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New trailhead at Hwy OO coming along fast, Birkie Trail, August 15, 2018
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St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon, August 24, 2013

Duluth Bike Festival Enduro, August 11, 2018 (Photo: Tone Coughlin)

Northern Powers Camp at Giants Ridge, August 4, 2018 (Photo: Paula Anderson)

Ian Torchia, men's 20K freestyle champion, NCAA Championships, March 10, 2018 (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Peter Moore, Section 3, February 6, 2018

Matt Liebsch, Ringer Roll, August 10, 2018

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
We've collected together a bunch of common questions to assembly our own FAQ for cross-country skiing in the Midwest and using the Skinnyski website.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
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Biathlon: North American Roller Ski Biathlon Championships Recap
August 16, 2018
Last weekend the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships were held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range Venue in Jericho Center, Vermont. For the Senior Men and Women, these were the first races in the series used for selection of the US teams to the IBU and World Cup races early winter. Nearly 20 Midwest athletes competed in the events and scored very well, including division victories by Sam Stertz, Kaisa Bosek, Leif Nordgren, and Emma Stertz.

BNS Ski*Go Rollerski Demo
August 16, 2018
BNS Midwest will be at Hyland Park next Tuesday, Aug 21 with a full fleet of Ski*Go rollerskis offering demos (skate and classic) on the Hyland Park trails. Anyone who tries a pair of skis will get 10% off a new pair of rollerskis.

Weekend Events
August 15, 2018
Aug 18 Bluff Tuff - Trail running races at Battle Creek, 35K and 24K distances.  Hosted by Endurance United.
Aug 18 Mora Half Marathon - Yet another run event in Mora, half marathon and 5K running races both starting and finishing in town.
Aug 18 Pre-Fat MTB Race - Tune up for the Chequamegon with 25, 15 and 10 mile events, including a special Fat Bike race.
Aug 18 Mighty Miss Canoe Race - 12, 25, and 55 miles paddling races on the Mississippi River, all finishing in Champliin.
Aug 18 New Glarus Road Race - The WCA cycling series wraps up with a full day of racing on county roads south of New Glarus.
Aug 18 St. Paul Triathlon - Based of our Lake Phalen, with cycling leg on scenic Wheelock Parkway.
Aug 19 Cuyuna Crusher - MNMBS series hits the very popuar Cuyuna range for racing on the flow trails in the Mahnomen unit.

Midwest MTB Report
August 14, 2018
Jay Richards weekly MTB report: Despite a scorcher of a weekend, riders took on the heat as a extra challenge in Midwest events including the Ore to Shore and Duluth Bike Festival. First hand report from the Duluth Bike Festival and highlights from the Powder Monkey. Also a look ahead to a busy third weekend in August as series racing starts to wind down and High School cycling cranks up!

Pioneer Midwest: Ski Picking Season
August 14, 2018
Matt Liebsch is flying to Europe this week to start hand picking Nordic (classic and skate) skis. Read about his ski selection process and sign up for your own custom pair!

Northern Powers Giants Ridge Camp Recap
August 14, 2018
Paula Anderson reports: High school athletes participated in the second Northern Powers camp of the year in early August. Skiers from Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Duluth East, Ely, Mesabi East, and St. Cloud spent the long weekend rollerskiing, mountain biking, running, and swimming. Camp concluded with an adventure workout around the Ridge.
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Photoset from Paula Anderson: 5 photos

Job Postings
August 14, 2018
A number of job postings have been added recently: Retail sales associate, Volunteer intern, middle school Nordic coach and more.

CXC Annual Coaches Conference and Certification
August 13, 2018
The annual fall CXC Coaches Conference and Certification is scheduled for Oct 19-21 at Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI. In addition to a number of guest speakers, attendees can gain Level 100 or 200 certification.

Web Roundup
August 12, 2018
Torch Blink - Ian Torchia, NCAA champion, participating in the 7.5K uphill rollerski race in Lysebotn, Norway, finishing an incredible 13th!  Video replay.
Expansion - Team Gregg posts big news about an expansion to the team in 2019!
Mental Health - Erin Moening shares her struggles with the mental aspects of training, racing and results as she recovers from shoulder surgery last year.
On Track - Peter Moore, top skier and cyclist, has earned a spot on the US roster to compete at the UCI Junior Track World Championships next week in Switzerland!
Gus Bus - Junior phenom from Alaska, Gus Schumacher continues to add to his legend, this past week winning 15K skate and classic sprint trial events against some of the best juniors in the world at the International Junior Camp in Norway.
North Shore Impact - Climate change is making its impact on the North Shore with warmer and wetter conditions, as well as bigger storms.
Warmer Winter? - NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a warmer than average winter for the upper Midwest.
K2 Downhill - A Polish mountaineer has become the first person to ski down the infamous K2 mountain (second highest peak in the world).

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 10, 2018
The Ringer Roll rollerski race, a traditional end for the summer junior training in the Twin Cities, was held Friday morning at Baker Park. Fast conditions as the temps were in the upper 70s and the trail was dry. Matt Liebsch took top honors in the 10K race with State champion Mara McCollor rocketing to the front of the womens field. New this year, the Loppet Foundation hosted 4-person sprint races in the Baker Parking lot, with a little turf toss in. Photos from both events up now, along with full results.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Program
August 8, 2018
In one of our final spotlights of the summer training season, we caught up with Finn Sisu's Vakava Juniors program at Battle Creek on Wednesday morning. The group started with a 20 minute pole hike over the dewy ski trails then proceeded to a set of strength and agility drills. Dips, push ups, pull ups, field work and sprints, and medicine ball drills kept the athletes busy for the next hour. The session wrapped up with their usual curbside foot speed drill, and for a special treat some ice cream bars followed by a warm down pole hike.
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Photoset: Dryland Workout - 82 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Report
August 7, 2018
A jam-packed issue this week as Jay Richards covers mountain bike action from Maah Daah Hey 100, Wausau 24, NICA Award winners, new trails at Giants Ridge and Pembina, new sprint/BMX event in Cottage Grove, going old school at Leadville 100, and the look ahead to a couple of big events.

Endurance United Fall Junior Training
August 7, 2018
Fall training season is just around the corner -- Endurance United fires up their junior program on September 4th. Options up to five days a week and special short program for a high school preseason jump start.
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EU 55K Rollerski Set for Sep 23

4591 Sports Development: National Guard/Vets Wellness Clinic Recap
August 6, 2018
Out There reports: This past weekend we jointly held the first National Guard and Veterans Wellness camp with CXC, 4591 Sports Development and Out There Nordic. With athletes participating from as far as five hours away we had a wonderful time. Activities included Friday's BBQ & Bike Ride, Saturday's Strength & Core work, Nordic Walking & Pole timing work and rollerskiing to the afternoon Laser Biathlon Relay, wrapping up with Sunday's hike to the Blue Hills Felsenmeer.
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Photoset from Out There: 4591 Sports Development National Guard/Vets Wellness Clinic

Ringer Roll 2018
August 5, 2018
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is set for this Friday, August 10th at Baker Park in the Twin Cities western suburbs. In addition to the traditional 10K rollerski race, there will be rollerski sprint races afterwards. Signup online, pay when you get there Friday!

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2018
The annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI, on Saturday were a bit damp but still showed a strong turnout. The big 50 mile race had over 200 participants with 18 year-old Dalton Collins the sprint victory, Brenna Gibbons the women's champion. Jon Lester won the 50 mile time trial with Sue Olson topping the womens field.
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Photoset: Bike Race, Time Trial / Ride the Divide
Results: Firehouse 50

LNR Age Gap Relay Race Coverage
August 1, 2018
The Loppet Foundation held another of their famous age gap relay races on Tuesday evening, with youth paired with adults in a mountain bike race on the singletrack behind the new Trailhead building.
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Photoset from TMB Images: LNR Age Gap Relay Race
Results: LNR Age Gap Relay Race

Podiumwear Announces Sponsorship of Minnesota High School League Cycling
July 31, 2018
Podiumwear, the custom apparel sponsor of NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) at the national level, announced its gold level sponsorship of the Minnesota High School Cycling League this week. As the national sponsor of NICA since 2016, Podiumwear has been providing leader's jerseys to NICA project leagues across the country.

Midwest MTB Report
July 31, 2018
The Midwest MTB report this week by Jay Richards features racing reports from the Gamehaven MNMBS races in the Rochester and a look ahead at some of the big events to close out the summer.

4591 Sports Development Camp Coverage
July 30, 2018
The Rice Lake based 4591 Sports Development Group just wrapped up camp for U12/14 athletes from northern Wisconsin last weekend.
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Photoset from Out There: U12/U14 July Camp
August Team Intro Night

CXC Masters Camps Benefit Juniors
July 29, 2018
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) will hold a series of weekend-long camps from August to December. Proceeds will go directly to support junior athletes from Central Region attending international events. The camps are open to any athletes with a focus on master skiers.

Podiumwear Sales Rep Openings
July 26, 2018
Podiumwear, based out of St. Paul, MN, is looking for outside sales contractors for the west coast, northeast and southeast regions. Candidates will be responsible for selling Podiumwear's summer lines (cycling, running, and Ultimate).

Spotlight: Duluth XC Juniors Program
July 26, 2018
Photojournalist Cece Boyle traveled to Duluth on Thursday, catching the Duluth XC juniors for a workout at Spirit Mountain and getting an early preview of the new snowmaking loop under development. Boyle reports: The trails at the new Grand Avenue Nordic Center are coming along quickly and it looks like it will be an outstanding place to ski this upcoming winter. The trails are wide and have some nice climbs in the course. With all this excitement for the new snowmaking loop, the Duluth XC Ski Club juniors are focused on getting in some quality training before they get snow. The afternoon session started with a variety of warm-ups, which challenged the athletes balance and agility. After their warm-up, the group went out on the Superior Hiking Trail for a nice and easy distance run. The group was lead by Ellie Garberich, Jason Kask, and his four legged friend.
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Photoset from Cece Boyle: Dryland Workout - 56 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Report
July 24, 2018
The Midwest MTB report this weekend from Jay Richards features first hand recaps from some of the Midwest riders competing at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships out East, a report on new trail opening at Pine Valley Nordic center in Cloquet, MN, an ode to the 26" mountain bike and a look ahead at upcoming events.

Finn Sisu: Running/Hiking Sale, Get Well Kikkan Banner
July 23, 2018
FInn Sisu is running a 40% off running and hiking gear through July 30th. Plus they are inviting everyone to stop by the shop and sign their Get Well banner for Kikkan Randall.

Spotlight: South Suburban Training Group
July 23, 2018
Cece Boyle reports: The South Suburban Training Group met up for a skate ski interval workout at Michaud Park in Lakeville Monday morning. The group started out with a warm-up through quiet neighborhoods, making their way to the bottom of a long hill, to begin their intensity workout. The athletes pushed one another to cruise up the hill while their coach Andy Dodds skied along side giving out advice to make the climber easier. On the way down the hill, athletes shared conversations and enjoyed smiling for the camera.
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Photoset from Cece Boyle: Rollerski Workout - 176 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)

Tri-Loppet Coverage
July 22, 2018
A fantastic day for the annual Tri-Loppet event, racing from the chain of lakes all the way up and around the trails of Theodore Wirth, finishing at the brand-new Trailhead building. With a shortened lake course, the race was tighter than usual with close racing throughout the paddling, trail running and mountain biking legs. Matt Liebsch posted the top time on the day, completing the triathlon in 1:23:03. Josie Nelson was the fastest female, clocking in at 1:33:38. Topping the relay teams was the mixed team 'The Victors'.
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Photoset: Paddling - 120 photos, Running - 89 photos, Cycling - 91 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet

Web Roundup
July 19, 2018
Kikkan On - Kikkan Randall, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, has been receiving tremendous support from the skiing community.
REG Camp - The Midwest wrapped up their Regional Elite Group camp last week, CXC has a recap.
Suppose to be Fun - Vakava skier Elspeth Ronnander  shares her highs and lows of training last season.
Order of Ikkos - Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall named their awardees of the Order of Ikkos, which recognizes the people that helped them achieve their Olympic gold medals.
COO - The Loppet Foundation highlights their new Chief Operation Officer, Nicole Cueno, featuring a background biography.
Gretsch - Kendall Gretsch, Paralympic gold medalist, is featured with her roots with CXC and their vision for the new CXC Center of Excellence in Madison.


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