Update from Nichole Bathe – CXC Team Athlete

Hola, Hei, and Bonjour!

Since my last blog I have visited three different countries and have seen more mountains than I have in my entire life! The end of September I spent finishing up a training camp in Majorca Spain with the British National Team.

It was an amazing camp filled with lots of intensity and tons of sweaty hours spent on roller skis. I also was slightly forced to get over my fear of downhills at high speed, many of the roads we skied on were narrow and went straight up so you had to come straight down!

Being from the Midwest I haven’t had a lot of practice with that….but I am happy to report I came out of camp with all pieces of skin intact.

Nichole Bathe Great Britain Olympian in Majorca Spain The views in Majorca did not disappoint skiing with my British teammate Annika Taylor

The views in Majorca did not disappoint skiing with my British teammate Annika Taylor

After Majorca I spent a solid 3 weeks back at my new home in Lillehammer. It was nice to have some time to learn the rollerskiing routes as well as to just settle into my apartment some more.

I also got to jump in on some intervals with the local club which was a great learning experience!

Nichole Bathe Great Britain Olympian (Myself and Annika out on a long run in Lillehammer

Myself and Annika out on a long run in Lillehammer

I am now in Tignes France for the next three weeks at an altitude and glacier skiing camp.

We have been here for a few days and have seen all sorts of weather from snow to wind as well as some amazingly gorgeous sunny days.

Nichole Bathe Great Britain Olympian Skiing on the glacier, it almost looks fake 😉

Skiing on the glacier, it almost looks fake 😉

We got to ski on snow for the first time yesterday!!

It was some of the most beautiful skiing I have ever done which helped make the 3 hours of waiting, train riding, and chair lifting a tad less inconvenient. I am looking forward to spending some quality time here before the season starts up in the middle of November!

Happy Fall Training,

Nichole

Announcing The Inaugural Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener

Saturday, December 9, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Elm Creek Park Reserve
12400 James Deane Parkway
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is excited to be a partner in the first ever Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener! Move over Minnesota Fishing Opener and Hunting Opener; it’s time to celebrate Minnesota cross-country skiing. CXC will be represented at the Opener.

Three Rivers Park District is proud to host the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Elm Creek Park Reserve which has a 2.5K manufactured snow loop.

The primary goal of this event is to promote cross-country skiing at all levels – especially new skiers! Another goal of this event is to encourage Minnesotans to get out skiing early being blessed with three manufactured snow areas in the metro area (Elm Creek, Hyland Lake, and Wirth Park) and another in Mora, MN.

The Nordic Ski Opener is free to the public. It is a great event for the entire family with:

* Free skiing
* Free lessons
* Free ski rentals
* Rennet ski tours for all levels
* Morning test track for Collegiate, HS & advanced skiers
* Kids Ski Carnival
* Ski demos (All Major Brands)
* Reps from Ski Resorts and Events
* Many fun activities
* Free buffs for the first 1000 attendees!

We look forward to seeing you at Elm Creek Park Reserve on December 9, 2017, in Maple Grove, MN.

Check out the Nordic Ski Opener web site at: https://www.threeriversparks.org/page/minnesota-nordic-ski-opener

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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.

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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.

2ND STOP:

FONTANA SPORTS
November 3-5
Madison, WI

* West side store location

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
10 am – 8 pm (service hours)
6 pm -7 pm: Intro to Cross Country Skiing – Seminar

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
10 am – 8 pm (service hours)
6 pm -7 pm: New Outdoor Recreation & Sports Complex Presentation

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

MADNORSKI SKI SWAP

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!

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Coaches and Clubs Update – October 26, 2017

Hello all:

Late fall is upon us as the days are shortening. As you are rollerskiing with your teams stay safe in these grey low light days. Demand your athletes are wearing High Vis clothing.

Our fall Wayne Fish Coaches Education Conference was well attended and well received. We will look forward to next year’s conference building upon the quality of this conference. It was great for us to get a chance to talk with many of you!

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To supplement the Wayne Fish Symposium, we have one mini-clinic this Sunday, October 29th in Duluth at Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet from 11am to 4pm.

CXC’s Supplemental Coaches Ed Clinics thus far have been both well attended and well received. Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to examine and improve your coaching skills and keep your US Ski and Snowboard certifications up to date with continuing education.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Lastly for you this week, member clubs, if you have a fundraising event coming up and want some CXC swag, please let us know and we will work to put together a CXC fundraising SWAG package for you to use as you see fit. This is another way we are trying to make your membership much more valuable than the cost.

For those going to the Yellowstone Ski Festival, I will see you on the trails in a bit less than a month, – Joe Haggenmiller


Joe Haggenmiller | Director of Athletics
U.S. Ski & Snowboard – Central Cross Country Skiing
Community Olympic Development Program

Phone: (906) 281-1214
E-Mail: joe.h@cxcskiing.org
Web: http://www.cxcskiing.org
FB: http://www.facebook.com/cxcskiing

Youth Cup Race Series Prepares For Its Third Season

The third year of the Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) Youth Cup Race Series is just around the corner. If you are 10-13 years old, this competitive and fun race series is for you!

First Stop:
CXC Youth Cup Kickoff
Houghton (MI) / Dec. 16-17
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The CXC Youth Cup is a fun way to compete against your friends at some of the Midwest best cross country ski venues. The series has an exciting 11 stop schedule this year for U12 and U14 racers.

The series kicks off in Michigan on December 16-17th, and then wraps things up with Midwest Junior Championships and Festival in Minneapolis on March 3-4th.

This year the CXC Youth Cup will visit Mount Itasca Winter Sports Center in Coleraine, Minnesota on February 17-18th, along with the CXC Junior Cup. This highlights an impressive race series.

Dream Camp

The top 8 U14 boys and top 8 U14 girls from the final points list will be invited to the CXC Dream Camp this summer where they will be training alongside various members of the CXC ski community.

GET YOUR MYXC SKIWERX MEMBERSHIP TODAY!

The MyXC Skiwerx Membership gives U12-U14 skiers the opportunity to earn points in the Youth Cup, and for U10-U14 skiers the opportunity to earn points in their local Skiwerx Series.


For further information regarding the CXC Youth Cup, contact Amy Cichanowski.

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.

Update from Kyle Bratrud – CXC Team Athlete

After a long training period in Marquette, I have just finished up two weeks at home resetting before the final push towards the season.

Kyle Bratrud Training I am super lucky to have world class skiers like Matt Liebsch and Brian Gregg to train with when I am home.

I am super lucky to have world class skiers like Matt Liebsch and Brian Gregg to train with when I am home.

I normally do not come home very often or very long (my last time was in July for a weekend), so these two weeks have been just what I needed.

As I have mentioned in my previous blog, I tend to stay pretty sheltered when I am in Marquette training, so coming home is a great opportunity for me to meet up with my high school buddies, training at my old stomping grounds, and just enjoy some homemade meals.

Kyle Bratrud Out For Dinner with Family Fun to go out to dinner with my fam, and little sister's new roommate and to see her dorm at the University of Minnesota. Go Gophers!!!

Fun to go out to dinner with my fam, and little sister’s new roommate and to see her dorm at the University of Minnesota. Go Gophers!!!

I was also able to attend a Rossignol Launch Party that also acted as a fundraiser for me put on by Pioneer Midwest. It was a great opportunity for me to meet with the ski community that is so strong here in the cities.

Next up, I will head to Cable for a CXC Fundraiser before making my way back up to Marquette for the final month of training before heading west to (hopefully) ski on snow in West Yellowstone!

Kyle Bratrud Training Day Early morning bounding intensity with a nice view of the city. Believe it or not I am having fun. 33 degrees that morning, winter is coming!

Early morning bounding intensity with a nice view of the city. Believe it or not I am having fun. 33 degrees that morning, winter is coming!

I am extremely excited for the next few weeks and for winter in general!

Happy Training!

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CXC Super Fit Weekend at FINN SISU

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. CXC Team athletes and coaches will also assist in finding your best pair of skis from the store’s stock.

CXC’s Super Fit program at select store locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota returns for its 9th season.

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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 Olympic Cross Country Skiing.


1st Stop:

FINN SISU / October 27-29 / Lauderdale, MN / VIEW FULL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
10 am – 8 pm (service hours)
6 pm -7 pm: How to develop effective training plan and monitor training progress (presented by Eliska Albrigtsen)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
9 am: Free “Taste of Nordic” Dryland & Rollerski Technique Clinic

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
12 pm – 4 pm (service hours)


COMING UP NEXT …

November 3-5
Fontana Sports Weekend
(Madison, WI)

November 10-12
Bike Doc Weekend
(Dousman, WI)