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

Monday, September 6th, 2010

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.

August 19 Daily Roundup: Beware the Birkie Cougar!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

–Billy Demong finished 81st in the first stage of the Tour of Utah, moving up to 81st place after finishing 100th in the prologue. On Twitter, Demong wrote that he “felt good but cramped up towards the end!” Today’s stage is a 78.5-mile road race, concluding with a 20-mile climb to the 9,300-foot summit of Mt. Nebo.

–Doug Hoover, of Williamsburg, PA, and Sibylle Wilbert of Seattle won the first race at the U.S. summer biathlon championships.

–Lillehammer is planning a bid for the World Ski Championships in 2021.

–Nope, this is not a joke about female masters skiers chasing Tad Elliott at the bar in Hayward. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a cougar came within a few miles of the American Birkebeiner race on February 27th–the same day as the competition.

Monday Roundup: Crawford on Canada’s Camp

Monday, June 28th, 2010

–Chandra Crawford has an update from the Canadians’ three-day camp in Jasper, where the team focused on “rollerskiing, road riding, and running.” Crawford also said that she’s hard at work on the 2011 schedule for her organization Fast and Female.

–The Trail, B.C., Daily Times has a piece on ex-Canada coach Dave Wood’s return to Rossland, B.C., to work with the Black Jack Cross-Country Ski Club.

–The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has excellent coverage of a mountain bike biathlon race that was held in West Yellowstone on Saturday. They’ve got a race report, and an interesting interview with a local business owner about the specifics of biathlon rifles.

–FIS Cross-Country has an interview with 37-year-old Swedish skier Matthias Fredrikson, who hopes to qualify for the 2011 Oslo World Championships. Don’t count him out–he’s still two years younger than Lance Armstrong.