RECENT DEVELOPMENTS


GREETINGS CENTRAL REGION ATHLETES & FAMILIES:

We thank you in the Central Cross Country Skiing Community for your patience as we work through the pandemic. We are excited to be moving forward as a region. We urge each of you to both remain vigilant in following CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus so we can safely have competitions and to be flexible in your ability to change plans given conditions in each local community as our ski season progresses.

The CXC Adaptive Cup Schedule remains "Tentative" and should be approached knowing there is a need for flexibility based upon health and safety.

- Formats or locations could change based upon health and safety risk mitigation.

- Accommodations reservations should only be made with a "hold" that will not result in charges if canceled the week of the event.

CXC and our partner Race Organizations are dealing with a constantly changing pandemic and all race formats, distances, schedules, etc. are tentative and will not be able to be finalized until the week leading into the race.

This season, as we mitigate risks, youth athletes are encouraged to balance travel risks associated with COVID and the opportunity to race regionally. Youth athletes are encouraged to look closely at local opportunities to race before looking for regional racing opportunities, which will not be scored this season.

Stay healthy, stay safe and keep training!

CXC ADAPTIVE CUP

The CXC Adaptive Cup is sanctioned and scored by Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) / U.S. Ski & Snowboard and features a series of exciting events in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Since its beginning in the winter of 2018, the CXC Adaptive Cup promotes the growth and development of adaptive cross country ski racers, helping athletes acquire the fundamental skills and positive mind-set required for cross country ski racing while providing challenging racing opportunities within the USOPC pipeline.

The series provides a fun, encouraging environment that motivates adaptive thletes ages 12 and up to succeed in attaining their goals. Participating athletes meet many new Nordic friends, and learn how to successfully progress through the competitive skiing pathway/pipeline with the support of friends, families, clubs and race organizers.


CXC Youth Cup

CXC ADAPTIVE CUP SCHEDULE


CXC Cup Season Opener / December 12-13, 2020
Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth (MN)

Race Formats: Classic Distance Individual Start and Freestyle Distance

Register | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

CXC Youth Cup Holiday Championships / January 2-3, 2021
MI Tech Trails, Houghton (MI)

Race Formats: Classic Sprint and Freestyle Individual Start

Register | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Gitchi Gami Games / January 16-17, 2021
Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI)

Race Formats: Classic Mass Start Distance and Freestyle Individual Start

Register | Event Website | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Mayor's XC Challenge / February 20-21, 2021
Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)

Race Formats: Classic Distance and Freestyle Sprint

Register | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals / March 5-6-7, 2021
Hosted by LNR / Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)

Race Formats:
Friday Mar 5 - Prologue Freestyle Sprint Qualifier
Saturday AM Mar 6 - Classic Distance Mass Start
Saturday PM Mar 6 - Freestyle SkiX ** (Sprint Qualifier with technical elements)
Sunday Mar 7 - Freestyle Distance Pursuit Start *

* Based upon times from the Prologue Sprint Qualifier and the Classic Mass Start, bonus seconds will be subtracted from start times for top SkiX results. Those not racing the full Mini Tour will still be able to race for a time of day result, starting in a wave in the back of the field.

** Ski X (Freestyle course with obstacles): the course will be interval start sprint distance (less than 1km) with uphill and downhill obstacles. The courses vary from venue to venue, but small jumps, 180 and 360 degree turns on the flat, narrow paths with quick turns, slalom up and down, and other agility testing elements common.

Register | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:

1. If you are in between the ages of 7-13, no membership is required to participate in any of the CXC Adaptive Cup events.

2. For athletes ages 14 and up a Cross Country General Membership is required to participate in any of the CXC Adaptive Cup events.

3. For prefered seeding and to earn U.S. Ski and Snowboard NRL ranking points, a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership is required.

3. All CXC Adaptive Cup events are subject to the CXC Cup Wax policy.

4. All CXC Adaptive Cup races are run in conjunction with the CXC Cup and have the same registration deadlines. Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 11:59 pm.

View Age Classifications

HOW TO BEGIN


If you are an aspiring adaptive athlete, you're invited to take part in this exciting series that is in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee's development pipeline.

CXC Cup race organizers are committed to supporting grassroots adapted cross country ski racing for those with physical disabilities. When registering as an adaptive skier each racer/parent will need to confirm which adaptive category the racer is:

1. Sit skier
2. Standing adaptive skier
3. Visually Impaired (VI) skier

There is the option to specify what classification the adaptive skier is in the chosen category based off of the International Paralympic Committee's Paralympic classification system and time factors. If you haven't contacted U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing to confirm what class you would be, please email them at: USPNordic@gmail.com, to do so. Choosing the class will provide the opportunity for the athlete to receive a time factor on their final result time, see link above for more details on this factor. If a class is not chosen, the skier will be placed in the category with the smallest factor (B3 for VI, LW12 for sit skiers and LW4 for standing skiers).

All standing and visually impaired skier will be fully integrated into the main race field with non-adaptive athletes. Visually impaired athletes are allowed to ski with a guide in front of them and have the option of using a voice amplifier. Standing and VI athletes will be seeded based off of FIS/USSA and/or Regional Ranking list. If the athlete does not yet have points, they will start at or near the back of the field. Keep in mind any standing or VI adaptive athlete can register for the race and choose to not register as an adaptive athlete if they wish to not receive a time factor.

Sit skiers will compete on a course designed specifically for sit skiers and will start a their own specified time.

Results and awards will be provided for skiers in each of the three adaptive categories, separated for male and female divisions. Standing and VI athlete results will also be integrated into the overall results as well.



DRYLAND ADAPTIVE CAMP


Adaptive athletes who are dryland training regularly next summer are invited to the 2021 Dryland Adaptive Cross Country Ski Camp.



DATES / LOCATION
July 2021 / TBD


CXC Youth Cup


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