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Ellefson, Fritz Win 2013 Boulder Mountain Tour

Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV Team Homegrown) and Lauren Fritz (APU) skied to victory in the 30km Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Ellefson won a closely contested race, finishing at the front of a tight pack of 12 skiers, all within just 3 seconds. Sixth place was only a second off the win in an event that usually features a sprint to the line due to the 1000 feet of elevation drop in the course.

Mark Iverson (APU) was second, just half a second behind Ellefson.

The race for third was even tighter with Peter Kling edging out hometown favorite Mike Sinnott with a lunge. The official time difference between the two was just six hundreths of a second.

The women’s race was just as close at the front. Fritz out-lunged Corrine Malcolm and Brooke Hovey for the win and Alex Turzian was just a second back in 4th.



Weekend Marathon Roundup — Noque, Govenor’s Cup and more…

The marathon season is in full swing with some big events both domestically and abroad. Here is roundup of some of the action.

Noquemanon (Michigan)

24/50k Classic and Skate

Santiago Ocariz and and Kim Rudd won the premier event of the day — the 50k classic. Ocariz made the journey from Ishpeming to Marquette in just over three hours, besting Eli Brown by two minutes.

The race for third was tight with Chris Pappathopoulos outsprinting Adam Swank and David Chamberlain to claim the final podium spot.

Rudd placed 20th overall, besting Maria Stuber by just 14 seconds in the women’s race. Claire Luby was third.

Michael Brouthers won the 50k freestyle by nearly three-and-a-half minutes over Chad Tolbert, with Jan Guenther taking the women’s title.

All Noquemanon results

Lake Placid Loppet (New York)

25/50k Skate and classic

On a frigid day in Lake Placid, New York, most skiers opted for the single loop of 25k, with only 15 skiers racing the 50k skate and 17 the 50k classic.

Duncan Douglas won a tight race over Jason Hettenbaugh in the men’s 50k skate, skiing away to a 16 second victory. Jacke Hollenbach was several minutes back in third.

Patrice Blackburn took the women’s title as the only female entrant in the 50k skate.

Bruce MacNeil posted an impressive victory in the men’s 50k classic, opening a gap of over ten minutes on runner-up Erik Sirnes.

No women participated in the 50k classic.

While participation was low in the 50k events, 220 skiers contested the various classes in the 25k races. James Coulton and Anna Crawford won the 25k classic and Matthew Piper and Veronique Fortin took the titles in the 25k skate.

All Lake Placid Loppet results (PDF)

White Mountain Classic (New Hampshire)

30k classic

Kris Freeman, at home training in preparation for World Championships, skied to an expected dominating eight minute win over Paul Allison. Eric Tremble was third, crossing just a second behind Allison.

Alex Jospe took the women’s title, skiing away from Robyn Anderson for a clear win. Kirsten Beaudry was third.

White Mountain Classic results

Colorado Govenor’s Cup (Colorado)

Sylvan Ellefson bested a strong field, containing a number of top Rocky Mountain collegiate skiers. Ellefson came out on top in a sprint to the line ahead of Rune Oedegaard and Andrew Dougherty in the 30k skate event. A post-race interview with Ellefson can be found here.

Lenka Palanova won the women’s 30k skate well ahead of Tammy Jacques and Mia Gaw.

Graham Baird and Kristin Johansen won the 30k classic.

Govenor’s Cup results

Marcialonga (Italy)

A yearly entry on the World Loppet calendar and a part of the relatively new Ski Classics series. Full race report from the organizers here.






Aukland, Boner win 39th Marcialonga

Joergen Aukland (NOR) and Seraina Boner (SUI) are the new golden boy and girl of Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa (Italy), the famed 70km classic race in Northern Italy.  The Norwegian managed to keep back his older brother Anders and Stanislav Rezac of Czech Republic.

On the women’s side, Laila Kveli of Norway came in second and Russia’s Tatiana Jambaeva finished third.

Italy’s most renowned long-distance XC skiing race has taken place in Trentino region today, the same area that will be housing the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in less than a month.

Over 7500 skiers showed up early in the morning in sunny and chilly alpine valleys, ready to compete along the 70k course from the town of Moena to Cavalese. From the very beginning, Joergen Aukland appeared in great shape and put himself in the leading group together with his brother Anders, Sweden’s Ahrlin, Johnsson, Brink and Svärd and Italy’s Piller Cottrer, Paredi, Kostner and Debertolis. Thirty five skiers as a whole who remained strong in the head of the race for over 60 kilometres. Pietro Piller Cottrer was unfortunate and had to retire from the race due to a fall and bad knee injure.

The terrific Cascata climb (the very last 2k stretch before the finish line) has always been the most crucial part of the whole track, and this year it confirmed to be so. Joergen Aukland speeded up at the bottom, trying to create a gap between him and the pack, but Jerry Ahrlin, Rezac and Anders Aukland fiercely hit back and the battle was up. Joergen pushed harder and harder, and eventually managed to leave Rezac a few meters back, while Ahrlin slowed down a little and Anders Aukland kept his pace. Joergen Aukland stayed in the lead until the very end and timed 2h58’21”. Anders Aukland is the new FIS Marathon Cup leader.
Joergen Aukland had already won Marcialonga in 2003, 2006 and 2012.

As for women, Seraina Boner had no rivals whatsoever as kept the leadership from the beginning to the end. Laila Kveli managed to get rid of Jenny Hansson of Sweden and Jambaeva after three-quarter of today’s race and faced the climb with great resolution. This was the second time for Boner on the first step of the podium.

The Marcialonga Light race took place in the morning along a 45k course from Moena to Predazzo. The winners were the Italian Lorenzo Cerutti and Valentina Sirio.



Source: Marciaonga


Johaug Defends Skarverennet Title, Beats Bjørgen

Defending champion Therese Johaug jumped out front early in the Skarverennet on Saturday and stayed there, holding off Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen to win the 38 k event from Finse to Ustaoset, Norway.

Bjørgen finished 19 seconds behind Johaug, who won in 1:41.33. Norway’s Martine Ek Hagen was 1 second behind Bjørgen in third, Tuva Toftdahl Staver (NOR) placed fourth (+3:48) and Astrid Øyre Slind finished with the same time in fifth.

Norwegians swept the top 11, and Sweden’s Seraina Boner placed 12th.

Top 10

1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 1:41:33

2. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 1:41:52

3. Martine Ek Hagen (NOR) 1:41:53

4. Tuva Toftdahl Staver (NOR) 1:45:41

5. Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) 1:45:41

6. Silje Øyre Slind (NOR) 1:45:42

7. Marthe Kristoffersen (NOR) 1:48:34

8. Marthe Katrine Myhre (NOR) 1:50:30

9. Anne-Tine Markset (NOR) 1:51:40

10. Astrid Urenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) 1:51:47

Women’s results


Jespersen Edges Northug in Skarverennet

Chris Jespersen edged Norwegian teammate Petter Northug in the Skarverennet on Saturday, winning the 38 k race from Finse to Ustaoset, Norway, by 5 seconds in 1:31.24.

Close behind, Russia’s Eugeniy Dementiev was third (+8.0), and defending champion Jean Marc Gaillard of France finished fourth (+8.0). Sweden’s Martin Johansson was fifth (+9.0).

The runner-up from last year, Jespersen led with just over 8 k remaining and held off Northug, who moved up from fifth and made up a more than a minute (1:19) on Jespersen. Dementiev was in second at 29.7 k, but was 1 minute and 18 seconds behind Jespersen. He led a seven-man chase pack, which included Northug.


Top 10

1. Chris Jespersen (NOR) 1:31:24

2. Petter Northug (NOR) 1:32:29

3. Eugeniy Dementiev (RUS) 1:32:32

4. Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA) 1:32:32

5. Martin Johansson (SWE) 1:32:33

6. Toni Livers (SUI) 1:32:33

7. Robin Duvillard (FRA) 1:32:34

8. Simen Andreas Sveen (NOR) 1:32:44

9. Martin Hammer Team (NOR) 1:32:45

10. Frode Andresen (NOR) 1:32:52

Men’s results


Faivre Picon and Furger Win Engadin, Brooks 8th, Leibsch 25th for US

Anouk Faivre Picon (FRA) and Roman Furger (SUI) won the 44th annual Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland.

Faivre Picon edged out the home favorite, Seraina Boner by just over a second with a final surge to the line.

Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (SUI) gave the host country two-thirds of the podium when she out-sprinted Italian Stephanie Santer.

The lead pack in the 42-kilometer freestyle race had dwindled to just five women by the end.

Faivre Picon is a regular on the World Cup circuit, and finished 22nd in the 2012 Tour de Ski.

Holly Brooks (USA) finished 8th for the US. Brooks was 2:30 off the pace.

Morgan Arritola was 13th, Evelyn Dong 16th and Nicole DeYong 20th for the US.

In the men’s race the 22-year-old Furger bested World Cup veteran Curdin Perl in the final sprint, with former Italian star Christian Zorzi two seconds back in third.

The relatively flat course generally means the elite wave does not break up much. The top-25 men all finished within 14 seconds of Furger, crossing the line in a continuous flow.

Matt Leibsch was the top American, taking that 25th place. Lars Flora was 31st and Torin Koos 83rd.

Women’s Elite Results

Men’s Elite Results


Elliott, Brooks Notch Birkie Victories; Dubay Disqualified (Updated)

Note: This post has been updated to reflect Joe Dubay’s disqualification for racing in the wrong bib. Dubay finished first in the classic race, but was wearing the bib of his teammate at the College of Saint Scholastica, Chris Parr.

HAYWARD, Wis. — U.S. Ski Team member Tad Elliott and Holly Brooks of Alaska Pacific University outlasted their elite competition at the 39th American Birkebeiner on Saturday to win the men’s and women’s 50 k skate races, respectively.

Elliott broke away from the pack with about 15 kilometers to go, opening up a gap to more than 30 seconds with 6 k remaining. He beat former CXC teammate Matt Liebsch (Team Strong Heart/Team Birkie) by 13.7 seconds with a winning time of 2:04.48.5.

Brian Gregg (CXC) was third (+14.8), two-tenths of a second ahead of Canadian Michael Somppi (NDC Thunder Bay).

In the women’s race, Brooks beat Caitlin Gregg (CXC) to the line by 0.4 seconds, winning in 2:18.53.2. The two consistently led a pack of about a half dozen women throughout the 50 k and broke away with about 20 k to go. Jennie Bender (CXC) made her way to the front of the chase group and finished third (+2:53.1) in her first Birkie skate race. Bender won last year’s 54 k classic race.

Minnesota’s Joe Dubay (Saint Scholastica) was the first to cross the line in the men’s classic race on Saturday, but was later disqualified for racing in a bib that belonged to his teammate at the College of Saint Scholastica, Chris Parr.

David Chamberlain of Boulder Nordic Sport, who was originally second but a small margin, moved to first. Norway’s decorated Olympian, Vegard Ulvang placed third.

In the women’s classic race, Hayward’s own Carolyn Ocariz (CXC) won her first Birkie in 3:03.10.9, more than two minutes ahead of Canadian Brandy Stewart, who was second. Hilary Patzer of St. Paul was third (+2:39.0)


Video from elite men’s finish

More video from elite finish, including women






Ammar and Swank Win Freestyle Gatineau Loppet

The second consecutive day of racing got underway today at the 34th annual Gatineau Loppet  under blue skies.  Again the competition for the top step on the podium was close and hard fought.  In the men’s 51km race it was Duluth, Minnesota’s Adam Swank who took the sprint finish by four seconds and by the same margin it was Canmore, Canada’s Amanda Ammar that claimed the women’s crown.

In the women’s race Ammar crossed the line in 2:24:55, just four seconds ahead of Canmore’s Andrea Dupont.  Robyn Anderson of Stowe, Colorado took the final step of the podium in 2:26:34.

The men’s 51km race was just as close as Swank finished in 2:06:52, just besting Anchorage’s Lars Flora.  Pate Newman (Canmore, Canada) captured third in the same time as Flora – 2:06:56.

In the 27.5km freestyle race it was a pair of Ottawa skiers that claimed the top hardware as Anna Crawford took the women’s race in 1:18:33 and Michael Vieira was the fastest male in 1:08:33.

Complete Results


Larinova and Enevoldson Win Gatineau Loppet 51km Classic

For the first time in five years great conditions allowed for the full course to be used for this 34th Gatineau Loppet.

With temperatures just below freezing Tatiana Larinova (Irkutsk, Russia) skied to a three minute win in the women’s 51km classic race, finishing in 3:21:23.  Ottawa’s Carley Kenwell captured second in 3:24:36, while Rimouski’s Louise Martineay rounded out the podium in 3:25.:05.

In the men’s 51km classic race Canmore’s Jon Arne Enevoldson out sprinted Rosemere’s Phil Shaw to win by just two seconds in a time of 2:37:45, while former UVM standout Juergen Uhl (Burlington, Vermont) claimed third in 2:39:59.

In the women’s 31km classic race Michelle Workun-Hill (Chelsea) posted the best time in 1:27:33, while Samuel Dostie-Ménard (Gatineau) took the men’s crown in 1:18:56.

Festivities at the Gatineau Loppet continue tomorrow when the freestyle races get started.

Complete Results 


Liebsch and Gregg Win City of Lakes Loppet

Matt Liebsch (Team StrongHeart/Team Birkie) outsprinted Brian Gregg (CXC) in a shortened and relocated City of Lakes Loppet to take the victory in Minneapolois, Minnesota.

Eric Wolcott (CXC) was third nearly 1:30 behind.

In the women’s race, Caitlin Gregg (CXC) skied to a clear victory over teammate Jennie Bender, winning by 2:22.

Natalia Yakimova was third 10 second behind Bender.

Gregg’s winning time ranked ninth overall in the field of 596, just behind Olympian John Bauer.

The race was relocated in its entirety to Wirth Park, due to low snow and deteriorating ice conditions on the lakes. The distance in the premier freestyle race was reduced to 17k.

The 2012 Loppet Festival consisted of numerous events over two days, including the Finn Sisu sprints on Saturday and a classic race Sunday morning.

City of Lake Loppet Results




Stanislav Rezac and Susanne Nyström wins Ski Classics König Ludwig Lauf

Stanislav Rezac from Czech Team Patria Direct once again showed his strength winning the classical 50km Ski Classics race, König Ludwig Lauf. The race was a battle all the way to the finish line. Rezac crossed a few centimeters ahead of Jerry Ahrlin (Team Xtra Personell). Jörgen Aukland (Team Xtra Personell) took third.

Olympian Thomas Alsgaard (Team United Bakeries) placed 17th.

In the Ski Classics men’s overall standings Rezac now holds the yellow bib 80 points ahead of Jörgen Aukland.

The women’s race was won by Sweden’s Susanne Nyström (Team Exspirit) after battling her Exspirit teammates. Jenny Hansson and Seraina Boner joined Nyström for an Exspirit podium sweep. In the women’s Ski Classics overall, Susanne Nyström takes over the lead, and will wear the yellow bib in next Ski Classics race.

Team Xtra Personell still leads the Ski Classics Team Competition in front of Team Exspirit. Team Patria Direct of the Czech Republic is third.

In the Ski Classics Youth competition Norwegian Christoffer Callesen is tops in the men’s category and Laila Kveli leads the women. Both are from Team Xtra Personell.

The next Ski Classics Race is the Tartu Maraton in Estonia on February 19th.

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Source: Ski Classics


Dussault and Liebsch Win Boulder Mountain Tour

SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Rebecca Dussault and Matt Liebsch skied to victory in the 37th Boulder Mountain Tour today.  The 32km freestyle race generally sees closes finishes due to the elevation loss throughout the course and this 2012 version was no different.

In the men’s race Liebsch took a 13 second margin to the line to earn victory in a time of 1:13:34.7.  Lars Flora just edged Nils Koons by 0.4 seconds as the pair claimed second and third respectively.

The women’s race proved to be just as exciting as Dussault’s time of 1:18:13.8 edged Morgan Arritola by just 0.8 seconds to earn the win.  Chelsea Holmes then came to the line just 1.2 seconds later for third.

Complete Results