22 Days Left to Have Your Gift Matched

Dear friends,

As of today we have raised $12,326 towards our goal of $40,000! Thank you! We have 22 days to meet our goal and we need your help.

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I would like to share a note with you that I received few days ago from a teacher in WI.

“Thanks to all of you for your hard work in making skiing a possibility for the students at our school!  We are looking forward to the opportunity to give them an alternative recreational activity this winter.”

Would you like to see elementary school children experience Nordic skiing just like they get introduced to basketball, football and soccer? CXC has a commitment from 16 elementary schools around the Midwest to introduce our sport in physical education classes, recess and/or after school programs.

We have excited teachers and school coordinators, a step-by-step teaching manual, local ski clubs ready to assist with volunteers and simple-to-use Nordic skis suited for fun.

We need your support to complete this program: $1, $5 or $50 will help us get kids on skis. With a $100 donation or more you will get a special gift from Team USA – “SOCHI” mittens.

Together we can make a difference. Please help develop cross-country skiing generation by generation!

Yuriy Gusev
Executive & Athletic Director

Yuriy Gusev
Executive & Athletic Director
Central Cross Country Ski Association
Community Olympic Development Program

Support the Sport! CXC Challenge Grant.

Dear friend of CXC,

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 3.53.32 PMJohn and Leslie Taylor have challenged CXC with a matching grant to develop and promote Nordic skiing for all ages and abilities. This is a 2:1 matching grant, so we need to raise $40,000 to leverage the $20,000 from our generous benefactors. This new donor opportunity provides a way for anyone to give back to our sport through CXC Programs. These CXC programs are the backbone of ski development and promotion in the Midwest.

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You and our grassroots organization are bound together by a passion for cross country skiing. Please make a donation today and support all of our efforts.

Thank you.

Yuriy Gusev
Executive & Athletic Director
Central Cross Country Ski Association
Community Olympic Development Program



Nordic Rocks: introducing children to cross country skiing through elementary schools.

Club Development and Recognition: assisting clubs with resources, expertise, and sharing best practices between ski clubs.

Coaches Education and Certification: providing coaches with fundamental principles of coaching, technique, First Aid and CPR.

Adaptive Program: introducing children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities, visual impairment or blindness by providing them with equipment and offering opportunities for year-round participation.

CXC Team: providing full-time coaching, training and race support for a few talented post-high school and post-college athletes to develop them towards national and international excellence.

Junior Development: providing full-time coaching and training opportunities for junior athletes.

CXC Para Nordic Team: providing full-time coaching, training and race support for few talented athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairment/blindness to develop them towards national and international excellence in Nordic Skiing and Biathlon.



Skier Development


I came across this picture from 8th grade the other day.  I vividly remember racing varsity that day at Conference.  It was easily the biggest, most important race I had entered.  Looking back to that very first big race I am extremely thankful for all  the opportunities I have had as a skier.  The National Nordic Foundation is working hard to develop skiing in the US by helping support young skiers and creating opportunities for success.  NNF is in the final days of this year’s fundraiser to help young skiers and US Skiing is looking for everyone’s support.


 If you are excited about skiing and want to help grow the sport please visit  http://www.grouprev.com/nygren_cxc and show your support.



Training since returning from Canmore has been great.   A solid training block out west set me up well for the last month of training before races start.  MN fall weather, up until last night’s snow, has been ideal for training.  I have been turning up the pace on L4 workouts and focusing on time trails and speeds.  I am hoping a bit more intensity and a few more time trials this year will help jump start my season.

On the Road with Tom Bye

by Tom Bye, CXC TEAM

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A view of the awesome 2.2K loop at the Nordic Centre

It does not seem like it has been a month since we left for Park City. But, that’s what happens when you are focused on training and having a blast. This was the longest trip I have been away from home and it was one of the best. I am super thankful for what CXC has done for me and the team. I can tell from this trip that it is going to be a great year.

The trip started with us meeting at Karl’s home to load up and head out. There was some construction on 35 so we had to take the back roads out onto the interstate. It was a long drive but a great chance for some good conversation about skiing, life, and really anything that came to mind.

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Rocking out on the way to the top of Mt. Baldy

We got to Park City and we stayed at this amazing condo at snowbird, at about 8000ft. This was great for living but made it difficult at times to get to the best training sites. The runs, which sometimes turned into walks, were incredible. It was great to be out on the mountain. The runs went up for an hour and a half and down in forty-five minutes. The wildlife was something to be aware of, at a moment’s notice a mule deer popped out at me and I paused just to admire it. We also made a ski loop from a park site and it went around the COE, Center of Excellence, and back. There was only one “stop ahead” sign and every time Bill and I saw those it was an all-out sprint. I won these unless Bill pulled any of his tricks.

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Great example of total internal reflection, science rocks.

During the trip in Park City we had some great intervals. At one we shared the track with the University of Utah ski team while they did a time trial. That was where I met Kevin Sweeney and Abi Holt for the first time. Later in the week, I had a meeting with them and got all my questions answered and some insight on the team. My goal for this year is to make next year’s U of U ski team. I am very excited about getting to know the coaches and the team better. After the meeting I had lunch at this nifty restaurant on the top floor of the Union. There grilled cheese and chef special are worth getting a taste of. That evening we had a lovely pizza dinner with one of our awesome CXC masters.

Then we were off to Canmore for some great on snow training. This was the part I was most excited for. October 19th was the earliest I had ever been on snow before. The mornings were always cool but when the afternoon session came around I broke out the shorts and t-shirt for some nice skiing in the sun. While in Canmore I explored the town on my recovery walks. The stores were sweet; they had just about everything. I finally found what I wanted as a souvenir, a nice blue jacket that has a maple leaf in the corner. At the same store they also had these incredible chocolates. I went with the Bear Claw, which consisted of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. It had three cashews as the claws on top, the wrong side of the paw. But, I didn’t say anything because they were just too good. In Canmore training was a huge success both on and off snow. What made it so was the great Nordic Centre. I had some lactates taken to make sure I was in the right zones and I got some more input on my technique. I am learning and making those quick fixes to make me faster. Lastly, I’d like to thank CXC again for allowing me to be a part of this great team.

Live On,

Tom Bye




Training in Utah has been amazing!  The CXC van pulled into Snowbird a little over a week ago, and we have put in a very strong training block.  The opportunity to living high, rollerski canyons, and run in the mountains has been incredible.

20131001_170113My week started off with L3 skate intervals at Soldier Hollow.  The rollerski loop was just repaved so conditions were great.  It felt really good to put in a strong long effort at the Nationals venue.  Speeds and L3 up Big Cottenwood was also fun. Additionally, I have been taking advantage of the great terrain in the mountains right outside the front door.

I have been on a couple great OD run/hikes in the mountains that have gotten increasingly more exciting with the snow we keep getting.


Yesterday was a 4 hour OD in the mountains.  It was snowing the whole time and got me really excited for winter.  After a quick, cold snack and drink huddled at the top I was more then ready to start running down.20131003_104539_1

 Overall training has been very quality and extremely productive.  Here is some video of a few recent workouts.

Today was a rest day and a great opportunity to learn all about my new Rossignol equipment.  Ryan Green and Paul Clark invited the CXC Team to Rossignol’s Headquarters for North American Operations in Park City and gave us the full run down on everything Rossi.  I was extremely impressed and can’t wait to test out my new skis when we get to Canmore in a few weeks.



A FedEx van arrived yesterday loaded down with CXC’s new Rossignol gear.  I am super excited to ski Rossi.


An entire fleet of demo boots arrived so we can play with sizes and fit.


Rossignol’s World Cup boot comes in Skate, Classic and Pursuit.  They are then sub-divided into standard fit and LVF  (low-volume fit).  I have already tried a couple of size/ volume combinations and am thrilled with the fit options.


Binding also arrived and I mounted my rollerskis yesterday afternoon.  It was quick and easy.  Already got 5 hours of training in on the new equipment!


I am really enjoying the new Rossignol equipment and very excited to get on the skis!

L3 Intervals

Put in some really quality L3 intervals this morning.  5 x 9 min with  3 min between sets.  Here is some video of the workout.

Next weekend the Central REG camp starts and I am looking forward to getting up to Hayward and putting in a really solid week of training.


I have been putting in a lot of hours on rollerskis this year and was excited to get a pair of Toko’s new rollerski gloves.  Minimalist summer glove with a nice leather palm, mesh back , and machine washable.  Easily my favorite glove.