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Minnesota State CX, November 22, 2014

Jackson Meadow CX, October 5, 2014

Leo Hipp, SSC meet at Hyland, December 9, 2014

St. Scholastica skiers participating in homecoming festivities, October 4, 2014

Zak Ketterson working on his Petter Northug impression, Hoigaards/Breadsmith Relays, December 13, 2014

LNR Afton Time Trial, October 11, 2014


World Cup Davos Weekend Series Redux
December 17, 2014
Rescheduled from La Clusaz, France, the World Cup FIS series repeats again this weekend in Davos, Switzerland. The lineup this weekend includes a womens 10K and mens 15K skate race Saturday, with freestyle sprint races on Sunday.
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Bjorn Daehlie Interview
NNF: Davos Double Poling Distance with Chris Grover
US Ski Team: Davos Redux - 8 Things to Watch this World Cup Weekend

Nordic Spirit Registration Open
December 15, 2014
The Nordic Spirit race, Jan 11th, at the Spirit Mountain trails in Duluth, is open for registration. They are also offering Facebook promo prize for the 100th "like" to their page.

Biathlon: US IBU Cup Trails / MN Cup #2 Results
December 14, 2014
Mt. Itasca hosted two days of biathlon racing this past weekend, featuring some of the top junior and senior skiers in the country.
Results: U.S. IBU Cup Trials / MN Cup #2

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 14, 2014
Sunday featured freestyle sprints in Davos, Switzerland for the World Cup. Norway continues to dominate, sweeping both podiums (including the top five women!). The US women qualified three for the heats: Ida Sargent 16th, Kikkan Randall 20th and Sophie Caldwell 22nd, but none were able to advance. Andy Newell qualified 15th, but did not make beyond the quarterfinals. The World Cup will remain in Davos for a pair of weekend races, rescheduled from France (due to low snow conditions).
Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Race Day - 15 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Bjorn Daehlie Interview
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Hoigaards/Breadsmith Relays Coverage
December 13, 2014
Even with a bit of fog and temperatures around 40F, the Elm Creek snowmaking loop still provided a good, reasonably fast course for the Hoigaards/Breadsmith relays Saturday morning. The tandem of Leo Hipp and Zak Ketterson, both high school skiers, dished out a little lesson in dominance as they first won the masters race, then repeated again in the juniors event. A pair of Gustavus skiers Marit Sonnesyn and Mata Agre showed some college power in taking the masters womens title. Forest Lake stars Kate Schaaf and Rocci Wohlk combined for the girls junior title. Photos, videos, Facebook photos and results are posted.

World Cup Davos: Classical
December 13, 2014
Racing on a lap course involving man-made snow and snow trucked from the mountains, the World Cup skiers in Davos competed for the classical titles on Saturday. In the womens 10K race, Norwegians Therese Johaug and Marit Bjoergen took first and second, with finn Kerttu Niskanen taking third. The US women had a strong showing, as Liz Stephen, Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen went 20, 21, and 22! Norway also took the top two places in the mens 15K, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking another victory followed by Didrik Toenseth, as Dario Cologna took third for his adopted homeland of Switzerland. Canadian Alex Harvey was 17th, Erik Bjornsen the top American in 48th.
Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Race Day - 24 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Pre-Race Interviews, Classical Clips
Results: Classical
Nordic Combined: Near Miss for Taylor Fletcher

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 10, 2014
The FIS World Cup racing action moves to Davos, Switzerland this weekend. Saturday is scheduled to feature womens 10K and mens 15K classical races, Sunday are freestyle sprints. The distances races are shorter than originally planned, due to a lower snowfall.
Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Venue Photos Dec 11 - 4 photos, Venue Photos Dec 12 - 5 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Interview with Matt Whitcomb
Davos: Will Mother Nature Help Out?
Davos Team Rosters

Boulder Lake Registration Open
December 9, 2014
The Boulder Lake Ski Race, January 18th in Duluth, has their registration open and is offering discount pricing up through Dec 19th. Plus catch a highlight reel from last year's event.

Racing Outlook
December 7, 2014
Wednesday Night Series continues at Elm Creek this week, with a special team event planned for late December.

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 7, 2014
The Lillehammer World Cup wrapped up Sunday with the classical pursuit events. Sadie Bjornsen continues to shine for the US squad, finishing 18th in the womens 10K classical pursuit. Jessie Diggins was 44th. Erik Bjornsen again led the US men, taking 39th. Norway dominated the results, posting the top four womens and top five mens times.
Results: Classical Pursuit
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top-10 in Norway

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle
December 6, 2014
Lillehammer was hopping Saturday morning with the womens 5K and mens 10K freestyle races. The Norwegian women swept the podium with Therese Johaugh taking the victory. Jessie Diggins skated to the top US time, finishing 15th with Sadie Bjornsen 20th, and Liz Stephen 22nd. Norway swept the mens podium as well, with Martin Johnsrud Sunby taking the win. Erik Bjornsen was the top US finisher at 51st.
Results: Freestyle
Caitlin Gregg Mini-Report: Lillehammer 5K

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Sprints
December 5, 2014
Tough start for the US Ski team at the Lillehammer World Cup events Friday, as only Sadie Bjornsen was able to qualify for the freestyle sprint heats. Bjornsen posted a great qualifying time, finishing 16th, but did not advance out of the quarterfinals. Canadian Alex Harvey continues to fly, finishing 5th in the mens final! Minnesotans: Jessie Diggins 55th, Caitlin Gregg 78th.
Results: Freestyle Sprints

World Cup: Lillehammer Weekend Series
December 3, 2014
The FIS World Cup moves to Lillehammer, Norway, this weekend for three events. Friday is freestyle sprints, Saturday freestyle 5K and 10K races, and Sunday brings classical 10K and 15K pursuit races. Team rosters have been posted.
World Cup Lillehammer: Results
World Cup Lillehammer: Website

Birkie Drive in Eau Claire, Iola
December 2, 2014
The Birkie fundraising effort, Honoring the Legacy, Ensuring the Future, continues its tour of the Midwest, this week stopping in Eau Claire on Dec 4th and Iola next week, Dec 17th. If you can't make one of the stops, then please conside making a donation online.

Price Hike
November 30, 2014
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival has their next price hike coming up! Register by midnight Dec 4th to save some cash on one of the most popular events of the season.

SuperTour: Yellowstone Freestyle
November 29, 2014
The Yellowstone SuperTour held the skate races Saturday in West Yellowstone. Brian Gregg had a great performance, posting the second best time on the day, less than 10 seconds back of winner Matt Gelso. Matt Liebsch was in the mix as well, finishing 9th, and Ben Saxton rocking in 11th. In the womens race, Rosie Brennan took the victory with rising star Katherine Ogden second.
Results: SuperTour, Citizen

US Ski Team: Ruka World Cup Sprints
November 29, 2014
The Nordic World Cup opener fired up Saturday morning in Ruka, Finlandia with classical sprint events. Ida Sargent started the season strong, finishing fifth to a tough Norwegian team that put three skiers in the top four. The Norwegian men were just as dominate, sweeping the top four with Eirik Brandsdal taking the victory. Kikkan Randall had the top US qualifying time in 12th. Jessie Diggins finished 64th. Simeon Hamilton had sped to the 16th fastest mens qualifying time as the top American.
Results: Classical Sprints
Nordic Combined: Big Jump in XC for Fletcher

SuperTour: Yellowstone Classic Sprints
November 29, 2014
The SuperTour series opened Friday with classical sprints at the popular Yellowstone Ski Festival. Ben Saxton posted the top qualifying time, but it was Dakota Blackhorse-Von Jess taking the mens sprint final. Canadian Alysson Marshall topped the womens sprint field, with Jennie Bender taking third. Other top Midwest qualifying results: Brian Gregg, 15th; Gordon Vermeer, 16th; Annie Hart, 10th; Paige Schember, 15th. Racing continues Saturday with freestyle races.
Results: Qualifying, Mens Heats, Womens Heats

CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series
November 28, 2014
Central Cross Country Ski Association and the Minnesota Youth Ski League have partnered to bring together a regional Youth Cup that compliments the metro Skiwerx Series for young racers.

Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race
November 28, 2014
Cyclova XC is hosting a Fat Bike race on the trails at Big Rock Creek near St. Croix Falls on December 20th. Register by Nov 30th to save some cash prior to the next price hike.

Nordic Combined: US Team Named
November 28, 2014
USSA reports: Three Olympians were named to the 2015 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team that opens its FIS World Cup campaign this weekend in Ruka, Finland. The team includes Olympic champion Billy Demong along with World Championship medalists Bryan and Taylor Fletcher.
US Ski Team: XC Team Ready for Ruka Opener

Minnesota Finlandia Registration Now Open
November 26, 2014
The Minnesota Finlandia registration is now open. The Finlandia has released a homebrewed promotional video to help get your amped up for the big races on February 14, 2015.

World Cup: Nordic Opener this Weekend
November 26, 2014
The FIS World Cup season opens this weekend in Ruka, Finland with a pair of events. Saturday, Nov 29th, will be classical sprints, and Sunday, Nov 30th, are womens 10K and mens 15K classical races. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg are scheduled to compete as well and many of the top stars in the World Cup, including Kikkan Randall.
Video: Livesteam and Recaps
World Cup 2014-15 Season Preview
Ruka World Cup - Nordic Opener

NNF/WYSEF Masters Race in West Yellowstone
November 25, 2014
The National Nordic Foundation and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation have joined to offer a masters ski race on Saturday, Nov 29th. The event will be a short 5K skate race, with interval starts.
A Thank You from NNF Executive Director, Dave Knoop

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2014
The 2014-15 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today on the eve of the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Midwest skiers include Jessie Diggins (A Team) and Ben Saxton (D Team).

Minnesota CX Championships Coverage
November 22, 2014
Given the cold November, relatively warm temperatures on Saturday generated some slick conditions for the Minnesota Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek. Still waiting for official results online, but former Maine cross-country skiing champ Corey Coogan-Cisek popped a great race to finish second overall in the womens cat 1/2/3 race. Photos from the Saturday afternoon races are up.
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 167 photos, Mens Cat 1/2 - 231 photos

Birkie: Honoring the Legacy - Ensuring the Future
November 13, 2014
Twin Cities skiers and supporters will have a chance to learn firsthand about the steps the Birkie Foundation is taking to preserve the race legacy, including the Telemark start, as well as significant updates to the course and finish area (like a new skier bridge). Please join them Thursday, Nov 20th, and support the legacy! Limited tickets available.

Short-notice: Rock Skate Race at Spirit
November 11, 2014
Nikolai Anikin is going full-tilt with the new snowfall, organizing a an informal, short-notice race at Spirit Mountain for this Wednesday evening, Nov 12th! Bring your headlamp and rock skis.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Results
November 9, 2014
The Illinois Rollerski Race Series wrapped up Sunday with the final event in the four month series. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time and locked in his title as the overall series champion. Maxim Glyuka was crowned the junior champion.

Rivet Run Coverage
November 9, 2014
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run 5k trail run/walk at Pattison State park drew nearly 100 participants (double the previous event!). With temperatures hovering around freezing and sunny skies participants had a great experience. Rett Moreland won with a time of 21:21 while Kaelyn Williams won for the women with a time of 22:25. The first Master's male was Dan Duff with a time of 23:08 and the first Master's female was Jen Vos Benkowski with a time of 26:51.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Vakava Time Trial Coverage
November 9, 2014
Squeezing in perhaps the last rollerski of the season in the Twin Cities, the Vakava training group held a pair of rollerski time trials on some quiet backroads near Afton Sunday morning. Temperatures were in the upper 30s for the interval start 5K skate race, followed shortly afterwards with a 5K classical event. Photos and results are up.

Arctic Commando Results
November 8, 2014
St. Paul Central ski team held their annual trail running races at Battle Creek Saturday morning. Craig Cardinal and Allie Rykken collected top honors, with Cardinal posting the only sub 20 minute time on the hilly 5K course.
Results: Arctic Commando Results

Birkie Capital Campaign Comes to the Cities
November 4, 2014
The American Birkebeiner has begun their Capital Campaign and will be in the Twin Cities on Nov 20th for a special evening presentation. Come talk with ABSF Director Ben Popp about the new permanent start area at Telemark, access to warm, indoor spaces at the finish, and the re-creation of Tony Wise's International Bridge! Tickets available now (and going fast).

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 2, 2014
With the end of daylight savings time, the early sunset signals that winter is not far away! We've updated our racing calendar with the latest info on the citizen, collegiate, and high school events. Our annual preview covers some of the big changes on tap this winter, along with some new additions and a few losses.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest
October 28, 2014
Kicking off the January marathon season, Ironwood's Sisu Ski Fest features point-to-point races starting at ABR and finishing in downtown Ironwood. Act by Oct 31st to avoid the next price hike (and check this newsletter for a $5 off online coupon!).

Frozen Thunder Skate Races
October 27, 2014
Frozen Thunder, Canmore Nordic Centre's celebration of the start to skiing season, held skate races on their 2K snow loop Monday morning. Rosanna Crawford posted the top womens time, with Caitlin Gregg showing some strong form in finishing fourth and Jessie Diggins took 8th. Devon Kershaw bested the mens field, with veteran Kris Freeman taking second! Brian Gregg 17th, Ben Saxton 21st.
Photoset from Bow Valley Photography: Frozen Thunder Skate Races
Photoset from Nathaniel Mah: Mens 15K
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Noah Hoffman: Frozen Thunder Skate Races

Birkie Bridge in the Works
October 26, 2014
The Sawyer County Record covered the recent Hayward City Council meeting where plans were presented for a temporary skier/pedestrian bridge spanning Hwy 63 to help ease the traffic congestion during the Birkie finish.
Learn more: There will be an event in the Twin Cities on November 20th - more details forthcoming.

Frozen Thunder Classic Sprints
October 24, 2014
On Friday, the Frozen Thunder event at Canmore Nordic Centre hosted classic sprint races on 1.6K loop of recycled snow. Andy Newell and Ida Sargent won the sprint finals, with Jessie Diggins finishing fifth.
Photoset from Noel Rogers/Angus Cockney: Classic Sprints
Video from Tor-Arne Hetland: Mens Qualifying, Womens Qualifying, Mens Heats
Results: Qualifying Times, Heats/Finals
Noah Hoffman: Frozen Thunder Classic Sprints
Cross-Country Canada: Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint Report

SuperTour: Yellowstone Race Info
October 23, 2014
Detailed information on the Yellowstone Ski Festival races, Nov 28-29, has been posted. Covers the SuperTour events, as well as the masters, juniors and biathlon events.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 21, 2014
Enjoying the fall weather, Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the Red Wing Classic, WORS finale, and Otter Creek 55. Plus a look ahead to the MN HS MTB race at Whitetail this weekend.

Skijor Racing Coming to the 2015 Vasaloppet
October 16, 2014
The Vasaloppet USA is partnering with Skijoring USA to introduce the first-ever skijoring races at the 43rd annual Vasaloppet USA to be held in Mora, MN February 6-8, 2015. Two skijoring races will be held on Sunday, February 8th following the Miniloppet.

Out There Athletes
October 15, 2014
Did you know Out There ski shop sponsors athletes from across the globe? Skiers from New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Netherlands, Hungry and more!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 14, 2014
Highlighted in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Blacks Grove River Crossing recap, MN HS Cycling League first-hand report from Mankato, BrewMonster Enduro photos, big news for the Laddies Loppet, and the look ahead to some upcoming events.
Dec 20 Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race - Price Hike Oct 15th!

Sisu Ski Fest: Did You Sisu?
October 13, 2014
Sisu Ski Fest registration is now open and there are less than 90 days until the big weekend of events in the UP. The race offers early season 42K marathon and 21K half marathon point-to-point races, starting at ABR and finishing in downtown Ironwood.

Pepsi Challenge Coming March 7th
October 13, 2014
Pepsi Challenge will be back for their 31st annual event coming this March 7th. Package of the race registration includes a free pass for Nordic skiing at the Ridge on Friday (test those kids, check out the conditions).

Nordic Combined: First U.S. Title for Bryan Fletcher
October 12, 2014
USSA reports: Bryan Fletcher added another jewel to an already star-studded nordic combined career, winning his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid. Fletcher parlayed a strong jump to take the win in rollerskiing over brother Taylor, who won the rollerski. Adam Loomis (Eau Claire native) took bronze. Note: Ben Loomis, Adam's younger brother, finished 9th!

Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon Recap
October 12, 2014
Over 300 runners turned out Saturday for the inaugural Gandy Dancer trail marathon events, hosted by Cyclova XC. Mark Swiontek and Tammi Braund claimed the first marathon titles. In the half marathon, Dan Schoepke and Megan Felling posted the top times. Read the full event recap.
Results: Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon

Birkie Down to the Last 500 Spots
October 8, 2014
Still haven't registered for the American Birkebeiner or Kortelopet? You'd better do it now, as there are less than 500 openings left and they are going fast...

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 7, 2014
As the season rolls into fall, Jay Richards catches up with the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB racing, and the Heck of the North event. Plus previews of the upcoming Women's MTB retreat, Black's River Crossing, WORS Finale, and the MORC 20th anniversary gala.

Jackson Meadow CX Coverage
October 5, 2014
The Minnesota cyclocross series came to the unique community of Jackson Meadow, just above Marine on the St. Croix, for a full set of races on Sunday. The course featured a nice mix of prairie, road, and lots of woods, with the usual barriers and a pinwheel. We caught the womens cat 1/2/3 and mens 45+ and then the mens 1/2/3 and mens 35+ events in the afternoon.
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3, Mens 45+ - 151 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3, Mens 35+ - 160 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Jackson Meadow CX

Baker Rollerski Race Results
October 4, 2014
Clayton Keim reports: Cold and damp forecast kept many rollerskiers away this morning for the inaugural RollerskiShop.com Baker 10K Rollerski Time Trial. Skiers that came out actually found really nice conditions with the trail being dry and clear of debris thanks to the park staff who made a couple laps blowing it off this morning and clearing a couple trees yesterday from the high winds. We hope to make this an annual event as people seemed to enjoy it and we would like to thank everyone for coming out.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 30, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB report includes a big first-hand report from the Deer Fly Chase, a number of updates on trails and trail maintenance, plus the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Baker Rollerski Race this Saturday!
September 28, 2014
RollerskiShop.com is putting on a 10K rollerski time trial at Baker Park this Saturday, Oct 4th. The same course as the Ringer Roll will be used, allowing skiers to compare their times. And, the first 100 registered get a free pair of new rollerski ferrules!

LNR Afton Time Trial Results
September 28, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing held a rollerski time trial Saturday morning in Afton, inviting some of the top juniors for an 8K freestyle race. Zak Ketterson took top honors, with Tamer Mische-Richter just 11 seconds back. Caitlin Gregg finished third, as Sarah Bezdicek pulled away from Amanda Kautzer on the Trading Post climb to post the top junior female time. Results and a few photos posted.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Coverage
September 27, 2014
A beautiful fall day in the northwoods of Wisconsin for the Birkie trail running events. Starting the morning off was the marathon field, which saw Craig Cardinal taking the lead just over half way into the race and holding off Scott Weispfenning to take the victory. Kari Brown was the womens champion. In the half marathon, Justin Rose pulled away from the field to win by over three minutes, with Tiffany Kari having a similar strong performance to top the womens field. More than 1100 competitors turned out of the events, which featured the newer Birkie Ridge trailhead.
Photoset: Marathon/Relay - 142 photos, Half Marathon - 109 photos, Finishers - 75 photos, Kids Race - 17 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 23, 2014
The Midwest MTB Racing Report by Jay Richards this week features recaps from the Singletrack Escape, Norseman Challenge, as well as upgrades from Interbike and the Cottage Grove Bike Park.

Bangin in the Brush Coverage
September 20, 2014
The Bangin in the Brush trail run was held at Korkki Nordic Saturday morning. Eve Graves reports: The first place male, Mark Johnson, dominated the men's field by nearly 5 minutes while the first place female, who was also 5th overall, Kaelyn Williams, dominated the womens' field by nearly the same margin.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Bangin in the Brush
Results: Bangin in the Brush

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 20, 2014
Nearly ideal conditions for the Trail Loppet (including a smooth bib pickup) as runners enjoyed temps in the mid 60s with bright skies and a decent breeze in the open sections. Chris Lundstrom took the mens half marathon victory, with skiers Matt Liebsch and Erik Fagerstrom sprinting it out for the remaining podium spots. Ladia Albertson-Junkans took the womens title, as well as posting 12th overall. In the 13.1K race, Michael Hartnett and Faith Leicht collected the titles. Andrew Quinn (posted the only sub 20 minute time) and Caitlin Gregg took the 5K victories.
Photoset: Half Marathon - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Trail Loppet
Results: Trail Loppet
Trail Loppet Recap

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 16, 2014
A big Chequamegon recap is the primary feature this week in Jay Richards weekly MTB racing report, along with the usual look at upcoming events.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race Results
September 13, 2014
A small by very competitive field cranked it up Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Flying from Two Harbors to Canal Park in Duluth, Andre Watt and Caitlin Compton took top honors.

Chequamegon 40 Coverage
September 13, 2014
Brian Matter held off Jeremy Bishop to repeat as the Chequamegon 40 champion Saturday morning in Cable. Travis Woodruff along with five other riders all cracked the two hour barrier in the fastest race on record. Jenna Rinehart took the womens title, also posting a new course record time. Area crew did a fantastic job clearing the trail of major storm damage from the prior week, including a huge amount of fallen trees.
Photoset: Kids Race/Start - 20 photos, Rosies Field - 45 photos, Mid-race - 106 photos, Finish - 98 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Saturday Recap
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Sunday Recap

Chequamegon 40 Course Update
September 11, 2014
Chequamegon organizers have published the course reroutes for the big 40 mile event (Short and Fat event will not have any reroutes). The biggest change is a reroute onto Phipps Fire Rd between water stops #2 and #3. There are many sections that will still have tree debris, generating some narrow passages.
Chequamegon 40 Course Reroute Map

FAST KIDS Fall Adventure Run Series
September 10, 2014
The Loppet Foundation's Fall Adventure running series for kids kicks off this Thursday, Sep 11th at Wirth. There will be four events in the series, including age-gap relays and singletrack races.
Photoset from LNR: FAST KIDS Adventure Race

Chequamegon MTB Race Will Have Significant Rerouting
September 10, 2014
Recent persistent rains and high winds have taken a toll on the courses of this weekend's Chequamegon Fat Tire Festiva. After review and consultation with responsible land managers and trail workers, organizers have decided to implement a wet weather contingency plan for the Chequamegon 40 race course from Hayward to the Telemark Resort in Cable.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 9, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB racing report highlights the Treadfest WORS event, the first race in the MN high school MTB series, plus updates on the mighty Chequamegon and the rescheduling of Blacks River Crossing race.

Willow River Trail Challenge Oct 4th
September 9, 2014
Willow River State Park will be home to a trail running events on Saturday, October 4th. The course is a scenic mix of steep climbs and descents though Willow River State Park totaling 10.6K (with a shorter 6.6K option available).

Chequamegon 40 Update
September 8, 2014
The Chequamegon and Birkie crews have been active every day since the big storm rolled through last Thursday, knocking down a lot of trees and dropping a lot of water on the trail system. Progress is being made, but expect some reroutes along the course for the Chequamegon 40.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Results
September 7, 2014
Organizers report great conditions Sunday for race #2 in the Illinois rollerski race series. Jan Myrda and Maria Castellese posted the top mens and womens times in the 10K race. The next event will be Oct 5th.
Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Race Report

Climb to the Castle Results
September 6, 2014
Saturday brought out some of the best US skiers for the annual Climb to the Castle rollerski race in New York. The race climbs roughly five miles with an average 8% grade up the summit of Whiteface Mountain (just under 4900 feet). Caitlin Gregg did the Midwest proud again this year, finishing second only to champion Liz Stephens. Jessie Diggins was 7th, Anne Hart 13th, Paige Schember 17th. In the mens race, biathletes stacked the field with Tim Burke taking the title. Ben Saxton was the top Midwest result finishing a strong 8th.
Photoset from NNF: Climb to the Castle
Results: Mens, Womens

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 2, 2014
Even after hosting a very busy and long weekend of racing at Maplelag Resort, Jay Richards still finds time to crank out his weekly report. Featured this week: recap of the Laddies Loppet stage race, report from Copper Harbor MTB Festival, updates on the Wisconsin and Minnesota high school racing leagues, a new IMBA Ride Center at Noque, and a look ahead to the weekend races.

Baker 10K Rollerski Race by Rollerskishop.com
September 1, 2014
Rollerskishop.com is hosting a fall rollerski race at Baker Park, and to encourage early registration, is offering free rollerski ferrules to the first 100 who sign up!

Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
August 31, 2014
Overnight rain showers and another cloudy day generated some greasy sections on the Maplelag MTB trails, forcing the organizers to alter some of the courses and distances to avoid trouble spots. Brendan Moore and Sara Kylander-Johnson dominated the expert cross-oountry races, sealing up the overall stage victory for the weekend.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 72 photos, Citizen - 77 photos, Sport - 147 photos, Kids Race - 44 photos, Comp/Expert - 245 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
August 30, 2014
Light rain on Friday provided a nice tacky track for the events Saturday at the Laddies Loppet stage race. The morning featured a fast three mile time trial, with a mix of ski trail and singletrack. Short track racing around the Maplelag compound wrapped up the first two stages of the series.
Photoset: Time Trial - 192 photos, Short Track Kids Comp - 51 photos, Short Track Citizen - 41 photos, Short Track Sport - 46 photos, Short Track Comp/Elite Women - 69 photos, Short Track Elite Men - 61 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Time Trial, Top Picks (high res) - Short Track

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.
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

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