Next weekend’s CXC Cup Holiday Sprints, produced by MadNorSki at Madison’s Elver Park, could be some of the most fun races of the season!
Thanks go CXC’s snowmaking, conditions are excellent with a rolling terrain race course and fun formats in store for the skate and classic technique sprints.
One of the most popular new formats is the ski cross (XCX), pioneered at the Youth Olympic Games, where skiers have the added fun of navigating snow-made obstacles on the course.
Here are thoughts from Wisconsin’s own, Bryan Fish of the US Ski Team:
Cross Country Cross (XCX) is an emerging FIS event. It is included in Youth Olympic Games and has been implemented in other nation’s junior racing, including Nordic Skiing stalwarts Norway, Italy, and Finland. It is also 1 of 3 races for Italian Jr National Championships.
Speed, technique and tactics are critical to develop at a young age. These skills must be developed together for these skills to be transferred to the arena of competition. Head-to-head competition is the best environment for learning these skills.
XCX enhances the environment for learning the elements of speed, balance, acceleration, change of direction and race tactics – all skills needed in the other ski race disciplines. Endurance is often discussed as a critical element of XC skiing. It is, but speed and technique are precursors for long term success.
XCX is an excellent event to prepare and drive focus to the critical elements of developing speed, balance, technique and tactics in our next generation of racers.
Register your young skiers today for the December 22-23 Holiday Sprints at Elver Park!