CXC Marathon Cup: first two legs complete

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:

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.

Three-State Skiwerx Series

The CXC Youth Cup is three races into its schedule with the completion of the PreLoppet in Minneapolis.


Points are updated in our new portal and we are racing this weekend at the Gitchi Gami Games in Cable, WI.


We are excited to announce more details for the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan Skiwerx Series.

The Skiwerx Series are local networks of quality youth events to introduce friendly and appropriate formats and race experiences for the U10, U12 and U14 age groups. The Minnesota Skiwerx Series is going into its seventh season.

We introduced a Wisconsin Skiwerx Series last year and we are now adding Michigan. Click here to learn more!

” We are very happy to finally execute our long-term plan of multiple Skiwerx Series in the Central Region. We want to introduce kids to the sport of cross country skiing in the most developmentally appropriate way possible and the local Skiwerx Series allows us to do that across the region. The Skiwerx Series is the first step for most young skiers before they start traveling regionally for the CXC Youth Cup “

Amy Cichanowski, MyXC Executive Director

CXC Youth Cup Race Series: Gitchi Gami Games

The Birkie is excited to be hosting the next event on the schedule. If you are 10-13 years old, this exciting and fun race series is for you!

Registration for all age groups will close Tuesday, January 16 at 11:59pm.

Third Stop:
Gitchi Gami Games
Cable (WI) / January 20-21


The CXC Youth Cup is sanctioned and scored by the Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), and features a series of eleven events in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Developed in cooperation with the Minnesota Youth Ski League and the Midwest cross country ski coaches, the CXC Youth Cup started in the winter of 2015 to promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers, and to expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for cross-country ski racing.

Ski Racer & Weekend Warrior Update

We hope you, our membership, are staying warm during this holiday deep freeze and still able to enjoy some skiing. Hopefully, we will see above 0 temps for a whole day and night soon. For those of you not living in International Falls, MN take solace in the relative warmth you have. Let’s hope the New Year brings us fantastic skiing conditions in all corners of our region from Pennsylvania to the Dakotas.


Supporters, Parents and Spectators

We would like to remind you that at ski races the courses are usually closed to you skiing on them while the races are going on.  Please respect the training each of the racers has put in to prepare for race day and refrain from skiing on the courses while the race is in progress.  Being on foot to the side of the race course encouraging racers is welcome by all.  Bring all the cowbells you want.  Celebrate the race!!!  Do it right.

Two really important reminders for you:

  • Do not skate ski on a classic race trail with “best line tracks”.  Each race organization who prepares “best line tracks” has taken significant time to groom the race trails to give the racers a quality track, skating, even carefully over the course degrades the tracks.
  • Do not ski backwards on a race trail.  Those racing should not have to dodge spectators skiing at them.  Follow these two reminders and we should have better competition conditions.

For those of you supporting our athletes, a huge thank you to you!!!  As you are cheering, remember what the race is about, the racers on the course challenging themselves.  If you remember these things, it will help our race organizers give spectators more freedom to access the courses to cheer and reduce the need to tightly control race courses with a high security presence.



As we ease into 2018, we hope that many of you are enjoying some training for the CXC Marathon Cup and World Masters.

The World Masters, MWC2018 is coming to the the USA and the Central Region. For those of you over 30, this is a great chance to challenge yourself while having a great time in the Twin Cities in less than a month.

Here is some more information about the opportunity:

  • This the first Masters World Cup to be held in the USA since 2008, and it’ll be probably another decade before it returns.
  • Registation is open only until January 6. 
  • There is NO qualification process. The only requirement is joining American XC Skiers (via  which will provide benefits every master skier will enjoy all the way until Fall 2018 (so it’s a killer deal!).
  • Yes, there really are ALL abilities of skiers doing the MWC just like the Birkie. Everyone really is welcome.
  • You can register for any three races offered for your age/gender group. Some folks can do a full slate in just 2 days!
  • For serious racers, you simply can’t claim you’ve done it all in XC skiing until you’ve been part of Masters World Cup events. Unlike the Birkie or other Midwest marathons, this is going toe-to-toe with just the best guys nationally and internationally in your age group.
  •  For casual skiers, the MWC offers a chance to be part of a big international celebration without hassles. The starts are civilized, you meet skiers just like yourself from around the world, the distances give you lots of different experiences. You will be amazed how much fun this will be!



Besides Masters World Cup, get fired up and challenge yourself to a few CXC Marathon Cup races, or all 6.

The CXC Marathon Cup starts Jan 13th at the Seeley Hills Classic, continues with the Noquemanon Jan 27th, the City of Lakes Skate Loppet Feb 4th on Super Bowl weekend, the Mora Vasaloppet Feb. 10th, the Birkie Feb 24th, and culminates at the Great Bear Chase Mar 10.


If you make it to a CXC Marathon Cup Race, do not hesitate to say hello to the CXC staff on site. If you want to join a training group, the CXC Masters Team still has openings.

Coaching Staff Announced for 2018 Junior Nationals and NENSA U16 Trip

The Midwest Executive Committee wishes to thank everyone for their applications and interest in the Midwest Team and NENSA U16 trips. The following coaches have been named to the 2018 Junior National and NENSA U16 trip staffs.

2018 Junior Nationals
March 3-11 / Soldier Hollow, Midway (UT)

Piotr Bednarski – Head Coach, Loppet Nordic Racing
Chris Harvey – Trip Leader, Loppet Nordic Racing
Liz Peterson – Head Glide Wax, Endurance United
Scott Putman – Head Kick Wax, Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
Kim Rudd – Loppet Nordic Racing / Armstrong High School
Julia Curry – Age Group Coach, Loppet Nordic Racing
Ted Theyerl – Age Group Coach, Chippewa Valley Nordic
Deno Johnson – Age Group Coach, Nordicwerks
Andrew Joda – Wax Tech, Loppet Nordic Racing
Thomas Kendrick – Wax Tech, MYSL/Skiwerx
Elizabeth Smith – Physical Therapist
Joe Haggenmiller – Central Cross Country Skiing

2018 NENSA U16 Championships
March 8-11 / Gore Mountain, North Creek (NY)

Kris Hanson – Trip Leader, 4591 Sports Development
Bjorn Hanson – 4591 Sports Development
Charil Reis – Rhinelander Nordic

CXC Marathon Cup Kicks off Its Third Season

The CXC Marathon Cup presented by Avant Techno is one of the most grueling cross-country race series in North America and is set to kick off its third season.


Seeley Hills 42K Classic / Seeley (WI)
January 13, 2018

The 2018 series is split between classic and skate racing, with two classic races, three skate weekends, and one skiathlon weekend; with the races divided equally between the three states, two races in Michigan, two in Wisconsin, and two in Minnesota.

Top 200 individuals in each age group in each race score points. Points ranking updated and posted after each event.

There are four basic competition categories: Overall, Age-Indexed Overall, Age Class, and Team/Club with the winners battling for a total purse prize of $60,000 between the six events.



All event participants are included in the age group rankings which are posted a few days after each event.

As you compare your position with your competition, consider purchasing a CXC SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIP and help support skiing and ski racing in the Midwest.


CXC Super Fit Weekend at BICYCLE DOCTOR

This is our LAST Super Fit weekend stop this year! Bicycle Doctor welcomes CXC crew Friday through Sunday, November 10-12.

Bring your old skis to test if they have a good fit for you, learn what conditions they will ski the best and compare them to new skis side by side.


Each Superfit Weekend is also about getting advice on technique, training and waxing.

CXC athletes and coaches will be on hand to complement the store’s staff and assist you with boots selection and fitting, poles selection and length, ski apparel and wax box insights.

Also that weekend: CXC will bring “Tinkerbell” Experience CXC truck  – a mobile museum showcasing the history of Cross Country Skiing.


Peak Nordic Ski Club is partnering with Bike Doctor Nordic Ski Shop for this year’s ski swap Saturday, November 11. Shop for new and used ski equipment at the Bicycle Doctor Nordic Ski Shop. *A portion of the proceeds of each sale will benefit the Peak Nordic Ski Team


CXC Super Fit Weekend at FONTANA SPORTS

Fontana Sports (Madison West) welcomes CXC crew Friday through Sunday, November 3-5. Bring your old skis to test if they have a good fit for you, learn what conditions they will ski the best and compare them to new skis side by side.


Each Superfit Weekend is also about getting advice on technique, training and waxing.

CXC athletes and coaches will be on hand to complement the store’s staff and assist you with boots selection and fitting, poles selection and length, ski apparel and wax box insights.


November 3-5
Madison, WI

* West side store location


10 am – 8 pm (service hours)
6 pm -7 pm: Intro to Cross Country Skiing – Seminar

10 am – 8 pm (service hours)
6 pm -7 pm: New Outdoor Recreation & Sports Complex Presentation

11 pm – 6 pm (service hours)
5 pm -6 pm: Nordic Ski Waxing Basics


Madison Nordic Ski Club is partnering with Fontana Sports for this year’s ski swap and it is this coming weekend. The swap will be at Fontana’s West Side Location – 231 Junction Rd., Madison WI. The Swap is open to public Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Swap item collection starts on Thursday, November 2nd!