MARQUETTE, Michigan (January 23, 2016) – The second weekend of the CXC Marathon Cup continued Saturday with the Noquemanon 50k Classic race. With perfect weather, pristine trails and wicked fast conditions, the event was very successful with exciting results.
The CXC Men’s Team swept the podium in the 50k classic, as CXC Team athlete Kyle Bratrud (Marquette, MI) led the entire race to a convincing first place finish, almost five and a half minutes ahead of teammates Nick Power (Duluth, MN) and Chris Pappathopoulos (Sun Prairie, WI) who finished third. CXC Team athletes Duncan Douglas (Rochester, NY) and Andy Brown were in the top ten for the men’s 50k classic, finishing fifth and tenth, respectively.
“Today’s race was a step in the right direction. Said Kyle Bratrud. My legs are feeling better than Nationals and once I get over my illness, I believe my energy will improve as well. It was a very fun race today!”
In the women’s 50k race, CXC Team athlete Natalia Naryshkina dominated the race once again finishing first by over twelve minuets. In last weekends CXC Marathon Cup at the 42k Seeley Hills Classic race, Naryshkina won by ten minutes. Kim Rudd (Rossignol, MN) finished second and CXC Team athlete Alice Flanders (Crystal, MN) finished third.
“This race was quite a bit harder than the Seeley Hills Classic last weekend, and I was pretty tired at the end. Natalia Naryshkina said. My skis worked great with perfect glide and kick thanks to my wax techs, Bruce and Andy. The weather was excellent for a marathon race and it was a fun day!”
CXC MARATHON CUP SCHEDULE
January 16, 2016
January 23, 2016
February 7, 2016
City of Lakes Loppet / Minne Tour or Loppet Challenge
February 13, 2016
Vasaloppet USA / 58K Freestyle
February 20, 2016
American Birkebeiner / 51K Skate
March 5, 2016
Great Bear Chase / 50K Skiathlon