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American Birkebeiner: Price Increase

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A friendly reminder about the Birkie/Korte/Prince Haakon price increase on Friday, September 6. Participants need to register before 11:59 PM Thursday, September 5 to lock in the current price.

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Why Skiing? V Bjorn’s End of Season Recap 2019

Bjorn’s Race Season in Pictures 3/12/2019 As some may remember, I suffered a nasty freak injury but scored a number. That cute cardiologist never returned my texts. so the date never happened. Plenty of fish in the sea. My recovery from my foot surgery on Dec 14th, 2018 and my sprained ankle the summer 2018 derailed my training. Those injuries cost me about 3 months of training. Now, I find it hard it to believe that the 2019 race season is over. This post has me reflecting back about the up and downs of the ski season for me. Hayward Lions Prairie The Pre-Birkie race was tough when temps dropped below 0 overnight. The Hayward Lions delayed the start one hour to let it warm up. I carpooled the morning up from the Twin Cities with fellow racer sister and showed up at Hayward VFW at 10:00. But since the start…

Waxing Anxious

FasterSkier’s American Birkebeiner coverage is made possible through the generous support of New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward, Wisconsin. While you are at the Birkie be sure to visit New Moon Ski & Bike for all your local expertise. The sky was the same color as the snow-covered landscape and the car thermometer read 11 degrees as I drove past a heritage quilt-patterned barn and reflected on my most recent cultural blunder. The women running the coffee shop register looked at me like there was a tentacle budding from my ear when I ordered an oak milk latte.   As I walked out of the coffee shop with my consolation Americano, I glanced at a passing vehicle. The license plate read “Wisconsin – America’s Dairyland.”   Traveling north on Wisconsin State Highway 63, I considered the common typecasting associated with this region. Stereotype (noun):  Widely held image of a person, place,…

32nd Marchablanca, 8th Ushuaia Loppet (Wordloppet) Recap

(Press release) Zuloaga, Giro, Cichero, and Voogne Celebrate Victories on A Perfect Day USHUAIA – The 8th edition of the Ushuaia Loppet and the 32nd edition of the Marchablanca coincided on the same day, Aug. 12, to showcase cross-country skiing and the winter tourism destination of Tierra del Fuego known as “the end of the world.”  Ushuaia local Federico Cichero and Tiina Voogne of Estonia dominated the 50 KM classic technique Ushuaia Loppet.  Matias Zuloaga and Maria Giro, locals, won the 25 KM Marchablanca. The races marked the beginning of the 2018-19 Worldloppet season and conditions could not have been better.  A light dusting of snow the previous night and stable winter temperatures made for perfect classic technique skiing. Cichero held off Avo Kilsipuu and Madis Torim to take the win with the two Europeans completing the men’s podium.  For the women, Estonia’s Tiina Voogne was chased by Fueguina local…

Ski Classics Recaps: Reistadløpet & Ylläs-Levi

The Ski Classics marathon series continued this month, with the 50-kilometer Reistadløpet on April 7 in northern Norway. This year’s edition of the race featured challenging waxing conditions, leaving skiers to decide whether to use kick wax or double pole the entire race with heavy snowfall the morning of the race. It stopped snowing before the race, and all of the podium places went to diagonal striders. In the women’s race, three athletes broke away on the first long climb to Orta: Masako Ishida (Team Koteng), Justyna Kowalczyk (Team Trentino Robinson Trainer) and Astrid Øyre Slind (Koteng). While Ishida and Kowalczyk went neck and neck for the rest of the race, Ishida ultimately took the win in 2:31:55.7 hours. Kowalczyk finished 11.5 seconds back in second place while Øyre Slind crossed the line 2:13.1 minutes after Ishida for third place. “I had better skis than Justyna in the end, and I…

Kowalczyk, Nygaard Win Big at Norwegian Birkebeinerrennet

The 80th annual Birkebeinerrennet took place last Saturday, March 17, from Rena to Lillehammer, Norway. According to a press release, this year’s race was a cold one, leading even the top racers to use kick wax and diagonal stride, as opposed to double poling the entire course. In the women’s race, Justyna Kowalczyk (Team Trentino Robinson Trainer) dropped the pack on the first long climb and held her lead to the finish, winning by more than three minutes in  3:06:10.7 hours. Behind her, Kateriná Smutná (Bauer Ski Team) and Astrid Øyre Slind (Team Koteng) worked together and ended the race in a battle for second, which Smutná took (+3:04.9) over Slind in third (+3:56.3). The overall leader of the Ski Classics series,  Britta Johansson Norgren (Lager 157 Ski Team) finished nearly 10 minutes later in fourth (+13:21.9), while Americans Chelsea Holmes (Alaska Pacific University) and Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) finished 12th (+27:50.4) and 28th (+29:03.4),…

Perrillat Boiteux, Dabudyk 2018 Worldloppet Cup Champs; Holmes 3rd in Engadin

The final race of the 2018 FIS Worldloppet Cup, the 50th annual Engadin Skimarathon Skimarathon, took place this past Sunday, March 11 in Switzerland’s upper Engadine valley with a point-to-point race from Maloja to S-chanf. For both the men and women, the fight for the overall Worldloppet Cup title was tight with Ivan Perrillat Boiteux (Haute-Savoie Nordic Team) entering the race 15 points ahead of his teammate Gerard Agnellet, while Aurélie Dabudyk, also of Haute-Savoie, held a 14-point lead over Maria Gräfnings (SAS Pro Team) in the women’s overall standings. In the men’s 42-kilometer freestyle race, a big pack of about 30 skiers surged toward the finishing lanes together. There had been multiple moves throughout the race, but no one was able to pull away. At the finish line, Switzerland’s Roman Furger was able to win the race for the third time, with a time of 1:34:05.2. France’s Collet Martin finished 1.1 seconds back in second place, ahead of his…

Russians Dominate Demino Marathon; Nygaard, Korsgren Win Vasaloppet

Demino Ski Marathon The sixth stage of the FIS Worldloppet Cup, the Demino Ski Stadium, took place Saturday, March 3 in Rybinsk, Russia. On the men’s side, there was only one point separating current series leader Gerard Agnellet over his Team Haute-Savoie teammate Ivan Perrillat Boiteux. From the start it was clear that the Russian skiers were going to try to hold home-field advantage, according to a Worldloppet press release. Russia’s Andrey Melnichenko, Evgeniy Dementiev and Alexander Legkov kept the pace high and led most of the race. It came down to a sprint finish with Melnichenko winning in 2:00:54.3, just 0.2 seconds over fellow Russians Nikolay Khokhryakov in second and Dementiev in third (+0.5).  Perrillat Boiteux finished eighth (+3.3) while Agnellet finished 15th (+11.3), putting Perrillat Boiteux 15 points ahead in the overall standings. Loic Guigonnet (Team Haute-Savoie) finished the day in ninth (+4.5) and currently sits in third in the overall standings. In the women’s race, the finish came down…

Caitlin Gregg Wins 5th Birkie, Finishes with Husband Brian (Plus Start Videos)

By Andrea Potyondy-Smith HAYWARD, Wisconsin — After a soft slog for Kortelopet skiers on Friday, the snow firmed up overnight for Saturday’s 2018 Birkebeiner. Temperatures dropped into the single digits overnight, helping groomers compact the trail for the morning’s 13,000 racers. While it seemed as though it would stay cold, the mercury quickly started to rise into the mid-30s Fahrenheit by the middle of the afternoon, and there was no headwind for racers to fight crossing Lake Hayward. The warmth meant some chopped-up snow on the uphills, but firm, fast downhills. Taking the win in the men’s 50-kilometer freestyle race was Norway’s Anders Gløersen, a two-time medalist at 2015 World Championships, in a time of 2:02:29.6 hours. The first American man across the line was overall third-place finisher Kyle Bratrud, of Verona, Wisconsin, in 2:02:33.1. Winning the women’s 50 k freestyle was Caitlin Gregg of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2:23:30.3, just 2.5…