November 21st, 2013
With questions swirling about whether Telemark Resort’s new owners would reopen the 40-year-0ld lodge in Cable, Wis. (the historic start of the American Birkebeiner), the community got an answer Tuesday when the power breakers were turned off.
Idle and without power since March, when the former owners stopped paying the bills and left town before the 975-acre property went to foreclosure, the 200-room resort had its power restored about a week ago. The new owners, Mount Telemark Properties, met with the Central Cross Country (CXC) Ski Association to discuss CXC’s interest in leasing and developing it into an Olympic training site, WDIO News reported.
James Bolen of the Cable Area Chamber told WDIO that CXC determined it did not have the expertise needed to run a hotel in conjunction with an Olympic center. Tom Held of The Active Pursuit reported that CXC did not want to take on the “enormous task of renovating and operating it, according to Oyvind Solvang, president of the CXC Board of Directors.” Solvang estimated the long-term renovations would cost between $2 million and $4 million, and it would require at least $500,000 to open the building this season.
“We were looking to keep it heated and perhaps do some events there, trying to accommodate the people who want to stay there for the Birkie, but to get from here to there was too insurmountable,” Solvang said. “It really isn’t feasible for CXC.”
A former Telemark employee who works for the current owners, Rick Carpenter told WDIO that the new owners bought the property (for $926,000 dollars at a sheriff’s sale) for the land, not the lodge. The deal with CXC would have included the lodge by donation and some surrounding land, he added, plus 135 acres of leased land and trails.
Bolen said the new owners are still seeking a hotel group to run the resort, and CXC will look elsewhere in Cable for a potential Olympic training site.
This summer, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) secured rights to their race’s starting area at Telemark for two more years. ABSF executive director Ben Popp told The Active Pursuit that he expected to work out an agreement with the new owners to make a permanent start in roughly six months.1 comment
October 15th, 2013
Facing foreclosure since April 2013, Telemark Resort in Cable, Wis., the iconic start of the American Birkebeiner, went to auction on Tuesday and sold to a Colorado-based private company, Newco, LLC.
Newco purchased the property at sheriff’s sale in Bayfield County Courthouse for $926,000 dollars. The only other bidder was the lien holder, Great Southern Bank in Missouri, according to a Birkie press release. The auction came after a Bayfield County judge ruled in favor or Great Southern Bank’s desire to pursue foreclosure of the historic lodge in August.
For fans of the American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest ski marathon entering its 41st year, the hope was that Great Southern Bank would purchase it and resell it to a group with plans of reopening the resort with ties to the U.S. Olympic Committee, WDIO reported.
Executive director of the Cable Chamber of Commerce James Bolen told WDIO Newco’s bid came as a surprise.
“The question is what they intend to do with it, they may not reopen the facility,” he said.
Newco hasn’t announced its intentions for the resort, but Bolen said they’d be meeting this week to discuss possible plans. The decision could be a huge blow or relief to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, which recently hired a new executive director in Ben Popp.
“We have a 40 year history with Telemark … and for the past couple years we’ve been trying to secure a permanent start area at Telemark,” ABSF board member John Garrett told WDIO.
“Telemark has been an integral component of the history and legacy of the American Birkebeiner,” Popp said in a press release. “We look forward to working with the new owners in creating great events for years to come!”
Under the former owners, Ric Ahern and Steve Kaufman with Telemark Properties, Telemark closed for what it called “spring cleaning,” and did not reopen. Court documents showed that the electricity was turned off in late March, and WDIO reported that a sign saying the resort would open in mid-May was still on the door.No comments
August 27th, 2013
Coldest day of the Fueguino winter for ski marathon’s third edition
August 26th, 2013
FALLS CREEK, Australia — Australia’s international ski marathon the Kangaroo Hoppet was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. In the 42km main event it was a Russian double, 2012 Hoppet winner and World Cup distance champion Alexander Legkov winning the men’s race and 2012 runner-up Marina Chernousova winning the women’s race. After snow, rain and wind in the week leading into the event the skies cleared up for a perfect race day.
The Kangaroo Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series, which features 16 races in 16 countries and has annual participation of 135,000 skiers. Around 1000 competitors from 23 nations entered in the three Kangaroo Hoppet race distances of 42km, 21km, and 7km.
Russians brothers Ilya Chernousov and Alexey Chernousov rounded out the men’s podium, while Lauren Fritz from the USA and Chisa Obayashi from Japan were second and third women. The first Australians were Callum Watson and Esther Bottomley, both who finished fifth. The Russian team had been training at Falls Creek for the past three weeks as part of their preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The two favourites in the men’s race Legkov and Ilya Chernousov attacked early on, splitting up the main pack. Valerio Leccardi from Switzerland and Alexey Chernousov also broke away on the “Paralyser” climb, but then were caught by Australians Watson and Alex Almoukov. This chase pack of four skied much of the race together with the top two Russians slowly extending their lead out in front. Watson attacked near the last drink station, taking Leccardi with him, then A.Chernousov bridged across as Almoukov was dropped.
Up front Legkov left his team-mate behind and skied away for a comfortable win. With a couple of kilometres to go A.Chernousov attacked and Watson was unable to follow. Leccardi skied around but couldn’t bridge the gap, taking fourth at the finish behind the Russian podium trifecta. Watson was fifth and Almoukov sixth.
In the women’s race Obayashi and Chernousova went out hard, leaving the rest of the women scattered amongst the men’s field. At the half-way point Obayashi held a slender lead ahead of the Russian, with Lauren Fritz and Jessica Yeaton from the USA holding third and fourth.
Kamila Borutova from Czech, winner of the this year’s Canadian Worldloppet race, held 5th ahead of Bottomley. There was plenty of action left for the second lap, as Chernousova took over the lead and Obayashi started to struggle with slower skis as the snow softened in the sun. Fritz and Yeaton began to close in on Obayashi, while Bottomley moved up into fifth past Borutova.
Chernousova went on to win by over three minutes, Fritz came through for second place, and Obayashi managed to hold on to third ahead of Yeaton. Bottomley skied in for a clear fifth ahead of Borutova.
In the 21km Australian Birkebeiner Damon Morton from Marlo came from behind to win ahead of Jackson Bursill from Canberra and Daniel Walker from Sydney. Local Mt Beauty junior Anna Trnka won the women’s event for the second year in a row ahead of Casey Wright from Melbourne and Aislinn Kildea from Wangaratta. In the 7km Joey Hoppet Liam Burton from Jindabyne and Sabrina Howell from Sydney were the winners.
2013 Kangaroo Hoppet Top Results
42km Freestyle Kangaroo Hoppet
- Alexander Legkov RUS
- Ilya Chernousov RUS
- Alexey Chernousov RUS
- Valerio Leccardi SUI
- Callum Watson AUS
- Alex Almoukov AUS
- Reto Burgermeister SUI
- Phillip Bellingham AUS
- August Teague USA
- Ben Derrick AUS
- Marina Chernousova SWE
- Lauren Fritz USA
- Chisa Obayashi JPN
- Jessica Yeaton USA
- Esther Bottomley AUS
- Kamila Borutova CZE
- Aimee Watson AUS
- Lucy Glanville AUS
- Isabel Knaute GER
- Irene Dunn AUS
21km Australian Birkebeiner
- Damon Morton AUS
- Jackson Bursill AUS
- Daniel Walker AUS
- Anna Trnka AUS
- Casey Wright AUS
- Aislinn Kildea AUS
7km Joey Hoppet
- Liam Burton AUS
- Matt Bull AUS
- Hugh Pollard AUS
- Sabrina Howell AUS
- Gabrielle Hawkins AUS
- Emma Pollard AUS
Full results are available via the www.hoppet.com.au website.No comments
March 23rd, 2013
Årefjällsloppet is an entirely new race and the first edition was successful with great weather conditions and perfect tracks. The peloton was gathered until the biggest uphill after 20 km. At that point the group got smaller, not surprisingly since the climb is over 250 vertical meters. Halfway into the race there were 17 skiers in the group, but then five broke away: Anders and Jørgen Aukland, Jens Eriksson (3rd place), Stanislav Rezac (4th place) and Daniel Tynell (5th). With a few kilometers to go the Aukland brothers surged away and took the first tied victory in the history of Swix Ski Classics. The Norwegians also finished first and second overall in Swix Ski Classics.
Simen Östensen won both the first and the second sprint and took a landslide victory in the sprint competition.
Boner’s fourth victory
In the women’s category, the pace was low and the group was together the first 20 km (for the first time in the Swix Ski Classics history, the women started 15 minutes ahead of the men). On the top of the hill, the group was reduced to four skiers: Seraina Boner, Laila Kveli, Riitta-Liisa Roponen and Tuva Toftdahl Staver.
When a group of men passed them half way into the race, Boner hung on to and left the other women behind to take her fourth Swix Ski Classics win this year.
Behind Boner, Kveli bested Roponen for second
Swix Ski Classics champion men: Anders Aukland (Team Xtra Personell)
Swix Ski Classics champion women: Seraina Boner (Team Coop)
Swix Ski Classics sprint competition: Simen Östensen (Team Xtra Personell)
Swix Ski Classics youth men: Morten Eide Pedersen (Team Coop)
Swix Ski Classics youth women: Laila Kveli (Team Xtra Personell)
See results with splits here: http://www.emit.nu/resultat/live/130323/
Swix Ski Classics 2013:
Event 1: Jizerská Padesatká Czech Republic January 13th, 2013
Event 2: Marcialonga Italy January, 27th, 2013
Event 3: König Ludwig Lauf Germany February 3rd, 2013
Event 4: Vasaloppet Sweden March 3rd, 2013
Event 5: Birkebeinerrennet Norway March 16th, 2013
Event 6: Swix Ski Classics Final Sweden March 23rd, 2013
Source: Ski Classics
March 19th, 2013
On a cold, sunny day, Scott Patterson (UVM) and Robyn Anderson (VTXC) won the Sugarloaf Marathon in Sugarloaf, Maine. Patterson’s winning time was 1:44:53. Craftsbury’s Patrick O’Brien followed him in second at 1:46:36, with David Sinclair of Dartmouth in third place, two minutes back. Anderson finished in 2:01:12. Anya Caldwell Bean (UNH) placed second in 2:06:26. Hallie Grossman (Bates) was the third female.
Contrasting with last year’s slushfest, conditions were cold and fast. Around 15F at the start, the temperature warmed into the low 20s by afternoon. A dusting of new snow freshened the loop without slowing it down. A couple of the downhills had sugary, mushy spots right in the line, keeping racers on their toes.
Finishing in 59:31, Linda Danvind-Malm (UVM) was the female and overall winner of the 25 k race, followed by Jane McClelland (UVM) in 1:00:36 and Liz Hollenback (NWVE) in 1:06:58. Logan Greenblatt (Bates) was the first 25 k male finisher in 1:08:49, followed by Rene Dufour (Espresso Sports), 1:10:29, and Steven Rose (Manhattan Nordic) in 1:12:10.No comments
March 16th, 2013
After 54 kilometers traversing the mountains of Norway’s Oppland region, Norwegians swept the podium and placed 12 in the top 13 of the Birkebeiner marathon. Anders Aukland of Team Xtra Personell took the title with a time of 2:42:38, edging out Norwegian World Cup skier Eldar Roenning, who was competing under the colors of Team United Bakeries and finished 13 seconds behind. Team COOP’s Espen Harald Bjerke finished third and Jorgen Aukland fourth, before Jorgen Brink of Sweden crossed the line as the only non-Norwegian in the top ten.
It has been a successful late season for the Aukland brothers, as Jorgen won Sweden’s Vasaloppet marathon, where Anders placed third.
Czech World Cup veteran Lukas Bauer clocked in at 14th.
Peter Kling of APU finished 95th in the elite men’s division with a time of 3:03:35. Canada’s Zoe Roy placed 39th in the women’s race with a time of 3:44:34. They were the only North Americans in the elite waves of the race.
In the women’s race, Seraina Boner of Switzerland and Team COOP dominated the scene, skiing to a time of 3:09:12 and winning by almost six minutes. Sandra and Jenny Hansson of Sweden finished second and third, separated by just eight seconds. Fellow Swede Suzanne Nystrom was fourth and Vasaloppet winner Laila Kveli of Norway fifth.
Both Anders Aukland and Boner were repeating their wins from 2012; Bjerke and Jenny Hansson also repeated their third-place finishes.
March 13th, 2013
March 10th, 2013
Frenchman Pierre Guedon won a sprint finish on Sunday at the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland, completing the 42 k freestyle race in 1:28.19.6. Italian runner-up Christian Zorzi was half a second behind and Christophe Perrillat-Collomb of France placed third, one second after Guedon.
Swiss World Cup skier Remo Fischer was fourth (+1.4) and Martin Hammer of Norway took fifth (+2.0).
Finnish national-team member Riita-Liisa Roponen won the women’s race in 1:29.52.3, beating Swiss runner-up Seraina Boner by 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
U.S. biathlete Hannah Dreissigacker (Craftsbury Green Racing Project/USBA) placed 25th, and American Matt Liebsch (XC United) took 26th, 15.7 seconds behind the winner. XC Oregon’s Oliver Burruss finished 48th, and Craftsbury’s Nils Koons placed 54th and Peter Kling of APU was 56th.1 comment
February 10th, 2013
The leading member of Canada’s Para-Nordic Ski Team, Brian McKeever won the 25th annual Canadian Birkebeiner 55-kilometer classic mass start on Saturday. Double poling most of the moderately hilly course as training, McKeever managed to beat his teammate and guide Erik Carleton by nearly three minutes in the “lite” division at the Blackfoot Provincial Recreation in Edmonton, Alberta.
Without a 5.5-kilogram (12-pound) pack to slow him down, McKeever finished in 3:19:37.7, and Carleton followed 2:59.5 minutes later. Jon Arne Enevoldsen of Oslo, Norway, was third in the “lite” race, 11:06.7 behind McKeever.
“Tough conditions for Birkie today,” McKeever tweeted. “… blowing, fresh & SLOW snow. Double poled & got the W, but We’ll see If the bod is janked tomorrow!”
Heidi Widmer of the Alberta World Cup Academy was the fastest female in 3:50:14.2. She was fifth overall and beat teammate Annika Hicks, the second woman, by 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Another Academy female, Marlis Kromm was third (+7:52.3).
In the 55 k “with pack” race, Karen Messenger of Canmore, Alberta, was the overall winner in 4:14.50.4. Barret Dunbar of Saskatoon was the top man and second overall, 3:15.5 back. AWCA head coach Chris Jeffries was the second man and third overall (+4:52.8).No comments