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Snake River canoe Race, May 6, 2017

Trail Mix Race, April 22, 2017

New Brighton Tri, June 3, 2017

Joy Memorial Criterium, May 29, 2017

Brad Moening leading the 10K, Go Spring Trail Run, May 13, 2017

Machinery Hill Criterium, May 2, 2017

Highlights

Midwest MTB Report
June 20, 2017
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: Coverage on the Menacing 40, Red Wing Classic, and Mt. Morris Challenge events, and a look ahead to MN, WI series and Lutsen events.

Midwest MTB Report
June 13, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers a wide range of gravity events, Welch trail development and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2017
Sweltering conditions Saturday in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon race. Top solo participants were Jonah Lidberg and Deanne Kivi. Fastest doubles times went to Chuck Lindner, Maria Schilling and Kerrie Berg. Team relay title went to Wolfpack and Pup.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 89 photos, 23 photos
Photoset from Allan Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smiling Joes Canoe Race

Midwest MTB Report
June 6, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week is full of race recaps, coverings MNMBS and WORS series, as well as the Borah Epic, and also highlights on the major Ride the Divide event, a review of the new Afton Alps MTB trails, and riding Strawberry Mountain.

The 2017 Borah Epic is in the books
June 4, 2017
A record field traversed the Borah Epic point-to-point course Saturday on ideal trail conditions to finish in Hayward. Top spots for the Full Epic included women's champ, Kyia Anderson, posting a time of 3:08.48, while Jesse Lalonde sealed the men's title once again, at 2:38.47.

New Bri Tri Coverage
June 3, 2017
Warm conditions for the 12th annual New Bri Tri at Long Lake Park in the north metro Saturday morning. One of the season's early events, the triathlon consisted of a 1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run.
Related:
Photoset: Swim - 16 photos, Bike - 156 photos, Run - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: New Bri Tri

Vasaloppet Seeking Race Coordinator
June 2, 2017
The Vasaloppet USA organizers in Mora are seeking candidates to help the organization with race coordination. Position is part-time, with full-time hours in January/February.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results
June 2, 2017
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby kickoff on Thursday night drew more than 60 participants for a warm evening of racing on the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. In the racing division, the mixed team of Kate Ellis and Devin Arenz just edged out the mens pairing of Chris Broderson and Joe Manns by a single second for the win.
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Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Chippewa Triathlon One Week Out
June 1, 2017
The popular Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake is coming up next weekend, June 10th. In addition to the usual paddling, mountain bike and trail run triathlon, this year they are offering paddling races on Sunday.

Midwest MTB Report
May 30, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Ride the Keweenaw event, trail building in Fargo-Moorhead, upgrades coming for Cuyuna, teaching MTB skills in Duluth (help wanted), incredible MTB action in Peru, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts Thursday
May 30, 2017
Hoigaard's annual Paddle Derby series fires up this Thursday, June 1st at Lake Calhoun. Registration begins at 5:45 pm, the starting gun goes off at 6:45 pm. Organizers are expecting gorgeous weather for the first of ten paddlesport races. Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome.

Joy Memorial Criterium Coverage
May 29, 2017
Cool temperatures, breezy conditions with even a few sprinkles were on tap Monday for the Joy Memorial Criterium. The course consisted of an almost entirely flat loop around a quick industrial park in New Hope. Photos from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Womens 4/5, Junior Women - 40 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 58 photos, Masters 50/60 - 35 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Joy Memorial Criterium

Midwest MTB Report
May 23, 2017
Highlights from this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards: Recaps on MNMBS and WORS series races, national praise for Duluth trails, and a look ahead to WEM series race this weekend.

Borah Epic Less Than Two Weeks Away
May 21, 2017
Less than two weeks to go until the 5th annual Borah Epic point-to-point MTB challenge. Race organizers are expecting a sellout field (750 riders), but spots are still available in both race distances, including discounted rates for juniors.

US Ski Team Nominations Announced
May 17, 2017
The 2017-18 season US Nordic Ski Team nominations have been posted. As expected, the strong women's team returns with Jessie Diggins leading the way. Ian Torchia is the other Midwest representative, as a member of the development squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 16, 2017
Jay Richards's MTB report this week covers a wide range of topics from how MTB is helping small towns, to helibiking, health related issues, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Go Spring Trail Run Coverage
May 13, 2017
A warm morning Saturday for the Go Spring Trail running races at Battle Creek, as temperatures soared into the 70s. Photos up from the 10K and 5K races.
Related:
Photoset: 10K Race - 134 photos, 5K Race - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Go Spring Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
May 9, 2017
Jay Richards's Midwest MTB report this week catches the action for the WORS and MNMBS series last weekend, the dusty Tinker Classic, junior racer Josie Welch, Duluth trails, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Snake River Canoe River Coverage
May 6, 2017
A picture perfect morning Saturday for the Snake River Canoe Race as sunny skies, light winds, and temperatures rising to the 60s, along with good water levels, made for another great event in the Mora Classic Series.
Related:
Photoset: 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

New Marathon Time Just Misses Two Hour Mark
May 6, 2017
Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. The Nike sponsored event was run on a Formula One race track in Italy.

Midwest MTB Report
May 2, 2017
Jay Richards cranks up the Midwest MTB report for the season, covering a wide range of topics including the passing of Steve Tilford, Midwest race series, Decorah Time Trials, a number of related articles from the web, and the start of the Minnesota and Wisconsin series.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
May 2, 2017
The Tuesday Night Worlds / Machinery Hill Criterium started up in mid-April on the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. With the return to normal temperatures, big fields turned out Tuesday evening for the race series.
Related:
Photoset: Cat 4/5 Race - 74 photos, Womens Race - 49 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 Race - 69 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Birkie Registration Opens May 1st
April 27, 2017
Registration will open for the 2018 American Birkebeiner schedule of events on May 1, 2017. North America's largest cross-country ski race, the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018, with the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races slated for Friday, February 23, 2018.

Trail Mix Coverage
April 22, 2017
Temperatures soaring into the 60s made for warm conditions at the annual Trail Mix running races at Lake Rebecca on Saturday morning. A large field turned out to compete on the mostly turf 12.5K trail around the park, with a few sections rerouted due to the wet spring conditions. Photos up from the 25K and 50K solo races.
Related:
Photoset: 50K Solo - 3K - 61 photos, 50K Solo - 9K - 105 photos, 25K Solo - 1K - 23 photos, 25K Solo - 3K - 99 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Mix

Biathlon: Senior and Development Teams Announced For 2017-18
April 6, 2017
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced nominations for the 2017-18 Senior High Performance Team and Development Teams to the U.S. Biathlon Board of Directors. The Midwest is well represented: Leif Nordgren, Paul Schommer, Jake Brown, Siena Ellingson, Amanda Kautzer and Vasek Cervenka.

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America this Weekend!
April 4, 2017
The annual ski party known as the Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America will be held this Saturday in Duluth. Registration is now open! And a 2018 Birkie Entry is one of the prizes.

US Distance Nationals: Freestyle Races
April 2, 2017
Sunday was the crowning event at Fairbanks for US Distance Nationals, with mass start long distance freestyle races. Jessie Diggins left no doubt why she is the top US skier, pulling away from the entire 30K womens field to win by 1:37 over Kikkan Randall. Scott Patterson cruised to a 3:19 margin of victory in the mens 50K, with LNR's Brian Gregg skiing to 2nd place! In the junior race, NMU's Nicole Schneider took the womens victory, with U18 skier Gus Schumacher winning the mens division. Other top Midwest results: Caitlin Gregg 4th, Rosie Frankowski 5th, Annie Hart 6th - 30K; Adam Martin 5th - 50K; Zak Ketterson 4th - 20K.
Related:
Results: 15K, 20K, 30K, 50K Freestyle

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relay Results
March 31, 2017
On Friday evening at Birch Hill it was all teamwork as skiers formed four-person mixed gender relay teams to battle for the title of top club team. The race eventually came down to a battle betweek APU and SMS, with Jessie Diggins moving her SMS crew from third to first and then passing off to Simi Hamilton who held off Scott Patterson for the victory. An LNR squad featuring Caitlin and Brian Gregg scored 9th. Sunday is the final day of racing, with womens 30K and mens 50K mass start freestyle races.
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Results: Mixed Relays

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle Sprints
March 29, 2017
Racing toward dusk on Wednesday evening, Birch Hill hosted freestyle sprint races as part of the SuperTour Finals. An all-star line-up in the women's field as US Ski Team members Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent were joined by Erika Flowers and Kelsey Phinney in the final, Diggins the clear winner by over two seconds over Randall with Flowers taking third. The men's final was a different story, with a number of top men out sick, as Alaska native Logan Hanneman took the victory with Evan Palmer-Charrette second, Tyler Kornfield third. Junior victories went to Hunter Wonders and Midwest's own Hannah Rudd.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

SuperTour Finals: Skiathlon Results
March 27, 2017
The SuperTour Finals/US Distance Nationals opened on Monday with skiathlon format events at Birch Hill in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jessie Diggins left no doubt she is the top US skier, besting the women's 15K field by nearly two minutes. Scott Patterson, APU, topped the men's 22.5K field by just under 25 seconds. Top Midwest results included: Adam Martin 5th, Brian Gregg 11th, Kyle Bratrud 14th; Caitlin Gregg 8th, Annie Hart 9th, Rosie Frankowski 10th. Wednesday will feature freestyle spints.
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Results: 15K, 22.5K skiathlon

SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals Start Monday
March 25, 2017
The US elite racing season comes down to a big final week of racing with the SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska. Monday will feature womens 15K and mens 22.5K skiathlon races, Wednesday are freestyle sprints, Friday 4x5K mixed relays, and then Sunday concludes the week with womens 30K and mens 50 freestyle races. While the field size will not be as large as US Nationals back in January, the competition will be very high caliber with many of the US Ski Team members expected, as well as top skiers like Caitlin Gregg and the Northern Michigan University ski team.
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Live Results

Chequamegon Almost Full
March 23, 2017
Believe it or not, there are still a few openings for the 2017 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events. Act soon, these will be gone shortly.

Gregg Posts Top Results in OPA Cup Series
March 20, 2017
Caitlin Gregg lead the way for American skiers racing in the OPA Cup series in Seefield, Austria over the weekend. On Friday, Gregg won the 2.5K freestyle race, Saturday came in 7th in the 10K classical, and then posted the top time and nearly won the 10K freestyle pursuit on Sunday. Fellow Minnesotan Annie Hart also competed, posting a couple of top 20 results.
Related:
Results: Alden Cup - OPA Cup Series

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Pursuit Coverage
March 19, 2017
The World Cup series in Quebec wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting freestyle pursuit races. Conditions were once again spectacular, with temps in low 30s and bright sunshine, drawing huge crowds. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng held off all challengers to finish 1-2 in the women's 10K with Sweden's Stina Nilsson taking the sprint out for third. The men's race pitted the crowd favorite Canada's Alex Harvey against the young phenom Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway, with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug holding his own. The race eventually came down to a fantastic three sprint photo finish, with Klæbo just barely taking the victory.
Related:
Photoset: Women's Freestyle Pursuit - 387 photos, Men's Freestyle Pursuit - 299 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Womens Freestyle Pursuit (high res), Top Picks - Mens Freestyle Pursuit (high res)
Results: Freestyle Pursuit 10K, 15K

World Cup Quebec: Classical Coverage
March 18, 2017
A second perfect day of racing at the World Cup series in Quebec city Saturday, with mass start classical races the featured event. A huge crowd turned out, especially for the men's race featuring golden boy Alex Harvey. However, it was the youngster Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway that stole the show, taking the big pack sprint finish with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug second and Russian Alexander Bessmertnykh third, favorite Harvey fourth. Erik Bjornsen skied well to take 31st for the top American male. The women's race was another page in the legend of Marit Bjoergen, after getting tangled up on the first lap Bjoergen recovered quickly and controlled the race right to the finish, taking yet another victory. Teammate Heidi Weng was second with season star Finland's Krista Parmakoski third. Skiing well for the US women, Sadie Bjornsen was in the top 10 for parts of the race, finishing eventually 15th to lead the squad.
Related:
Photoset: Women's 10K Classical - 261 photos, Men's 15K Classical - 247 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

CXC Marathon Cup Final Standings
March 17, 2017
The final tally has been made in the CXC Marathon Cup series. Individual overall winners were Matt Liebsch and Isabella Howden.

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 17, 2017
An absolutely perfect day Friday in Quebec for the opening for the three day World Cup series, as temperatures rose into the mid 20s under sunny skies, highlighting the fresh snowfall from earlier this week. The racing action proved quite exciting has Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla had to make the women's final based on lucky loser format, then went head-to-head with Sweden's Stina Nilsson, Nilsson taking the victory with Falla able to collect on the World Cup overall sprint title. Canada's own Alex Harvey delivered the goods for the home country, putting together an impressive sprint final to take the mens victory. Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo sealed up the World Cup overall sprint title, becoming the youngest ever. Simi Hamilton had the great day for the US, narrowly missing the podium to take 4th in the men's sprint final. Jessie Diggins had the top result for the US women, advancing to the semi-finals before getting bumped out. Saturday's racing action will feature mass start classical races.
Related:
Photoset: Women's Qualifying - 298 photos, Men's Qualifying - 255 photos, Heats - 621 photos, Awards - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Qualifying (high res), Top Picks - Heats/Awards (high res)
Results: Freestyle Sprints

World Cup Quebec Series
March 14, 2017
The World Cup season wraps up this weekend with an exciting series of races in historic Quebec, Canada. Friday starts things off with freestyle sprints, Saturday is mass start classical races, and Sunday concludes with pursuit format freestyle races. The US is fielding a large squad including Jessie Diggings and top Junior Julia Kern.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Sprints Qualifying Women's Start List
Sprints Qualifying Men's Start List
USSA: World Comes to Quebec City

Biathlon: U.S. Wins First Team Medal in 23 Years
March 12, 2017
World championship medalists Susan Dunklee and Lowell Bailey combined forces to win the United States' first team medal in 23 years, a silver in Sunday's single mixed relay at the BMW IBU World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti, Finland.

Brand Ambassadors Sought By Borah Teamwear in 20th Anniversary Year
March 12, 2017
Borah Teamwear is seeking 20 brand ambassadors to ride, run, or tri in its exclusive line of apparel and is offering some deals and bonus goods for those who are ready to share their sporting experiences with the brand.

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 11, 2017
Over 1200 riders turned out Saturday for the 5th annual Fat Bike Birkie races in Cable. Jorden Wakeley won the mens 49K race over Peter Olejniczak and Will Ross by a narrow three second margin of victory. Leia Schneeberger won the womens divison. The shorter 23K races were won by Adam Altmann and Michelle Flanagan-Haag.
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Results: 23K, 49K Races
Fat Bike Birkie Draws Field of 1200 Participants from 18 States, 2 Countries

Great Bear Chase Results
March 11, 2017
A great turnout on Saturday for some unusually frigid Great Bear Chase races on Saturday morning. The mens elite 50K skiathlon race was a barn burner between Kyle Bratrud and Matt Liebsch with Bratrud taking the victory by a single second. Deedra Irwin won the womens race, a minute and a half ahead of Felicia Gesior. In the 50K freestyle, Sarah Lyle beat Paulette Niemi by just over 30 seconds while Nikolai Anikin beat out Zach Varty by just over two seconds for the mens title. The 50K classical division titles went to Matthew Egger and Anda Tanaka. Nicole Harvey and John Munger won the 25K freestyle titles, Joan Rundman and Josh Albrecht won the classic titles.
Related:
Irwin and Bratrud take victories at 37th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

Pioneer Midwest: Final Winter Clearance
March 11, 2017
Pioneer Midwest is running their final Winter Clearance, with many items up to 50% off, including skis, poles and boots, along with 20% off wax and tools, and 50% off in-stock footwear.

Skiwerx Series And CXC Youth Cup Standings Announced
March 10, 2017
With the conclusion of the Midwest Jr Championships, the CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series have released their final point rankings.

World Cup Drammen: Classical Sprints
March 8, 2017
Racing on the streets of Drammen, Norway, the World Cup showcased classic sprint events on Wednesday. Sophie Caldwell lead the way for the US squad, finishing 9th. Jessie Diggins had the top US qualifying time but broke a pole in the quarterfinals. Andy Newell was the top American male, finishing 18th.
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Results: Classical Sprints

World Championships: Mens 50K Freestyle
March 5, 2017
The World Championships in Lahti, Finland, wrapped up on Sunday with the mens 50K freestyle. And what a wrap up it was, as Canadian Alex Harvey owned the field, putting together the perfect race and final sprint to take home the gold! Russian Sergey Ustiugov took silver and providing some host nation pride, Matti Heikkinen outsprinted Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby for the bronze. Tad Elliot finished 27th as the top American -- Minnesotan Kyle Bratrud was involved in a nasty crash and had to withdraw.
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Results: 50K Freestyle

Sleeping Giant Loppet Results
March 4, 2017
Near perfect conditions in Thunder Bay Saturday for the Sleeping Giant Loppet races. Evan Palmer-Charrette won the mens 50K freestyle, with Jenn Jackson topping the womens division. Classical 50K winners were Minnesotans Chris Hecker and Kerrie Berg. In the 35K freestyle, Marko Seppanen and Heidi Stewart posted the top times. Freestyle 20K champions were Laena Garrison (first overall!) and Fergus Foster.

Pepsi Challenge Results
March 4, 2017
Nearly 400 skiers turned out on Saturday morning for the Pepsi Challenge events at Giants Ridge. In the freestyle 50K, Zach Varty and Marit Sonnesyn took the titles. Classical victories went to Dave and Josie Nelson. In the one lap, 25K races, freestyle victories were earned by Andy Schakel and Anikken Alnaes, classical champs were Mark Ousdigian and Xena Huff. The 8K division saw Mark Scheller and Emma Greenlee walk away with titles.
Related:
River View Loppet Results

World Championships: Womens 30K Freestyle
March 4, 2017
Racing action for the women culminated in the women's 30K freestyle race Saturday at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland. The Norwegian women emphasized their talent depth in taking the first four places, with America's Jessie Diggins taking 5th! Chelsea Holmes scored an impressive 13th. Caitlin Gregg was within the top 25 at the mid-point, eventually dropping back to finish 36th. The final event is the mens 50K freestyle, starting at 6:30 am CST Sunday.
Related:
Results: 30K Freestyle
Fischer: Marit Bjørgen wins her 18th World Championship gold in 30k mass start

World Championships: Mens Relay
March 3, 2017
It was the mens turn on Friday for the relays, racing 4 x 10K at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby who broke open the relay on the third leg, tagging off to Finn Haagen Krogh who managed to hold off Russia's Sergey Ustiugov to collect the gold medal. The battle for the final bronze medal was another Finnish heartbreaker as Matti Heikkinen fell in the final corner during a sprint with Sweden, allowing the Swedes to take third. Minnesotan Kyle Bratrud lead off for the US men squad, which finished 10th. The womens 30K freestyle mass start race is Saturday, starting at 6:30 am CST. Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg are both in the line up.
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Results: Mens Relay

Biathlon: Bailey Stays Hot With World Cup Silver in PyeongChang
March 3, 2017
Two weeks after becoming the first American world champion in biathlon, Lowell Bailey continued his torrid run by winning the silver medal in Friday's 10-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup held at the Olympic venue in PyeongChang.

Great Bear Chase Countdown, Price Hike
March 2, 2017
The Great Bear Chase ski races are just a little over a week away and organizers are reporting great conditions. Register before Monday, March 6th to save some money by avoiding the final price hike!

Jessie Diggins: Behind the World Champs Races
March 2, 2017
Jessie Diggin's posted an update from the World Championships on Tuesday, highlighting behind the scenes activity and what a truly team effort it is.

World Championships: Womens Relay
March 2, 2017
The popular relays events started on Thursday at the World Championships with the women's 4x5K in Lahti, Finland. After a fairly close race for the first two legs, Norway's Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen broke away on her leg, handing off a big lead for Marit Bjoergen to ski a few coronation laps for a Norwegian victory. The battle for second place was intense, as two young stars, Finland's Krista Parmakoski and Sweden's Stina Nilsson took the race down to a final sprint, easily won by Nilsson. The US women skied to fourth place, 30 seconds off the podium. The men get their turn on Friday morning in a 4x10K relay starting at 5:30 am CST.
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Results: Womens Relay
Fischer: Women's relay team claims 100th ever World Championship gold for Norway

World Championships: Mens Classical
March 1, 2017
A little redemption for Finland on Wednesday at the World Championships as Iivo Niskanen won the mens 15K classical race. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby was second with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug third. Erik Bjornsen had a strong performance for the US men, finishing 18th, with Midwest's own Kyle Bratrud 33rd. Next up, the womens relay Thursday morning at 7 am CST.
Related:
Results: World Champs mens classic
USSA: USA Announces Women’s Relay Team
Fischer: Silver and bronze for Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Niklas Dyrhaug

World Championships: Womens Classical
February 28, 2017
Tuesday in Lahti for the World Championships the women's 10K classical race was the featured event. Norway's Marit Bjoergen added another medal to her vast collection, dominating the event with a win by more than 40 seconds. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, was second with Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, took third. Sadie Bjornsen was the top US finisher, taking 23rd. The men race Wednesday in a 15K classical event, starting at 5:45 pm CST.
Related:
Results: 10K Classical

Fat Bike Birkie Closing Soon!
February 27, 2017
Organizers report less than 150 openings left in the 2017 Fat Bike Birkie, scheduld for Saturday, March 11th. This year's big weekend includes an expo, demos on Friday, races, demo rides and party Saturday, and guided rides on Sunday.

Hamsterbeiner Coverage
February 26, 2017
Roughly 30 skiers turned out Sunday morning for the post-Birkie cancellation Hamsterbeiner short-notice race at Elm Creek. The race came down to a battle of former Birkie champions as Matt Liebsch (2009) and Sergio Bonaldi (2013, 2015) as the pair eventually dropped the rest of the field, with Liebsch using a burst of power on the final lap to gain the advantage on Bonaldi. Elspeth Ronnander topped the womens field.

World Championships: Team Sprint
February 26, 2017
An incredible day of racing Sunday at the Lahti World Championships as the countries competed in classical Team Sprint format events. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla sealed the victory with teammate Heidi Weng, with Russia second, and then an awe inspiring dual between USA's Jessie Diggins and Swedish sprinter Stina Nilsson, which Diggins won for the first classical medal in the US history at the World Championships! The American men had a historic day as well, taking fifth. But the men's final was marred by a crash between Norway and Finland in the final stretch, allowing Russia to take the victory, Italy second and Finland settling for third. Next race is Tuesday morning, womens 10K classical starting at 5:45 am CST.
Related:
Results: Team Sprints

World Championships: Skiathlon
February 25, 2017
Racing under a beautiful sunny sky on fast, firm conditions, the Lahti World Championships on Saturday featured skiathlon format races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Finland's Krista Parmakoski broke away from the field, with Bjoergen using the final climb to pull ahead of Parmakoski and collect yet another World Championship gold medal, Parmakoskoi second, and Sweden's Charolette Kalla third. The mens race unfolded in similar fashion, with Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Russia's Sergey Ustiugov paired up for the skate leg. Sundby self-destructed on the final climb, tripping himself up during a sprint move, allowing Ustiugov to take the gold, Sundby second, and Finn Haagen Krogh, Norway, third. Kikkan Randall was tops for the US women in 17th (Jessie Diggins DNF), Tad Elliot was the best of the US men in 48th, Kyle Bratrud 49th. Next up, classical team sprints on Sunday: womens at 3:30 am CST, men at 4:30 am.
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Results: Skiathlon


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