Canmore Training Camp Update

by Bill Bowler, CXC TEAM

My training camp in Canmore has gone quite well. After living here for 2 years of my life (2012-2013), it has become like a second home to me. It’s a great town for a skier, and a nice place to escape the heat and humidity for a little while! I have had a break between summer and fall classes, so the goal has been to get in as much training as I can during these 2 weeks. Most days have consisted of around 4-5 hours. The trails at the Nordic Centre are conducive to all types of training, and with over 100km of trails it is difficult to get bored.

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Canmore Nordic Centre trailhead

Perhaps the best thing about being here is discovering that I still have the ability to train well. After last season’s struggle with injury and disappointing results, I took about 5 months off with little to no training. Gradually, the desire to get back to some training and racing has returned. At this point, however, I am just grateful for any solid training day I can put in while staying healthy. It has really made me appreciate skiing from the standpoint of intrinsic enjoyment as opposed to cutthroat competition against the world’s elite.

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Canmore IBU Cup 2012

Another benefit of training in Canmore is the rollerski loop that includes a biathlon range. This top-notch facility allows for what we biathletes call “combo” training. I’ve been able to test out a new stock for my rifle, and can see great improvements there already.

Overall, I have to say that my time here has been very productive. It will be nice to be back in the Midwest though!

Thanks for reading.

- Bill


CXC Continues To Partner With Rossignol

CXC is proud to announce the continuation of it’s important sponsorship with Rossignol, thru Group Rossignol North America for another season. “We are thrilled to have the support for our athletes with Rossignol, a worldwide leader in the cross-country ski sport. Their support means more of our athlete’s get exposure to World Cup quality gear, that helps them ski better and faster.”

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Rossignol, which turned 100 years old in 2007, is a company that supports the mountain lifestyle mission with passionate commitment coupled with a professional and authentic mountain branding.

“Partnering with CXC was a very easy decision for Rossignol,” said Ryan Green, Nordic Division Manager for Rossignol North America, saying… CXC is a steward of the sport and continually works to create opportunities for people to discover develop and excel within the sport. This is true whether it is an elementary school student trying skiing for the first time with the youth program, a club utilizing the training center or a new high school coach attending the Level 100 certification. These efforts are increasing accessibility and participation in skiing along with improving the experience of all skiers.”

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.15.00 AMGreen went on to praise the CXC Team calling it an important part of their racing program. “We work with CXC on every aspect of equipment selection with the athletes and ensure we have open communication throughout the process. We start with product education and selection in the summer, validate with on snow testing in the early winter and continue to test throughout the winter. Working with Bill, Andrew and the athletes has been a very rewarding experience and is a part of our continuing education. All of us feel confident that when we work together and learn from each other we have the right skis in the bag and, more importantly, the athletes know which skis to use based on conditions and terrain. This allows us to be more efficient leading up to the race start.”

CXC Head Coach Bill Pierce feels strongly about the Rossignol brand.

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I have worked with quite a few different ski companies and reps over the years. Most companies have good product and can get you skis that can run well. Then last year with Rossignol has been that and way more. There are a few reasons that I add the “More” to the last statement, but I will only mention two. The service that we have received as a racing team is unlike anything I have had or experienced before.

Paul Clark is the best race services director and tech in North America in my opinion. He fulfilled all our expectations and much more. We not only received extremely high quality race product, but we got it early, tested it, and received better if we were not satisfied. He helped us pick, test, and retest until we ended up with the best ski fleets possible. Second, after one year on the product, I feel it is the best quality in the business. Bottom line, the skis are light, responsive, and FAST! The boots are light, give great ski feel, and still they are really warm! Just what an athlete is looking for.”

By: Peter Graves, CXC Public Relations



CXC Regional Elite Development Camp Rolls on Marwe

By: Peter Graves, CXC Public Relations

Marwe roller skis enjoy a strong international reputation as being used by the best of the best. The Marwe name has been recognized as being one of the best roller skis and training tools on the market. That’s why we are happy to announce that Marwe roller skis will become the official brand for CXC programs and that’s welcome news.

The Finnish-based brand is imported in the United States and Canada by importer Finn Sisu.

CXC Executive Director Yuri Gusev announced the sponsorship today saying…”We are really pleased to have Marwae join our program. We are continuing to grow our family of sponsors with high quality products and with sponsors like Marwe that sharing our vision to excellence in cross-country skiing. This trusted collaboration will make a huge difference to our athletes, and we take pride in that.”

Kevin Johnson oversees the program for Marwe and said today….”CXC is at the heart of development of cross country skiing in our region.  Through their junior and masters training camps, coaches education programs, elementary school outreach programs, state-of-the-art training center and the racing team, CXC is working to improve skiing at every level of the development progression.  We are excited that CXC is choosing Marwe Roller Skis.”

“I’m constantly seeing pics on Facebook, Instagram, and various blogs with the top skiers in the world using Marwe Roller Skis.  From top US skiers including World Champions Kikkan Randall and CXC Alum Jessie Diggins, to the likes of Legkov, Saarinen, the Norwegian and French biathlon teams it is becoming clear that Marwe is simply the best!”

“Most people don’t know this, but Marwe is a leading industrial rubber manufacturer in Finland.  They got into the roller ski business when one of their executives realized that roller ski wheels wore out much too fast.  They got together with Peltonen to make the shafts in their ski factory and Marwe supplied the know-how for the wheels.  With Marwe you get a smooth riding roller ski with wheels that are incredibly durable giving you an experience that closely mimics skiing on snow,” Johnson added.


CXC Head coach Bill Pierce has had more than a decade of experience using Marwae roller skis and is thrilled by the new partnership.

- “I have been training and coaching on Marwe roller skis for about 15 or so years and I’ve  been on and demoed almost every other brand that is sold in North America.  My preference is based on years of quality experience and service from the product and the supplier.  The Skate 610C and the Combi are the skis I prefer.  Both have a light weight feel and flex of something similar to snow skiing.  The honey comb shaft construction softens the ride and feel of the ski and makes for a pleasant experience on rougher surfaces.  The stiffer the shaft of a roller ski, the more road vibration and discomfort that comes through the ski to your feet.  The wheel durability on all Marwe skis is unlike all other brands.  Skiing 4-6 times per week during the dry land season I have been able to get years from the life of the wheels.  Most of our training time on skis is classic and the Combi is the ski of choice for myself and my athletes.  Though most of the classic work is double pole, the time spent striding or kicking feels much more like snow than the longer classic skis produced by most companies.  Having the front wheel closer to the binding point of the ski gives the athlete more control and more of a snow like feel for kick follow through and forward drive to a gliding ski.  The bottom line is the Combi is lighter and has a more realistic snow feel than other longer classic skis.  My choice of Combi over Classic for striding is just my personal experience and preference from years of skiing on both. “

Pierce has some really passion for the brand, noting “ with what I have seen on the market over the years, nothing beats Marwe for performance, maintenance and adjustments, and local service.  Finn Sisu sells and distributes the product and has done so forever.  They know the importance of service and stand firmly behind the product and the athletes that use them”.

Marwe offers their world famous vibration damping composit frames and a full line of roller skis and parts. To order a Marwe please refer to

Quotes from CXC Team athletes:

Nichole Bathe: I choose to ski on Marwe rollerskis because they feel the most like skiing on snow and help replicate the technique I want for snow season. They also ride more smoothly than other skis I have tried and tend to hold up better than most rollerskis.

Bill Bowler: I choose Marwe rollerskis because they provide the closest replication of snow skiing amongst available rollerski brands.  They also give you a variety of options in terms of rolling resistance. I’m a big skier and I tend to break shafts, so it’s also nice to have aluminum shafts as an option if desired.

Testing, 1, 2, 3, Testing…

The 2014-15 Nordic season got kick started for the CXC Team last weekend. Testing, adventure, and more testing made up the agenda for last weekend.


On Friday, athletes met at our Madison training facility and had time both in testing and technique. Time was split on running and roller ski treadmills. Physiology tests for heart rate training zones and double pole frequency as in relation to those zones were conducted. Double pole frequency is determined by computer sensors in the pole grips that measure both the force applied and the strike frequency. Knowing frequency is beneficial in interval and strength training when designing dry land exercises that meet a cycle tempo goal. Knowing an athlete’s training zones and measuring every 8 weeks helps us to determine the focus of training. Adjustments in plans for what works and what needs improvement is much easier to understand if one tracks the training. We also conducted some technique work for both classic and skate. The athlete is able to view themselves both from the front in a mirror and from the side in a live video feed. Coaching cues that are given can have an immediate response and the athlete can feel and see what happens with a directed pattern change. Nothing is better for changing and improving technique!


Saturday morning, or late Friday night (2:45am), started our adventure to Muskegon, MI. The Earth, Wind, and Tired 5k is sponsored by Lake Express Ferry out of Milwaukee. We loaded the ship right after 5:30am to depart at 6:00am. The trip only takes 2.5 hours and is really a unique way to experience the other side of the lake. The race is a trail run and what makes it so difficult is the soft dune sand. 99% of the trail surface is soft dry sand. Athletes that can run a 5K in 15 minutes end up running the event in around 25 minutes. To say the least, it is a very tough but enjoyable challenge! Nordic athletes shine at this event because of how much strength the running requires! The rest of the day is about relaxing, eating, and listening to live music at the park while attending awards and waiting for the “last boat” home. This trip could be anything from an endurance sport weekend, a winery or orchard tour, a golf outing, or a tulip festival! So much is to be seen across the lake and avoiding an additional 3-5 hours of interstate through Chicago makes the ferry so worth it! What an awesome weekend getaway one can have!!

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 3.17.15 PMOn Sunday, we conducted some more athlete testing and also got in a great over distance ski in the hills around Blackhawk ski club. Overall it was a very productive and enjoyable three days getting started for another great season with the CXC TEAM, its sponsors, and supporters!! Thank you Madison and Lake Express!!

Here’s a few photos of the camp and adventure.

CXC Collegiate Summer Training

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What: Summer training opportunity in the Hayward/Cable, Wisconsin area.

Includes three elements of a great summer of focused training and life.

  • A place to live.
  • A training group with coaching.
  • A job opportunity that fits a training schedule and maximizes earnings.

Summer 2014: Housing and coaching will begin on May 24th, 2014 and will end August 22nd, 2014.

Housing Fee: A rental fee of $175.00/month for your housing, Total $525.00.

Coaching Fee: $250.00 fee for the summer of group training.

Scheduled Coaching Sessions:

  • May 26, 28, 30
  • June 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 17, 19,24,26
  • July 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30
  • August 1, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 22

Athletes that wish to obtain their own housing can also join in the summer training and programming for a fee of $275.00

There are only 5 residency spots available for males and 4 for females. 10 additional training slots are open without the housing option.

CONTACT : Bill Pierce,


WHY JOIN CXC; Bill Pierce Has Your Answer

By: Peter Graves


Bill Pierce, CXC Skiing

CXC’s Team coach is a man on a mission, he want’s to help produce top flight skiing talent that will go on to make their mark in the future as a member of our national team and beyond. He knows that those goals and lofty performance objectives won’t come easy, but for those with the drive and determination, he knows that CXC can make it happen.

Recently, I talked with Bill about the CXC program, and how interested young athletes can turn their dreams to reality. Here’s a look at that interview.

PG:  Bill, thanks for taking the time. What do young skiers need to know about the CXC program?

BP: “Joining CXC is a unique and great opportunity! A new Olympic cycle is beginning and I see a new generation of young elites making choices to pursue this sport full time! Starting in these cycles is always exciting especially when an athlete and coach can have a vision to the future! CXC is and has been an awesome team and organization! It is so much more than just CXC Team and there is so much to do for growing our sport!”

PG: So Bill, what special things, unique things does CXC offer athletes?

BP: “This last season CXC and Rossignol started on a new relationship to build this sport and support the CXC Team. The first year was unbelievable support and education! Rossignol and staff are the best! With Rossignol, Toko, Start Poles, Bjorn Dahlie, Rudy Project and a few more to come I’m excited to introduce and get our athletes on the best equipment possible. We also have some of the best technology for progressing athletes. Getting athletes introduced and into our training and tracking programs is exciting!

The Central Region of skiing has awesome training venues and opportunities for both dry land and snow. The roller skiing in Hayward, where we are based, and also in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has almost endless opportunities with the necessary terrain. The trail systems and waters also offer many different looking and unique training opportunities.”

PG: How complicated is it for a young skier to start thinking about taking the next step forward?

BP: ” For an athlete to improve and keep progressing is pretty simple. The most important factor is the relationships an athlete has to both the coach and the team. Communication of expectations, feelings, and thoughts is key to building a mutual trust that will progress an athlete to their planned goals. It also takes an understanding and acceptance of the needed time, patience, and commitment. One of the biggest issues in our sport, is that athletes quit too early. There are a lot of reasons for this and CXC is working on most of them, so that these athletes can work till their potential is realized and reached.”


PG: Can you please address what your coaching philosophy is Bill?

BP: “The training processes that we engage in must have a defined purpose. Individual passion comes from and is fired by the enjoyment of these processes. You also must have a vision and goals for these processes. Your goals, both individual and team, must be measurable and tracked. Each individual is encompassed by a mind, body, and spirit. Being balanced in all three will only enhance your enjoyment and success in this and any process in life.

There are only three ways to progress and get faster in this sport.  Physical training, perfecting technic, and possessing the best technical equipment are the three major factors.

There are many important sub factors in each and the bottom line is; the fittest athlete, with the highest skilled technical efficiency, who is on the best equipment….is the fastest. Time (lots of it), Patience (lots of it), and Commitment (lots of it) is what it takes to be the best.

At CXC Skiing our resources for planning and tracking your goals and progression are excellent. Each season early assessments of your base aerobic and strength fitness will be measured for annual periodization planning. We will also assess both through technology and art, the efficiency of your technique, looking both at your ability to apply power and glide. Poling force power can be assessed through advanced tools and the experienced eyes of our coaching staff. Some of the tools that CXC owns are:

·        Running treadmills

·        Roller ski treadmill

·        Double and single poling machines

·        Power pole measuring equipment

·        Instant video recording and feedback as you ski

·        VO2 and lactate measuring equipment and protocol

PG:  Thanks Bill for taking the time to explain how a skier can benefit from the program offerings of CXC, it looks like it is very well thought out, best of luck.