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Archives: 5/1/2016 to 1/21/2017

Nordic Spirit Race Update
January 20, 2017
Nordic Spirit Ski Race and Tour is still on for Sunday, Jan 29th! Organizers report a good 5-6" base and will reassess conditions midweek.

World Cup Ulricehamn Weekend Series
January 19, 2017
The World Cup moves to Sweden this weekend for a pair of races: Saturday's events are 10K and 15K freestyle races, then Sunday brings another shot at the four person relay! NBC Sports Live streaming on Saturday begins at 3:30 am CST for womens 10K, and 7 am for the mens 15K.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
World Cup Ulricehamn Website
World Cup Ulricehamn Facebook

CCSA: U.S. Cross Country National Championships Recap
January 19, 2017
The Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) has posted a recap on Midwest collegiate performances at US Nationals last week.

Weekend Racing
January 18, 2017
Jan 21-22 Cable JNQ/CCSA - Two days of racing at the new Birkie start area, both junior and collegiate racing.
Jan 21 Three Rivers Rennet - Premiere racing at Hyland, offering both 10K and 26K distance races.
Jan 21 Laphap Loppet - Fundraiser for Lapham Peak, and a major event on the southern circuit.
Jan 22 Landgraf at St. Johns - Rare opportunity to race on the trails at St. John's University in Collegeville.
Jan 22 Boulder Lake Ski Race - Groomed up and ready to go, 11K and 32K races just north of Duluth.
There are also fat bike races at Hyland and Seeley (postponed!) this weekend.   Check the Racing Outlook for our latest race updates, especially with the warm weather on tap.
Related:
BNS: Three Rivers Rennet Wax Service, Testing Notes
Waxing Recommendations
  

Price Hike: Nordic Spirit
January 18, 2017
Duluth's big Nordic Spirit ski race is coming up on Sunday, January 29th. The event features 14K classical and 14K, 26K freestyle races. The final price hike is coming on January 21st, so register by Friday night!

USSA: Strong U.S. Team Announced For World Champs
January 18, 2017
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named 17 athletes to the cross country team that will compete in the International Ski Federation's 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships Feb 22-Mar 5 in Lahti, Finland. 2015 World Championship silver and bronze medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg were named, as well as Kyle Bratrud.

CCSA Points List Posted
January 17, 2017
The CCSA has released the points listed through Jan 10th. NMU's Adam Martin and Vivian Hett led the way.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 2
January 16, 2017
It's about time! Finally, we crank out a new set of Minnesota High School Nordic Ski rankings. Kelly Koch takes over the girls top position with Xavier Mansfield holding on tight for the boys.

Web Roundup
January 16, 2017
Post Tour-de-Ski Party - Jessie Diggins recaps her amazing Tour de Ski performance, including that brutal final hill climb, and the recovery afterward.
Middle of the Ride - Annie Hart details her US Nationals experience, providing some great inside info and take-aways from week. 
Now and Then - ABR posted a cute feature on a group of young skiers that visited their trails back in 2009, and returned on Monday, eight years later.
Recovery Camp - Noah Hoffman posted a cool video featurette on the US Ski team, including Jessie Diggins, recovering in Italy from the Tour de Ski.
Training in Tough Conditions - Finn Sisu posted an article by Jim Carlen on training in less-than-perfect conditions.

Vasaloppet Course Grooming Underway
January 16, 2017
Organizers for the Vasaloppet USA report great progress on preparing the race courses for events upcoming on February 11th. With their new snowmaking operations, the race is all but guaranteed to be held on the trails. Get your registration in soon!
Related:
Annual Vasaloppet Banquet and Fundraiser

USSA: USA Names U23 Cross Country Worlds Team
January 16, 2017
USSA has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships, to be held Jan 30-Feb 5 at Soldier Hollow in Utah. Midwest athletes earning their place on the team include Adam Martin, NMU, Alayna Sonnesyn, UVM, and Nichole Bathe, UAF.

Borah Epic Registration is Now Open
January 15, 2017
Celebrating 5-years, the Borah Epic opened its registration this weekend for the Saturday, June 3rd event. A total of 750 prized spots are available between the full and half race distances and racers are encouraged to register soon to ensure a spot.
Related:
Chequamegon Events Filling Fast

Weekend International Racing Recap
January 15, 2017
Rolling out hopefully a new weekly segment, we welcome Mary Kozloski as she begins covering international and midwest elite racing this season. This weekend's update covers the World Cup races in Toblach, Italy, and see the attached link for Midwest elite coverage from the Seeley Hills Classic.
Related:
Weekend Midwest Elite Racing Recap

Iola Invite Results
January 15, 2017
John Burke reports: The Iola Skate Invite was held Sunday at the Iola Winter Sports Club and unveiled a new challenging course for the varsity skiers, drawing some rave reviews from the skiers and coaches alike. For the boys, Lakeland and Ashwaubenon fought to a tie in the team competition but Lakeland prevailed on tie-breaker criteria. They were led by Luke and Noah Bodewes in 4th and 5th place and Kav FitzPatrick rounded out their team scoring in 7th place. The individual winner was Cullen Chosy who easily outdistanced the field to take the race. Two Ashwaubenon skiers finished in the next two spots with Jackson Adler beating his teammate, Timothy Spaulding for second. For the ladies, the Wausau Nordic United team continued their winning ways but it was a tight competition for second with three teams within a point of each other. Abby Jarzin of Ashwaubenon won the girls race with Olivia Dreger of Wausau Nordic United and Isabel Seay of Peak Nordic following in 2nd and 3th place.

World Cup Toblach: Team Sprints
January 15, 2017
The World Cup featured team freestyle sprints on Sunday in Toblach, Italy. Canada's Alex Harvey skied a perfect finishing stretch to easily top the mens field with partner Lenny Valjas. The US squad of Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell placed sixth. Kikkan Randall and Sophie Caldwell were the US pairing, taking 10th. Racing action moves to Sweden for the next couple rounds.
Related:
Results: Team Sprints
USSA: Strong Team Sprint for Men
Final 2016-17 World Cup Races Moved from Russia to Canada

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 14, 2017
After being postponed by a week due to cold weather, the Mesabi East Invite went off Saturday afternoon at Giants Ridge using a condensed interval start format. Wayzata boys took the team title ahead of Stillwater and Mora; a strong Stillwater girls squad topped the field with Mesabi East and Forest Lake rounding out the top three. Taking the freestyle titles were Mitch DeLong, Copper Country (Michigan), and Stillwater's Libby Tuttle. Striding to classic victories were Luc Golin, Wayzata, and Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor. Even with the rescheduled date, more than 750 skiers turned out.

ABC Relays Coverage
January 14, 2017
ABC Relays drew over 250 skiers for some fast racing on the snowmaking trails at Theodore Wirth Saturday morning. Armstrong boys and Henry-Sibley girls won the relay titles. Posting top splits: Ben Olson boys classic, Tres Green boys freestyle; Lucy Anderson girls classic, Dottie Anderson girls freestyle. Results posted along with photosets.

Seeley Hills Classic Results
January 14, 2017
The Seeley Hills Classic drew another large crowd of striders for the annual races on the Birkie trail Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch held off Krystal Kopal to take the mens 42K title with Canadian Isabella Howden pulling ahead of Elaine Nelson for the womens victory. In the 22K race, Andrew Tilman won the mens pack sprint, Kelly Skillicorn leading the way for the women.
Related:
Snekkevik Results
Snowjourn Results

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Sprints
January 14, 2017
The World Cup was back in action on Saturday with freestyle sprints in Toblach, Italy. Simi Hamilton rocked the mens field, first posting the 5th fastest qualifier, then reaching the mens final where it look a photo review to determine he had lost by a hair to Norwegian Sindre Bjoernestad Skar, finishing on the podium in 2nd! The US had three women in the sprint heats, but an unfortunate accident between Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall in the womens semifinal took both skiers out of contention. Many of the top women skiers sat out Saturday's sprints, presumably resting for Sunday's team sprint events. The team sprints will be streamed live at 8 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Matveeva and Skar claim sprint wins in Dobbiaco

Pioneer Midwest: Fulton Brewing Team Event
January 14, 2017
There will be a special Fulton Brewing Team Event at the Pioneer Midwest sponsored Elm Creek races on Wednesday, January 18th. Teams are composed of three skiers (or more) and must represent both genders.

USSA: Junior World Cross Country Team Named
January 13, 2017
Twelve cross country ski racers have been named to the team that will represent the USA at the Junior World Championships Jan 30-Feb. 5 at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. The team is missing a Midwest representative for the first time in quite a while -- Minnesotan Abigail Drach tied for the final women's position, but lost out on the tiebreaker.
Related:
Nordic Combined: USA Names Junior World Champs Combined Team
Junior Nordic Countries Competition (U18) Team Named
U18/World Juniors/U23 Trip - Nominations
U18/World Juniors/U23 Trip - Final Teams

Three Rivers Rennet Registration Deadline
January 13, 2017
Planning on racing in the Three Rivers Rennet on Jan 21st at Hyland? Registration closes on Monday night, Jan 16th, so don't delay.

Ski Jumping: Midwest 5 Hills Tour Comes to Bloomington Jan 25
January 13, 2017
International Ski Jumping hits the Twin Cities scene Wednesday evening, Jan 25th, under the stadium lights at the Bush Lake Ski Jumps in Bloomington. It will be an Olympic atmosphere featuring elite athletes from Europe, Canada and all across USA will be taking to the skies in head to head competition.

World Cup Toblach Weekend Series
January 12, 2017
The World Cup resumes this weekend with racing back in Italy at Toblach. Featured events are freestyle sprints Saturday, finals live streaming at 7:15 am CST, and an exciting freestyle team sprint event on Sunday, streaming at 8 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
USSA: Pain That Never Felt So Good

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints
January 12, 2017
The racing action at Soldier Hollow on Thursday wrapped up with freestyle sprint qualifiers. This final event was not considered part of the championships, but held as a part of selection criteria for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Posting top times on the day were Dahria Beatty (Canada), Hannah Halvorsen, and Caitlin Gregg for the women, and Jesse Cockney, Julien Locke, and Knute Johnsgaard, all Canadians, were top three men. Logan Hanneman was the first American, finishing 4th.

Price Hikes
January 12, 2017
Feb 18-19 Gatineau Loppet - The largest international ski race in Canada has their next price jump coming on Jan 16th.
Mar 4 Pepsi Challenge
- The popular Pepsi Challenge ski races at Giants Ridge, March 4th, will be having their next price hike on Jan 16th.

CXC Marathon Cup Opener Weekend
January 12, 2017
The CXC Marathon Cup kicks off this weekend with the Seeley Hills Classic. The Marathon Cup includes six of the biggest races across the Midwest: Seeley Hills, Noquemanon, City of Lakes Loppet, Vasaloppet, American Birkebeiner, and Great Bear Chase. Awards for award groups, teams, age-indexed, and overall -- something for everyone!

BirkieTour Draws Talent Thru the Ages
January 11, 2017
BirkieTour is this Sunday, Jan 15th in Hayward. The event is a casual, open-track style event with multiple distance options, aid stations, and support. This year, joining Olympians Caitlin and Brian Gregg will be 84-year-old Hannes Larsson who will be punching his 30th Worldloppet Master title at the BirkieTour.

Weekend Racing
January 11, 2017
Jan 14 Seeley Hills Classic - One of the premiere classical races of the season, held on the Birkie trail.
Jan 14 Snekkivik - Nine Mile should have great conditions for the 12K and 24K races.
Jan 14 ABC Relays - Four person relay teams racing the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth.
Jan 14 Mesabi East Invite - After being postponed due to cold weather, the massive high school race is on.
Jan 14 Snowjourn - Check out part of the Finlandia course with 12K classic and freestyle races.
Jan 15 Pine Valley Skidaddle - Short-notice race on the Pine Valley trails in Cloquet.
Jan 16 MLK Ski Race - Short-notice race at Elm Creek Monday morning.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
Related:
Waxing Recommendations
  

National Masters at the Loppet
January 11, 2017
The National Masters competition is coming to the Twin Cities this February as part of the City of Lakes Loppet Festival. Skiers 30 and over from across the US will be competing in classical and short freestyle races. All of this is a build up to next winter, when the Masters World Cup will be hosted by the Loppet.
Related:
Masters World Cup Coming to Twin Cities in 2018

Web Roundup
January 10, 2017
Forged in Iron - Ironwood, MI, and its ties to skiing is featured in Silent Sports magazine.
Hat Trick - Jessie Diggins 5K freestyle victory in the Tour de Ski made it three 5K skate victories in a row, making her only the second woman in history to perform that feat.
Fastest Woman - Pedaling at 140 mph?  Denise Mueller's record setting cycling speed record covered by the Wall Street Journal.
Android Bike - LeEco showcased an Android powered road bike at the CES 2017 show.
Weekender - Can you put off your workouts til the weekend?  And is it anywhere near as beneficial as regular workouts?

US Nationals: Classical Mass Start Coverage
January 10, 2017
Another snowy, warm day at Soldier Hollow for US Nationals as competitors raced in mass start classical races on Tuesday. In the opening mens 30K, Ben Lustgarten took the victory well ahead of David Norris and Kris Freeman, 2nd and 3rd overall. Brian Gregg less than 25 seconds off the podium in 5th. Canadians swept the junior mens 10K, Hunter Wonders the top American in 4th. Chelsea Holmes strided away with the women's 20K title, U20 star Katharine Ogden was 2nd, Caitlin Patterson 3rd, with the Midwest's Rosie Frankowski 4th and Annie Hart 6th. The final event, the junior womens race was extended to 7.5K, with Julia Kern 1st, Hailey Swirbul 2nd, and Annika Richardson (Canada) 3rd. Abigail Drach skied to 5th. Other top Midwest results: Adam Martin 11th (3rd U23), Frederik Schwencke 23rd; Xavier Mansfield 21st; Alayna Sonnesyn 14th, Deedra Irwin 18th, Nichole Bathe 19th, Felicia Gesior 23; Nicole Schneider 23rd, Kelly Koch 25th. Results linked in, along with some photos from Jackie Schneider, Karen Brown and Jennifer Brisbois.
Related:
USSA: First Time Titlists In Championships Finale
US Nationals Points List (after 3 races)

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet
January 10, 2017
The City of Lakes Loppet Festival coming up, Feb 3-5, has their next price hike coming midnight this Wednesday, January 11th!
Related:
Press Release: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival Prices Increase

Racing Outlook
January 9, 2017
Updates on upcoming races: Mesabi East, Elm Creek series, HinderBinder, ABC Relays and a new short-notice race in Cloquet!

US Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 8, 2017
A day of ups and downs at US Nationals Sunday as the weather threw a curveball, bringing in damp conditions that made kick waxing difficult, and glazed the trails for some fast conditions. A number of skiers took spills, resulting in some wide variations in the results. The men's senior finals saw another Midwest native, Kevin Bolger, collect a national title as sprint champion! NMU's Fredrik Schwencke made it to the finals as well, finishing 6th. Jennie Bender won another womens title. Annie Hart skied strong, making the women's final and finishing 5th. Wayzata native and NMU skier Nicole Schneider qualified for the junior sprints and rode that all the way to the final, taking the junior girls title! Canadian Ryan Jackson won for the junior boys. Other top Midwest results: Ben Saxton top qualifier, mens quarterfinals, Andrew Egger and Luke Brown mens quarterfinals; Rosie Frankowski, Felicia Gesior, Nichole Bathe, womens quarterfinals; Zak Ketterson and Will Bodewes junior men quarterfinals; Abigail Jarzin, junior girls quarterfinals. Results linked in, plus photos from Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown.
Related:
US Nationals Points List (after 2 races)
USSA: Bolger and Bender Take Wet Classic Titles

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 8, 2017
A busy morning again Sunday at Theodore Wirth as the Pre-Loppet featured kids races, citizen's freestyle race, and even a fat bike race. The 14K freestyle race used the newly configured snowmaking loop at Wirth, which didn't seem to slow Matt Liebsch down as he broke away on the fourth and final lap to take the victory, with Alex Reich second, Thomas Kendrick third. Kim Rudd skied off the front early on and was crowned the women's champion with second place going to Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht and third to Kelly Skillicorn. The inaugural fat bike race took to the same course as the skiers, with Tom Puzak and Karen Bebchuk taking the 14K titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Results
January 8, 2017
The Tour de Ski wrapped up Sunday with an uphill freestyle race on the slopes of Alpe Cermis, Val di Fiemme, Italy. The women's race once again was the major source of excitement as Heidi Weng crushed it, overtaking Stina Nilsson to post the fastest time and take the overall title. Finnish sensation Krista Parmakoski also caught Nilsson, moving up to second overall. Jessie Diggins had a good race, at one point almost catching Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (4th), and went on to hold her 5th place overall. Liz Stephen posted the second fastest split for the day. Noah Hoffman moved up four places to finish 26th overall.
Related:
Results: Freestyle 9K
Fischer: Tour de Ski dominator Sergey Ustiugov triumphates at Alpe Cermis

Borah Teamwear: Birchleggers, Get Suited Up!
January 7, 2017
Borah Teamwear is honored to continue its support of The Birchleggings Club with a special design collection created to compliment the Birkie race bibs and features race suits, jackets and accessories.

Loppet Invite Coverage
January 7, 2017
The Loppet Invite gave a test drive to a possible new State Meet format on Saturday morning at Theodore Wirth. The day started with team sprint semi-finals, then classical 5K and freestyle 5K, before finishing with the team sprint finals. Krista Holmstrom, Burnsville, and Ryan Steger, Eagan, won the classical races, Sarah Olson, Blaine, and Patrick Acton, Eagan, were the skate champs. Minneapolis Southwest swept the sprint relay finals. Results linked in, along with some big photosets.

US Nationals: Freestyle 10K, 15K Coverage
January 7, 2017
US Nationals kicked off in Soldier Hollow, Utah, Saturday morning with a cold start that delayed events. In the women's 10K, Caitlin Gregg climbed back to the top of the podium, beating Chelsea Holmes by just two seconds to be crowned the women's National champion! Caitlin Patterson was third. Completing the Midwest sweep, Kyle Bratrud matched Caitlin's feat from two years ago, taking the men's victory with the only sub 35 minute time in the men's 15K. Tad Elliot and Moritz Madlender (Germany) rounded out the podium. Other top Midwest results: Rosie Frankowski 6th, Alayna Sonnesyn 27th, Annie Hart 29th; Lucy Anderson 5th U18; Brian Gregg 8th, Kevin Bolger 15th, Luke Brown 19th. Results linked in, along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois, Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown.
Related:
USSA: Bratrud and Gregg Star in Opener

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 7, 2017
Braving some crisp January temperatures, over 500 skiers turned out for a big day of racing in the SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, MI. Matt Liebsch skied away for a victory margin of almost two minutes in the 31K freestyle race, with Mary Beth Tuttle taking the womens title. In the classical 31K race, Andrew Brown dominated the field winning by almost nine minutes, as Ingrid Leask edged Kate Ellis for the womens victory. In the 15K skate, Ethan Kennedy and Christine Bruno posted the top times, and in the 15K classic, titles went to Nick Niemi and Emma Barnes.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 Results
January 7, 2017
An excited day of racing in the Tour de Ski for stage 5 at the famed Val di Fiemme venue in Italy. The women's 10K mass start classical race had a little bit of everything with top skiers crashing (and recovering!) and some blowing up while others made big comebacks. The star at the end as Sweden's Stina Nilsson, who regained her Tour de Ski lead after faltering on Friday with a victory today. Jessie Diggins held strong, fighting to move up at the end and finish 8th on the day, and retaining her fifth place standing overall. Noah Hoffman was the lone US male, taking 30th on the day. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the mens 15K event. Sunday is the final race, a 9K uphill time trial. Live streaming: 4:30 am CST for women, 8:30 am for men.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 Results
January 6, 2017
An incredible performance for stage 5 of the Tour de Ski Friday in Toblach, Italy, as Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen stood atop the podium of the women's 5K freestyle race in first and third place! The strong showing by Bjornsen pushed her into the top 10 of the Tour de Ski standings, where Diggins is currently 5th. Noah Hoffman was 25th the lead the US men's squad. The Tour de Ski heads to Val di Fiemme, Italy, for the final two events this weekend. Saturday's event is a mass start classical race. Live streaming: women's 10K at 7:30 am CST, men's 15K at 8:30 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, Highlights
Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle
FIS-OPA Planica Continental Cup: Double victory for team USA

US Nationals Preview
January 5, 2017
US Nationals starts this weekend and runs through Thursday, with National titles on the line as well as spots on international competition teams. We provide a brief guide on the event and a look at some of the Midwest favorites.

Pre-Loppet Adds Fat Bike Division
January 5, 2017
The Pre-Loppet will feature fat bike races this Saturday, both 17K and 8.5K races on the snowmaking trails at Wirth. The races will happen right after the morning ski races. A fat bike is being awarded to one lucky participant in either ski or fat bike race.

Mesabi East Invite Postponed to Jan 14th
January 5, 2017
Due to forecast cold weather, the Mesabi East Invite scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled to next Saturday, Jan 14th. Teams will need to re-register for the event.

Weekend Racing
January 4, 2017
A big weekend on tap...
Jan 7 SISU Ski Fest - Point-to-point races from ABR to downtown Ironwood, including 31K and 15K distances.
Jan 7 Mesabi East Invite - Postponed! The largest one day high school Nordic race in the Nation with nearly 1000 skiers expected.
Jan 7 Loppet Invite - A possible new State Meet format will be put to the test at Wirth.
Jan 8 Pre-Loppet - Tune-up for the City of Lakes Loppet with some laps on the new snowmaking layout at Wirth.
With cold weather expected for the weekend, check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
Related:
SISU Ski Fest is On!
Waxing Recommendations
  

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 Results
January 4, 2017
Wednesday the Tour de Ski featured pursuit start freestyle races for stage 4, with skiers start times based on their Tour de Ski standing. Jessie Diggins started fifth in the 10K and held that position, as the Swedish star Stina Nilsson outsprinted Norway's best to keep her position at the top of the standings. Kikkan Randall continues to improve, moving from 19th to 10th today! Russian Sergey Ustiugov skied solo throughout the 15K race to hold off Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby at the head of the mens field. Canadian Alex Harvey continues to hold third overall after another solid race. Noah Hoffman is the top US male in 37th. The series now moves to Italy for the final three stages, with the next event short freestyle races Friday in Toblach. Live streaming: Mens 10K at 3:45 am CST, womens 5K at 6 am.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Buena Vista Snowjourn Set for Jan 14th
January 3, 2017
The 37th annual Buena Vista Snowjourn races are scheduled this season for Jan 14th featuring a 12K race, along with shorter distances, on the Buena Vista trail system north of Bemidji.

SISU Ski Fest Coming this Weekend
January 3, 2017
SISu Ski Fest organizers are reporting great conditions and a field of nearly 600 skiers expected for the races this weekend.
Related:
SISU Ski Fest: Cold Weather Plans

Racing Outlook
January 3, 2017
Adjustments are already being made for possible cold weather this weekend -- check the Racing Outlook for the latest race updates.

Tour de Ski: Stage 3 Results
January 3, 2017
Another stage in the books for the Tour de Ski, and another impressive performance by the US women. Sporting some rocket skis, Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen skied with the lead pack and took the race down to a sprint finish with Diggins just narrowly missing the victory collected by Sweden's Stina Nilsson, with Bjornsen taking 5th! Noah Hoffman led the US men in 35th. Canada had a strong showing, posting two in the top ten with Alex Harvey 4th and Devon Kershaw 10th. Racing continues Wednesday morning with freestyle pursuit races: live streaming 10K womens at 4:30 am CST, mens 15K at 5:45 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: 10K, 20K skiathlon
Fischer: Stina Nilsson and Sergey Ustiugov triumphate in skiathlon

Cable JNQ Volunteers Needed
January 2, 2017
CXC is seeking assistance in hosting the JNQ races Jan 21-22 at the new Birkie trailhead in Cable. Plenty of interesting ways to help out, lend a hand by volunteering today.

NNF Announces $106K in Cross-Country Ski Funding
January 2, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation is excited to kick off the New Year by announcing $106,000 in cross-country funding, allocated by the Board of Directors for five different winter 16/17 Pillar Projects. Projects include the U18 Nordic Junior Countries Championship, U23/World Junior Skiing Championships, addition US Ski Team support for World Cup and World Championships, and live streaming coverage of the U23/World Juniors.

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 Results
January 1, 2017
The New Year brought mass start classical races to the Tour de Ski for the second stage. Jessie Diggins again led the way for the US squad, skiing to an 8th place finish the in 5K womens classical. Kikkan Randall had an impressive race as well, posting 19th. Erik Bjornsen was the top American male, taking 42nd. Racing action moves to southern Germany, with a travel rest day, as the next race is Tuesday and will feature a skiathlon format. Live streaming schedule - Tuesday 5:15 am CST womens 10K, 8:15 am mens 20K.
Related:
Results: Mass Start Classical 5K, 10K

New Years Day Opportunities
December 31, 2016
Race registration for a couple of big events opens on New Years Day...
Sep 16 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - The big race always fills up, don't delay registering!
Sep 29-30 Birkie Trail Run - The big trail run just keeps getting bigger - 5K up to ultra marathon distances.

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 Results
December 31, 2016
The Tour de Ski stage race got underway on Saturday morning in Val Mustair, Switzerland with freestyle sprint races. The US women got off to strong start as Jessie Diggins made it to the sprint finals, finishing 6th, with Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall all finishing in the top 25. Simi Hamilton was the top US male finishing 18th. Racing action continues Sunday, New Year's Day morning, with a pair of exciting mass start classical races: men's 10K at 6 am CST and women's 5K at 9 am.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Biathlon: Teams Named for Youth/Junior International Competition
December 30, 2016
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team, as well as the team for the IBU Junior Cup and the IBU Junior European Championship. Several Minnesota athletes earned team selections: Amanda Kautzer, Vasek Cervenka, Siena Ellingson, and Cameron Christiansen.
Related:
USSA Formalizes Training Partnership Programs

Three Rivers Rennet: Price Hike and Discount
December 30, 2016
Three Rivers Rennet races are January 20-21 at Hyland Park Park and will feature cross-country races for a variety of distance and athletes, as well as a Fat Bike race. Save 20% off entry fees with a special promo code if you register by Jan 3rd!

Tour de Ski
December 29, 2016
The international racing scene turns to the Tour de Ski event, an eight event stage race from Dec 31st to Jan 8th covering venues in Switzerland, Germany and wrapping up in Italy. The US Ski Team is fielding a team of six women and three men, including Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins. All the events will be streaming on NBC Sports online. The first race is this Saturday, Dec 31st, is freestyle sprints with the finals airing at 7:50 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
USSA: Veteran Lineup For Tour de Ski

Duluth JNQ Volunteers Needed
December 28, 2016
Duluth XC is seeking volunteers for the Junior National Qualifier races, Jan 28-29 at Marshall School. There is a wide range of openings from Friday to Sunday that weekend, please consider helping out.

Double Pole Derby Coverage
December 28, 2016
The Double Pole Derby was reborn on Wednesday as a new event featuring the new Birkie start area just southeast of Cable. Over 50 skiers turned out for a very competitive race on a 7K lap course that included part of the infamous power line section of the Birkie trail. Dan DeLestry edged out Ian Liphart for the mens victory with another Wisconsin native, Amber Olivia pulling ahead of Alayna Sonnesyn for the womens title. Results linked in, along with photosets.
Related:
Hayward Invite Coverage

Winter Warmup Coverage
December 24, 2016
A huge crowd Saturday morning for the inaugural Winter Warmup races at Elm Creek made for stock-car-style racing as the 10K and 5K fields overlapped. Kyle Marshall out sprinted Nick Gardner for the mens 10K title as Forest Lake high school star Regan Duffy won the womens division. Abigail Drach crushed the 5K race, posting the top time overall with Matt Omann taking second as the top male. Full results and large photoset posted.

SISU Ski Fest Update
December 23, 2016
Organizers are reporting great conditions for the upcoming Sisu Ski Fest races in early January and warn skiers that they are approaching field limits for both races, so register soon (and avoid the next price hike on Dec 29).

Great Bear Chase: Winter Has Arrived
December 21, 2016
The Great Bear Chase organizers are reporting great snow conditions with over four feet of snow already this season! Their latest update highlights the great snow conditions, offers suggestions on lodging, and mentions some of the improvements they've implemented for the race this season. Register now, before the Jan 1st price hike!

Biathlon: January 2017 World Cup and IBU Cup Teams Announced
December 20, 2016
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the first World Cup and IBU Cup events of 2017. A number of Midwest skiers have made the cut: Siena Ellingson, Paul Schommer and Jake Ellingson. Leif Nordgren is sitting out the World Cup roster due to health reasons.

SEC Conference Meet Coverage
December 20, 2016
The powerhouse SEC conference held their first battle of the season on Tuesday at Elm Creek. Shad Kraftson, coming off just one day of rest from the weekend JNQs, still managed to pull ahead in the freestyle portion of the 10K skiathlon format event to take the victory for Stillwater. Siri Bohacek, Stillwater, controlled the girls skiathlon from the opening 500 meters and won the girls race by just over 15 seconds. Both team titles also went to Stillwater. Results and photos posted.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 1
December 19, 2016
With the opening JNQ, and not much other data to work with, we take a crack at our first round of in-season rankings. Xavier Mansfield and Erin Moening still hold the top spots, but there has already been some shuffling in the top ten individuals.

DXC: Birkie/Korte Bus
December 19, 2016
Looking for a stress-free Birkie experience? Duluth XC is offering a bus ride directly to the start line of the Birkie, and return trip from downtown Hayward. And with the new Korte date, they've added a bus trip for that event too. Reserve your spot now, space is limited.

Houghton CCSA/JNQ: Freestyle Distance Coverage
December 18, 2016
Another snowy day in Houghton with very crisp temperatures as skiers raced in freestyle distance events for the JNQ/CCSA series on Sunday. In the mens 15K, Kyle Bratrud returned to top form taking the title just ahead of Adam Martin, NMU, with Zak Ketterson, also NMU, third. In the womens 10K, Annie Hart completed the weekend sweep dominating the womens race, as Abigail Drach edged out Vivian Hett, NMU, for second place. In the best of the high school racers, Xavier Mansfield was 7th overall for the boys with Abigail Jarzin 9th for the girls. In the U16 races, Sarah Olson and James Schneider led the field.

World Cup La Clusaz: Relays
December 18, 2016
Period 1 of the World Cup wrapped up Sunday morning with a pair of relay races in La Clusaz, France. The US squad has been hobbled by illness, with the US women missing key figures in Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen, and the US men not fielding a relay team. Norway swept the relay titles, as the Norwegian women won handily while the men's race came down to a sprint finish with Finn Haugen Krogh taking the win by .2 seconds over Russia. The elite racers will be on a holiday break, picking action again on New Years eve with the start of the Tour de Ski.
Related:
Results: Relays

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage
December 17, 2016
Braving cold temperatures and icy roads, over 20 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Woodland trails in Elk River for Skinny Santa Solstice race. Matt Liebsch sailed away with the mens victory with Pioneer Midwest teammates Andy Brown and Joel LaFrance completing the podium sweep. Emily Flynn topped the womens field. Photos and results posted.

Houghton CCSA/JNQ: Classical Sprints Coverage
December 17, 2016
With fresh snowfall the weekend JNQ/CCSA series opened Saturday with classical sprint events. As expected, Northern Michigan dominated the tally board, but it was a pair of Midwest seniors from SMS, Ben Saxton and Annie Hart that captured the sprint titles with freshman Zak Ketterson and sophmore Sarah Bezdicek taking second and top collegiate honors. In the U20/U18 JNQ sprint final, Jack Christianson, CSS, pulled away from the field for the boys victory while Jenna Parent, Nordicwerks, topped a tough field for the gals. In the U16 final, Henry Hall beat Noah Bodewes by a hair (photo) and Leah Rudd won an all-LNR final for the girls.

World Cup La Clusaz: Freestyle Mass Start
December 17, 2016
The World Cup on Saturday featured mass start freestyle races on a tight ribbon of snow in La Clusaz, France. Norway's women stacked the podium with Heidi Weng winning over teammates Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg after 10K of racing. The top American woman was Rosie Brennan in 22nd. In the men's 15K competition, Norway's Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby held off Russian Alexander Legkov who finished 3rd. The top American male finisher was Erik Bjornsen in 20th. The US team has been hit hard with illness this week, leaving athletes such as Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen off the start line and some uncertainty over the lineup for Sunday's relay race.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee 4th in Nove Mesto Pursuit; Bailey 9th in Men's Race
Fischer: Krogh beats Sundby in the final stretch

Biathlon: Dunklee Takes Bronze in Nove Mesto Sprint
December 16, 2016
Clean shooting and fast skiing by Susan Dunklee put her on the podium and just over five seconds from claiming the gold medal, taking third place, in Friday's women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup 3 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Related:
Video: Biathlon Eurovision Live Streaming

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
December 15, 2016
The Three Rivers Rennet and Fat Bike Race, coming up on Jan 20-21, both have price hikes coming up! Register before Dec 19th to save some cash.

Two Days of Holiday Racing in Hayward
December 15, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is supporting local community racing by featuring two days of racing in the Hayward area this holiday break. Action starts on Tuesday, Dec 27 with Spooner high school races, then continues Wednesday, Dec 28 with both high school and college/citizen races up at the new Birkie start area in Cable.

World Cup La Clusaz Weekend Series
December 15, 2016
Winding down Period 1 of the World Cup series, the racing action moves to another snow sparse venue -- La Clusaz, France. Organizers have laid down a ribbon of snow and changed event formats to accommodate. Saturday is now an exciting mass start freestyle race, and Sunday puts a cap on the racing action with relay races! Live streaming will be available again on NBC Sports, times for the Midwest (CST) are: Saturday womens 10K freestyle 4:15 am, mens 15K 6:30 am; Sunday mens 4x7.5K relay 5:30 am, womens 4x5K relay 8 am. (Photo: Salomon Nordic)
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, World Cup La Clusaz Teaser
Results: FIS Live Results
Race Program
La Clusaz Race Website
La Clusaz Facebook
FIS: Cross Country skiers head to France

Weekend Racing!
December 14, 2016
The weekend racing action turns on full-stream ...
Dec 17-18 Houghton CCSA/JNQ - Collegiate and junior skiers will race for top honors on the trails at Michigan Tech.
Dec 17 Skinny Santa Solstice - Elk River is hosting citizen and high school races this weekend, hoping to use the Woodland trail system.
As usual, check our Racing Outlook for the latest race updates.
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Elm Creek Results Posted
December 14, 2016
The Elm Creek Wednesday night race series got off to a chilly reception with temperatures around zero and windchills much cooler. Andy Schakel and Andrea Potyondy-Smith were the freestyle victors on the evening.

Metro East Conf Results
December 14, 2016
Scoring the first conference racing results of the season, Metro East skiers competed Tuesday at Lake Elmo in a 5.6K freestyle event. Jamie Herridge, Henry-Sibley, dominated the field with a time of 17:31! Trevor Caflisch, Hastings, posted the best boys time at 18:40. St. Thomas boys and Henry-Sibley girls won the team scoring.
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More High School Results

High School Coaches: Review our Guide for Submitting Race Results for tips and suggestions in compiling and submitting your results.

Vasaloppet Commits to the Trail
December 13, 2016
Vasaloppet USA has announced the end of the lake race! They now have a viable backup trail course with their new snowmaking capabilities to ensure they will not need to run the race on a lake in the future. And of course, with good snowfall the race will still run point-to-point, from Warman to downtown Mora.

Web Roundup
December 12, 2016
Erin's Guide to Injuries - Minnesota junior star Erin Moening shares some details on her shoulder injury and lessons learned.
Davos Diva - Jessie Diggins recaps her exciting week in Davos, including two top 5th World Cup finishes!
I Like to Party - Paul Schommer post a big update on his training and racing over the last month
17 for Jake
- Fasterskier interviews Minnesota native Jake Brown as he pursues a possible career with US Biathlon.
Mamas on Tour - FIS Inside the Fence looks at the new parents on the World Cup circuit this season.
Tonga Olympic Bid - Tonga's Olympic Taekwondo fighter is making plans to medal in Nordic skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Off Course - A half marathon trail runner goes off course and gets lost... for 12 hours.
Silly HR - Silly putty as a basis for a new heart rate monitor?

Racing Outlook
December 12, 2016
Wednesday night series races are firing up in the Twin Cities and Duluth! The Houghton JNQ looks solid. Holiday Relays are in search of a venue (and/or a new date), Skinnyski Santa is banking on Friday'snowstorm.

Birkie: Year End Drive to $150K
December 12, 2016
The American Birkebeiner staff and board members are putting in $50K of their own money to help achieve a goal of raising $150K for their Phase II Capital Campaign. Help them reach this year-end goal with your contribution today!

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes: Freestyle Distance
December 11, 2016
The SuperTour series at Sovereign Lakes had a strong Midwest vibe on Sunday for the freestyle distance races, especially for the women. Caitlin Gregg just missed the podium taking 4th, five seconds off the third place, with a resurgent Rosie Frankowski taking 6th, Deedra Irwin 9th, and Annie Hart 11th. Chelsea Holmes won the womens 10K, just 13 seconds ahead of top US development junior skier Katharine Ogden. In the mens 15K, Brian Gregg also notched a 4th place finish, with Kyle Bratrud 8th. Scott Patterson was the top gun.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

UP Open Classical Results
December 11, 2016
Vivian Hett and Adam Martin led Northern Michigan as the Midwest collegiate skiers competed in 5K and 10K classical races on the trails at Michigan Tech on Sunday morning.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 11, 2016
The World Cup on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland, featured freestyle sprint races. Minnesota native Jessie Diggins wrapped up a great weekend advancing all the way to the finals where she eventually finished 5th. Sophie Caldwell was skiing for a possible finals position as well, but fell in the final curve. Simi Hamilton was the only American to make it to the quarterfinals. Norway's sprint queen Maiken Caspersen Falla won for the women, with Russian Sergey Ustiugov taking the mens victory.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Falla and Ustiugov win free sprints

UP Open Freestyle Results
December 10, 2016
Michigan Tech University hosted the Midwest's collegiate opening series this weekend, with skiers from Northern Michigan and Green Bay joining the fray. Sophie   Schimpl and Adam Martin, NMU, took the 5K and 10K freestyle race titles.

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes: Classical Sprints
December 10, 2016
The SuperTour series crossed the border racing at Sovereign Lakes (Silver Star, BC) this weekend. Saturday was classical sprints. One of the US top development skiers, Julia Kern, won the womens 1.2K sprints while Reese Hanneman won for the men. Ben Saxton had another solid day of racing, taking the podium in 3rd and Annie Hart made it to the B finals. Top Midwest qualifying results: Felicia Gesior 2nd, Anne Hart 11th, Caitlin Gregg 15th, Deedra Irwin 21st; Ben Saxton 3rd.
Related:
Results: Qualifiers, Heats

World Cup Davos: 15K, 30K Freestyle
December 10, 2016
Using the man-made snow loops at Davos, Switzerland on Saturday morning, the World Cup held womens 15K and mens 30K freestyle races. Jessie Diggins continued her strong form skiing to a 4th place finish and notching an historic best US womens finish at that distance. Liz Stephen posted a top 25 finish in 21st. Noah Hoffman was the sole American competing in the mens event, taking 44th. Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the events.
Related:
Results: 15K, 30K, Freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee Matches Career Best With 5th in Pokljuka Pursuit

USSA: 2017 Cross Country International Continental Cup Selection Guidelines
December 9, 2016
USSA has published their selection criteria for International Continental Cup competition later this season. The US Cross-Country Championships play a big factor in the selection, in combination with the USSA National Ranking.

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 8, 2016
The World Cup racing action continues this weekend as the skiers race in Davos, Switzerland in a freestyle distance races as well as freestyle sprints. Live Streaming on NBC again, start times in Central TZ: Saturday womens 15K 4 am, mens 30K 7:30 am; Sunday sprint qualifying 5 am, finals 7:30 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Davos Website
World Cup Davos Facebook
Davos Race Program
World Anti-Doping Agency report details scope of massive Russian scheme

Chequamegon Registration Opens Jan 1st
December 8, 2016
A New Year's Resolution to get into the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events? Registration opens Jan 1st.
Related:
Chequamegon Awarded Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.

CXC Year End Fundraising Drive
December 8, 2016
CXC is hoping you'll show your support this holiday season with a donation to their year-end fundraising driving. This is a 1:1 challenge grant, so if they can raise $30,000 they'll get a dollar for dollar match from generous benefactors.

Weekend Racing
December 7, 2016
This weekend offers the first real Midwest races... maybe...
Dec 10 Hoigaards Relays - Cancelled Annual Twin Cities kickoff races, but challenging snow conditions may postpone the event.
Dec 11 Minnesota Cup Biathlon - Biathlon races at Mt Itasca with an open/novice division.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest updates on these and other upcoming events.
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Racing Outlook
December 5, 2016
We rollout the first Racing Outlook of the season with updates on the Elm Creek series and Hoigaards Relays.

Birkie Capital Campaign St. Paul Fundraiser this Thursday
December 4, 2016
The Birkie folks bring the latest news on improvements to the American Birkebeiner events and facilities, including the new start area as well as plans for a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and much more. Come out Thursday evening, Dec 8th to O'Gara's Bar and Grill to hear all the details and support their Phase II Campaign.

SuperTour Yellowstone: Classical Distance
December 4, 2016
Sunday featured classical distance races at the Yellowstone SuperTour. Matthew Gelso completed a sweep for the men in taking today's 15K race with the Midwest's Kyle Bratrud just missing the podium by 2 seconds to finish 4th. Elizabeth Guiney won the womens 10K just ahead of junior star Katharine Ogden by less than 8 seconds. Caitlin Gregg had the top Midwest result taking 5th. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Ben Saxton 8th, Kevin Bolger 14th, Annie Hart 14th, Rosie Frankowski 15th, Felicia Gesior 18th, Deedra Irwin 19th.
Related:
Results: Mens 15K Classical, Womens 10K Classical

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 4, 2016
The weekend series in Lillehammer wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting classical pursuit format races. Norway's Heidi Weng started first, based on the sprint and skate races, and never looked back, holding off challenges from her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and rising Finnish star Krista Parmakoski to win the womens 10K. Jessie Diggins started 3rd and held on to finish 8th, Sadie Bjornsen skied up to 11th. The mens 15K proved to be a tight battle as Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson started first, but was reeled in by a big pack, led by Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway. Sundby kept the pace up, and burst away in the final 2K to take the victory as the rest of the pack sprinted for 2nd, Norway's U23 star Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo edging forward of Matti Heikkinen, Finland, to round out the podium. Noah Hoffman had the top US finish, posting 36th. Canada's Alex Harvey skied most of the race with the lead pack, finishing 9th.
Related:
Results: Classical Pursuit
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby triumphates at Lillehammer Triple
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top 10 In Lillehammer Combined

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
December 3, 2016
After cancelling the SuperTour races in Bozeman, MT, scheduled for this weekend, the events were shifted south to be run on the trails at West Yellowstone. Saturday's racing action was freestyle sprint races. The Midwest had some strong results as Annie Hart finished 3rd in the womens sprint final, and Ben Saxton was 4th in the mens final. Caitlin Gregg was 8th (2nd in the B-final). Top Midwest qualifiers: Annie Hart 2nd, Ben Saxton 2nd, Caitlin Gregg 3rd, Brian Gregg 7th, Kyle Bratrud 15th, Felicia Gesior 16th, Deedra Irwin 17th.
Related:
Results: Womens Qualifying, Mens Qualifying, Junior Mens Final, Junior Womens Final, Mens Final, Womens Final

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Distance
December 3, 2016
Day two of the Lillehammer World Cup featured freestyle distance races as racers took to another awesome course in full winter. Jessie Diggins rocked the podium, holding off Norway's best to take first in the womens 5K by less than 5 seconds over Heidi Weng! Sadie Bjornsen also raced well, finishing 14th, with Liz Stephen 26th. In the mens 10K, Sweden continues to show some resurgence as Calle Halfvarsson and Marcus Hellner went 1-2, just 0.8 seconds apart. Noah Hoffman skied well, finishing 33rd as the top American. Canada's Alex Harvey had another strong performance, taking 10th.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: World Cup Lillehammer freestyle
Biathlon: Bailey Leads Five Americans in Pursuit Qualification at Oestersund World Cup

The Great Northern
December 2, 2016
The City of Lakes Loppet is combining with the US Pond Hockey tournament and St. Paul Winter Carnival to create one big 10-day winter event called the 'Great Northern'. The idea was spawned from the popular South by Southwest event in Texas, and hopes to draw major attention to the wide range of winter activities, with an eye towards the 2018 Superbowl.
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Loppet to Host the 2017 AXCS National Masters Championship

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Sprints
December 2, 2016
Starting the three day event, classical sprints were featured Friday for the Lillehammer World Cup. The US women had another strong showing as three qualified in the top 10, including Sadie Bjornsen's 1st. Jessie Diggins ended the round with the highest US finish taking 14th, Bjornsen was 17th with Sophie Caldwell 21st. Erik Bjornsen lead the way for the US men in 24th. Canada's Alex Harvey notched a 10th place finish. Norway's Heidi Weng won the womens final while Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson was victorious for the men.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Biathlon: Top-20 Finishes for Bailey and Burke in World Cup Opener
December 1, 2016
Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke got the 2016-17 World Cup season off to a strong start with a pair of top-20 finishes in Thursday's men's 20-kilometer individual race at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden. Bailey placed 15th and Burke was 16th in the field of 104 athletes.

World Cup Lillehammer Series
December 1, 2016
The World Cup travels to famed Lillehammer venue in Norway for a mini-tour weekend. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday skate races, and Sunday finishes with an exciting classic pursuit. NBC will have live streaming: sprint finals Friday 5 am CST; Saturday mens 10K 3 am, womens 5K at 5:50 am; Sunday womens pursuit 3 am, mens pursuit 5 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, New Season, New Suits
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site
Lillehammer Race Program
Peter Graves Honored as FIS Journalist of the Year

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 30, 2016
With the recent warm weather, it may seem hard to believe that the first races are just weeks away. We've posted our annual breakdown on the new events, major changes, and other notes for the upcoming Midwest racing season.

Mesabi East Invite Forms Now Available
November 30, 2016
The huge Mesabi East Invite has published the event information, including online registration. The mega-race is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 7th, but teams will need to submit their forms before Christmas break to ensure a spot on the starting line.

End of Month Price Hikes
November 27, 2016
Two important price hikes coming up at the end of the month...
Jan 6-7 Sisu Ski Fest
Feb 4-5 City of Lakes Loppet
Feb 18-19 Gatineau Loppet

World Cup Ruka: Classical Distance
November 27, 2016
The weekend series at Ruka Finland wrapped up Sunday with a pair of classical races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen resumed her winning ways in taking the women's 10K classical race by just 4 seconds over Finland's Krista Parmakoski with Heidi Weng, Norway, 12 seconds from victory. The US women's squad placed three in the top 30 with Jessie Diggins at 13th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th, and Caitlin Patterson 28th. Finland's pride was strong with Iivo Niskanen topping a tough field besting Norwegian's Emil Iversen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby by 10 and 11 seconds respectively. Erik Bjornsen led the US men in 41st, while Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain notched an impressive 10th and Alex Harvey, Canada, was 11th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical
Fischer: Marit Bjørgen triumphates in 10k classic race

Wolverine Ladies Lunch and Ski
November 26, 2016
The Wolverine Nordic Ski Club in Ironwood is hosting a Ladies Lunch and Ski event on Saturday, Dec 17th. Designs for all levels of skiers, come out for some group training and enjoy a lunch afterward.

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Classical Races
November 26, 2016
The Yellowstone Ski Festival held 5K and 10K classical races on Saturday morning. The Midwest participation level was light as most of the juniors were beginning their journey back home. Annie Hart had the top Midwest womens time again, taking 12th, less than 30 seconds off the podium in the 5K event. Wisconsin's Kevin Bolger had a great race in the mens 10K, taking 5th. Elizabeth Guiney and Scott Patterson won the races.
Related:
Results: Womens 5K Classical, Mens 10K Classical

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Freestyle Races
November 26, 2016
Some of Minnesota's best juniors had an early chance to test their racing legs as they competed in the Yellowstone Ski Festival 5K and 10K freestyle races Friday in West Yellowstone, MT. LNR's William Kerker was tops for the Midwest crew taking 28th with Xavier Mansfield just 7 seconds behind in 36th. Bill Bowler was the top citizen from the Midwest men, taking 15th. Annie Hart raced to 7th for the women with Kelly Koch, LNR, the top junior in 28th. Patrick Caldwell and Katharine Ogden won the races.
Most of the LNR athletes also took part in the annual LNR Downhill Time Trial, with William Kerker and Kelly Koch again posting the fastest times.
Related:
Results: Men's 10K Freestyle, Womens 5K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 26, 2016
In the World Cup opener Saturday at Ruka, Finland, Sweden's Stina Nilsson picked up where she left off last season, narrowly defeating Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla in the women's classical sprints. Paal Golberg, Norway, collected his first World Cup victory in taking the men's event. Sadie Bjornsen led the way for the US women, qualifying 7th and finishing 17th. Jessie Diggins qualified 13th and finished 26th. Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent also notched top 20 finishers for the strong women's squad. Andy Newell was the top American male, posting 40th. Sunday will feature classical distance races.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2016
The World Cup season opens this weekend with a pair of classical events in Ruka, Finland. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins will be in action, as well as the return of Kikkan Randall, as the US fields a very strong line up. Saturday's sprint classical qualifiers start at 3 am CST with finals at 5:30 am. Sunday's racing features women's 10K classical at 2:30 am and men's 15K at 5 am. Watch live streaming on NBC Sports Live.
Related:
USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
Ruka Competition Program
USSA: Lapland Set for Nordic Combined Opener

Turkey Trail Trot Coverage
November 24, 2016
A record turnout Thursday morning at Battle Creek East for the annual Turkey Trot Trail run put on by Endurance United. The recent snowfall made for some sloppy and slippery conditions along the 5K course which utilized mostly ski trails.
Related:
Photoset: Lap 1 - 125 photos, Lap 2 Leaders - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 5K, 10K

USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
November 23, 2016
The 2016-17 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland on Nov. 26. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams. Jessin Diggins will be joined by another Minnesotan as Rochester native Ian Torchia was named to the development squad.

Ski Hut: 62nd Anniversary Sale
November 22, 2016
Ski Hut is celebrating their 62nd anniversary with a three day sale, Nov 25-27. Deals on winter gear, plus a free day pass to Giants Ridge with any ski purchase.

World Cup, Yellowstone Races This Weekend
November 22, 2016
Big action on the elite circuit this holiday break as the World Cup officially gets underway with races in Ruka, Finland - classical sprints on Saturday and classic distance on Sunday. And back stateside, the Yellowstone Ski Festival will host a pair of FIS races - freestyle on Friday, classical on Saturday. While not currently listed, we believe there will be live streaming of the Ruka World Cup races.
Related:
Video: FIS Cross-Country Trailer, FIS World Cup Teaser
World Cup NBC SPorts Live Streaming
Ruka Competition Program
Yellowstone Ski Festival Race Info

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 19, 2016
Fresh snow and typical November weather made for a cold afternoon of racing (and spectating) at the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Corey Coogan-Cisek pulled away early in the womens Cat 1/2/3 race and went on to win by over a minute. Megan Barr and Stacy Kalemkiarian rounded out the womens podium. In the mens Cat 1/2/3 race Craig Faulkner was challenged by Mark Lalonde but pushed the pace just enough to win by 10 seconds, with Dominic Talerico third.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 71 photos, Men Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Mens Cat 1/2/3 Stair Climb
Results: Day 1

Twin Cities Birkie Capital Campaign Phase 2 Coverage
November 17, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation brought the news on their Capital Campaign Phase 2 to the Twin Cites on Thursday evening at Borton Volvo. Executive Director Ben Popp shared their goals for this second round like a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and trail upgrades including a Hwy 77 underpass, and was joined by World Champion Jessie Diggins just before she launches her 2016-17 season. The ABSF is part way to their goal, please review their plans and help them achieve their goals!
Related:
Photoset: 23 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

CXC On Snow Juniors Camps Registration Closes Friday
November 15, 2016
Registration for CXC's On Snow Juniors Camp in Ironwood, Nov 22-27, closes this Friday, Nov 18th. The junior camp will feature on-snow technique and strength sessions, race preparation and strategies for the December JNQ races.

Kortelopet Registration Closes Wednesday Night
November 15, 2016
This is it -- The Birkie will be closing registration for the Kortelopet tonight, Wed Nov 16th. The 2017 edition features a brand new format: racing on Friday, starting at Hwy OO and finishing in downtown Hayward! Don't miss your chance to be part of the first running of this new format!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign Twin Cities Fundraiser this Thursday Evening

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Preview and Preseason Rankings
November 14, 2016
With the official start to the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season we post a season preview, touching on a few changes on tap, and then take our first crack at the rankings.

Spotlight: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Practice
November 14, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season kicked off Monday with the opening day of practice. We visited the growing program at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (C-E-C) where Hall of Fame coach Glen Sorenson along with assistant coaches Ben Croft, Brent Smith and Arne Maijala herded the latest crop of more than 40 skiers through sign up, general practice and racing info and even a few hill bounding demonstrations. C-E-C has two top ten State Meet returning skiers in Anja Maijala and Erika Fox, along with a solid boys team seeking their own State Meet appearance.
Related:
Photoset: 54 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Cloquet legend Joe Nowak Visitation

Rivet Run Results
November 13, 2016
Eve Graves writes: Sunday was a picture perfect day for a trail run! Temperatures started in the upper 40's and reached the mid 50's by race time. We had a record number of people registered at 115 and 98 who actually participated. The winning time was 20:35 by Seth Korhonen followed closely by Jon Lindberg in 20:36. The female winner was Brenda Swanson of Two Harbors in 23:47.
Related:
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Univ of Alaska Skiing Restored
November 13, 2016
Announced last Thursday: Men's and women's skiing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks were spared when University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen reversed his previous recommendation to the UA Board of Regents to eliminate those sports.
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Video: Skiwolf Thank You

Grind Up Granite Results
November 12, 2016
A nice turnout Saturday morning in Rib Mountain for the Grind Up Granite events, including rollerski races. In the freestyle event, Mark Nienstaedt topped the field with young skiers with Olivia Dreger taking the womens title. Dreger also won the womens classic rollerski, with Nick Petersen posting the top time for the men.

Speedskating Talent ID Program
November 11, 2016
US Speedskating is seeking new stars to develop into speedskating champions. Come to one of their tryouts or send in a video, and have a chance to win a development program scholarship.
Related:
Dec 3 Talent Combine in Roseville, MN

Seeking Birkie Warriors
November 10, 2016
In homage to the race's roots, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is seeking a trio of cross-country skiers to portray two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga in the 44th American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 25, 2017. Application deadline is Nov 30th.

Endurance United JNQ Informational Meeting Nov 14th
November 10, 2016
Endurance United will be hosting an informational meeting on the Junior Nationals Qualification series competition this coming Monday, Nov 14th in St. Paul. Any juniors (and parents) interested in learning more about the JNQ series are encouraged to attend.

Midwest MTB Report
November 8, 2016
Jay Richards wrapped up another season of reporting on MTB action in the Midwest. The final report covers The Iceman Cometh, a wide range of news items, new trail developments at Welch Village, and a look ahead to winter riding.

Birkie Phase 2 Campaign Coming to Twin Cities
November 8, 2016
The Birkie Foundation has been on tour this fall, spreading word on their Phase 2 campaign. Phase 2 includes creating new venues, like a modern Nordic Center at Hwy OO, trail and infrastructure improvements, including a Hwy 77 underpass. Join Birkie executive director Ben Popp for a presentation, good food and drinks, an auction and celebration with friends on Thursday, Nov 17th at Borton Volvo in the Twin Cities. Special guest Olympian Jessie Diggins!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

Luminary Loppet Now Accepting Applications for New Installations
November 7, 2016
In tradition with showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation has released its official application calling for community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet. The big event is the first weekend in February, with an application deadline set for Nov 20th.

Save Alaska Skiing Effort
November 7, 2016
The groundswell to support skiing at the University of Alaska campuses continues to grow. Show your support by signing the petition and contacting the board of regents!
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

Great Bear Chase Registration Now Open
November 7, 2016
The first snowfall is coming any day now ... the Great Bear Chase registration is now open! The Great Bear Chase offers a premiere March marathon event (with shorter distances available).

Up Up and Away Rollerski Race Coverage
November 6, 2016
Felicia Gesior and Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top times Saturday morning in the Up, Up and Away classic rollerski race at Blue Mound State Park. Results and photosets posted.
Related:
Nov 12 Grinding Up Granite Uphill Rollerski Race

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 5, 2016
Above average temperatures, almost balmy by afternoon, made for a great day of spectating, but a little rough on the racers in the 2016 Minnesota State High School Cross-Country Championships, held at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The opening event, the boys class A race, featured a very tight battle with Mound Park Academy's Declan Dahlberg taking the victory as the top seven all finished within 10 seconds. Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, sailed away with the girls class A crown, winning by over 30 seconds. The Mora boys and Fairmont girls took the team titles. In the afternoon boys AA race, Edina's Patrick Roos used an impressive final kick to move from third to first and the win. Eighth grader Anna Fenske, Farmington, pulled away from teammate Lauren Peterson in the final kilometer to top the girls AA field. Wayzata boys added another team title to their trophy case, with Edina taking the girls victory.
Related:
Photoset: Boys A - 148 photos, Girls A - 176 photos, Boys AA - 149 photos, Girls AA - 185 photos
Photoset: Class A - Top Picks (high res), Class AA - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Boys A, Girls A, Boys AA, Girls AA

Frozen Thunder: Sprint Races
November 3, 2016
Racing on the man-made snow loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre wrapped up Thursday with the freestyle sprints. The event format was shortened to just a skate qualifier (no heats). Caitlin Gregg cranked out a fast loop to take third in the senior women's field. Brian Gregg was 10th for the senior men. On Tuesday, Brian competed in the classic sprints, finishing 11th in a very competitive field.
Related:
Video from Shaw TV: Classical Sprints
Results: Classical Sprints, Freestyle Qualifying Times (no heats)

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
November 3, 2016
Another price hike looming -- The Three Rivers Rennet Festival features racing for high school and citizen cross-country skiers, as well as Fat Bike racing, the weekend of January 20-21. The fees jump after Nov 6th, so get signed up this weekend.

NNF: Cosmic Shift in US Skiing
November 3, 2016
Noah Hoffman shares his appreciation for the National Nordic Foundation (NNF), and how it has made a huge impact in the growth and development of Nordic racing.
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

Birkie Price Hike Friday
November 2, 2016
The Birkie is nearly full, and the next price hike comes on Friday -- don't delay any longer if you want to get into the 2017 races!

World Junior Championships and U18 Nation Trips Staffing
November 1, 2016
Staff positions for the World Junior Championships (WJC) and the Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) are posted. The WJC will be held at Soldier Hollow, Jan 26-Feb 5, with the U18 in Orkdal, Norway (near Trondheim), Jan 22-Feb 1. Application deadline is Nov 12th.
- World Junior Championships application
- Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) application

How to Support the Sport You Love
October 31, 2016
Deb Diggins, mother to superstar Jessie, shares their passion for cross-country skiing and how you can step up to help the US achieve even more in this sport, at many different levels.
Related:
NNF: Madshus Pole Giveaway, New $10K Challenge

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp
October 31, 2016
The 11th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp will be held Dec 28-30 at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth.The camp is designed for kids ages 5­-12 and is supervised by the Marshall Nordic Ski Team Coaching Staff with instruction provided by the members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and Alumni.

MN HS Nordic Ski Coaches Fall Meeting Recap
October 29, 2016
There was a strong turnout Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association Fall Meeting, where a spirited discussion was held on a new State Meet proposal, along with approval of a new waxing policy. Read a full recap, including some initial plans for changes to high school skiing policies at Wirth this winter.
Related:
Pine Journal: Lumberjacks Nordic coach headed into Hall of Fame

Frozen Thunder: Distance Freestyle Results
October 28, 2016
Racing action on Canmore's famous Frozen Thunder loop opened on Friday with freestyle distance races. Caitlin Gregg shined for the Midwest, taking second overall just six seconds off the winner Chelsea Holmes. Deedra Irwin notched 11th. Brian Gregg skated to 14th in the mens elite field. Next week will feature classic and skate sprints at Canmore.
Related:
Results: Distance Freestyle

Birkie, Kortie Events Almost Full
October 28, 2016
American Birkebeiner officials announced Friday morning that there are less than 250 openings left for the 2017 Birkie and Kortie events! Register now before its too late...

UAF/UAA Seek to Cut Nordic Programs
October 27, 2016
On Thursday, University of Alaska officials announced plans to cut the Nordic skiing programs at UA-Anchorage and UA-Fairbanks starting next season. The proposal will need to be approved by the board of regents next month, and UAF will need a waiver to maintain their NCAA membership.
Related:
UAF seeks NCAA waiver; may cut Nordic ski programs
Petition: Save Alaska's Collegiate Skiing

Midwest MTB Report
October 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers Blacks Grove Crossing, the Sawtooth Challenge, updates on Minnesota and Wisconsin high school racing (as well as articles on programs out east and west), the new Otso bikes, Red Bull Rampage, and the usual look at upcoming events.

SuperFit Weekend at Finn Sisu
October 24, 2016
CXC's Super Fit series makes their first stop this season, working with Finn Sisu this weekend, Oct 28-30. Stop in and get top advice from CXC athletes and coaches, as well as the Finn Sisu experts, and bring your old equipment for evaluation.

SISU Ski Fest First Price Hike Nov 1st
October 24, 2016
The Sisu Ski Fest will have their first price hike coming up on Nov 1st. Read up on some of the changes they have planned this year, and get registered at the ground floor pricing!

LNR MEA Time Trial Coverage
October 22, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing held an MEA weekend time trial in the Hayward area on Friday. Skiers competed on classic rollerskis over a 5.8K course. Xavier Mansfield and Kelly Koch posted the top times for the field.

Fast and Freaky 5K Fundraiser
October 21, 2016
Orono Nordic Ski Club is holding a Fast and Freaky 5K Halloween Fun Run on Saturday morning, Oct 29th. Post race activities include a bonfire, treats and awards.

Drive for 25 Matching Grant Challenge
October 20, 2016
Make your donate worth double -- contribute now to the NNF Drive for 25 campaign and help them earn a $25,000 match grant. And check out their great promotional video!
Related:
Video: Why Drive for 25?

Midwest MTB Report
October 18, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers border crossing MTB racing, Robin Williams bike collection, Steve Tilford's accident, trail repairs in Duluth, and a look ahead to Black's Grove Crossing race.

MN High School Fall Coaches Meeting Update
October 17, 2016
The Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting is coming up at the end of the month, and they are requesting RSVPs for those planning to attend.

State of MN HS Skiing Round Table Meeting Oct 16th
October 13, 2016
Doug Boonstra, Eden Prairie coach and President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association is hosting a round-table discussion this Sunday evening, Oct 16th, at Eden Prairie high school. A wide range of current events are on the agenda.

Midwest MTB Report
October 11, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers the Armageddon at Cuyuna (and how Cuyuna has helped the community), Singletracks video of the week, and a look ahead to two racing events this weekend.

Ramsey County High School Scheduling Meeting Oct 19th
October 11, 2016
Ramsey County will hold their fall high school coaches practice and meet scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Oct 19th, at the Parks and Rec Dept. The high school meet scheduling is done at the meeting, so it is important for team coaches to be in attendence.

Drive for 25 Begins!
October 10, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation kicked off their Drive for 25 event on Monday. The event is the primary fundraiser for NNF, supporting junior and elite skier development across the US and internationally as well. Become an ambassador or find your favorite skiers on the fundraising list and kick in today!

Trail Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 6, 2016
The Trail Kids fall adventure series wrapped up Thursday evening with the final race, complete with hay bales and two river crossings (no hay bales!).
Related:
Photoset: U10 Race - 88 photos, U12/U14/U16 Race - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Running

Midwest MTB Report
October 4, 2016
In this week's MTB report, Jay Richards covers last weekend's racing action from across the Midwest, highlights the current state of suspension forks, more on the Marji Gesick, insight into race day support at Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead.

MN High School Coaches Awards and Inductees
October 2, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association has announced the 2016 awards for Coach, Asssitant Coach. and Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Hall of Fame Inductees. There will be a recognition ceremony at the annual Fall Coaches Meeting Oct 29 in Mora.
Related:
MNHSNSCA 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
MNHSNSCA 2016 Coach/Asst Coach/Volunteer of the Year Recognitions

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Coverage
October 1, 2016
A cool, dewy morning eventually gave away to clear skies and sunshine Saturday morning for the Birkie trail running events in Seeley. Andy Elvester pulled away from the lead trio in the second half of the marathon to post the only sub three hour time in taking the victory. Corrine Malcolm cruised to the women marathon title, finishing in 3:27 (and 7th overall). Team Gregg, Brian and Caitlin, took the half marathon titles.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon - Start - 20 photos, Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 102 photos, Marathon - Mile 10.5 - 45 photos, Half Marathon - Start - 21 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 119 photos, Top Finishers - 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

MNHSNSCA State Meet Proposal Updates
September 30, 2016
Doug Boonstra, President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association (MNHSNSCA) has posted revisions to the State Meet proposal that features a new Team Sprint and multi-day format. And find details on the State of MN HS Skiing round-table discussion, planned for Oct 16th.
Related:
State of MN HS Skiing Round Table Update

Midwest MTB Report
September 27, 2016
Jay Richards's latest Midwest MTB report covers the grueling Marji Gesick race, features an awesome endurance ride around Lake Tahoe, some new trail celebrations, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 24, 2016
Recent rains and cloudy skies made for a damp and sometimes muddy Trail Loppet Saturday at Theodore Wirth. Ben Cogger broke away from the mens half marathon field early and won by over four minutes. Josie Nelson topped the womens field. In the 13.1K event, the duo of Brian and Caitlin Gregg scored the titles.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 69 photos, Half Marathon Mile 2.75 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.5 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 8.5 - 58 photos, 13.1K Mile 2.5 - 30 photos, 13.1K Mile 4.5 - 90 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
September 20, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards scoops an interview with Chequamegon 40 rookie (and 4th place finisher!) Samuel Elson, finds time to score his own win at Keppel's Challenge, and has a number of interesting tidbits from around the web.

Minnesota State HS Coaches Association Fall Meeting and Proposals
September 20, 2016
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association has scheduled their annual Fall Meeting for Oct 29th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Ahead of the meeting, they have released details on the new State Meet format (with Team Sprints), and are hoping to hold a roundtable meeting in mid-October to discuss the State of MN HS Skiing. Check out the proposal details and fall meeting agenda for more details.
Related:
Oct 21-23 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference

SISU Ski Fest Registration Now Open
September 18, 2016
The SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, Jan 6-8, has announced several changes for the 2017 event, including revamped courses. Registration is now open!

Bangin the Brush Results
September 18, 2016
Over 70 participants came out Saturday morning for the annual Bangin the Brush 10K trail run at Korkki Nordic. Andre Watt topped the mens field with a time of 52:32, and Kim Holak was the first female, and fourth overall, finishing at 58:25.
Related:
Results: Bangin the Brush

NorthShore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 18, 2016
A field of just under 25 competed in a damp rollerski race at the NorthShore Inline Marathon on Saturday morning. The mens race came down to a field of four, with Tamer Mische-Richter taking the victory by two seconds over Dan Rasmussen. Andrea Potyondy-Smith was the womens champion.

Chequamegon Coverage
September 17, 2016
A cool and misty morning for the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival races Saturday in Hayward. The damp conditions, along with some course reroutes, lead to a tough 2016 edition of the Chequamegon 40. Corey Steljes, from Eau Claire, broke away from an elite mens field to solo in for the victory. Abby Krawczyk, St. Paul, pulled away for the womens title. Short and Fat victories went to Bjorn Larson and Rebecca Ireland.
Related:
Photoset: Start - 44 photos, Pirate Hill (Mile 20) - 237 photos, Early Finishers - 216 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Fesitval

CXC Seeking Applicants for Junior Nationals, U16 Championships Trips
September 16, 2016
The Midwest Coaches Committee is opening the application process for both the 2017 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY as well as the U16 NENSA Trip in Farmington, ME. This application process is for Head Wax Coaches, Assistant Wax Coaches, Age Group Coaches, and Support Staff.

Birkie Trail Run Announces New Race Designation, Hydration Perk
September 14, 2016
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary Birkie Trail Run, organizers are pleased to announce a new USATF Marathon designation, exciting new steps toward a clean cup-free race, along with a robust new Birkie Vendor Fair. The big event is Oct 1st this year.

Midwest MTB Report
September 13, 2016
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: reports from the Inspiration 100 and Treadfest, looking ahead to this weekend's Chequamegon races, Kappels Challenge and Mari Gesick, along with a number of key events down the road.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 11, 2016
The Headwaters canoe Race took place in Bemidji on Saturday. Post the fastest time on the day was the combination of Maria Schilling and Joe Manns. Photos and results submitted.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 71 photos
Results: Headwaters Canoe Race

USSA: USA Continues to Dominate NZ Nationals
September 10, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had another strong day at the New Zealand National Championships at the Snow Farm near Wanaka Saturday. Andy Newell won for the second day in a row, leading a U.S. sweep in the men's 15k classic mass start. Jessie Diggins took the women's 10k, also heading a full USA podium. Minnesota's own Ben Saxton showed strong form, posting one of his best placings in taking second.
Related:
Jumping: Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix

Weekend Events
September 7, 2016
Sep 10 EU 55K Rollerski - Endurance United hosts a big rollerski event, rolling from Minneapolis all the way to downtown Stillwater (almost entirely bike trails).
Sep 10 Trout Trot - River Falls, on the scenic Kinnikinnic River, holds 5K, 10K and half marathon running races.
Sep 10 Apple Dumping Day Races - Elroy celebrates Apple Dumpling Days with a number of running races, most of which feature the famous tunnel trails.
Sep 11 Treadfest - WORS comes to Lake Geneva for an event billed as the toughest courses on the Wisconsin circuit.
Sep 11 City of Lakes Half Marathon - One of the grand fall races in the Twin Cities, and frequent tuneup for the Twin Cities Marathon.
Sep 11 Cross of the North - Wisconsin's cyclocross season in in full swing, this Sunday racing at Sunny Vale Park in Wausau.

Birkie Price Hike
September 7, 2016
The next price hike for the Birkie and Korte events is Friday, Sep 9th. Register by midnight Thursday to save some cash (and be aware the waves are filling fast).

Midwest MTB Report
September 6, 2016
After a long weekend hosting the Laddies Loppet MTB series, Jay Richards still manages to crank out his weekly report, providing in-depth coverage of the weekend racing, plus highlights on top trails and the upcoming Treadfest.

Vasaloppet Announces Major Trail Changes and New Start Times
September 6, 2016
Vasaloppet organizers have announced some big changes to the 58K course, using more of the northern loops. But fear not, the races will continue to be point-to-point events from Warman to downtown Mora, with a safety net plan of a man-made snow course similar to the 2016 event in low-snow years. Also checkout the new start times.
Related:
New Vasaloppet Course Map

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 4, 2016
Two days of racing at Maplelag Resort wrapped up Sunday morning with high speed short track races. Kyia Anderson broke away early in the womens race for the expert division victory. In the mens expert race, a pack of 5-7 riders exchanged the lead throughout the race with Kasey Bacso punching forward to take the mens title.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 40 photos, Citizen - 45 photos, Sport - 51 photos, Comp/Expert Women - 85 photos, Expert Men - 74 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Laddies Loppet XC Coverage
September 3, 2016
Breezy conditions with temps in the 70s provided the perfect setup for Saturday's Laddies Loppet cross-country races at Maplelag. The day started with kids comp races and progressed through the MN MBS series categories, wrapping up with the expert events in the afternoon. Veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson collected the titles in the expert field. Sunday will feature short-track format racing.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 60 photos, Citizen - 79 photos, Sport - 114 photos, Comp/Expert - 134 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Mora Bike Tour Sept 17th
September 2, 2016
Part of the Mora Classic Series, the annual Mora Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, Sept 17th. The event features bike routes of 25 and 50 miles, with lunch afterwards at the Nordic Center in Mora. Routes roll through the generally flat terrain of Kanabec County.

Midwest MTB Report
August 30, 2016
Bringing you the latest Midwest MTB news, Jay Richards this week covers the Cuyuna Crusher, some interesting news stories, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a brief look ahead to a big weekend of racing at Maplelag.

Deedra Irwin Wins Australian Worldloppet
August 30, 2016
Former Michigan Tech star, Deedra Irwin, took the 42K Kangaroo Hoppet last Saturday in Falls Creek, Australia. Matt Gelso won the mens race, completing a sweep for the Sun Valley athletes.

St. Cloud State Reinstates Nordic Skiing
August 30, 2016
St. Cloud Times reports: St. Cloud State University will reinstate temporarily its women's Nordic ski team as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by women's tennis players who alleged Title IX violations.

Price Hikes
August 30, 2016
A couple of end of month price hikes....
Oct 1 Birkie Trail Run 
Feb 3-5 City of Lakes Loppet

Nordic Combined: Taylor Takes Top 10 in Euro Opener
August 29, 2016
USSA reports: Taylor Fletcher put down the gauntlet in the opening FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix, winning the roller ski segment and finishing seventh overall in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, on Sunday. Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber took a 2.8 second win over Austrian Mario Seidel. Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany was third.
Related:
Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds

Web Roundup
August 29, 2016
Int'l Camp Recap - A video recap of the recent International Junior Camp in Norway.
Leadville - Gear West has a report by Josh Riff on his rookie experience with the infamous Leadville 100 trail race.
End of Summer - Jessie Diggins covers her last week of training in Vermont (and a recipe for perfect pasta sauce), as she heads to NZ and snow.
Hed Prospers - Star Tribune update on Hed Cycling posted last month, highlighting their continued success after the death of founder Steve Hed.
Fitness Study Primer - Breaking Muscle has a guide to interpreting fitness study news.
Oh Deer - Running into a deer -- during a triathlon!

Cyclocross Season Spinning Up
August 29, 2016
The cyclocross season is getting underway, and here are a couple of events to mark on your calendar:
Sep 24-25 Duluth CX Series - Racing at Mont du Lac and Marshall School in Duluth.
Oct 15-16 Green Acres CX - Two days of racing uphills, around ponds and through corn fields at Green Acres.

Midwest MTB Report
August 23, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week includes recaps from the Great Deer Chase, the Seeley Pre-Fat, and mountain bike access in National Wilderness areas along with other news, and the look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report
August 16, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards offers a recap from Ore to Shore, his own first-hand report from the Great Hawk Chase, news on the Leadville 100, the Strava Ride of the Week, Olympic MTB watching, and his usual round-up of upcoming events.

Mighty Miss Results
August 15, 2016
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Perfect conditions with high water led to record times for the 55 mile and 12 mile Mighty Miss races Saturday. 50 paddlers in 32 boats competed in the three events. Dan Luoma and Patrick Nelson won the 55 mile race from St. Cloud to Champlin with a time of 6:09:17 breaking the old record by 20 minutes. Joe Zellnar was first on a surf ski and third overall beating Josh Flatten by a second. In the 12 mile race Doug Berg and Greg Zophy won in a record time of 1:23:21 beating the mixed team of Dave Dahl and Mary Bauer by only 22 seconds.
Related:
Results: Mighty Miss

Deux Pipe Canoe Race Results
August 14, 2016
Eve Graves reports: We had picture perfect conditions Saturday for the Deux Pipe Canoe race in Duluth. Jason and Caley Larsen won the short 8 mile course race by hundredths of a second in a last minute sprint with two other boats in a time of 1:03:52. Fred Kueffer and Kira Stolen beat out the rest of the boats by a hair in the Long 12 mile Course in a time of 1:37:48. The first women's team to finish in the Long course were Maria Schilling and Emily Johnson in a time of 1:40:53.
Related:
Results: Deux Pipe Canoe Race

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 12, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park Friday morning drew another large field. Clouds kept the temperatures down for the race. After completing the 10K course, many skiers tested their skills on a new agility course while waiting for the awards ceremony. Posting the top junior times (stock skis) on the day: Hannah Rudd and Xavier Mansfield.

Minnesota Coaches Association Website Overhaul
August 11, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association website has been completely revamped.  Two important proposals to check out:
State Meet Proposal - New proposal introduces a team sprint element, used for qualifying for sections and at the State Meet.
Wax Truce Proposal - A proposal to limit the use of expensive flurocarbon waxes in regular conference meets.
Update:  The State Meet proposal is undergoing additional revisions, watch for a new proposal later this fall.

Midwest MTB Report
August 9, 2016
In the weekly Midwest MTB recap, Jay Richards posts stories from the Maah Daah Hey 100, Minnesota and Wisconsin MTB series, a new Strava Ride of the Week, along with a number of other news tidbits and a look at upcoming events.

Maria Stuber Named Head Coach at St. Scholastica
August 9, 2016
The College of St. Scholastica announced the hiring of Maria Stuber as the school's next head men's and women's nordic ski coach on Monday. Stuber has been the Nordic Program Director of Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club since 2013.

Ringer Roll Friday
August 8, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is this Friday Aug 12th at Baker Park. The 10km event is an end of summer training tradition and offers both skate and classic options. New this year, there will be an optional agility course competition in the parking lot with prizes for the top 3 boys and girls.

Stockyard Days Sprints Coverage
August 7, 2016
New Brighton's Stockyard Days rolled out a new criterium race for the northern suburbs, with riders doing circuits on a short rectangle just east of Long Lake Park. Photos from the final two races on the day.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 31 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Stockyard Days Sprints

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 6, 2016
Over 400 cyclists participated Saturday in the annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI. The big 50 mile citizens race came down to a two person breakaway as Adam Hanson edged out Matt Muyres for the victory, with both riders posting the only sub two hour times. Angela Engel was the top womens finisher. In the time trial, Jason Frank rocketed to a winning time of 1:53, more than six minutes faster than the next rider. Deanna Willems topped the womens field, just five seconds ahead of Judy Schmidt.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: TT/Ride the Divide, Race
Results: Firehouse 50

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Finale
August 3, 2016
The last Hoigaard's Paddle Derby of the 2016 series is this Thursday evening, August 4th. Their goal is to have 50 plus boats at the starting line so invite everyone to show up! Following the race they will move to Hoigaard's for a Paddler's Potluck and awards presentation. Hoigaard's will be grilling, so bring a dish to share and celebrate paddling in Minnesota!

Midwest MTB Report
August 2, 2016
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, Jay Richards has reports from the Singletrack Six and Yeti Tribal Annual Gathering, plus notes on a Midwest Rio Olympic star, MTB camps at Cuyana and Lebanon, a new MTB trail being developed near Cohasset, and a look ahead to some of the weekend events.

Birkie Museum Grand Opening this Friday
August 1, 2016
The public is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner this Friday evening, August 5th, in Hayward. Members of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Wise family, and race fans, will gather for the landmark event. There is no fee for admission to the museum or the Grand Opening event. And on Saturday, there will be a celebration of the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead/start area, just before the annual meeting.
Related:
ABSF Annual Meeting Aug 5-6
New American Birkebeiner Permanent Start And Trailhead a Reality

USSA: Debut Gold for Taylor Fletcher
July 31, 2016
Taylor Fletcher broke away from the pack with a kilometer remaining to take his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championship at Soldier Hollow on Saturday. Brother Bryan Fletcher took silver with Ben Berend earning bronze after leading the jump. The Loomis brothers, Adam and Ben from Eau Claire, WI, finished 4th and 5th.

Midwest MTB Report
July 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers the recent racing action in the Minnesota and Wisconsin series, a short update from Telluride 100 from a Midwest racer, the Strava Ride of the Week, a number of interesting bike related news, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

LNR Time Trial at Soldier Hollow Coverage
July 25, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing juniors have been out in Utah, training at Soldier Hollow, in part as preparation for US Nationals and possibly the World Junior Championships. On Sunday, LNR joined Wasatch Nordic for a skate rollerski time trial. Results and photos posted.

Nordeast Grind Coverage
July 23, 2016
Bike racing action came to the streets of Northeast Minneapolis Saturday for the Nordeast Grind, part of the new Big Waters Classic three day series. After a steamy morning, the water finally broke out on the field for the womens Cat 4 race and most of the afternoon events as well. Photos from most of the morning races, with results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: Cat 5/Citizen - 65 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 57 photos, Juniors - 94 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 99 photos
Results: Nordeast Grind

Midwest MTB Report
July 19, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB Report has a major international flavor as Jay Richards writes about an epic trip to Iceland, including participating in their National MTB Championship. Plus catch up on the local races, some national stars, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the upcoming events.

Spotlight: Nordicwerks Program
July 18, 2016
On a warm Monday evening Nordicwerks training program hosted a combined workout and rollerski time trial with Endurance United elite members. After an easy warm up rollerski tour around the time trial course, the teams got down to business with an interval start skate rollerski time trial. Endurance United's Jack Christianson passed Tamer Mische-Richter in the final meters to post the top time on the evening. Fellow teammate Erin Moening raced to the top time for the women. After the time trial wrapped up, skiers finished with a warm down on the quiet backroads near Scandia.
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Photoset: 210 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Warmup

Rivet Run Coverage
July 17, 2016
Eve Graves reports: The impending storms luckily stayed away for Sunday's 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park. We had light rain pre-race and sunny skies with temps in the lower 70's during the event. Participants ranged in age from 3 to 67, with well over 100 registered and 82 starting and finishing. Braden Curnow was the first overall male in a time of 20:36 (and he ran the 26 mile grueling Curnow trail race yesterday too!). Laura Mueller was the first female to cross the line in 28:13.
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Photoset: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

USSA: Bryan Fletcher Talks Future in Nordic Combined
July 8, 2016
USSA reports: After winning the annual Fourth of July nordic combined cup on Howelsen Hill, soon-to-be-dad Bryan Fletcher talked with Joel Reichenberger of Steamboat Today about his Olympic history, his hopes for future medals...and why he was wearing a hot pink suit.

Birkie Price Hike
July 6, 2016
Get in on the ground floor for Birkie/Kortie fees -- the first price hike comes this Friday, July 8th! Register by Thursday night to get the best pricing.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Contest Voting

Midwest MTB Report
July 5, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers a wide range of topics, from Buck Hill races to the World Championships, viral videos and bear attacks, and of course, the Strava Ride of the Week and a look at the upcoming events.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Venue Change
July 5, 2016
The Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships have announced they will help christen the new Birkie start area with their big event scheduled their for early February.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 2, 2016
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning for the annual Afton Trail Run events at Afton State Park. Temperatures were in the low 60s to start and rose into the upper 70s by late morning as runners did one (25K) or two laps around the big park. In the 50K, Kurt Keiser took the lead early and stretched it to a five minute margin of victory. Annika Hempel won the womens division, just a minute ahead of runner up Lisa Dunnigan. Matthew Berens also had a strong performance for the men in the 25K, winning by over three minutes. Kate Pallardy cruised to nearly a five minute lead over the womens 25K field.
Related:
Photoset: 50K - 264 photos, 25K - 414 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - 50K Race, Top Picks (high res) - 25K Race
Results: Afton Trail Run

Hoigaards Paddle Derby: C1 Day
June 29, 2016
The weekly Thursday evening paddle race series at Lake Calhoun, the Hoigaards Paddle Derby, this week highlights the solo canoes with a C1 derby division. Plus Paddler's Potluck this week!

Spotlight: Loppet Nordic Racing Summer Juniors
June 29, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is one of the largest programs in the country. We caught up with them Wednesday morning in south Minneapolis. The group did a overdistance rollerski, splitting into a number of small groups with coaches to pair up skiers with similar abilities. Most of the advanced and immediate girls headed east, crossing the Mississippi River and skiing to downtown St. Paul, lead by Olympian Caitlin Gregg and head coach Piotr Bednarski. Most of the groups finished the 2-3 hour workout with some running and short drills.
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Photoset: Overdistance Rollerski - 95 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Overdistance Rollerski

Midwest MTB Report
June 28, 2016
Jay Richards has a jam-packed MTB report this week, covering the Lutsen 99er, the Duluth Enduro series, and WORS Firecracker races, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a look at some upcoming races and clinics.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run
June 28, 2016
The Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be on October 1st this fall. Save some money on the registration fees by registering before the end of June!

Web Roundup
June 27, 2016
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda - Finn Sisu features skiing advice from the old and new:  Jim Carlen and Tom Woolhouse share some of the things they'd do differently in hindsight.
Back At It - Nichole Bathe checks in with an update on her recent vacation and summer training.
Headwind - Annie Hart reflects on perceptions and training, enjoying the time with teammates and some sun. 
Training with the Enemy - Norwegian VG spotlights Jessie Diggins's training with the Norwegian womens team.
Coach Babikov - Canadian's Russian import, Ivan Babikov, has announced his retirement and the start of a career in coaching.
Motivation Monday - The fierce competition level of Petra Majdic, overcoming some major injuries was featured on the Olympic website.
Shocko Choco - A recent study uses electrical shocks to generate a healthier (and tastier) version of chocolate.
Doping - HBO Humorist John Oliver takes on dopers in a recent Last Week Tonight segment.

USSA Announces Seven Stop Super Tour for 2016-17
June 27, 2016
Top cross country athletes from across America will participate in 16 races at seven different stops as part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) annual USSA SuperTour. There will be two stops in the Midwest this season: Feb 17-19 in Ishpeming, MI and Feb 25 at the Birkie.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 25, 2016
A very steamy 2016 edition of the Tri-Loppet for racers on Saturday morning as temperatures soared into the upper 80s with dewpoints in the 70s. Matt Liebsch scored the mens individual title with Brian Gregg 2nd and Jonah Lidberg 3rd. Josie Nelson held off Jan Guenther for the womens individual title with Karen Bebchuk third. The top time on the day went to the Gear West corporate team relay.
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Photoset: Paddling - 116 photos, Running - 96 photos, Cycling - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet Results

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors Summer Program
June 23, 2016
A surprisingly cool morning Thursday for a Endurance United juniors summer workout in Afton. The group started off with an easy warm up rollerski along River Rd, before the big focus: 5-7 skate rollerski L3 intervals up the Afton coulee.
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Photoset: Afton Workout - 121 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Afton Intervals

Midwest MTB Report
June 21, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers racing action from Chequamegon 100, Keweenaw Tread Fest, and even the Missoula PRO XCT. Plus check out the Strava ride of the week and the look ahead.

Web Roundup
June 20, 2016
Risky Business - Rosie Frankowski juggles work, training, and more as she reflects on the start of her second season as a pro.
Better Together
- Jessie Diggins extols the SMS team atmosphere as she updates on her early summer training (as a special upcoming trip).
Throwback Camp - Brian Gregg updates on summer training at Cresthill Resort and the summer routine.
Project Rollerskiing - NNF shares an update from Park City and the NTG podium training group.
Eagle Glacier - Eric Packer and friends crank out another highlight training video, this one of June skiing on the Eagle Glacier.
Its the Shoes - Study sheds new light on the impacts of footwear on running muscles.
Work It Out - Exercise after studying shown to improve memory retention.
Headdope? - New headphones claim to improve the effectiveness of athletic training sessions.

Midwest MTB Report
June 14, 2016
The Midwest MTB report this week, by Jay Richards, covers last weekends WORS and MNMBS series races, the Strava Ride of the Week, a couple of interesting news items, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club Summer Juniors Program
June 14, 2016
Most of the Twin Cities summer junior training programs kicked off officially this week. We caught up with the Minneapolis Ski Club east side juniors on Tuesday morning. Coach Kevin Brochman led the group through some strength training drills, then skiers put on the classic rollerskis and warmed up on the Greenway trail before splitting into two groups. The advanced group wound their way down to the base of the Franklin hill, then worked on classic technique before wrapping up with a distance ski.
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Photoset: East Side Summer Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 11, 2016
Warm conditions Saturday for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event in Cass Lake. John Kallemeyn posted the top time on the day with Dave Nelson taking second and Ryan Peterson and Jonah Lidberg posting the same times in third. Maria Janowiak won the womens overall with Emily Johnson not far behind.
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Photoset from John Arenz: Canoe Segment - 45 photos
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 7, 2016
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest mountain biking report this week: Detroit Mountain, Mt. Borah Epic, and Battle of Camrock recaps/first-hand reports, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the usual look ahead on events.
Related:
Official Borah Epic Recap

ABSF Phase 2 Kickoff Event at Rivers Eatery, June 27th
June 6, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicks off their Phase 2 capital campaign with an event at the Rivers Eatery in Cable on Monday, June 27th. Besides getting all the details on the new developments, you'll enjoy pizza, a custom pint glass, live music, and auction.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 4, 2016
Hoigaards held their first paddling race of the season on Thursday. Brent Arenz and Matt Liebsch combined for the mens racing victory, with Sarah Tokos and Cheryl Dubois taking the womens division.
Related:
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Gear West SUP Events
June 3, 2016
Gear West is hosting a pair of stand-up paddle (SUP) events coming July 23rd at Long Lake. Sup-Athlon is a 5K run combined with a 5K SUP paddle race, while the Sup-Tour is a friendly 5K tour.

Midwest MTB Report
May 31, 2016
Driving home his Midwest MTB report this week, Jay Richards climbs on the saddle for some first-hand racing action in Canada, highlights the upcoming Lutsen 99er, Mt Borah Epic, new Longass ride event, and MN and WI series races, as well as news on Chloe Woodruff's Olympic bid, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Midwest MTB Report
May 24, 2016
This week Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report goes out west for a first-hand report from the Gunnison Meowler, Strava rides of the week, and a wide range of interesting news and interest items, including a look at some of the eMTB products.

Birkie Board of Directors Elections/Annual Meeting Set for August 6th
May 23, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting will be Saturday, August 6th. Come check out the new, permanent Birkie start venue, dedication of the new Birkie trailhead cabin, and tour the new Great Hall. Registration for the annual meeting begins this Friday, May 27th.
Related:
Video: Birkie Great Hall and New Start Area Preview

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 22, 2016
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures graced the race courses for the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday morning. Skiers topped the 10 mile field as Craig Cardinal edged out Brian Gregg for the victory with Matt Liebsch taking third. Josie Nelson was the womens champ, with Vivian Hett taking second in a sprint out with Martie Kuzzy and Erica Sharbono. Andrew Towne pulled away from Xavier Mansfield for the mens 10K title with Christina Roberts taking the womens division by a large margin. A small set of photos posted from the 10 mile race course.
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Photoset: 10 mile course - 39 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10 mle, 10K
CityTrail Loppet Recap

CXC: Top Junior Skiers Will Come Together for the 2016 REG Camp
May 19, 2016
The 2016 Regional Elite Group camp is scheduled for July 5-11 in Marquette, bringing together over 20 of the top Juniors from the Midwest.
Related:
2016 CXC Dream Camp Athletes Named

City Trails Loppet Volunteers Needed Sunday
May 19, 2016
Volunteers are still needed for the City Trails Loppet Sunday, May 22. Assistance in the areas of Aid Stations, Finish Area, Start Area, T-shirt Distribution, Finish Food, Beer Ticket Sales and Green Team. All volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt, Surly beer, hot dog, and a big thank you!

Midwest MTB Report
May 17, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest report on mountain biking this week covers the WORS opener, Buck Hill races (and the return of a legend), a sundry of news and interesting topics, including a new feature: Strava Ride of the Week.

Endurance Training Retreat June 3-5
May 17, 2016
Elite runner Nichole Porath (Team Nichole Coaching) is hosting her third annual Endurance Training Retreat, June 3-5, in Hayward, WI. This year, Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join up for part of the camp. Just a few spots left, so act soon!

USSA Announces Winners for Annual Awards
May 16, 2016
Minnesota native Jessie Diggins was among the honorees at the USSA Annual Awards banquet last Friday, May 13th, in Park City, Utah. Diggins received the Beck International Award for her performance in international competition, marking the first time a cross-country athlete has won this award since Bill Koch in 1982!

St. Scholastica: Salmela Stepping Down as Nordic Coach
May 16, 2016
Chad Salema has announced he will be stepping down as College of St. Scholastica's head Nordic ski coach to take up a new position as the head cross-country running and assistant coach for distance running at St. Scholastica. Salmela and the school will work to hire a replacement Nordic coach in the coming months.

Moose Valuable Skier Nominations
May 14, 2016
Moose Nordic is seeking nominations for their Moose Nordic Moose Valuable Skier of the year. This award will be presented to a Nordic athlete who lives the four core values of sportsmanship, humility, empowerment, and integrity. The winner will be announced at the Moose Nordic Picnic on Tuesday, May 31st.

Head Coaches for Junior Nationals and U16 Championships Announced
May 14, 2016
The head coach and trip leaders for the Midwest and Great Lakes teams for Junior Nationals, as well as the U16 Championships, have been named. Piotr Bednarski and Andy Keller will lead the Midwest squad, while Tom Wood and Nick Baic direct the Great Lakes team.

Midwest MTB Report
May 10, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights the Thursday evening racing at Buck Hill, pro racer and cancer survivor Jen Hanks, a Woolly baby recap, profile on Hansi Johnson, Detroit Lakes group ride, Movil Maze trail development, and the start of the big WORS series.

Borah Epic and Trek Team Up for Custom Bike
May 10, 2016
Celebrating the upcoming Borah Epic race, Trek's project one team has created the Epic bike. Featuring Trek's Procaliber 9.8 SL build, its sports a custom color scheme and matching Borah Epic and CAMBA logos. The Borah Epic is June 4th (registration still open).

CXC Announces New College Summer Residency Program
May 9, 2016
CXC has announced a new summer residency training program at Northern Michigan University for current, past and developing college athletes. The program will be led by Andy Keller and Shane MacDowell, and also provides living, studying and training options.

Survey: Opinions on SuperTour and Points
May 8, 2016
Annie Hart is soliciting opinions on the SuperTour structure and system for qualifying for international trips with a short online survey. The opinions will help with discussions coming up at the USSA Congress later this month.

Snake River Canoe Race Coverage
May 7, 2016
It was a beautiful May morning Saturday for the annual Snake River Canoe Race in Mora. The event is the first in the Classic Series, which also includes a bike race, running race, and of course, the Vasaloppet. Pro boat victories were earned by Scott Nesvold/John Mundahl and Io Harberts/Amy McLaughlin, with Dave and Josie Nelson taking the mixed division. Kira and Craig Stolen conquered the aluminum canoe division. Mike Brumbaugh posted the top kayak time (and fastest overall).
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Photoset: CR 19 Bridge - 152 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 this Saturday
May 6, 2016
Hoigaards Andy Turnbull will be leading a beginners rollerski session this Saturday morning, May 7th, at Hoigaards. Demo equipment can be provided, please RSVP as class size is limited. There will be a second session on Saturday, May 21st.

Midwest MTB Report
May 3, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest mountain bike report this week features a big recap from the St. Croix Valley Woolly, info on upcoming events including a cool short MTB film festival, and more new trail development up north.

US Ski Team: 2016-17 Team Nominations
May 3, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season, based on published selection criteria in the prior season. From the Midwest, Jessie Diggins continues her run on the A squad, with NMU's Ian Torchia joining the D (development) team.

CXC Announces 2016-17 Elite Team
May 3, 2016
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced that Felicia Gesior (NMU) and Oscar Friedman (Dartmouth) will be joining the CXC Team for the 2016-2017 season. Nichole Bathe and Kyle Bratrud will return for another season.

Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Recap
May 2, 2016
The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting was held in late April in Eau Claire. Among the topics discussed were the JNQ schedule, bylaw amendments on scoring, team composition, and waxing restrictions, and election of new head coach, Piotr Bednarski. Read the full meeting summary for more details.

MN Spring Coaches Association Meeting Minutes
May 2, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association meeting was held back on April 16th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, including a proposal for on a new State Meet format, as well as one to limit high school conference racing to non-fluro waxes. Doug Boonstra was named the new president. Full meeting minutes posted.

2015-16 Season Highlights
May 1, 2016
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2015-2016 collegiate racing season.

2015-16 Season Highlights
May 1, 2016
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2015-2016 high school racing season.


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