Archives 2021

Shoreline Rollerski Sprints in Rice Lake Coming July 10th!

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

Chippewa Triathlon Results

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

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Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report

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

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

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

Seeley Hills, Birkie Tour Breakup

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

Borah Epic Coverage

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

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Results: Borah Epic

World Cup Returns to Midwest in 2024

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

Midwest MTB Report

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

Mighty Miss Paddle Coming Aug 14th

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

Midwest MTB Report

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

CityTrail Loppet Coverage

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

Midwest MTB Report

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

Join the Board: American Birkebeiner

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

Midwest MTB Report

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

CityTrail Loppet Price Hike

May 8, 2021
Entry fees for the Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail Loppet are increasing at 11:59pm on Sunday, May 9th. That is also the deadline to be guaranteed free race swag (a tech t-shirt from Craft)!

US Ski Team 2021-22 Nominations Announced

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

Birkie Registration at Record Pace

May 5, 2021
Sign up for American Birkebeiner events has been at a record pace for May, with Tier 1 pricing already full. Act quickly to still get in on the lower price levels, once they're full the price will go up!

Midwest MTB Report

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

Snake River Canoe Race Results

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

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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Birkie Registration Now Open

May 1, 2021
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Fat Bike Birkie opened on May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on ground floor pricing by registering now!