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Buck Hill Birch Bump, May 3, 2015

Annie Hart running to victory, Vermont Race for the Cure 10K, July 18, 2015

Southside Sprints, July 19, 2015

Zak Ketterson working on agility, Midwest REG Camp, July 7, 2015

Highlights

Midwest MTB Report
July 28, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers a big weekend of racing as the PRO XCT came to the upper Midwest, Minnesota checked off one more race in it's series, and Gooseberry Park in Moorhead was host to the Wild Goose Chase. First hand reports from all three events, along with couple mountain bike related articles to note plus a look ahead all in this week's report.

Midwest MTB Report
July 21, 2015
This week's MTB report from Jay Richards highlights trip reports from out west, racing at US MTB Nationals and a look ahead to the weekend which includes the big PRO XCT stop in Wisconsin.

Southside Sprints Coverage
July 19, 2015
Road bike racing came to the streets of south Minneapolis Sunday for the Southside Sprints. The event featured a fast criterium course which included a finishing stretch past the popular 48th and Chicago neighborhood, with Minnesota state criterium championship titles on the online. We captured images from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Masters Cat 4/5 - 104 photos, Citizen/Cat 5 - 43 photos, Cat 4/5 - 115 photos, Juniors - 105 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Southside Sprints

Run for Snow Results
July 18, 2015
Supporting the snowmaking efforts at Mt. Itasca, the Run for Snow 5K attracted nearly 50 athletes from the community on Saturday morning. Youngster Geno Uhrbom logged the only sub-20 time, taking the victory at 19:13. Hannah Baird was the top female, clocking in at 21:36.
Related:
Results: Run for Snow

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 17, 2015
Results are up from last Thursday's Paddle Derby, #7 in the series. Racing continues into August for the Thursday evening events.
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 16th

Midwest MTB Report
July 14, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week: The summer heats up and so has the racing and riding. This week's report is highlighted by first hand reports from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike series, the Otter Creek 55 at Harmon Lake in Bismarck, ND area and the Tatanka 100 which saw a healthy contingent from MN and WI. A look ahead caps off the report.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Features New Route
July 13, 2015
Endurance United's St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon is featuring a new course this year. The event will now start at Battle Creek, taking on the challenging hills first, then working its way towards downtown St. Paul with a finish right outside the new Saints Stadium!

Rivet Run Coverage
July 12, 2015
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run was a muggy one! 61 people started the race and had a great time navigating the beautiful trails of Pattison State Park to race money for the trails. Paul Mueller, 17, of Indiana won the race with a time of 20:30 setting a new course record, followed by Jon Lindberg, 53, of Wisconsin with a time of 21:10. Winning for the women, and also in 3rd place overall just behind Lindberg was Kaelyn Williams of the University of MN Duluth, age 21, with a time of 21:25 setting a new course record also. The next Rivet Run will be November 8th.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Birkie Board of Directors Elections and Annual Meeting on Aug 8th
July 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will be holding their Annual Meeting and elections for Board of Directors positions on Saturday, August 8th. The day will include a number of outdoor activities in the morning, a memorial to Dave Nelson, along with the meetings.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 10, 2015
Results are up from Thursday's Paddle Derby run by Hoigaards. The series has just four events left on the calendar!
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 9th

Midwest MTB Report
July 7, 2015
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week covers multi-day racing across British Columbia, recap on last week's WORS race, highlights from recent articles, new funding for Cuyuna trails, and some key races coming up.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 5, 2015
Enduring some extra heat and humidity to go with the infamous hills, over 500 runners hit the trails Saturday for the Afton Trail run. In the 50K division, Chris Lundstrom cracked the four hour window to win with a time of 3:47:41. Rebekah Metzdorff posted the top womens time at 4:49:26. The 25K titles went to Adam Dohm and Christine Loza.
Related:
Photoset from North Woods Photos: Race Start, Northern Hill
Video from North Woods Photos: Race Start
Results: Afton Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
July 1, 2015
A big report this week as Jay Richards highlights trails in Colorado as well as North and South Dakota (with lots of photos), plus racing updates from PRO XCT circuit, Lutsen 99er, and Cuyuna Crusher.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 28, 2015
The first month of competition in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby wrapped up last week, and results are now tallied. The racing continues throughout this summer on Thursday evenings at Lake Calhoun.
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2015
Perfect weather for the Tri-Loppet races across Minneapolis on Saturday. This year featured the new race and general (stock) boat categories, and based on finishing times, it appears the competition was much tighter. Matt Liebsch won the mens general division with Zach Handler roughly 1:30 behind. The womens general was even closer, with Josie Nelson holding off Kim Rudd by 44 seconds for the title.
Related:
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Tri-Loppet
Results: Tri-Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
June 23, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week, an interview with Tristan Schouten, reports on Chequamegon 100, and the look ahead to weekend races.

USSA: Rookie Camp
June 17, 2015
New members of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will be in Park City at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) Center of Excellence this week for the teams' annual Rookie Camp. Included in the camp is Caitlin Gregg and Nita Englund.

Midwest MTB Report
June 16, 2015
This week's Midwest MTB Report, compiled by Jay Richards, has recaps from the WORS event, Red Eye Rendezvous, the 25 hour event of Dirt Wirx, and spotlights an amazing downhill run with no chain(!), plus the usual look ahead.

Birkie Completes Fundraising for Phase I of Capital Campaign
June 16, 2015
In just seven months, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has reached their goal of $650,000 fundraising for Phase I of its first-ever major fundraising capital campaign. Phase I includes securing a permanent trailhead and race start area in Cable, WI, near the old Telemark Lodge, improving safety, traffic flow, and participant experience at the finish line area in Hayward, WI.

Chippewa Triathlon Coverage
June 14, 2015
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon. Doubles titles went to David Nelson/Ryan Peterson and Elspeth Ronnander with Elaine and Grant Nelson taking the mixed crown. Solo champs were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Kivi. The top relay team was Big Al and the Funky Bunch (Joshua Tesch, Al Rundquist, Megan Brown and Kell Peterson).
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 54 photos
Photoset from Nikolai Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 9, 2015
Recaps from the Dirt Wirx, National Press on WORS, area rides, an update on Ore to Shore, Minneapolis global bike city, St. Cloud HS racing, and the usual look ahead are all part of this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards.

Midwest MTB Report
June 2, 2015
Jay Richards weekly update hits on the Borah Epic with two recaps, Duluth downhiller Max Fierax, 25th anniversity Laddies Loppet, lift service for MTB, Lebanon Hills highlight and upcoming events.
Related:
Final Days: Vote for Spirit Mountain Trails for $100K Award
Press Release: Borah Epic hosts record field for year three

USSA: Utah Bids for 2017 Junior Nordic Worlds
June 2, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is making a formal bid for the International Ski Federation's (FIS) 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships, to be held at Utah Olympic Park in Park City and Soldier Hollow in Midway.

Midwest MTB Report
May 26, 2015
Information on a new Alexandria based MTB club developing new trails, college skiers now MTB racers, Kask MTB programs for juniors are all part of Jay Richards MTB Report this week, along with the look ahead to some big weekend events.
Related:
Jun 13 Celebration of Life For David Cook

Midwest MTB Report
May 20, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers the Minnesota series from St. Croix Falls, WORS from Crystal Lake, Gooseberry Park trails (Moorhead), Cable-Offroad's latest minute cancellation, along with upcoming camps, clinics and races.

Big Bay Relay Results
May 18, 2015
Over 30 teams races the Big Bay Relay Saturday in Marquette. "Running Noses" from the Junior division posted the top time on the day.
Related:
Results: Big Bay Relay

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 18, 2015
Over 500 runners participated in the Loppet Foundation's CityTrail races on Sunday. The events started in downtown Robbinsdale and finished next to the famous spoon at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Matt Flaherty hammered out an incredible sub-hour time in the 10 mile for the mens victory, with Angie Voight the top female. In the 10K race, Kevin Johnson and Christina Roberts collected the titles.
Related:
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: CityTrail Loppet
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 12, 2015
Jay Richards posts his weekly MTB report, this week covering motocross as cross-training, highlighting a number of area clinics, a report on Movil Maze trails, and a look ahead to upcoming events (including the sudden cancellation of the Cable Off-road Classic).

US Ski Team Nominations Released
May 11, 2015
The nominations for the 2015-16 US Ski Team have been posted. Midwest skiers show strongly across all levels, with Jessie Diggins continuing her run on the A-team, and now Caitlin Gregg on the B-team, with Ben Saxton on the development squad.

Collegiate Cycling Nationals: Saturday
May 10, 2015
Mindy Benton reports in from the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, being held in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend. Saturday's event was criterium racing on a tough, hilly course.

Midwest MTB Report
May 5, 2015
Jay Richards MTB recap this week has race stories from the opening MNMBS and WORS series, an ageless note on US Nationals, a first-hand trail report from the Paul Bunyan State Forest, highlights on endurance training diets, trail building, womens and adaptive clinics, and a brief look ahead!

Fossavatn Ski Marathon Coverage
May 5, 2015
Steven Gromatka reports: The 2015 Fossavatn Ski Marathon held last Saturday in Isafjordur, Iceland was a blast. Now that it is a part of the World Loppet circuit, it had it's largest field ever. The 25km skate race on Thursday was won by Olympic Bronze Medalist Iliya Chernousov and Finland star Riita-Lisa Ropenon, both also each went on to win the 50km classic on Saturday as well. 25km classic champions went to Dagur Benediktsson and Anna-Maria Danielsdottir.
Related:
Photoset from Steven Gromatka: 6 photos
Video: Fossavatn Ski Marathon
Results: Fossavatn Ski Marathon

Birkie Registration Open
May 3, 2015
Birkie trail registration opened officially on Monday. Get in on the early pricing, and guarantee your spot on the 2016 starting line!

Buck Hill Birch Bump Coverage
May 3, 2015
Dry and unusually hot conditions for the first MNMBS race of the season as Buck Hill was the venue for the Birch Bump. In the afternoon expert race, veteran Jeff Hall survived the early pressure and took over about half way into the race to take the mens victory. Rebecca Sauber dominated the womens elite field, winning by over four minutes. Ryan Guy and Cindy Schafer won the comp divisions. Photos from the expert/comp afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Expert/Comp - 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Buck Hill Birch Bump

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 2, 2015
Don Olson reports: Race was held on Knife Lake due to low water in Snake River but on a beautiful day with sunshine and very little wind. Winning entries: Pro Boat - Dana Henry/Devin Arenz (same time Al Rudquist/Joe Manns); Open - Brett Arenz/Ed Arenz; Solo - Jonah Lidberg; Kayak Male - Joe Zellner; Kayak Female - Lana Voynich.
Related:
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

National Sports Center Velodrome Announces Spring-Summer Season and Intro Classes
April 30, 2015
The track-cycling velodrome at the National Sports Center in Blaine is finishing up a substantial renovation and training and racing will begin in mid to late May and run through the summer. Expanded introductory classes are open to all levels of athlete, and include equipment rental. Nordic skiers are warmly invited to discover or rediscover the track at its new beginning

Midwest MTB Report
April 28, 2015
Jay Richards has a first-hand recap from the Decorah MTB Time Trials, a big writeup on a MTB skills clinic in Colorado, a report on the newer singletrack at Wirth, and the look ahead to the first weekend of Midwest racing.

Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders Join CXC Team
April 28, 2015
CXC has announced the addition of Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders to their 2015-16 CXC Team. Applications are being accepted thru May 15th.

Birkie Registration Opens Monday
April 28, 2015
Registration for the American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet events opens next Monday, May 4th. Registration is open for the Fat Bike Birkie, as well as the Trail Run and Birkie Tour.

Midwest MTB Report
April 21, 2015
Jay Richards is back with this regular Midwest MTB Report, kicking things off with a recap of the recent Frog Hollow event out in Utah and the epic Sea Otter Classic, an update on the Minnesota River Bottoms issues, and a look ahead of some of the upcoming events.

Worldloppet: Holly Brooks Finishes Third Overall in Series
April 11, 2015
The Worldloppet FIS Marathon Cup wrapped up on Saturday morning with racing in Khanty-Mansiisk, Russia, in a 50K freestyle race. American Holly Brooks had a narrow 4 point lead coming into the final race. Still waiting for the final race results, but final points totals for the series have Brooks finishing third overall.

Biathlon: US Team for 2015-16 Season Nominated
April 10, 2015
US Biathlon has released their preliminary nominations for the 2015-16 season team. Included on the top tier squad is Minnesota's own Leif Nordgren. In addition, Siena Ellingson was named to the National Development Group.

Worldloppet: Holly Brooks Goes for the Title Saturday
April 9, 2015
Holly Brooks is racing Saturday morning in Khanty-Mansiisk, Siberia at the Ugra Ski Marathon, hoping to secure her Worldloppet title! Brooks has a 4 point lead going into this final race of the Worldloppet and FIS Marathon Cup circuit. The event is a 50K freestyle technique race, and organizers have promised a more challenging course (previous edition was quite flat). Racing begins at 1 am CDT Saturday morning.
Related:
Ugraloppet Ski Marathon
Worldloppet Results/Standings
Holly Brooks Blog

2015 Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Schedule Posted
April 8, 2015
Organizers of the Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America, scheduled for this Saturday, April 11th at Spirit Mountain, have posted their official schedule. The event will feature sprints and relays, and yes, on snow! Check out the course preview video...
Related:
Video: Course Preview
Facebook: Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America

US Ski Team: The Season in Review
April 8, 2015
USSA reflects on the 2014-15 Nordic season, breaking it down into five key points.

Out There Bike Kits on Sale Now
April 7, 2015
Out There shop has their Podiumwear bike kits available for order for a limited time -- get your order in by the April 19th deadline.

Birkie Announces Slumberland as new Title Sponsor
April 6, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced an extended partnership with Slumberland Furniture with the signing of a three-year agreement as overall Title Sponsor of the American Birkebeiner.


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