February 22nd, 2014
HAYWARD, WI—Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) and Tom Reichelt of Germany came out on top today in the American Birkebeiner. Gregg won the 50 k skate race in 2:40:57 after skiing away from the women’s field in the first half of the race. She made her break as the elite men’s wave, who started after the elite women’s wave, began catching the women. She hung on to the passing men and ended up skiing much of the race by herself before catching another ride with Matt Liebsch (Team StrongHeart) in the last few kilometers of the race. Antonella Confortola Wyatt of Italy placed second, 1:16 behind Gregg, while Rosie Brennan of Alaska Pacific University (APU) placed third, 2:05 back.
Gregg, Brennan, and Laura McCabe of Winthrop, WA were the top three Americans, in that order, with McCabe finishing in fifth overall. Gregg took home $10,000 for the day: $7,500 for the win and $2,500 for the top American finish in the race.
In the men’s race, Tom Reichelt narrowly edged out Italians Simone Paredi and Sergio Bonaldi to take home the win in 2:14:29. Paredi and Bonaldi finished in second and third place, respectively, and both were within one second of the win.
Matt Gelso of the Sun Valley Gold Team was the top male American finisher in seventh overall. Lex Treinen (APU) and Matt Liebsch were the next Americans, in 10th and 12th place.
Santi Ocariz, formerly of CXC, and Russian Natalja Naryshkina (CXC) were the male and female winners in the 54 k classic race.
Times were slow on the day—copious amounts of new snow and cold conditions made for a challenging race for much of the field.No comments
February 17th, 2014
The polar sun swept in for this second day of competition of the 36th edition of the Gatineau Loppet. Despite the freezing weather, the mood was upbeat both indoors and out at the starting line just outside École secondaire Mont-Bleu. All of the participants, elite as well as recreational skiers, were eager to hit the trails of Gatineau Park for the freestyle races and the very first edition of snowshoe races.
Here is a summary of the day’s results, followed by a round-up of the event.
51 KM POLAR FREESTYLE AND LONG-DISTANCE LOPPET CHAMPIONSHIP
1st Place Marc-André Bédard (2:22:26.1) from Quebec City
2nd Place Steffan Lloyd (2:22:28:7)
3rd Place Vincent Blais (2:25:10.8)
1st Place Claude Godbout (2:51:01.7) from Quebec City
2nd Place Sheila Kealey (2:51:23.3)
3rd Place Sabra Davison (2:54:25.7)
27 KM FREESTYLE
1st Place Nicholas Pigeon (1:17:14.1) from Gatineau
2nd Place Maxime Leboeuf (1:20:30.2)
3rd Place Daniel Murray (1:22:07.5)
We would like to mention that Pierre Lavoie, the Honorary President of the Gatineau Loppet, finished the 27 km freestyle in 5th place.
1st Place Véronique Fortin (1:28:09.8) from Gatineau
2nd Place Karine Labonté (1:41:19.2)
3rd Place Louise Martineau (1:43:26.3)
10 KM FREESTYLE
1st Place Evan Carr (28:37.3) from Manlius, USA
2nd Place Graham Perry (28:49.3)
3rd Place Bryce Hartman (28:54.1)
1st Place Tove Halvorsen (33:08.0) from Chelsea
2nd Place Talia Hennessy (33:09.1)
3rd Place Alia Sanger (33:10.9)
5 KM SNOWSHOE RACE (PRESENTED BY RAQUETTES GV)
1st Place Men: Julien Pensonneault (26:54.7)
1st Place Women: Véronique Fortin (26:03.5)
10 KM SNOWSHOE RACE (PRESENTED BY RAQUETTES ATLAS)
1st Place Men: David Le Porho (49:21.8)
1st Place Women: Claire Doule (1:01:55.5)
We would also like to mention the hundreds of children who, accompanied by their parents, braved the cold for the 2 km Mini Sport Échange Outaouais. Pierre Lavoie joined in the fun. This untimed race is part of the Carnaval Soleil Polaire, a big party presented by municipal councillors Mireille Apollon from the l’Orée-du-Parc district, and Louise Boudrias from the Parc-de-la-Montagne-Saint-Raymond district. Entertainment for the kids, music, inflatable structures and stiltwalkers helped warm up the families and skiers.
A GREAT TURNOUT
This 36th edition of the Gatineau Loppet served to confirm the fact that this is indeed the biggest cross-country ski event in Canada. More than 2,750 participants, including 170 for the Chelsea Super Sprint Jeunesse, took part in the activities between Friday the 14th and Sunday the 16th. The Sprint jeunesse, classic style races, freestyle races, long-distance Loppet championship, and race for the kids all added up to something for everyone.
Highlights of this 36th edition:
- A sold-out race for the 51 km linear classic, with 548 skiers registered.
- Nicholas Pigeon from gatineau, winner of the 27 km classic and 27 km freestyle.
- Long-distance Loppet championship wond by Marc-André Bédard for the men and Claude Godbout for the women, both of them biathletes on the national team.
- First edition of the snowshoe races, with 70 participants.
- First edition of the Chelsea super Sprint jeunesse, with more than 150 participants.
- Pierre Lavoie, honorary president, speaker and participant (51 km classic, 27 km freestyle and the mini Sport Échange Outaouais)
Gatineau Loppet President Yan Michaud wants to thank “all of the skiers, attendants, spectators, volunteers and organizers who took part in this year’s event.” The next edition of the Gatineau Loppet will take place between February 13 and 15, 2015. We hope to see you there!
For additional information, consult the Gatineau Loppet Web site: www.gatineauloppet.com.No comments
February 16th, 2014
A festive atmosphere reigned today as Gatineau Park’s cross-country ski trails came alive with Gatineau Loppet racers. Close to 1,300 of them lined up at the starting line on this first day of competition, 300 more than on the first day last year. The 51 km classic had reached its quota of 547 skiers by Friday. The excellent trail conditions and ideal temperatures made for a beautiful combination.
The first two classic styles to simultaneously kick off today’s event were the 51 km from P17 in Wakefield, and the 27 km from École secondaire Mont-Bleu. The 51 km classic was back again this year as a linear race to the great delight of all the skiers.
SWIX 51 KM CLASSIC RESULTS
1st Place Colin Abbott (2:35:13.6) Whitehorse, CAN
2nd Place Chris Ziegler (2:39:27.6) Winooski, USA
3rd Place James Coulton (2:42:31.2) Westmount, CAN
We would like to mention that Pierre Lavoie, the Honorary President of the Gatineau Loppet, finished the 51 km classic in 10th place.
1st Place Marlis Kromm (3:03:01.7) Calgary, CAN
2nd Place Robyn Anderson (3:10:21.9) Stowe, USA
3rd Place Annie Jean (3:17:48.3) Chelsea, CAN
OTTO’S BMW / Subaru 27 KM CLASSIC RESULTS
1st Place Nicholas Pigeon (1:30:45.2) Gatineau, CAN
2nd Place Eloi Lemay (1:32:28.0) Lavaltrie, CAN
3rd Place Aaron Fahey (1:32:41.5) Chelsea, CAN
1st Place Sophie Carrier-Laforte (1:41:55.2) Gatineau, CAN
2nd Place Ellen Helker-Nygren (1:54:12.2) Toronto, CAN
3rd Place Chloe Selerier (1:57:35:.3) Gatineau, CAN
BFL CANADA 15 KM CLASSIC RESULTS
1st Place Sam Weichel (54:38.4) Southampton, CAN
2nd Place Bryce Hartman (54:52.5) Seranac Lake, USA
3rd Place Tony Biernacki (54:57.9) Pembroke, CAN
1st Place Florence Dostie-Menard (58:42.3) Gatineau, CAN
2nd Place Zoe Williams (58:57.0) Cantley, CAN
3rd Place Laura Leclair (59 :00.2) Chelsea, CAN
METRO NEWS 5 KM CLASSIC RESULTS
1st Place Andrew Hayman (16:23.4) Dunrobin, CAN
2nd Place Mykal Bakker-Westeinde(16:26.5 Chelsea, CAN
3rd Place Philippe Turcanu (17:00.3) Ottawa, CAN
1st Place Molly Marland (17:37.2) Ottawa, CAN
2nd Place Karly Coyne (17:52.0) Canmore, CAN
3rd Place Mélanie Jones (17:58.4) Canmore, CAN
“We would like to congratulate the winners and thank all of the many skiers for having taken part in this first day of competition,” announced Gatineau Loppet President Yan Michaud. It is worth noting that tomorrow’s freestyle races will start at 9 a.m. from École secondaire Mont-Bleu, as will the snowshoe races, a new feature this year. There will be entertainment all day long with, among others, the Carnaval Soleil Polaire, the XC Ski Show, and a conference by Pierre Lavoie starting at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, consult the Gatineau Loppet Web site at www.gatineauloppet.com.No comments
January 28th, 2014
JACKSON, N.H. – In close-fought battles, Elissa Bradley and Eli Enman won the 10th Annual White Mountain Classic 30K on Sunday. The 30-kilometer marathon was also the one-day club championship for the New England Nordic Ski Association’ (NENSA). Ford Sayre, the Cambridge Sports Union and Stowe Nordic were just a few of the clubs with big turnouts for this race.
An independent skier, Bradley won the women’s race in 1:14:40. Dartmouth’s Molly Siegel placed second, 14 seconds behind, and Cambridge Sports Union’s Kathy Maddock another 1.7 seconds back in third.
Enman, skiing for Stowe Nordic, crossed the line in 1:02:45. Dartmouth took second and third with Torin Tucker, who was 1.8 seconds back in second, and Sam Merrens, 41.8 seconds behind Enman in third.
Due to the weather, organizers shortened the race to 22 km, cutting out some trail sections with a lot of wind exposure. Overnight, Saturday’s comfortable temperatures plummeted, and two inches of light, dry snow fell. Race morning dawned sunny and cold. At the start, the temperature was three degrees, with wind gusting to 35 mph.
Blowing snow obscured tracks and slowed skiers down in the fields. In the woods, the tracks were fast, and some downhills were scraped down to ice.
– Peter MindeNo comments
January 26th, 2014
As the days get longer, sunshine returns, and athletes have had a chance to build their hours on skis, ski marathon season returns. This weekend was a busy one, with the 50-kilometer Noquemanon Ski Marathon being hosted on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, finishing in Marquette, Michigan; the inaugural 30 k Stagecoach Classic, held in the mountains of Colorado; and the 41st Marcialonga, a 70 k classic race through the Italian Dolomites.
The Noquemanon ski marathon was held in northern Michigan yesterday in arctic conditions, with temperatures around zero Fahrenheit and winds gusting as high as 25 mph. The course is mostly flat, with a few small uphill, but drops nearly 850 feet as it descends from the start in Ishpeming to the finish in Marquette. The overall men’s winner was local Michael Brothers, taking his third consecutive title in 3:08:05; in the women’s division the surprise winner was Diana Finkel in 3:35:07. Brothers’ first title was in 2012 when he skied the 50 k course more than 45 minutes faster than on Saturday, in 2:22:13, on a year with excellent conditions. Both Finkel and Brothers were in the freestyle division and are both 42, where the 50 k classic division was won by Claire Luby, 25, in 3:45:33 and Karl Nygren, 26, in 3:08:57.
“It got snowier the further we went along, so you just had to slow down and be patient,” Nygren said in an interview with The Mining Journal. ”With the way the conditions were, I didn’t even notice it was downhill.”
New this year was the Stagecoach Classic, a unique event linking Devil’s Thumb Ranch to Winter Park the Idlewild Ski Area in the mountains of Colorado. The race was hosted on trails groomed specially for the event, making it a one-time experience for the racers.
While many ski marathons are dominated by older skiers, this year’s Stagecoach was dominated by young skiers – the top five men were all under 25, and two of the top three women were age 21. The men’s 30 k division was won by 20-year old Moritz Madlener in 1:16:53, second was Rune Malo Oedegaard, age 22, two seconds later, and 22-year old Mads Stroem was third (+1:55). The top woman was 21-year old Elena Breed in 1:36:11, Lenka Palanova, 30, was second (+1:38), and Katie Gill, 21, took third (+1:43). See the Stagecoach Classic’s official website for complete results.
And don’t count out the 70 k Marcialonga, Italy’s premier loppet, a World Loppet event hosted Trentino, Italy. The men’s race was dominated by Norwegians, taking the top six spots. Simen Östensen won in 3:10:16, John Dahl was second (+0:12), and the 2012 and 2013 winner, Jorgen Aukland, was third (+0:13). Russian Julia Tikhonova won in 3:27:54, Switzerland’s Seraina Boner was second (+1:09) and Sweden’s Annika Löfström was third (+2:24). Complete men’s and women’s results.No comments
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