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September 6 Daily Roundup: The Ski Train is Back, and Northug Rides With Evans

The Ski Train in Alaska has returned, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The train, which carries avid cross-country skiers to a wilderness area inaccessible by car, was cancelled last year due to budgetary concerns at the Alaska Railroad. While the Daily Roundup’s curator has never had the opportunity to experience the Ski Train, it sounds awesome: according to the story, “[s]ome party to tunes by the Alaska Blaskapelle Polka Band on the trip back to Anchorage in what some fans call a moveable polka mosh pit,” and another skier asserted that “[n]othing can compare to it anywhere for total awesomeness.” Tickets go up for grabs on October 1.

–The Norwegian national ski team had a chance to ride with world champion cyclist Cadel Evans.

–There’s plenty of summer biathlon action going on right now, with races in New York, Washington, and Alberta.

–Catharine Pendrel, the Canadian who just took fourth at the mountain biking World Championships in Quebec, says she wants to take up cross-country skiing.

–The Wood River Ability Program in Sun Valley, which helped Paralympic bronze medalist Andy Soule with his preparation for the Vancouver Games, has received a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics.

–XC-Ski.de has a great report from a 92 k rollerski race held on bike paths–check out the translation.

–FIS has a piece on the testing and exceptional physical aptitude of Swedish women Charlotte Kalla and Anna Haag.

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