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 2020-2021 CXC Cup Schedule has been finalized.
REGULAR SEASON CXC CUP EVENTS WITH FORMATS
Dec. 12-13 Regional Super CXC Cup - Season Kick Off @ Duluth/GANC (FS SP, CL MS distance 5/7.5/10)
Dec. 19-20 CXC MW JR/Youth Cup Holiday Carnival @ Mt Itasca (SP CL, 5/7.5k FS Int.)
Jan. 16-17 Regional Super CXC Cup - GGG @ Birkie Start (MS CL Distance, FS Ind. 5/10K)
Jan. 30-31 CXC GLD JR/Youth Cup Hickory Hills Classic, Traverse City, MI (Dist FS, Dist CL)
Feb. 20-21 Regional Super CXC Cup - Mayor's Challenge @ Wirth Park (Sat. AM FS Ind. PM CL Spr Qualifier, Sun AM CL SP Heats)
CXC CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS FIS RACING
Super CXC Cup Holiday Championships @ Michigan Tech to take the place of US Nats Competition - Jan 2-3 (Tech) Sat. CL MS 5K U16, 7.5K Female, 10K Males, Sun. 10/15 FS Ind.
Super CXC Cup Regional Finals - @ Wirth Park (Hosted by LNR) - Mini Tour - Mar 5-6-7 Fri afternoon/evening FS Prologue Spr Qualifier, Sat AM CL MS 5K/7.5K/10K, Sat PM SkiX, Sun AM FS Pursuit (based upon finish times from Spr Qualifier & MS CL and a bonus schedule from the SkiX)
U18/WJC/U23 Qualifying - the US Ski Team discretionary committee will likely look at outstanding performances in the Central from the Duluth Super CXC Cup and the Super CXC Cup Holiday Championships. To make one of these teams an athlete will have to have an eye popping performance or more than one. One race winning by a minute and a half is better than winning 4 age group races by 5-10 seconds. Jrs who are skiing with known quantity professional level seniors will get a look.
The CXC Cup Schedule remains "Tentative" and should be approached knowing there is a need for flexibility based upon health & 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.
Stay healthy, stay safe and keep training!
All criteria, operating procedures and rules for Midwest Junior skiing are development and set forth by the Midwest Junior Committee. This includes but is not limited to the governance of the Midwest Junior National Team and Junior National Qualifying Races.
The Midwest Junior National Team and Great Lakes Junior National Team athletes are selected based on a Regional Points and Rankings List generated from the results of the Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races.
The CXC Junior Cup's Goal is to provide an opportunity for junior racers to be exposed to high level regional and national level racing. The Junior Cup events should offer junior athletes an opportunity to improve their U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List and possibly FIS profiles. The Junior Cup should be welcoming to all and even those not aspiring to make a JN team are encouraged to compete against their top peers in the region. But, it is not necessary for all junior skiers to be involved in series wide, trying a race in your home area for an introduction to CXC Cup racing is a great way for a junior skier to test themselves and see where their competition is at. More importantly, racers should have non-series races available to them locally to make a sound schedule. The Goal of the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Teams is to introduce and elevate regionally successful athletes to the National racing scene.