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Central Regional Elite Camp, July 8, 2014

Ride and Glide TT, June 24, 2014

Urban Trail Marathon, August 23, 2014

North Star Grand Prix, Time Trial, June 11, 2014

Nordicwerks summer training, July 21, 2014

Central Regional Elite Camp, July 6, 2014

Highlights

Volunteer Program for IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships
August 27, 2014
Organizers of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships taking place in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, have launched their volunteer program aimed at recruiting the multitude of helpers needed to host such a prestigious international event.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 26, 2014
Fall is on the doorstep as Jay Richards recaps the latest MTB racing news including reports from the Pre-Fat, Flugly, and WORS, while looking ahead to weekend events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet stage race!

Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 23, 2014
While the clouds obscured the sun, the high dewpoint made for a warm and humid Urban Trail Marathon Saturday morning in Saint Paul. The sticky weather did little to slow down Gerad Mead, who took the marathon title in strong fashion. Kevin Johnson and Timothy Villaran rounded out the top three. Paula Marozas and Jan Guenther raced together for much of the marathon before Marozas pulled away in the final miles to take the womens title, with Megan Maiser collecting third.
Related:
Photoset: Indian Mounds Park - 83 photos, Battle Creek Woods - 39 photos, Battle Creek Prairie - 115 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Urban Trail Marathon

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 19, 2014
Jay Richards MTB report this week features series racing taking place in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota with first-hand reports from the Minnesota and North Dakota races, mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead as summer starts to wind down and kids get ready to go back to school!

MNJRC Season Wrap
August 19, 2014
Jakok Ellingson reports: MNJRC, Minnesota Junior Cycling, concluded their road-racing season on Saturday at the Minnesota State Road Championships. Photo albums from the season season are posted. MNJRC supports junior riders ages 10-21, primarily in "drop-bar" cycling; Road, Track and Cyclocross. The outdoor riding season starts in April with a weekend camp, continues with a week long summer camp, and meets twice weekly through the end of the season.

Urban Trail Marathon Saturday
August 17, 2014
Endurance United hosts their second annual Urban Trail Marathon this coming Saturday, August 23rd. Racing from the streets of downtown to the trails of Battle Creek, the event offers distances ranging from a quick 10K to a full marathon. Online registration closes Thursday (onsite Friday/Saturday).

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 12, 2014
Sporting a huge update this week, Jay Richards MTB report has two first-hand accounts from the Ore to Shore, a report from Single Speed USA, a feature on Copper Harbor MTB trail system, as well as a look at the busy upcoming weekend events!

Deux Pipe Coverage
August 11, 2014
Eve Graves provides coverages on the Deux Pipe paddling races last weekend in Cloquet.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Deux Pipe
Results: Deux Pipe

NorthShore Inline Marathon
August 10, 2014
The next big rollerski event is the NorthShore Inline Marathon rollerski division race, September 13th in Duluth. A full marathon (26.2 miles), many skiers opt for race rollerskis (usually race wheels/bearings).

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Wrap
August 9, 2014
Jim Lind reports: The ten race 2014 Hoigaard's Paddle Derby ended on a high note with a record 61 race boats at the starting line. We had an excellent year with strong competition in canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard divisions and paddlers aged from 9 years to 81 years old. With 33 seasons of paddle racing behind us we had the children and even the grandchildren of our early paddlers at the starting line this summer. Hoigaard's would like to thank everyone for showing up at Thomas Beach, paddle in hand, and we look forward to seeing you all next spring!
Related:
Results: Final 2014 Paddle Derby Results, Championship Awards

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 8, 2014
The Ringer Roll once again experienced great conditions for the annual 10K rollerski race around Baker Park, as skiers enjoyed light winds and temps in the mid 70s. CXC coach Andy Keller posted the fastest time on the day, racing on a pair of smoking race skis, following by Endurance United's Jeremy Hecker (also on race skis). Zak Ketterson was third overall, but tops in the stock skate rollerski division. Jen Rolfes edged out Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht by 11 seconds to take the womens stock skate division. Alex Larson and Sarah Bezdicek were the top classic division skiers. Results are up, plus a big batch of photos.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 6, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB report contains race stories from Border Crossing, Wausau 24, and Wilderman, plus a look ahead to the Ore to Shore and UP riding.

Birkie Filling Fast
August 6, 2014
With more than 8,000 now registered, the Birkie events are filling fast and waves have been closing. If you're still planning to do the race and haven't registered, get to it!

Illinois Rollerski Race Series Race Report
August 4, 2014
Chris Pappathopoulos and Erica Mennerick took the opening titles in the Illinois Rollerski Race Series, held last Saturday. The series resumes with the next event in early September.
Related:
Rollerski Results 2014

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 3, 2014
The annual Firehouse 50 is one of the most popular citizen cycling races in the Midwest. Kelly Randolph shares photos from this year's event.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Road Race, Time Trial, Ride the Divide
Results: Firehouse 50

Jumping: U.S. Ski Jumpers Compete for Champs Title
August 1, 2014
U.S. Ski Team ski jumping and Nordic combined athletes will be vying for national championship titles this weekend at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City Sunday, Aug 3rd.
Related:
Video: Aug 2 Springer Tournee Livestream, Aug 3 Large Hill Nationals

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 29, 2014
Race reports from the Red Earth Classic and Elm Creek 40 miler, and a tour of the North Shore MTB trails, plus the look ahead, fill Jay Richards MTB report this week!
Related:
FAST KIDS LNR 2014 Mountain Bike Series - Two Events Left!

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Kicks Off Saturday
July 27, 2014
The Illinois Rollerski Race Series starts this coming Saturday, August 2nd, with a 10K race (5K for juniors) at Moraine Hills State Park in McHenry. This first race will is the Leatherleaf Bog trail which is surfaced with crushed limestone and paved on the hills.
Related:
Ringer Roll Coming August 8th

Urban Trail Marathon Next Month
July 24, 2014
Endurance United's Urban Trail Marathon is less than a month away -- August 23rd. Races start in downtown St. Paul and finish at Battle Creek with a number of distances available, and even a relay format.

Tri-Loppet Bans Racing Boats
July 23, 2014
In an effort to provide a more level playing field, the Loppet Foundation is banning racing boats from the Tri-Loppet. From the Loppet website: After the wind of the 2014 event, organizers have concluded that race boats have no place at the Tri-Loppet ... Going forward, no race boats of any kind will be allowed at the Tri-Loppet. No race canoes. No race kayaks. No surf skis. ... The hope is that this rule change will make for a more "democratic" event.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 22, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB racing report features first-hand reports from the Afton Avalanche and Dakota Adventist Academy race, an update on Brian Matter's US Nationals, as well as highlights of upcoming events including the Dakota Offroad series, the new Cycling Museum of Minnesota, and North Shore trail explorations.

Mt Itasca Run For Snow Results
July 22, 2014
Petra Cervenkova reports: Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association held its fourth annual 5K Run for Snow on Saturday, July 19 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. Over forty runners came to support snowmaking at Mt. Itasca. Overall male winner was Sam Nelson (18), Minneapolis, with time 18:43, Jakob Ellingson (19), Minnetonka, finished second with time 18:52, and third placed Patrick Gibeau (16) from Grand Rapids, 19:42. Overall female winner Andrea Nelson (40), Bemidji, ran 20:41, followed by Siena Ellingson (17), Minnetonka, 21:11 with Dawn Fairchild (38) from Grand Rapids, 22:22 in third.
Related:
Results: Run for Snow

Birkie Announces New Director of Race Operations
July 21, 2014
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has appointed Allan Serrano as its new Director of Race Operations. Serrano will replace Shellie Milford, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Hoigaards Challenge Standings
July 20, 2014
The 2014 Hoigaards Challenge standings have been updated, reflecting results from the first three events in the series: City of Lakes Loppet, CityTrail Loppet, and Tri-Loppet. The final event of the series is the Trail Loppet, set for Sept 20th.
Related:
Trail Loppet

Long Lake Lap Coverage
July 19, 2014
The Rice Creek Boat Club hosted their annual Long Lake Lap races Saturday morning in New Brighton. Participants raced 1, 2 or 3 laps around Long Lake, dealing with some current from fast flowing Rice Creek, as well as battling some gusty southerly winds.
Related:
Photoset: 252 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Long Lake Lap

Time Trial for the Common Man
July 17, 2014
Ride and Glide is hosting another trial time this summer, this one dedicated to the "common man". They encourage cyclists of all skill levels to come out and give it a try! Special award categories.

Midwest Junior Championships Registration Opens
July 16, 2014
The Loppet Foundation has rolled open the Midwest Junior Championships registration. The big event is scheduled for March 6-8, and is expanding again this year! Act before July 31st for the lowest pricing.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 15, 2014
Featured in Jay Richards MTB racing report this week, racing action from the huge WORS Cup and the MN MTB series in Duluth, plus some commentary on primitive trails, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

New Fall Rollerski Race Announced
July 15, 2014
Providing a great way to gauge the fall training, a new rollerski race will be held at Baker Park on Saturday, October 4th. Free rollerski ferrules for early registrations!

Loppet Registration Opens
July 13, 2014
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival registration opens today, Monday, July 14th. Note there are new field caps this season, and a number of events did fill last year -- so get your place at the start line secured today!

Rivet Run Coverage
July 13, 2014
Eve Graves reports: Perfect weather with temps in the upper 50's, low humidity, and a slight breeze made for a great Rivet Run today on the trails of Pattison State Park! Leah Holmes easily "chicked" all the males as she "jogged" in to win in 22:51, almost 3 minutes ahead of the next finisher. Leah, from Superior just finished her first year running for UW Milwaukee. The second finisher was Saif Robida a 14 year old who ran it in 24:49. Our youngest participant was 7 and the oldest 70! Rivets from ships are given out to age group winners.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Ringer Roll Coming August 8th
July 13, 2014
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park will be Friday, August 8th. While the event features some of the top juniors from the Midwest, it is also open to citizen racers.

Illinois Rollerski Race Series
July 11, 2014
The Illinois Roller Ski Race Series consists of four races at Moraine Hills State Park with racers earning points towards the season champion awards. The series uses a mix of crushed limestone and asphalt trails. The first race is August 2nd!

Best of Both - Birkie and Loppet Trail Runs
July 10, 2014
The Loppet Foundation and the American Birkebeiner have teamed up to offer a "best of both" award for runners participating in both fall trail running races.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 8, 2014
Tips on negotiating trail obstacles, riding in the White Earth State Forest, the trend of endurance events, and a Lyme reminder all make up Jay Richards' MTB report this week.

Tofte Trek Results
July 5, 2014
Over 125 athletes came out Friday for the Tofte Trek trail run along the Northshore. Dan Schwamberger and Kaelyn Williams took the titles in the 10K.
Related:
Results: Tofte Trek

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 1, 2014
Jay Richards' MTB report this week provides recaps on the Lutsen 99er and Buck Hill Birch Bump races.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Update
June 29, 2014
The first five races in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby have been completed and updated results are now posted. The series takes a break this week (no race July 3rd), then picks back up again July 10th and runs to the finish week in August.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2014
Another epic Tri-Loppet event in the books Saturday in Minneapolis! Strong winds and high water played havoc with the start on Lake Calhoun, especially for the pro-class canoes, resulting some big shakeups in the paddling results. Jonathan Sanborn dominated the opening leg in a solo kayak, coming out of the water with nearly a five minute lead, then held Dave Nelson off in a sprint finish to take the mens title. Matt Liebsch nearly made up a 13 minute defect coming off the water to finish roughly a minute back in third. Josie Nelson, powered by a great opening paddle with husband Dave, cruised to the womens title by nearly seven minutes. Caitlin Gregg and Molly Moilanen rounded out the womens podium.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling Leg - 92 photos, Running Leg - 48 photos, Cycling Leg - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Triloppet

Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest
June 27, 2014
Got some talent for design? The Birkie is accepting entries for their 2015 t-shirt design. The winning entry will receive a pair of Fischer skis and Swix Triac poles (besides all the prestige!). Entry deadline is July 15th.
Related:
Birkie Trail Run Price Hike Coming July 1st

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 24, 2014
With the continued wet weather, event schedules are being juggled -- Jay Richards brings us up-to-date with reports from Duluth, Cable area, Cottage Grove and even Missoula, along with a look ahead to a couple of big events.

Ride and Glide TT #2 Coverage
June 24, 2014
The Ride and Glide Club held their second time trial of the season Tuesday night. The rain stayed north as the riders cruised the just over 13 mile course near Winthrop. Ian Stanford posted the top time of the night, averaging over 28 mph. Nicole Heininger was the top woman (and 8th overall), topping 25 mph for an average.
Related:
Photoset: 91 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Ride and Glide TT (spreadsheet)

Worldloppet Expands
June 22, 2014
On Sunday the Worldloppet organization voted in four new events to the Worldloppet Ski Federation. The Marchablanca/Ushuaialoppet (Argentina), Vasaloppet China (China), Fossavatn Ski Marathon (Iceland) and Merino Muster (New Zealand) grow the ranks of the series to 20 events now.

Landslide Closes Part of West River Parkway in Minneapolis
June 19, 2014
A section of the West River Parkway, a popular route for silent sport athletes in Minneapolis, was completed blocked by a major landslide Thursday due to the wet spring weather. The section is between the bottom of the Franklin Ave Bridge hill and the Washington Ave bridge overpass, on the west bank of the river.

NSGP Report: Amateurs Catch A Ride
June 19, 2014
Corey Coogan Cisek enjoyed a special opportunity provided to some amateurs to compete in last week's North Star Grand Prix Bike Festival. Corey provides an insight into the team preparations and racing experiences.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 17, 2014
Jay Richards' column on the Midwest MTB racing scene picks up this week with the Cuyuna Lakes MTB Fest, the WORS series, Loppet kids MTB, and rising cycling star Kelly Catlin, plus a look ahead to the Red Wing race in the Minnesota series.

Olympic Day Wrap
June 15, 2014
Bruce Manske wraps up their Olympic Day celebration Saturday. Part of the festival was a 5K run, which was dominated by LNR juniors with Scott Harrison and Vivian Hett posting the top times.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 15, 2014
Minnesota skiers once again dominated much of the Chippewa Triathlon event as participants paddled, mountain biked and trail ran across the terrain of NW Minnesota on Saturday. Dave Nelson and Elspeth Ronnander post the times in the mens and womens doubles, with Craig Rudd and Elaine Nelson posting the top times in the mixed category.

North Star Grand Prix: Menomonie Road Race Coverage
June 14, 2014
After a string of absolutely perfect weather, Saturday brought out the clouds and eventually rain for the later half of the North Star Grand Prix road race in Menomonie. The course featured a number of solid climbs (with points) as well as a couple of sprint primes, then finished on a criterium style course around the UW-Stout campus. Racing concludes on Sunday with the always exciting Stillwater course.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Road Race - 104 photos, Womens Road Race - 68 photos, Kids Race - 14 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

North Star Grand Prix: Time Trial Coverage
June 11, 2014
The North Star Grand Prix race series opened Wednesday morning with beautiful conditions for a time trial along the scenic East River Road in St. Paul. Alison Powers and Tom Zirbel topped the podium. Racing action continues Wednesday evening with a criterium race.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Time Trial - 191 photos, Mens Time Trial - 253 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 10, 2014
In his weekly MTB report, Jay Richards reports on the Race to Sunset and Marquette Trails Fest events, highlights a possible new IMBA ride center, skills sessions for high school girls, along with some additional news items and upcoming events.

North Star Grand Prix Festival
June 9, 2014
The North Star Grand Prix (formerly the Nature Valley Grand Prix) starts this Wednesday and rolls through the weekend. Racing includes a double-header on Wednesday (morning TT and evening crit) and continues with races in Cannon Falls, Minneapolis and Menomonie before the traditional finale in Stillwater Sunday.

Canada to Host World Cup Stage Race
June 6, 2014
Canada will host an 8 stage World Cup series that will feature five iconic Canadian ski destinations as host venues. The series will wrap up the end of the 2016 FIS season.
Related:
2014-2015 FIS Cross-country Schedule Announced

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 4, 2014
Jay Richards report on the regional MTB scene this week covers the Epic (Mt Borah Epic!), an epic mudfest at Bluff Riders Charge, and the Duluth Euduro series, along with the local ahead on a busy schedule.

Birkie Registration is Open!
June 1, 2014
Registration for the 2015 American Birkebeiner is now officially open! Each season the race has been filling earlier, so don't delay too long in putting your name into the hat.

US Ski Team: Selection Criteria for the 2015 World Championship Team
May 29, 2014
USSA has published the selection criteria for the 2015 Cross Country World Championship Team. Selections are expected to be named in late January.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Opening Night
May 29, 2014
A perfect evening Thursday for the opening set of races in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby series. Temperatures in the mid 80s and relatively light winds made it feel like mid-summer as paddlers raced across Calhoun, around Lake of the Isles, and even some sprinting across to Cedar. The series continues Thursday evenings.
Related:
Photoset from Craig Stolen: Canoe Derby

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 27, 2014
In his weekly MTB report, Jay Richards features the Paul Bunyan State Forest trails and the Midwest womens MTB clinic plus his usual look ahead to a number of feature events on the upcoming calendar.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 20, 2014
Jay Richards' MTB report rings in this week with race stories from the Cable Off-road Classic, Woolly Mammoth Classic, and Crystal Lake Classic as well as a look ahead to the Mt Borah Epic.

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 18, 2014
Over 400 runners participated in the inaugural CityTrail Loppet Sunday morning, as they weaved their way from downtown Robbinsdale over asphalt trails and singletrack dirt paths to finish at the big spoon in front of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Temperatures in the low 60s and light winds made it feel like summer had actually arrived.
Related:
Photoset: 10 Mile Course - 54 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10K, 10 Mile
CityTrail Event Recap

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 13, 2014
With a quiet scene last weekend on the MTB racing circuit, Jay Richards highlights the growth in Minnesota high school MTB racing, an interesting article on gels, and the upcoming weekend races.

Midwest Regional Talent ID Camp Coming in June
May 12, 2014
USA Cycling is hosting a Regional Talent ID Camp in Minneapolis, June 23-28. The camps are designed to provide USA Cycling with evaluations of juniors' talent and give juniors a pathway to develop their cycling ability. The camps are open to athletes racing age 14-21 and not limited to athletes living in the region.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 6, 2014
With the snow rapidly dispersing, the MTB bikes are rolling and we are once again fortunate to have MTB veteran Jay Richards keeping us updated in his regular MTB racing report. Kicking off the season, recaps on the Iola Stump and Jump, Decorah Time Trials, and exciting about the development of a new bike park in Cottage Grove!

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 3, 2014
A late spring thaw combined with a run of wet weather made for high and fast water for the Snake River Canoe Race Saturday morning in Mora. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry posted the top time of the day, taking the Pro category. Grant and Elaine Nelson won the mixed open, with Bret Arenz and Ed Arenz as taking first place in the male open, Kari Henry and Jan Gunther taking the female open.
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Results: Snake River Canoe Race


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