The Marathon Cup is off and running with the first two legs complete and the City of Lakes Loppet and Mora Vasaloppet quickly approaching.
Points standings are available here: https://nordicbase.ski/rankings/
In the 2 classic races, racers have faced different challenges, with Seeley having cold temps and a delayed start and the Noquemanon having icy conditions after warm temps friday and colder weather rolling in overnight. Racers will get a reprieve from kick waxing now as the next three races are Freestyle.
Caitlin Gregg, in her quest to win another Birkie, is off to a hot start with dominating performances in the Seeley Hills Classic and the Noquemanon. Her husband Brian had a strong race at Seeley Hills for the win and then sat out the Noquemanon, where his CXC Ski Team teammate Kyle Bratrud carried the torch for the win.
In the series scoring, Caitlin is running away on the women’s side, but will not compete in the CXC Marathon Cup again until the Birkie. On the men’s side, Thomas Kendrick has a narrow lead over perennial favorite Chri s Pappathopoulos and somewhat new commer David Joda. Look for these races to get interesting.
Up next is the City of Lakes Loppet, where Matt Liebsch is a skier to watch for the men on his hometown course. On the women’s side, expect strong competition from a number of LNR LEMONS and other top 10 ranked women like Bonnie Weiskopf and Marit Sonnesyn.