Coaches & Clubs Update – December 6, 2017

Hello all,

I am now in the Canadian Rockies with Team CXC. It was great to connect with many of you in West Yellowstone!

I hear the Lake Superior Snow machine is kicking in up in Houghton. Conditions should be great for our inaugural CXC Cup event: our re-branded regional points races for all levels.

Remember, online registration for the Houghton (MI) event closes Tuesday at 11:59 pm.

CXC Youth Cup / CXC Junior Cup

Support Our Sport

We are in our 2017 Year End Challenge Grant. If you or any of your membership have the ability to help support us monetarily to continue to support the whole region, we would appreciate any donations going to the Challenge Grant!


As we start the racing season it may be a good time to have your athletes evaluate where they are at. Here is a Bi-Annual Goal Session Form to help you go through this process biannually with the junior and up athletes you may be working with.


The CXC Open Thanksgiving Camp had snow for most of it in Ironwood and Mr. Fun, Bruce Manske, had a blast getting the attendees out on the trails.

The CXC Open Camp in Cable over Winter Break (December 27-31) is coming quick. If you have an athlete that would like to register, please direct them to sign up.

Clubs, if you have not yet joined CXC, we would still welcome you.  Don’t miss out on the great benefits we offer.


Joe HaggenmillerFor further information regarding this Clubs & Coaches Update, contact CXC Director of Athletics – Joe Haggenmiller.

CXC Team Announced

The CXC Team is a regional program and we are looking forward to supporting athletes on the team and clubs they represent on their journey to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in Korea this coming February.

It is our pleasure to announce the CXC Team for the 2017-2018 season.


“I am excited to support the CXC Team in this year’s endeavor.

We are ready to learn from each other and cooperate to the best results of the whole group!”

Eliska Albrigtsen
CXC Team Head Coach



“This is a very exciting time for the CXC Team and for the Central Region with new coaches joining the team in September and with Brian and Caitlin Gregg returning back to the CXC Elite Team to represent the Central Region.”

Joe Haggenmiller
CXC Team High Performance Advisor




2017 U.S. National Champion
2010 Olympian
2015 World Championships bronze medalist

CLUB: Loppet Nordic Racing / Minneapolis, MN


2017 Distance National Championships second place finisher
2014 Olympian

CLUB: Loppet Nordic Racing / Minneapolis, MN


2017 U.S. National Champion
2017 World Championships team member

CLUB: Loppet Nordic Racing / Minneapolis, MN


2017 U23 World Championships Team member

CLUB: Madison Nordic Ski Club / Madison, WI


2016 U23 World Championships team member

CLUB: Peak Nordic Ski Club / Waukesha, WI


Northern Michigan University graduate

CLUB: Endurance United / St. Paul, MN



CXC Marathon Cup Kicks off Its Third Season

The CXC Marathon Cup presented by Avant Techno is one of the most grueling cross-country race series in North America and is set to kick off its third season.


Seeley Hills 42K Classic / Seeley (WI)
January 13, 2018

The 2018 series is split between classic and skate racing, with two classic races, three skate weekends, and one skiathlon weekend; with the races divided equally between the three states, two races in Michigan, two in Wisconsin, and two in Minnesota.

Top 200 individuals in each age group in each race score points. Points ranking updated and posted after each event.

There are four basic competition categories: Overall, Age-Indexed Overall, Age Class, and Team/Club with the winners battling for a total purse prize of $60,000 between the six events.



All event participants are included in the age group rankings which are posted a few days after each event.

As you compare your position with your competition, consider purchasing a CXC SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIP and help support skiing and ski racing in the Midwest.


Introducing Universal Youth Ski Package

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is committed to growing the sport of Nordic skiing for participants of all ages and abilities.

Today, we are pleased to introduce the “Nordic Rocks” Youth Ski Package – a touring equipment designed specifically for children (5-13 years old) who are new to skiing.

Having simple and affordable equipment is a critical component of our goal in building the base of the sport, and creating lifelong participants in Nordic skiing.

The “Nordic Rocks” package includes wood-core skis with fish-scales, a step-in binding system with three spring buckles that fits any size boot or shoe, and adjustable aluminum poles.

Ski Length: 120 cm
Pole Length: 90-130 cm

Best for beginner to intermediate skiers. Designed for in-track, out-of-track skiing, rolling hills and trail breaking.



Retail stores are the center of many Nordic communities, and play an instrumental role in developing the sport on a local level – creating a “culture of skiing”.

Several Midwest ski shops are now carrying “Nordic Rocks” ski packages. We would like to invite you to collaborate with us in our efforts to grow the sport of cross country skiing with a new generation.

CXC has a special “Nordic Rocks” Package available for retail purchase. The package is at a price point that will allow and encourage families to get involved with the sport.

In addition, each retail “Nordic Rocks” Package sold, – helps provide additional skis for use in the Nordic Rocks for Schools Program.



For ordering and retail information, contact:

Bruce Manske, Community Olympic Development Program Director
or 651-304-0647

Coaches and Clubs Update – November 8, 2017

The December CXC Cup event web pages are live. To get full info on the events, register, etc. – follow the links below.



High School Programs who are CXC Clubs, a training plan blue print for your programs is in draft form. It should go final next week.

If you would like a copy, please send a request to


CXC Open Camps in Ironwood (MI) over Thanksgiving Break and Cable (WI) over Winter Break are filling. If you have an athlete that would like to register, please direct them to sign up.


West Yellowstone has been grooming with the “big rig”.  Get the latest grooming reports here:

Keep thinking cold thoughts and doing your snow dances as we are nearing times where snow here in the Central Region can now stay for the season once the ground freezes.  Let’s hope for the best.

For further information regarding this Clubs & Coaches Update, contact CXC Director of Athletics – Joe Haggenmiller.


CXC Super Fit Weekend at BICYCLE DOCTOR

This is our LAST Super Fit weekend stop this year! Bicycle Doctor welcomes CXC crew Friday through Sunday, November 10-12.

Bring your old skis to test if they have a good fit for you, learn what conditions they will ski the best and compare them to new skis side by side.


Each Superfit Weekend is also about getting advice on technique, training and waxing.

CXC athletes and coaches will be on hand to complement the store’s staff and assist you with boots selection and fitting, poles selection and length, ski apparel and wax box insights.

Also that weekend: CXC will bring “Tinkerbell” Experience CXC truck  – a mobile museum showcasing the history of Cross Country Skiing.


Peak Nordic Ski Club is partnering with Bike Doctor Nordic Ski Shop for this year’s ski swap Saturday, November 11. Shop for new and used ski equipment at the Bicycle Doctor Nordic Ski Shop. *A portion of the proceeds of each sale will benefit the Peak Nordic Ski Team


16-Week Birkie Training Plan with TrainingPeaks

Available through TrainingPeaks, the American Birkebeiner training plan builds from early November, and concludes on the Birkie, February 24th, 2018.

Log your workouts, plan and analyze your training.
Accessible on iPhone, Android, or the web.

We’ve come up with a training plan to meet the needs of anyone who puts a premium on Birkie Fever.

The plan is designed for multi-sport master and citizen skiers interested in participating in the American Birkebeiner and other marathon events.

16-Week Amarican Birkebeiner Training Plan


Complementing each workout are coaches’ notes that provide tips, encouragement, advice and other additional suggestions to consider implementing during your training.

Coaches' Comments - Amarican Birkebeiner Training Plan

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