie trailhead in Cable, Wisconsin for the CXC Super Cup series. In the men's 15K, NMU's Kjetil Baanerud clocked the only sub 41 minute time with 40:36 with Brian Gregg second, Tobias Moosmann, NMU, third. The women's 10K field was lead by Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, who has the only sub 32 minute time, coming in at 31:37 with Renae Anderson second, Henriette Semb, NMU third. Top U20 times when to Anabel Needham and Colin Freed. Fastest in the U18 were Molly Moening and Jasper Johnston. U16 victories were earned by Sydney Drevlow and Davis Isom. Results linked in, along with photosets from Jackie Schneider.

Cable Super Cup Livestream

January 16, 2021

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MSHSL Lifts Mask Requirement for Skiing Competitions

January 15, 2021
On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League issued new guidance stating that masks are no longer required during competition for Nordic and alpine events. Note that skiers will still need to mask up before and immediately after their race.

World Junior, U23 Championships Squads Announced

January 15, 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named deep and experienced teams to represent the United States at the 2021 U23 and Junior FIS Cross Country World Championships Feb 8-14 in Vuokatti, Finland. The lone representative from the Midwest is Renae Anderson, Loppet Nordic Racing.

Minnesota High School Racing Underway!

January 14, 2021
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing racing season fired up this week, with the Lake Conference posting one of the first results. Racing at Baker Park on Thursday, Minnetonka boys beat Wayzata by three points (six skier scoring), with Wayzata girls besting the field. Top individuals were Colin Freed, Wayzata (by .2 seconds over teammate Daniel McCollor) and Ella Bakken, Eden Prairie.

Vasaloppet Online Auction Begins

January 14, 2021
Vasaloppet USA begins their annual fundraising drive with an online auction starting this Saturday, Jan 16th and running through Jan 23rd. Check out the wide variety of items, and if you're in the area you could stop in at the Nordic Center Friday night for a raffle and auction preview or join them on Facebook Live.

Price Hike: Pepsi Challenge

January 14, 2021
Organizers are planning for a Covid safe event and there is a field limit of 250. Price jumps on Jan 17th, register by Saturday night to save.

World Cup Update: Tour de Ski Stages 6-8 Recap

January 12, 2021
The Tour de Ski has completed with Jessie Diggins standing on top of the podium! Jeremy Hecker helps break down the final three stages of racing, as well as looking at what's ahead.

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet

January 11, 2021
The City of Lakes Loppet is ramping up for two big weekends of events! The first weekend will feature ski tour events and fat bike races, the second weekend has the skate and classic races. Prices jump Wednesday, so get your registration in before midnight Tuesday.

Racing Outlook

January 11, 2021
An early update on the weekend races: Registration closes for the Cable JNQ Tuesday night; Pre-Loppet is on; HinderBinder is on; River View Loppet is on!

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Pre-Loppet Registration Closing - Register by Thursday night if you plan to race in the Pre-Loppet on Sunday.

Tour de Ski: Stage 8

January 10, 2021
The Tour de Ski series wrapped up on Sunday with their epic hill climb event, this year in mass start format. Sweden put down a challenge in the women's race with Ebba Andersson heading to the front early, but Jessie Diggins never relented, keeping Andersson close as the pair finished 1-2, Diggins collecting her first overall Tour de Ski title! Russian Yulia Stupak was second in the overall, with Andersson moving up to take third. Rosie Brennan completed the series in sixth place as Hailey Swirbul scored a top 20. On the men's side, Russian Denis Spitsov won the hill climb with teammate Alexander Bolshunov taking the series victory, France's Maurice Manificat second, and Spitsov moving up to third. Gus Schumacher had another strong day for the American men, taking 19th on the stage and finishing 18th overall. With the Tour de Ski completed, Diggins takes over the World Cup lead with Brennan in third.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7

January 9, 2021
Classic sprints were the format for the penultimate event of the Tour de Ski series on Saturday in Val di Fiemme, Italy. While no American made the sprint finals, Jessie Diggins did make it into the semi-finals and retains her Tour de Ski leading by 54 seconds. Sweden had a strong showing in the sprints with Linn Svahn leading a podium sweep for the women and Oskar Svensson topping the Russians in the mens final. Sunday's hill climb finale should provide some great battles, especially for women's third place where five athletes start within 30 seconds. Gus Schumacher sits in 18th place overall (and potential top 15), poised for the best American finish ever. The women's event gets underway at 5:45 am CST, the men at 8:35 am CST.

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Results: Classic Sprints

Bearskin Race Series January Update

January 8, 2021
Bearskin's Virtual Race Series continues, with Quinn McCloughan providing an update on the leaderboard and announcing the new Strava race segments for January!

Tour de Ski: Stage 6

January 8, 2021
It was another ground-breaking day at the Tour de Ski for the US squad, this time in a sign for the future. American Gus Schumacher continued his progress up the World Cup results, on Friday skiing to 8th place in the men's 15K mass start classic race and less than 10 seconds off the podium! A truly spectacular result for this 20 year old star. In the women's 10K, Jessie Diggins battled near the front all day before dropping back on the final lap, holding tight to finish 9th and retain the overall Tour de Ski lead. Rosie Brennan had a rougher go of it, getting tripped up early and then fighting to regain the lead group, she ended up 31st on the day. Saturday will be classic sprints, the heats starting at 6:05 am CST.

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic

World Cup Update: Tour de Ski Stages 4-5 Recap

January 6, 2021
Two more exciting stages of the Tour de Ski are recapped by Jeremy Hecker, with insights on top performances and the final stages in the days ahead.

Virtual Lotvola Cup

January 6, 2021
Maplelag's Lotvola Cup is back! Come up and ski the Lotvola Cup course anytime between now and the end of the season and be eligible for prize drawings.

Tour de Ski: Stage 5

January 6, 2021
Another amazing day on the Tour de Ski circuit as Jessie Diggins stood on the podium again, finishing third after a sprint finish in the women's 10K classic pursuit race on Wednesday. Rosie Brennan hung in the mix on Tuesday as well, finishing 4th, with Katharine Ogden and Hailey Swirbul notching 20th and 22nd places. Gus Schumacher posted another strong performance, finishing 15th today and moving up to 23rd place in the series standings. Russian Yulia Stupak won the women's race with countryman Alexander Bolshunov continuing to dominate the men's field. Thursday is a day off, with racing action moving to Val di Fiemme, Italy, for the final three stages. Friday's races are mass start classic events, 15K for the men starting at 6:15 am CST, 10K for the women starting at 8:35 am CST.

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic

Wednesday Night Elm Creek Race Series Canceled

January 6, 2021
The Wednesday Night race series at Elm Creek has been cancelled due to pandemic issues.

Price Hike: Pre-Loppet

January 5, 2021
The Loppet Foundation's Pre-Loppet race is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 17th. Racing from Wirth Lake back up to the Trailhead, it makes for a great tune-up for the City of Lakes Loppet. Covid measures in place to ensure a safe race. Register before midnight, tonight, to save some money!

Tour de Ski: Stage 4

January 5, 2021
New venue, same story -- American women dominated the Tour de Ski again on Tuesday as Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan repeated their performance from Sunday, taking first and second in the 10K freestyle race in Toblach, Italy. And the up and coming stars for the US team had a banner day as well -- Gus Schumacher skied to 14th(!) for the men while Katharine Ogden, Hailey Swirbul, and Julia Kern went 18th, 20th and 25th. Wednesday will feature pursuit start classic races, 10K for the women at 6:30 am CST, and 15K for the men at 7:40 am CST.

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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

US Elite Racing: Early January Recap

January 4, 2021
Some actual head-to-head racing finally got underway last weekend across the US! Michaela Keller-Miller highlights top performances by Midwest skiers in events held on the MTU trails in Michigan and Soldier Hollow in Utah.

Racing Outlook

January 4, 2021
Elm Creek series will not be held this week, but two series at Lapham Peak are scheduled to start! Snekkevik race has rescheduled for late January. And the Sisu Ski Fest virtual race is underway!

Tour de Ski Stage 4 Coverage

January 4, 2021
The Tour de Ski resumes on Tuesday morning with a women's 10K and men's 15K freestyle, interval start, races. Surprisingly, the last four starters for the women's race will be all USA: Katharine Ogden, Rosie Brennan, Julia Kern and Jessie Diggins. Women's race starts at 6 am CST (Brennan starts at 6:25 am), and men's race begins at 7:45 am CST. Livestream coverage is on Peacock Premium.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 1

January 3, 2021
Most of the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing teams will finally start up in-person training for the season on Monday, with the first races about ten days later. We jump right into the game with our first set of rankings for a very unusual season!

Houghton CXC Super Cup: Freestyle Coverage

January 3, 2021
It was the Gregg show on the trails at Michigan Tech Sunday for the freestyle races of the CXC Super Cup. Parents Brian and Caitlin Gregg schooled the younger skiers, taking victories in the 15K and 10K freestyle races. Brian won by almost 15 seconds over NMU's Kjetil Baanerud, with MTU's Patrick Acton third. Caitlin crushed the women's field, posting a winning margin of nearly a minute over Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, with Mara McCollor, Mpls Ski Club, third. Best U20 results were posted by Olivia Laven and Colin Freed, top U18 juniors were Molly Moening and Adrik Kraftson, with Margo Nightingale and Daniel McCollor the fastest of the U16 class. Results linked in, plus photosets from Chris Schmidt are posted.

Tour de Ski: Stage 3

January 3, 2021
In an incredible showcase of US women's firepower, Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan dominated the Tour de Ski stage 3, finishing first and second in the 10K pursuit on Sunday in Val Müstair, Switzerland! Diggins now leads the Tour de Ski with Brennan in second, and Brennan continues to lead the World Cup standings. Hailey Swirbul also had a very strong day, finishing 13th. Gus Schumacher skied to 32nd place for the top American men's result. Skiers have a travel day on Monday before racing resumes Tuesday in Toblach, Italy with 10K and 15K freestyle races for stage 4.

Houghton CXC Super Cup: Sprints Coverage

January 2, 2021
The Midwest racing season finally got underway with a weekend of racing action on the trails at Michigan Tech for the CXC Super Cup. Saturday's races were a double-header as pandemic restrictions forced the traditional sprints to be a qualifier only event, with classic in the morning and freestyle in the afternoon. The top combined time on the day went to Austrian native Tobias Moosmann, skiing for NMU, and clocking 5:40.17 while Sweden's Malin Boerjesjoe, also NMU, had the best women's combined time of 6:38.91. Top U18 times went to Jasper Johnston and Jordan Parent, U16 victories were earned by Dietrich Mattison and Margo Nightingale. Results linked in, photosets from Chris Schmidt linked in. Sunday will feature individual start freestyle distance races.

Tour de Ski: Stage 2

January 2, 2021
Another fantastic day at the Tour de Ski for the US women as Jessie Diggins took third in the women's 10K classic mass start racing, with Rosie Brennan sixth. Diggins skied aggressively, pushing the pace hard on the third lap and was in contention right up to the end, only bested in the double pole sprint by Swede sprinter Linn Swann and Russian Yulia Stupak. The men's 15K race looked to be an all Russian affair until two teammates tangled up on the final downhill. Alexander Bolshunov easily took the victory, with veteran Dario Colnago, Switzerland, second and Ivan Yakimushkin of Russia third. Gus Schumacher was the top American, notching 36th. Sunday's stage 3 will feature a freestyle pursuit format with men's 15K livestreaming at 4:35 am CST, and women's 10K at 8:25 am CST, on Peacock Premium.

Houghton Super Cup Livestream

January 1, 2021

Tour de Ski: Stage 1

January 1, 2021
The mighty Tour de Ski stage race kicked off Friday in Val Müstair, Switzerland, with freestyle sprint races. The US squad got off to a great start as Jessie Diggins skied strongly all day, moving up to take second place after Anamarija Lampic was relegated for obstruction in the final. World Cup leader Rosie Brennan was in the mix all the way as well, taking fourth. Simi Hamilton led for the US men finishing 13th with Kevin Bolger 30th. Linn Svann, Sweden, and Federico Pellegrino, Italy, were the victors. Racing continues on Saturday with women's 10K classic mass start at 5:30 am CST and men's 15K at 7:45 am CST.

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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Giants Ridge Hosts World Cup

December 31, 2020
Take a look back in history to the year 1985 when the World Cup came to Minnesota as writer Cole Johnson explores this event with images from Angela Nistler.

Collegiate Racing Update

December 30, 2020
The collegiate world has been rocked hard by the pandemic. Luke Brown has been trying to stay on top of the ever evolving scene and brings us the last updates on the major regions, including a new NCAA Championships host.

Tour de Ski Starts Friday

December 30, 2020
The huge Tour de Ski event starts this Friday, Jan 1st, as racing action begins with freestyle sprints in Val Müstair, Switzerland. The Tour de Ski encompasses eight events over three venues in just 10 days, culminating with a brutal hill climb time trial. Rosie Brennan leads the US Ski team favorites as she is ranked #1 on the World Cup, and Midwesterners Jessie Diggins and Kevin Bolger will be competing as well. Livestream coverage on Peacock Premium, with the opening sprints showing at 4:45 am CST.

Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon In-Person Registration Closes Tonight

December 29, 2020
If you're planning to race in-person for the Birkie, Korte or Prince Haakon events in February, you'll need to register today! In-person registration ends tonight, but virtual option will be available thru Jan 18th.

Winter Storm Rolls in for Iowa, southern Wisconsin

December 28, 2020
A major winter storm is expected to cross Iowa and the southern half of Wisconsin, with snowfall starting Tuesday afternoon and running into Wednesday morning. While much of the region is expected to receive some snowfall, parts of Iowa and Wisconsin could see over 8" of new snow.

Minnesota Issues New Covid Guidelines

December 28, 2020
On Monday, Minnesota issued an update on Covid restrictions for youth and adult sports which will go into effect on January 4th. Outdoor team practices, with size limits, can resume on Jan 4th but competitions must wait until Jan 14th to begin. According to the latest updates, mask usage will be required for most sports including skiing.

Midwest Citizen Basic Wax Protocol Proposal

December 25, 2020
Master blaster skier Andy Brown has developed a proposal to reduce the effort and health impacts of waxing, as well as aiming to provide a more level playing field.

Skinnyski Rewind: 2000-2001 Season Highlights

December 24, 2020
Happy Holidays everyone! We reach deep into the Skinnyski archives to bring back some memories -- a 2000-2001 season highlight video! This was a unique, one-time production, which we've pulled from the original tapes. See how many old races and skiers you can recognize, including executive directors of major ski races, Olympians, and other legends no longer with us. Plus a short blooper segment at the end. Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy...

US Elite Racing: Mid-December Update

December 21, 2020
Michaela Keller-Miller brings us up-to-date with the elite "racing" action from across the US as clubs and teams find inventive ways to get in race quality events during the ongoing pandemic.

World Cup Update: Dresden Recap

December 21, 2020
Jeremy Hecker discusses the Dresden sprint races from last weekend's World Cup start, and looks ahead to the Tour de Ski coming at the start of 2021.

World Cup Dresden: Team Sprints

December 20, 2020
The opening period of the World Cup wrapped up on Sunday with team sprint events in Dresden, Germany. Russia stole the show, pushing the pace hard in both the women's and men's events to take second and first respectively. The Swiss duo captured the women's title. The US squad of Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell finished fourth for the women, while Kevin Bolger and Simi Hamilton took ninth. The next major event is the Tour de Ski starting on Jan 1st.

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Results: Team Sprints

Virtual Hot Lap Competitions

December 19, 2020
The virtual hot lap competition continues, now logging times on expanded loops at Wirth, Elm Creek and Hyland Lake. All for fun, post your trail report and log your best time.

World Cup Dresden: Caldwell Snares Second in Freestyle Sprints

December 19, 2020
Even with a number of top US stars sitting this weekend out, the US had another strong performance as Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell made the women's World Cup sprint final in Dresden, Germany on Saturday with Caldwell taking second, Diggins fourth. The men's final also featured two Americans, with Simi Hamilton and Kevin Bolger finishing fifth and sixth. Racing continues on Sunday with freestyle team sprint races.

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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Nordic Combined: Historic Win for Geraghty-Moats

December 18, 2020
American Tara Geraghty-Moats made history Friday, skiing to a hard-fought victory by just 1.5 seconds in the first ever FIS Nordic Combined World Cup for women in an idyllic mountain setting at Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria.

World Cup Update: Davos, Dresden Preview

December 16, 2020
Jeremy Hecker discusses last weekend's incredible US results in the Davos World Cup, talk waxing, and look ahead to the Dresden sprints this weekend.

Minnesota Executive Order 20-103 Further Delays Sports

December 16, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Walz issued Executive Order 20-103 on Wednesday, which includes an extension on the ban of youth sport practices thru Jan 3rd, further delaying the start of practice for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing season. In addition, most adult outdoor group sports are remain effectively banned, including ski races, thru Jan 3rd.

Registration Open for 2021 Great Bear Chase

December 15, 2020
The Great Bear Chase has announced registration is now open for the March 2021 event! Read up on their Covid changes and make your plans to participate!

Birkie 2021 Update and Q/A Session

December 15, 2020
The American Birkebeiner held a live event on Monday evening to bring folks up-to-date on the latest developments with the 2021 Birkie including Covid advice and details about upcoming milestones, and answered a number of questions from the audience. Watch the full replay and check out their FAQ for even more answers.

Birkie 2021 Live Q&A Tonight

December 13, 2020
Join the Birkie staff on Monday evening, Dec 14th, at 7pm for a Birkie Week Q&A Session. Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director, and Kristy Maki, Event Director, will provide the latest Birkie Week event updates, announce important dates for future decisions, and share where they stand now on all things Birkie 2021.

World Cup Davos: Brennan Wins Again, Takes World Cup Lead

December 13, 2020
Rosie Brennan completed a weekend sweep in dominating the women's 10K freestyle World Cup race in Davos, Switzerland, winning by more than 30 seconds! It was another good day for Team USA as Hailey Swirbul stepped onto the podium as well, taking third. Jessie Diggins was 7th, Katharine Ogden 22nd. The US men's squad was lead by Scott Patterson in 16th. Midwesterners Kevin Bolger, Adam Martin and Ian Torchia finished 33rd, 44th and 49th respectively. Racing action will continue next weekend with events in Dresden, Germany with sprint events.

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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Vasaloppet USA Offers Virtual Option

December 12, 2020
Skiers who may be uncomfortable participating in the Vasaloppet USA in-person races because of COVID can now sign-up for the Vasaloppet Virtual Event. Skiers may ski the their Vasaloppet virtual race anytime between Jan 30 and Feb 14 and on the ski trail of their choice.

World Cup Davos: Sprint Victory for Brennan!

December 12, 2020
An epic day for the US on Saturday as Rosie Brennan skied a tactful, fast final to take the women's sprint victory at the World Cup in Davos, Switzerland! The US team qualified ten skiers for the sprint heats, including Rosie Brennan and Sophie Caldwell posting the top two times. Jessie Diggins qualified 5th, Kevin Bolger 7th but were unable to advance. Sunday brings freestyle distance races.

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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Virtual Hot Lap Competitions

December 11, 2020
The virtual hot lap competition is heating up with a number of entries posted for Theodore Wirth now. Get your heartrate racing by posting your own time!

Jessie Diggins: High School Season

December 10, 2020
Jessie Diggins shares some words of encouragement on the ski season for junior skiers.

CXC Posts Update on CXC Cup Schedule

December 10, 2020
CXC issued an updated game plan for the junior racing season, reflecting possible open dates and hinting at a virtual competition.

Bearskin Race Series December Update

December 10, 2020
Light snowfall hasn't slowed down the virtual racing opportunities on the Gunflint Trail. Bearskin has released two new segments to test your mettle for December, plus be entered in the season long raffle. The final prize list has been released with some amazing swag available!

Loppet Foundation Names New Executive Director

December 9, 2020
The Loppet Foundation Board of Directors have unanimously appointed Claire Wilson to serve as the Loppet’s new Executive Director. Wilson is a founding member of the Loppet and was their first full-time employee before leaving in 2005 to pursue leadership opportunities outside the organization. She'll start the new post on December 14th. Ray Aponte will stay on in a senior leadership role with responsibility for youth and adult outdoor programming as well as management of the Trailhead.

Virtual Hot Lap Competitions

December 9, 2020
With nothing active on the race calendar, and many skiers stuck on man-made snow, we thought it'd be fun to host a little virtual sprint competition. Record your best lap time, post a trail report with the details, and we'll get you on the board.

Racing Outlook

December 9, 2020
The UP Opener collegiate races scheduled for this weekend, Dec 12-13, have been cancelled due to pandemic restrictions. And some City of Lakes Loppet changes/cancellations announced.

Midwest Racing Season Preview

December 6, 2020
After being delayed for months, we finally post the racing calendar and our look at what the season holds, especially with a pandemic still raging across the nation.

US Elite Racing: Season Kickoff and Updates

December 5, 2020
Michaela Keller-Miller continues to monitor the elite racing scene and Midwest athletes across the US. Rapidly evoling plans make it challenging to stay on top of every, but Keller-Miller provides a current snapshot as skiers begin to take in some racing action.

Vasaloppet Livestream Friday Evening

December 2, 2020
Vasaloppet USA organizers will be hosting a livestream session this Friday evening, Dec 4th, to discuss the latest plans for the 2021 Vasaloppet weekend. Tune in to catch all the details and ask your own questions.

World Cup Update: Ruka Recap, Davos Preview

December 2, 2020
Jeremy and Chris Hecker comment on last weekend's racing action in Ruka, Finland for the World Cup opener, and share news on what lies ahead on the World Cup calendar.

Biathlon: Brown Scores Career Best Top 30 in World Cup Opener

December 1, 2020
U.S. biathletes returned to the comforting confines of competition last weekend as the IBU World Cup got underway for the 2020-21 season in Kontiolahti, Finland. The U.S. team’s performance was highlighted by a career-best 30th by Minnesotan Jake Brown in Sunday’s men’s sprint. Midwest natives Leif Nordgren finished 48th and Paul Schommer 75th.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Opening Day: Highland Park

November 30, 2020
With Covid 19 restrictions in place across Minnesota until Dec 19th, Monday's opening day of the high school Nordic season was all virtual. St. Paul Highland Park shares their plans for virtual meetings and training as the skiers prepare for the racing season.

Mesabi East Nordic Invitational Cancellation

November 30, 2020
Organizers have announced the cancellation of the Mesabi East Invite for this season due to the pandemic. They are already beginnng plans for the 2022 event.

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Pursuit

November 29, 2020
Another fantastic performance from Rosie Brennan on Sunday in Ruka, Finland, as she started the 10K freestyle pursuit in 11th place and moved up the field to finish 5th! Jessie Diggins started 21st and climbed to 15th. Brennan and Diggins posted the 3rd and 5th fastest times on the day! Gus Schumacher again led the US men's field, pushing through the field to finish 32nd after starting 41st. Therese Johaug easily took the women's victory while Johannes Klaebo had to use his sprinting prowess to hold on to the men's title.

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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classic Distance

November 28, 2020
Rosie Brennan scored a fantastic top ten finish on Saturday in the women's 10K classic race in Ruka, Finland, placing 8th and just over 20 seconds off the podium! Jessie Diggins was 22nd. Gus Schumacher lead the US men's squad, placing 39th. Norwegian favorites Therese Johaug and Johannes Klaebo took the victories in closely contested races. Sunday concludes the weekend racing with freestyle pursuit races.

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic

World Cup Ruka: Classic Sprints

November 27, 2020
In the opening event of the 2020-21 World Cup season, held in Ruka, Finland, Rosie Brennan lead the way for the US squad finishing 17th, with Hailey Swirbul 18th and Jessie Diggins 24th. The US men failed to crack the top 30 to qualify for the sprint heats, as JC Schoonmaker topped the mens side in 35th. Sweden swept the women's podium with Linn Svahn taking victory. Norway collected all the podium spots on the men's side, leading with a first-time victory for Erik Valnes. Racing continues on Saturday with interval start classic races.

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Results: Classic Sprints

World Cup: Ruka, Finland

November 25, 2020
Rex Wax brings us up-to-date on the World Cup racing scene as Jeremy and Chris Hecker respond to some questions about the season and this week's opening races in Ruka, Finland. Racing action gets underway Friday (no official broadcast in the US).

CXC Cancels First Two Events in CXC Cup Series

November 21, 2020
Because the latest executive order in Minnesota, the first two events in the CXC Cup series have been cancelled. Those first two events were weekend series at Grand Avenue in Duluth and Mount Itasca in Coleraine. Athletes, coaches and supporters should cancel plans for those events.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Season Delayed Again

November 20, 2020
Due to Minnesota Governor Walz executive order 20-99, the high school league (MSHSL) has delayed the start of the Nordic skiing season to Dec 19th. Guidance from MSHSL states virtual meetings with athletes can be held, but no group workouts are allowed.

Birkie 2021 Update and Q/A Session

November 16, 2020
The American Birkebeiner held a live event on Monday evening to bring folks up-to-date on the latest developments with the 2021 Birkie, especially toward race day selection, and answered a number of questions from the audience. Watch the full replay and check out their FAQ for even more answers.

USCSA Announces Cancellation of National Championships

November 16, 2020
The U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) has cancelled the 2021 US Collegiate Ski & Snowboard National Championships. Citing concerns from its membership regarding the safety of attendees and travel restrictions, the USCSA will focus on enabling the regular season and local competitions where conditions permit.

Collegiate Racing Season Preview

November 15, 2020
With many things still very much up in the air, Luke Brown takes a snapshot of where the collegiate racing season is today. Plus check out where many of the Midwest's top juniors landed for this season and along with some assorted collegiate news.

Birkie Live Q&A Tonight

November 15, 2020
Join the Birkie staff on Monday evening, Nov 16th, at 7pm for a Birkie Week Q&A Session. Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director, and Kristy Maki, Event Director, will provide updates on the Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon race day selection process and other Birkie Week updates.

Price Hikes: Fat Bike Birkie, SISU Ski Fest

November 10, 2020
Fat Bike Birkie - The huge Fat Bike winter festival is March 12-13th; register by Thursday night to save some bucks.
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood's season opener citizen races have their next price this weekend, register by Saturday night!

US Ski Team Named for 2020-21 Season

November 10, 2020
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 23 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2020-21 season who will kick off competition with the traditional World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 27-29. Midwesterners announced include Jessie Diggins (A team), Kevin Bolger (B team), and Chris Hecker (World Cup service tech).

MSHSCA Nordic Fall Meeting Tuesday, Nov 10th

November 7, 2020
Minnesota High School Coaches Association Nordic Skiing Fall Meeting will be held online this year via Zoom call on Tuesday evening, Nov 10th. Topics include covid protocols, State Meet status, new State Meet format, wax policies and more.

World Cup Streaming on NBC Peacock Premium

November 6, 2020
Livestream coverage of the FIS World Cup Nordic races this season will be carried on NBC's new Peacock channel, under their Premium subscription. The channel will also carry biathlon, alpine, Nordic combined, ski jumping and more. Premium plans run $4.99 to $9.99 (no ads) per month.

Price Hikes Coming

November 2, 2020
Two price hikes coming this week...
Three Rivers Rennet - The signature ski race at Hyland Lake Park, register before pricing goes up on Nov 5th.
American Birkebeiner - The Korte, Birkie and Haakon races all go up on Nov 6th, so sign up before Friday.

US Elite Racing: Season Preview

November 1, 2020
Michaela Keller-Miller is one of a number of native Midwest skiers that will be making the transition from collegiate to elite racing this season. Keller-Miller will be covering US elite racing for us this season and to kick things off, has provided a solid breakdown on recent Midwest skiers racing on the elite circuit this winter across the US.

Minnesota High School League Releases Nordic Skiing Guidance

October 30, 2020
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has released their guidance for the upcoming Nordic skiing season. Major points include: meets limited to three teams; no invitationals or tournaments; schools under distance learning must hold virtual practices only. The season will begin on Nov 30th.

Trail Kids Loppet Games

October 29, 2020
Around 130 youth competed on Tuesday at Theodore Wirth in the Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids Loppet Games. The events included orienteering, obstacle course, capture the flag, hill run challenge and tug of war.

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Photoset from KME Photography: Loppet Games
Photoset from TMB Images: Loppet Games

Birkie 2021 Live Event Monday Evening

October 18, 2020
The American Birkebeiner will host a live event Monday evening, Oct 19th, at 6 pm to discuss more details on their plans for the 2021 events, as well as a question and answer session.

Birkie Outlines Plans for 2021 Events

October 14, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has outlined the basic plan for the 2021 Birkie week events. The races will be stretched out over five days in late February, starting and finishing at the Birkie trailhead. Check out the brief recap video from Ben Popp, then join their live video meeting on Monday evening, Oct 19th for more details.

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Video: Birkie 2021 Update

World Cup Update: Fluoro Ban News

October 14, 2020
Jeremy Hecker of Rex Ski Wax updates us on the current fluoro ban information, including the delayed action by FIS and the current plans in the US and Canada. World Cup racing begins in just over a month!

Fall Rivet Run On Now

October 9, 2020
The Fall Rivet Run trail run/walk event is virtual this year, with participants able to complete their 5K anytime between Oct 8th and Nov 9th. Proceeds will go towards a new grooming sled at Pattison State Park.

Bangin In The Brush Results

October 8, 2020
The Duluth area held their annual Bangin in the Brush trail run as a virtual event with participants completing a 10K course between Sept 15th and 30th. Over 90 runners logged race times, including a number of families.

Midwest MTB Report

October 7, 2020
Jay Richards checks in this fall with updates on the recent Telemark Ascent MTB race and news and reviews on a number of new area trails.

Birkie Trail Run Showcases Covid Safe Practices

October 7, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has rolled out a feature video on the Birkie Trail Run event, showing how they implemented processes and procedures to ensure a pandemic safe event while still allowing participants to compete outdoors on the Birkie trails.

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Video: Birkie Trail Run Recap

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Now Open

October 6, 2020
Sisu Ski Fest is adapting for the coronavirus season with a virtual format event this year. Race on home trails or hit the course at ABR, record your event and upload, and you'll have your age factored into the results which could make you eligible for some amazing prizes!

Swedish Mile Trail Run This Weekend

October 5, 2020
The Vasaloppet Swedish Mile Trail Run is set for Oct 10th on the Vasaloppet Nordic Center trails in Mora, Minnesota. The annual Swedish Mile Trail Race is a 10K timed trail race and a 5K fun run to raise money for snowmaking operations at the Nordic Center.

CXC Cup Schedule Released

October 2, 2020
CXC has released their tentative schedule for CXC Junior, Youth and Super Cup events this winter. Racing action is scheduled to kickoff on Dec 12th in Duluth and wrap up with a regional finals event early March in Minneapolis.

Minnesota High School Nordic Season Shortened

October 1, 2020
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) announced on Thursday evening that most of the winter sports seasons would be shortened by 30% to accommodate pandemic issues. For Nordic skiing, the season's start date has been delayed by three weeks, moving from Nov 9th to Nov 30th. Side note: The MSHSL board voted to deny a request for a state meet event for cross-country running.

Birkie Trail Run Recap

September 30, 2020
Nearly 500 runners turned out over two days for the Birkie Trail Run events last weekend in Cable with fall colors at their peak. The event implemented a variety of changes to ensure a pandemic safe format for all the races. USTAF half marathon champions were crowned in Andy Wacker and Dani Moreno. Marathon titles went to Evan Wetzel and Rachel Ragona.

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Results: Birkie Trail Run

Vasaloppet Announces Race Plans

September 29, 2020
Vasaloppet USA has announced their preliminary plans for racing this February, complete with the famous downtown finish. Races will be spaced out, with some field limits, and the classic races will now all be on Sunday. Get your registration in to ensure your place in the field!

Collegiate Fall Update

September 28, 2020
Luke Brown takes a look at the current collegiate Nordic scene as the conferences and teams try to put together training and racing plans for the upcoming season while contending with the ever changing procedures resulting from the ongoing pandemic.

Birkie Trail Run this Weekend

September 22, 2020
The American Birkebeiner is hosting their big trail running events this weekend, based out of the Birkie trailhead in Cable. The organization has worked hard to setup a safe operation with events spread out over the weekend. Fall colors are at their peak and there is still time to register -- registration closes Friday evening.

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.

2019-20 Season Highlights

May 1, 2020
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2019-2020 collegiate racing season.

2019-20 Season Highlights

May 1, 2020
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2019-2020 high school racing season.