After being on the road for 4 weeks for the opening Supertour Races, CXC Team athlete Kyle Bratrud returned to the Midwest and notched a victory in the 15km Freestyle Individual Start this past Sunday at the Season Opener Junior National Qualifier in Houghton, MI.
Bratrud topped the field with a time 43:20.0, 14.6 seconds ahead of former CXC Post Graduate skier, now skiing for Northern Michigan University, Adam Martin. The two skied most of the race together after starting only 15 seconds apart. Rounding out the podium was another Northern Michigan skier and standout junior skier, Zak Ketterson, finishing +1:00.4 back.
Kyle was pleased with how the race went and his progress leading up to National next month.
“I picked up a small cold just after getting back from our month on the road for the Western Supertours. It felt good to shake off the cobwebs and race at sea level again. As always, I have enjoyed racing on the Michigan Tech Trails and I am satisfied with my race effort and to finish the day in the top spot.”
Kyle will return home for the holidays and put in his final block of training before heading out to U.S. Nationals in Park City, UT on the 30th of December. Racing will start on January 7th with the 15 km Freestyle Individual Start, the race in which Kyle won his first national championship in 2015.