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Trail Loppet, September 28, 2015

Green Acres CX, October 17, 2015

Jeff Hall climbing Fire Tower Hill, Chequamegon 40, September 19, 2015

Laddies Loppet, September 6, 2015

Sara Kylander-Johnson, Laddies Loppet, September 5, 2015

Theodore Wirth CX, November 8, 2015


World Cup Ruka: Classical Pursuit
November 29, 2015
The opening World Cup events at Ruka, Finland, wrapped up on Sunday with classical pursuit format racing. Sadie Bjornsen led the US women again today, skiing well to finish 14th. Jessie Diggins finished 38th with Caitlin Gregg at 68th. The top American male was Erik Bjornsen at 46th. Norway's Therese Johaug and Martin Sundby took the victories. Racing action resumes next weekend in Lillehammer.
Results: Ruka World Cup
Nordic Combined: Wind Takes Out Ruka Weekend
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby win Ruka Triple in Kuusamo

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Results
November 28, 2015
Another crisp morning in West Yellowstone caused the freestyle races to be delayed, but the weather warmed quickly for some fast racing. The "old men" came out in force Saturday as Minnesota's own Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch went 1-2 in the mens 10K race. In the womens 5K, junior sensation Katherine Ogden topped the field with Chelsea Holmes 2nd, and NCAA champion Emilie Cedervaern third. Rosie Frankowski, 7th, Deedra Irwin, 11th, and Annie Hart 14th, were the top Midwest results.
Results: Mens 10K, Womens 5K

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle
November 28, 2015
World Cup racing at Ruka in Kuusamo, Finland, continued Saturday morning with the ladies 5K and mens 10K freestyle races. The US women showed their depth with Sadie Bjornsen taking 14th and Jessie Diggins 16th and three more, including Caitlin Gregg, finishing in the top 50. For the men, Simi Hamilton lead the way in 49th. Canada's Alex Harvey had a spectacular race, finishing on the podium in 2nd!
Results: Ruka World Cup

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
November 27, 2015
The SuperTour series in West Yellowstone, MT, on Friday battled some crisp morning temperatures, delaying by an hour the freestyle sprint events. Jennie Bender again showed her sprinting prowess in taking the womens title over young upstart Hannah Halvorsen, with Dahria Beatty third. The Hanneman brothers, Logan and Reese, took first and second in the mens final with Dakota Blackhorse-Von Jess settling for third. Top Midwest results from qualifying: Ben Saxton 10th, Deedra Irwin 6th, Rosie Frankowski 13th, Annie Hart 15th.
Results: Mens Sprint Qualifying, Womens Sprint Qualifying

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 27, 2015
The World Cup season opened Friday at Ruka in Kuusamo, Finland, with classical sprint events. Andy Newell showed remarkable form, narrowly missing the podium as he came in fourth in the men's sprint final (just a second behind Petter Northug). The US women did well in the qualifiers, placing four in the top 30. Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen both advanced as far as the semifinals. Saturday will be freestyle 5K and 10K races. Winners on the day were Norwegians Sondre Turvoll Fossli and Maiken Caspersen Falla.
Results: Ruka World Cup

USSA: Nordic Combined Team Named for 2016
November 25, 2015
Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher were named to the 2016 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. They will open the 2015-16 season this weekend with the kickoff to the International Ski Federation's Nordic Combined World Cup tour in Ruka, Finland. Eau Clarie's own Adam Loomis will also be part of the squad competing on the World Cup circuit this season, including the opening series in Ruka this weekend.

SuperTour Yellowstone Starts Friday
November 25, 2015
The Yellowstone Ski Festival comes to a culmination this weekend as skiers get a chance to test their fitness with citizen and SuperTour races. Friday will feature freestyle sprints, Saturday are freestyle distance races. Two of the top Midwest collegiate graduates, Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders will be shooting for a podium position.
CXC Team Naming Announced

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2015
The FIS World Cup series launches this weekend with three days of competition in Ruka, Finland. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday freestyle individual start 5K and 10K races, and Sunday is classical pursuit 10K and 15K events. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be competing. Most of the events will be early morning hours in the Midwest, and may be streamed on NBC Live Extra (requires cable/satellite subscription).
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country League
USSA: Head Coach Chris Grover's 2015-16 Season Preview
USSA: USA Takes Momentum into Ruka Opener

USSA: 2016 Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2015
The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced Tuesday, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

FIS: Gallivare Freestyle Results
November 22, 2015
Another amazing day in Sweden Sunday as the American women continue to show great form early season. Jessie Diggins won the womens 10K freestyle with Caitlin Gregg collecting third! Liz Stephens and Rosie Brennan also had top results, finishing 4th and 5th. Canada's Alex Harvey was second in the mens 15K race, with Noah Hoffman the top American at 6th.
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

US Stars in Action this Weekend
November 19, 2015
World Championship medalists Caitlin Gregg and Jessie Diggins will get their first racing action of the season this weekend in Gallivare, Sweden with some early FIS racing. Saturday is classical sprints while Sunday will be freestyle distance events.
Results: FIS Live Results

CXC Marathon Cup Just Months Away
November 17, 2015
There is just two months left before the first CXC Marathon Cup race, the Seeley Hills Classic. The series brings the six most prominent marathons from three states (MN,WI,MI) into one cohesive competition. Register today to secure your series scoring (team or individual).

Volunteers Needed for 2016 US Nationals
November 16, 2015
Michigan Tech is seeking volunteers to help with the 2016 US Nationals in January. The event consists of four race days: classic distance races on Jan 3, freestyle sprint races on Jan 4, freestyle distance races on Jan 7 and classic sprints on Jan 9.

Birkie Video Challenge Grant Announced
November 16, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is excited to offer a $2500 youth racing development grant for junior ski clubs or teams (kids 13-18 years of age). The focus of the grant is for groups that encourage junior racing and training. To enter the grant contest, please submit a video that expresses what a healthy, active Birkie lifestyle means to you, your training, your team, and your life.
Video: Annie Hart Birkie Grant Announcement

Up Up and Away Coverage
November 14, 2015
Roughly a dozen skiers participated Saturday morning in a rollerski time trial up the infamous Blue Mound road just west of Madison. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time, with Abby Jarzin clocking the fastest female time. Results and some photos posted.

Registration Open for Wolf Tracks Rendezvous
November 10, 2015
Registration is now open for Minocqua's Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, coming up January 30th. Pricing is still at the ground floor.

Theodore Wirth CX Coverage
November 8, 2015
An unseasonably warm day Saturday for the cyclocross races at Theodore Wirth as temperatures quickly rose into the upper 50s. This year's course featured a fair amount of singletrack, but not the infamous staircase climb of seasons past. We captured images from the morning races.
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 90 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 51 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Ice Artists Sought for the Luminary Loppet
November 5, 2015
Showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation is encouraging community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet by developing sculptures for both large scale and smaller group exhibits.
2016 City of Lakes Loppet Posted Unveiled

Birkie Seeks Birkebeiner Warriors, Inga and Prince Haakon
November 5, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) seeks a trio of cross country skiers to represent two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon, in the 43rd American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 20, 2016. Toss your ring in the hat -- register by Nov 30th. Winners will be selected by former Inga and warrior participants.

Midwest MTB Report
November 3, 2015
As the weather continues to run warm, we feature another "post-season" MTB report from Jay Richards. This week's article includes reports from Collegiate Nationals, a new trail review in Duluth mountain bike trail system and some incredible mountain biking in Iceland.

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 1, 2015
November is here and we've rolled out our nearly complete Midwest Racing Calendar! Check out our season preview to get the scoop on changes this season (and there are some big ones!), as well as new events and a few goodbyes as well.
Full Racing Calendar

Three Rivers Ski Rennet Price Hike Coming Nov 2nd
October 29, 2015
Three Rivers will bust out their own major tier ski race this winter with the Twin Cities Orthopedics Ski Rennet at Hyland on Saturday, January 23rd. Register by November 1st to get in the ground level pricing!
Three Rivers Ski Passes Available Now

Grind Up Granite Rollerski and Run Scheduled for Nov 14th
October 29, 2015
The inaugural Grind Up Granite Races is to be held November 14th at Rib Lake State Park in Wausau. It features a nearly two mile hill climb event for runners, walkers, rollerskiers and cyclist and is hosted by the Wausau East/West Nordic Ski Team.

Frozen Thunder Begins
October 26, 2015
The annual Frozen Thunder event kicked off on Monday at Canmore with classical sprint races. The unique event utilizes snow stored from last season to provide a short, early season ski loop at Canmore Nordic Centre. Canmore will be part of the huge Ski Tour Canada event to end the World Cup season in March.

Midwest MTB Report
October 20, 2015
Jay Richards checks in with a final special report on the Midwest MTB scene, covering the Black's Grove Crossing and touching on some new trail developments.

Going, Going ... Birkie Is Nearly Full!
October 20, 2015
If you'd held off registering for the 2016 American Birkebeiner events, don't wait any longer - there are less than 500 openings left for the big events! It could well fill before the end of the month...

Green Acres CX Coverage
October 17, 2015
A crisp fall morning, complete with blue skies and great fall colors, was on display Saturday morning for the Green Acres cyclocross races. The morning started off with mens Cat 3/4 races and was followed by the juniors and womens Cat 3/4. Racing action at Green Acres repeats on Sunday.
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 194 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 150 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

USSA: Kikkan Randall Announces Pregnancy
October 15, 2015
World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season as Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back strong next year.

Biathlon: Midwest Athletes Earn Early-Season World Cups and Training Camps
October 14, 2015
U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced team nominations for the three World Cup races in December, as well as those athletes invited to this month's training camp at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, and to the November training in Lake Placid, N.Y. Minnesotan Leif Nordgren comes off strong trials and qualified for all the events, while Jakob Ellingson earned a trip to the Lake Placid training camp.

Midwest MTB Report
October 13, 2015
Jay Richards puts the wraps on another great season of mountain biking coverage with his final report. Read recaps from Oremaggedon and Deer Fly Chase as well as final notes on the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school and citizen race series, as well as a few final events. Big thanks again to Jay Richards for his in-depth and dedicated coverage all season!

Ski Jumping: First Time Titles in Lake Placid
October 12, 2015
The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid produced two first time titleists as Mike Glasder of the Norge Ski Club and Nita Englund from the Kiwanis Ski Club walked away with gold in the normal hill event on the HS100 meter Olympic jump. Both skiers are Midwesterners - Glasder from Illinois, Englund from Wisconsin.

Gear Western Half Marathon Coverage
October 10, 2015
Matt Nistler reports: It was a beautiful fall day and the colors were great for the Gear Western races Saturday morning! Men's Half marathon winner was Ben Jacobs with a time of 1:15:33, women's Half marathon winner was Sonya Decker with a time of 1:30:41. Men's 5k winner was Brad Mitchell with a time of 18:51, women's 5k winner was Laura Jacobs with a time of 19:06.
Photoset: Gear Western
Results: Gear Western

Birkie Waves Closing Fast
October 5, 2015
The Birkie is rapidly filling, and a number of waves have already been closed for the 2016 event. If you haven't registered already, get on it!

Twin Cities Marathon Coverage
October 4, 2015
Near perfect conditions Sunday morning for the Twin Cities Marathon with temperatures in the low 40s rising to the mid 50s under sunny skies. Dominic Ondoro broke from the lead pack of runners and held off Elisha Barno to take the overall title with a blazing time of 2:11:16. Serkalem Abraha outsprinted Jane Kibii to claim the womens title, clocking 2:31:39.
Photoset: Mile 1 - 84 photos, Mile 9 Leaders - 210 photos, Mile 17 Front runners - 94 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Marathon, TC 10

2018 World Masters Cup Awarded to Twin Cities
September 29, 2015
In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation will host the Masters World Cup on the trails at Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association awarded the bid at their annual meeting in Klosters, Switzerland last Friday, Sep 25th. Exact dates are yet to be decided.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 26, 2015
A beautiful fall morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. The half marathon race came down to a tight group as the top four all finish in a 30 second spread with Justin Grunewald taking the victory. Jillian Tholen hammered out an incredible pace in taking the womens title, finishing 14th overall. Ben Janke won the three way battle for the 13.1K title, with Candice Todryk cruising in for the womens crown. In the 5K race, victories were earned by Andrew Crocker and Susie Kelleher.
Photoset: Half Marathon - Wave 1 Start - 43 photos, Half Marathon - Wave 2 Start - 17 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 2.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 131 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 8.5 - 43 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.5 - 42 photos, 13.1K - Mile 4.5 - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet Results
Trail Loppet Recap

Upcoming Trail Runs
September 25, 2015
A couple of additional trail runs this fall that will help support area ski trails...
Oct 3 WIllow River Trail Challenge - 6.6K and 10.6K trail runs, along with a kids race, supporting the Willow River ski trails.
Oct 17 Grantsburg Trail Run - 5K and 10K trail runs, plus kids race, for support of the Grantsburg ski trail grooming.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Features New 100K Division
September 22, 2015
The 14th annual American Birkebeiner Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be held on the iconic Birkie Trail this Saturday, September 26th. From the challenge and intensity of a new 100K Ultra Marathon to the fun of a 5k run/walk, an estimated 1000 runners and trekkers from around the Midwest will take to the trails.

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap Edition
September 22, 2015
Jay Richards weekly MTB report is out, providing a recap on the 2015 Chequamegon with some exclusive interviews from the winners, Jeff Hall and Chloe Woodruff, as well as a couple of top ten riders flying in under the radar. Plus the usual look to upcoming events.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 20, 2015
A cool start did little to slow down the speeds Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Anders Osthus, Tamer Mische-Richter and Daniel Rasmussen brought the 26 mile race down to a final runout with the trio finishing just six seconds apart. Amanda Schubert won the womens division.

Bangin In The Brush Results
September 19, 2015
Cool fall weather made for some nice conditions at Korkki Nordic for the annual Bangin' in the Brush 10K trail run. Greg Hexum cleaned house, winning the event by nearly five minutes! Annalisa Harrington-Peterson was the top women, and notched sixth overall to boot.
Results: Bangin In The Brush

Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival Coverage
September 19, 2015
Jeff Hall put on an impressive tour de force Saturday morning in the Chequamegon 40, breaking away early on, and then holding off a late challenge to take the mens victory -- an amazing performance, made all the more impressive when considering Hall won his first Chequamegon 40 title in 1995! Chloe Woodruff had a powerful race, repeating as womens champion. Short and Fat titles went to Samuel Elson and Sophie Farrow.
Photoset: Short and Fat - Mile 4 - 128 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 18 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 21 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Fire Tower Hill - 171 photos, Cheq 40 - Mile 31 - 84 photos
Photoset: Short and Fat Top Picks (high res), Chequamegon 40 Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview Edition
September 15, 2015
Jay Richards brings us up-to-date on the recent racing at St. Cloud, rides at the Gitchi Gummi Traverse and Durango's Dirt Fondo, and then breakdowns the Chequamegon 40 field of favorites in his annual preview.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 13, 2015
Brett Arenz reports perfect weather, 70 degrees and 5-8 mph wind from the south, for the Headwaters Canoe race on Saturday in Bemidji. Todd Johnson and Rick Lorenzen took the pro race title with the top three boats finishing just over 30 seconds apart.
Photoset from Brett Arenz: 57 photos
Results: Bemidji Headwaters Canoe Race

Announcing the CXC Marathon Cup Series
September 10, 2015
CXC in cooperation with some of the major Midwest marathon ski races announces the inaugural CXC Marathon Cup series. The series features two races from MN, WI, and MI: Seeley Hills, Noque, Loppet, Vasaloppet, Birkie and Great Bear Chase. Four competition divisions, including a team/club title.

Midwest MTB Report
September 8, 2015
Jay Richards reflects back on his years of running Laddies Loppet and recaps the 25th anniversary edition held this past weekend at Maplelag. Plus the look ahead as Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB seasons get up to speed.

Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
September 6, 2015
Surviving some heavy rain overnight, racers hit the trails again Sunday morning for the kids comp and citizen races for the Laddies Loppet series at Maplelag. Sunday evening short track races across the Maplelag campus wrapped up the series.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 82 photos, Citizen - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Jens/Jack Richards: Short Track Races

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
September 5, 2015
Maplelag celebrated their 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet MTB weekend with 11 and 22 mile cross-country races on their extensive trail system Saturday morning. Sara Kylander-Johnson and Jeff Hall collected the victories in the main event, with warm, humid weather adding another factor to the technical course. Sunday will feature kids and citizen races, as well as evening short-track events.
Photoset: Saturday Races - 254 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Saturday Overall

Midwest MTB Report
September 1, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report takes a look at the impacts of trail development, reviews some homebrew trails in northern Minnesota as well as new trails being developed at Andes Tower Hills, and wraps up with a big selection of upcoming events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet!

USSA: Fletchers Lead USA in Summer Grand Prix
August 30, 2015
Olympian Taylor Fletcher set a torrid pace with the second fastest roller ski time to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Sunday in Oberwiesenthal, along the Czech border. Eau Claire native Adam Loomis was 28th.

Midwest MTB Report
August 25, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this weekend includes recaps from the Flugly in Moorhead and the Seeley Pre-Fat and a look ahead to the 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet coming Labor Day weekend.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 3 - Diggins Top 10 in Final Stage
August 22, 2015
In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppedrittsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (11th), as four Americans cracked the top 16.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 22, 2015
The St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon brought a record field Saturday morning as athletes ran from Battle Creek to lowertown St. Paul. Windy conditions and warm temps kept the trails dry, providing for nice course conditions. Ryan Albu won the mens marathon by over 15 minutes, with Lauren Opp taking the womens title. Half marathon winners were Erik Solberg and Ariella DePrenger-Gottfried.
Photoset: Marathon Opening - 189 photos, Half-marathon Opening - 161 photos, Indian Mounds Park - 45 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon

Birkie Seals Land Deal for Start Area
August 21, 2015
Upon completion of their Phase I Capital Campaign, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has secured land and easements for a permanent start area and is looking forward to the construction of two new buildings for the 2017 event!

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 2 - Stephen, Randall Top 10
August 21, 2015
Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal, Norway, on Friday. Caitlin Gregg had a strong race, taking 11th, with Jessie Diggins 16th.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 1 - Caldwell Takes 5th
August 20, 2015
Olympian Sophie Caldwell opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka rollerski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. The stage race opened with an uphill foot run in the morning that saw the USA scored a pair of podiums with both Noah Hoffman and Liz Stephen finishing third.

USSA: Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka
August 19, 2015
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend's three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be part of the crew!

Midwest MTB Report
August 19, 2015
Featured in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Race reports from Leadville 100 and WORS Coffee Bean Classic, and the look ahead to a number of popular events this weekend.

Big Island and Back Paddle Coverage
August 16, 2015
Rick Carter reports: We had nearly 150 register for the 2015 Big Island and Back Paddle event, raising over $10,000 together with our nordic ski version in February. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry took top honors.
Photoset: Big Island and Back Paddle

Trail Loppet Waves Filling Up
August 15, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is reporting waves for the 2015 Trail Loppet, to be held Saturday, Sep 26th, having been filling up and it appears the race could eventually fill. Get your registration in now!

Legacy of the American Birkebeiner
August 13, 2015
Wednesday evening in Hayward, Tom Kelly presented The Legacy of the American Birkebeiner at the Park Center to a large crowd of supporters. Kelly discussed the origins of the Birkie, the brainchild of Tony Wise, and shared some legendary stories from the early days. Watch the entire presentation, courtesy of CXC.
Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
Video from CXC: Legacy of the American Birkebeiner

Top 10 Reasons to Hit up the Birkie Trail Run
August 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner crew has listed their top 10 reasons for participating in the annual Trail Run and Trek, Sept 26th. And starting off at #10 -- register by Sat, Aug 15th and avoid the next price hike!

Midwest MTB Report
August 11, 2015
Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the racing action at Ore to Shore and Red Wing Classic, along with a report from Singlespeed USA, and a number of trail updates, and the usual look ahead to weekend events.

USSA: World Cup Athlete Qualification
August 11, 2015
USSA has posted the qualification criteria they'll be using to select athletes for the World Cup races this season. There are four racing blocks to qualify for, as well as the Tour de Ski event.
USSA and FIS Rankings for 2014-15 Season
FIS Athlete Lookup
SuperTour Final Standings
World Cup Standings

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Final Results
August 9, 2015
The 2015 Hoigaards Paddle Derby has wrapped up its season. They had a good year with no weather cancellations in ten race dates and 734 total participants over the summer, and are already making plans for 2016.
Results: Final Results

Saint Paul Trail Marathon Capped
August 8, 2015
The St. Paul Trail Marathon has announced they will be instituting a field limit for this year's race! If you'd like to be part of the big August 22nd event, get your registration in pronto!

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 7, 2015
A record field turned out Friday morning for the annual Ringer Roll rollerski races at Baker Park. Overnight rains and cloudy weather provided a few damp, and sometimes slippery, sections on the course after many years of perfect conditions. Tamer Mische-Richter strapped on some rocket classic rollerskis and powered to the top time overall. Sarah Bezdicek, using stock Marwe skates, topped womens field and posted the only sub 26-time for group. Anders Sonnesyn had the best mens skate time. Kris Hansen notched the fastest womens classic time. Full results posted along with a big photoset.

USSA: New Nordic Director Announced
August 6, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime Nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new Nordic domestic program director.

Midwest MTB Report
August 5, 2015
Jay Richards report this week includes a recap from the brutal hot and truly epic Mah Dah Heey 100, the Grit Skills Clinic at Spirit Mountain, a couple mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2015
Drawing nearly 250 cyclists for the big race, John Acker took the pack sprint to win the Firehouse 50 on Saturday. Anna Johnson was the top female finisher.
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Firehouse 50
Results: Firehouse 50

Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
August 4, 2015
To commemorate the legacy of the race and inspire future generations, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced plans for the Museum of the American Birkebeiner, slated to open in 2016. On Wednesday, Aug 12th, Tom Kelly will give a free presentation on the legacy of the Birkie, with a reception at the future museum space afterwards - the public is welcome to attend.
Birkie 2016 T-Shirt Contest Voting Now Open

Nordic Combined: Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis Takes Silver!
August 3, 2015
On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging Adam Loomis by just 5 seconds for gold with Loomis taking silver and Taylor Fletcher bronze.
Ski Jumping: Christian Friberg Takes Bronze at US Championships

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