RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (JUNE 9, 2021)


GREETINGS CENTRAL REGION ATHLETES & FAMILIES:

The CXC Cup Schedule is now set for 2021-2022.

As we know from last season, it is subject to change closer to each individual event based upon snow conditions or other unforeseen factors.

The season highlights will be that the Central region's NRL races are bookended by the highest level of US competition with the US Continental Cup Super Schedule making its December stops in Duluth and Cable and the US Junior National Championships coming to Minneapolis in March.

The CXC Cup 2021-2022 season, as highlighted, will kick off with back to back Super Tour weekends in Early December, in January GLD and MW Junior competition will split for a pair of Divisional Qualifiers - one in Coleraine, MN and one in Houghton, MI, then Wirth Park will host the entire region at the CXC Cup Finals as our top Juniors prepare for the JNs hosted by the Loppet Mar 7-12.

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SALOMON CXC JUNIOR CUP

As the Regional Governing Body (RGB) for cross country skiing in the Central Region, Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is responsible for overseeing the Great Lakes and Midwest Divisions' Junior Teams qualifying for and traveling to Junior Nationals, NENSA U16 Championships and CXC U18 Spring Championship Trip, which are held yearly.


CXC Junior Cup

The objective of the Salomon CXC Junior Cup events is to encourage young athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 age divisions to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skiers who hope to compete at the top national and international levels, or are somewhere in between. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels - from beginning racers to those with International experience.

Qualifying for a Division's Junior National Team, CXC U18 Championships Team or NENSA U16 Championships Team will also be a goal for many CXC Junior Cup athletes, and can be done at CXC Junior Cup Race events that are Junior National Qualifiers (JNQ) where the best four of eight races will be scored. To score points for the CXC Junior Cup and JNQ Divisional Ranking List, you will need a membership.

The Junior Team athletes for each Divisional Trip (Midwest and Great Lakes - JNs, NENSA U16s, and CXC U18) will be selected based on the results of the CXC Junior Cup qualifier races in their division. The distance and discipline of the races will attempt to reflect the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships races.


For the 2020-2021 Season, there will not be CXC teams from GLD or MW going to JNs, NENSA U16 Championships, or a U18 Spring Championships Trip. Instead, athletes are encouraged to focus on traveling to the Salomon CXC Cup Finals at Wirth Park March 5-7. CXC Cup Events will not be JNQs. Instead, they will be designated as CXC Cup Divisional Events (aimed at only one division) or Super CXC Cup Events (aimed at both divisions).


CXC Junior Cup

2020-2021 RACE SCHEDULE


CXC CUP SEASON OPENER / Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth (MN)

MOVED TO JANUARY 23-24, 2021

This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

CXC CUP HOLIDAY CARNIVAL / Mt. Itasca Biathlon Center, Coleraine (MN)


This event is a Midwest Division CXC Cup Event only and results will not be scored to any ranking lists. Great Lakes Division and non-member athletes may participate. It is not scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is not sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, no membership is required to enter a race.

DECEMBER 19: Classic Sprint

DECEMBER 20: Freestyle Individual Start

CANCELLED | REASON: MINNESOTA EXECUTIVE ORDER ON COVID MITIGATION

CXC CUP HOLIDAY CHAMPIONSHIPS / Michigan Tech, Houghton (MI)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 2: Classic Sprint

JANUARY 3: Freestyle Individual Start

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

GITCHI GAMI GAMES / Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 16: Classic Mass Start (Distance)

JANUARY 17: Freestyle Individual Start

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

CXC SUPER CUP / Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth (MN)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 23: Classic - Individual Start 30" intervals

JANUARY 24: Skate - Individual Start 30" intervals

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

HICKORY HILLS CLASSIC / Hickory Hills Rec Area, Traverse City (MI)


This event is a Great Lakes Division CXC Cup Event only. Midwest Division and non-member athletes may participate. It is not scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is not sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, no membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 30: Freestyle Distance

JANUARY 31: Classic Distance

CANCELLED (VENUE PERMIT PULLED, MAY BE OPEN TO HOSTING MARCH 13-14, 2021)

MAYOR'S XC CHALLENGE / Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

FEBRUARY 20: AM - Classic Sprint Qualifier, PM - Freestyle Sprint Qualifier

FEBRUARY 21: AM Freestyle Individual Start Distance

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

CXC CUP REGIONAL FINALS / Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

MARCH 5-6-7: Hosted by LNR - Mini Tour

Friday, March 5 - Twilight Skate SkiX Prologue Qualifier
(bonus time deductions using the continental cup points as the seconds subtractions)

Saturday (AM), March 6 - Classic Distance Ind Start - 10k both genders U18 and up, 5k-6.6K U16

Sunday (AM), March 7 - Freestyle Distance Pursuit Start 10k both genders U18 and up, 5k-6.6K U16 *

* Based upon times from the Prologue Qualifier and the Classic Distance Ind Start minus the continental cup bonus seconds. 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.

** SkiX (Freestyle course with obstacles): the course will be interval start sprint distance with uphill and downhill obstacles. The courses vary from venue to venue, but 180 and degree turns on the flat, quick turns, slalom up and down, and other agility testing elements common.

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


In accordance with U.S. Ski and Snowboard sanctioning requirements, all non-youth skiers (ages 14 and over) must be registered with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard to enter the Super CXC Cup races sanctioned by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.


- Skiers with a Cross Country General Membership will be provided entry to Super CXC Cup Events, but will not receive National Ranking List (NRL) points.

- Skiers wanting U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List (NRL) points, to be ranked and also seeded based upon national rank at CXC Cup Events must purchase a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership.

Hopefully, your local club coach can help you navigate your membership questions if you are new to CXC Cup racing.

Please be sure to have your membership up to date before the first competition!


CXC Junior Cup

GENERAL PARTICIPATION TIPS


Whether you are new to the CXC Cup races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.

Registration for CXC Cup races typically closes on the Tuesday before the race. Plan your races and register early.

Give yourself the opportunity for preferential seeding, and increase your elite racing experience, by purchasing a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership before the racing season starts and participating in all your division's CXC Cup races if possible.

If you are on a school team, good communication with your coach is essential. Work together to establish a plan that supports both your school team and your CXC Cup races.

The Divisional Junior Teams (JNs, NENSA U16s, CXC U18 Trip) will not be named after the final race in the CXC Cup series this season.

Please be prepared to pay for the full cost of the US Junior National Nordic Ski Championships (JN) trip at the team naming that takes place after the final JNQ race if you are selected for the team. For instance, JN trip to Anchorage, AK in 2019 was $2,900 per team member, exclusive of team uniform. The required Divisional team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available. The 2020 JNs will be in Truckee, CA, which will likely have a slightly lower overall cost with expenses to fly and stay in the Sierras being less expensive than traveling to and staying in Alaska.

Junior National team members must have a CXC/US Ski & Snowboard Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this, as lowering NRL points and getting seeded based upon the NRL at races are both important to having the best chance to compete.


Keep a close watch on the website as race and CXC Cup details may change rapidly this season. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.

Finally, enjoy the experience of elite racing! The CXC Cup events are opportunities to meet and ski with the finest skiers in the Central Region of the country, and beyond. It's exciting, motivating and really fun.
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