Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders Join CXC Team

Central Cross Country Skiing is proud to announce Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders, will be joining the CXC Team for the 2015-2016 Season.

Nordic_CCSA_2[1]Along with these two additions, the Central Cross Country Skiing is ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS from serious individuals looking in to joining the CXC Team.

Application deadline: May 15

CXC Team was officially established in 2007 as a way to provide support to the athletes who showed potential and drive to progress towards athletic excellence at the National and International level of competition.

Since that time, the CXC Team athletes won multiple U.S. National titles, National Nordic Foundation (NNF) Cup, SuperTours, American Birkebeiner, and other popular marathon races. Many CXC Team athletes have also represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, World Cups, World Championships, Winter Olympic Games, – with a few climbing to the podium at these events and having been named to the U.S. Ski Team.

Twice the CXC Team has received the “Cross Country Club of the Year” Award from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (2007 and 2012).

Kyle and Alice look to build upon the success they have achieved in collegiate skiing in the professional ranks.

Kyle Bratrud


Kyle Bratrud

Kyle Bratrud, a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, skied out his collegiate career at Northern Michigan University. While there, he qualified for three NCAA Championships, earning  4 All-American honors. Last year, he earned his first ever Senior National Championship win in the 15km Skate, which helped him qualify to compete in the World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Alice Flanders


Alice Flanders

Alice Flanders, also a Midwest native, grew up in Crystal, Minnesota and skied collegiately at Michigan Technological University. While skiing for the Huskies, she qualified for two NCAA championships and earned an All-American spot in the 15km Skate Mass Start in 2014. Along with these honors, Flanders is a 3-time All-Region First Team skier, as well as 4-time All-American at Junior Nationals.

CXC Team’s goal is to provide coaching, training and modest financial support to a select few individuals that possess the skill, drive and dedication to pursue the  goal to represent the U.S. at Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, World Cup, World Championships and Winter Olympic Games.

The vision of the program is to develop athletes who are ambassadors and role models committed to spreading awareness, knowledge and enthusiasm by promoting  a healthy lifestyle and increasing  cross country ski participation.

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Andy Keller, CXC Team Head Coach

CXC Team has developed a camp training structure consistent with many national ski teams as well as professional cycling teams. The intent is to provide focused team training and support within each camp and then provide athletes with the opportunity to go home and work on personal training components pointed out during the previous camp.

For further information or details about the CXC TEAM please feel free to contact Andy Keller or 612.590.1739

Introducing Martin Donegan

Welcome to CXC Martin! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up Alpine Skiing, Competitive Swimming, and playing Lacrosse. I love staying active and playing sports, but rarely watch them on T.V. (short attention span). I raced as a little kid Alpine, but lost interest when I wanted to become an instructor at the age of 16. I taught Explorers lessons for beginning skiers for about 10 years,  and eventually moved to Colorado. There, I helped develop a “feeder” lacrosse team for youths at University Colorado-Boulder (CU), and worked molding young skiers through TREK (6 week training camp for developing skiers) at Eldora Mountain Resort.  Most recently I lived in Granby, where I worked at the Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies, here  I was introduced to Nordic Skiing and began using it as a training method for myself.

Martin Donegan

Martin Donegan, CXC Para Nordic Coach

What are your thoughts on advancing our Adaptive programs?

I would like to see the adaptive program at CXC expand to encompass more Veterans involvement. They have untapped potential, with dedication and marksmanship skills not found  in the civilian population, making them ideal candidates for our program. With a seasonal grant from the Veterans Administration we can travel to them and introduce them to the sport with the appropriate equipment.

Describe your coaching style.

My coaching has primarily been working with kids, so blending a mix of fun, imagination, and focus is key. Even as an adult, if you train without all three “you’re gonna have a bad time”. Kids focus and attention can be hard to get, and so is mine, being coached by me can seem “crazy” but I enjoy putting myself in my athletes position-doing the actual workout too.I believe as a coach it’s important for your participants to witness the how and why, instead of being told how and why.

Part of your role will be working with athletes in the Center of Excellence, Why should all athletes (Elite, Masters, Juniors, etc) schedule time with you?

Working at the Center of Excellence at CXC is going to be a blast! I encourage all of our athletes to join us for some sessions to establish a baseline of where we are headed. An added bonus is picking up a few tips to help your training progress. We offer amazing world class services for athletes to get a base reading, then personalized improvement protocols. As the seasons progress I encourage athletes to return (more than once) to see how their training is helping mold them  into a better athletes for next season.

You can reach Martin at

April 20th Highlights the Beginning of a New Training Season

The standard CXC Academy Subscription remains the same as seen in previous years, with the addition of new workouts, training tips and videos.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.29.07 AMThe ‘V.I.P. Club’ Membership adds the human element, connecting you with the CXC coaching staff in person. Join the CXC Masters team and coaching staff for up to 6 clinics, held locally throughout the Midwest. With years of experience, our staff is ready to meet you at any level.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.16.40 AMOur new CXC Endurance Center opened its doors exactly a year ago. With the latest in sport science testing equipment, we are able to bring training plan personalization to a whole new level. With a rollerski treadmill, stationary bikes, and traditional treadmills, we are able to conduct VO2 Max tests, Blood Lactate Analysis, fine tune technique and much more. Start off the season right with a physiological assessment at the CXC Endurance Center.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.18.44 AMFinally, the team behind the team, the CXC Masters. For the full experience, CXC Masters Team members are entitled to all local Masters Clinics, Masters Team Camps, Team Gear, Marathon Wax Support and insider events.

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What is CXC Academy?

CXC Academy is an online subscription service that provides professional training plans for cross country skiers of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are a beginner skier looking to finish your first 5K, a Master skier training for a big ski event, or simply looking to improve your overall strength and fitness, we have a training program to meet your goals. 

Regardless of the skiing background, everyone can make use of CXC Academy. Skiers or ski coaches, new to advanced – our program can help you develop better skiing technique, improve skiing fitness, design ski workouts and skiing practices.

Got Questions? Get in Touch.

CXC Junior Program Athletes Compete at End of Season Championship Races

Six athletes from the CXC Junior Program Qualified for the end of the season championship races held last month. Scott Harrison, Sam Boardman, Mack Fitzpatrick, Dan Delestry, and Sam Williams all earned spots on the Midwest Junior National Team which competed in Truckee, California. While Victoria Trantow represented the program at the U16 NENSA Championships in Fort Kent, Maine.

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Team CXC group shot on the shores of Donner Lake in Truckee, California. From Left to Right: Dan Delestry, Mack Fitzpatrick, Coach Andy Keller, Scott Harrison, Sam Boardman, Sam Williams

U18 Skier Mack Fitzpatrick capped off a great season and led the group with an two All-American finishes in the 10k Skate, finishing in 5th place as well as being a part of the National Champion U18 Classic Relay.

CXC Junior Program Athlete Mack Fitzpatrick on the top step in the Classic Relay with teammates Leo Hipp(Nordicwerks) and Zak Ketterson (Loppet Nordic Racing)

CXC Junior Program Athlete Mack Fitzpatrick on the top step in the Classic Relay with teammates Leo Hipp(Nordicwerks) and Zak Ketterson (Loppet Nordic Racing)

Post Graduate skier Scott Harrison, a U20, had a top result of 14th place in the Mass Start Classic 15k. Another Post Graduate skier Sam Boardman, U20, had a great qualifier in the Classic Sprint qualifying 6th overall but was taken out in the heats to end his day sooner than expected. Dan Delestry, who qualified for his 3rd straight Junior Nationals team, raced tough in the high altitude to a top result of 33rd in the skate sprint. Sam Williams, making his first Junior Nationals team, gained a lot of great experience competing at the top level during the week and had a top placing of 39th in the U16 Classic Mass Start 5k.

The CXC representative at the U16 NENSA trip, Victoria Trantow, showed everyone how it’s done with a great week of racing in Fort Kent, Maine. Getting stronger through the week, she accumulated results of; 11th in the Skate 5k, 6th in the Classic 5k and 2nd in the Skate Sprint. This led her to achieve one of the best overall results we’ve ever had for Midwest individual at these races, finishing 3rd overall in the point’s standings.

With the season coming to a close, it is time to start preparing for the next year.

Registration is now open for our Junior Program as well as our Open Summer Camps. Space is limited so be sure to sign up quickly.

Igor Legacy Camps for Young Skiers Ages 10 to 13

Due to the success of the 2014 camp, CXC Skiing will be hosting three Igor Legacy Camps THIS summer for young athletes U12 (ages 10-11) and U14 (ages 12-13) interested in the sport of cross country skiing.

Igor Badamshin made a huge impact on many kids during his short life – he promoted the FUN in sports. His legacy continues not just at camp, but EVERYDAY! Join the excitement, and register for one or more Igor Legacy Camps this summer.

WISCONSIN June 19-21, 2015 / Iola Winter Sports Complex
MINNESOTA July 24-26,2015 / Lake Bemidji State Park
MICHIGAN August 7-9, 2015 / Wolverine Nordic Village

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The goals of each Igor Legacy Camp is designed to promote the growth and development of Junior Cross Country Ski racers and to expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.


Camp activities will include dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. The intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin‘s honor because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

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Bruce Manske, CXC Sport Development Coordinator

For further information or details on the 2015 IGOR LEGACY CAMPS please feel free to contact Bruce Manske or 651.304.0647


The 2nd Annual CXC Season Finale Auction is Open!

Start your bidding on unique and one of a kind gear – sure to round out your skiing and training needs. Winning bids and donations directly support CXC Skiing programming and events.

Auction Site:


The auction will be active now until Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm CST. Bid early and check back often. Thank you for your support!

ScreenShot2015-03-23at4.35.02PM1“The best thing about the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is being able to teach a lifetime sport to my students; and, now we have a cool activity that they can do outside in the winter, when otherwise we would normally be in the gym.”

– Charlie Volk, physical education teacher, Central School, Rhinelander, WI

CXC Fares Well At U16 Meet In Maine

It’s a pretty long journey from CXC-land to the famed top of Maine. Aroostook County is Maine’s northern most county. Locals call it simply “the County.” It’s a land rich in tradition and in love with nordic skiing. That’s why recently a contingent of CXC athletes and coaches made the trip here.

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by Peter Graves, Winter Olympic Games Announcer and CXC Writer

The NENSA U16 Championships was an awesome opportunity for development. Qualifiers get the chance to race in a different part of the country against their peers from the New England area.  Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York rotate the annual hosting duties.   This year the championships were held in Ft. Kent, Maine, site of numerous IBU Biathlon World Cups in the past decade.

4 boys and 4 girls qualified off of the JNQ points list.

Wave starts and field sizes of 92 athletes pitted racers against each other in a 5k skate, 5k classic, 1.2k sprint, and a 4×2.5k mixed relay, all in 3 days of high level junior competition.

Head Coach for the trip was former USST athlete Kelly Skillicorn who told me…

The trip is short (6 days) and packed full. Learning how to travel and race while forming a team with other athletes and coaches is the main goal.

There are many challenges to be overcome: airline and van travel, time zone changes, getting to know the other athletes and coaches, lodging and meals with people you don’t know, household chores (dishes, sweeping, keeping the area clean etc..), homework, adjusting personal schedules (bedtime) to accommodate the group, as well as cleaning and waxing skis.

It’s a short time to come together as a team, but I feel the athletes did a great job.  These kids will be friends for life.

That’s the meaning of attending such a race series for CXC athletes. It’s win-win for everyone.

As you can see from our results, the Midwest athletes were very successful. We had 9 top 10 finishes as well as a 3rd place overall in the points standings.

Just as important, they were personable with the other teams, displayed positive sportsmanship, and had lots of fun!