Madshus skier Lars Berger (NOR) is not only a World Champion biathlete and cross-country skier. He is also among the fastest cyclists around. On Saturday, he was the fastest male in the Birkebeiner mountain bike race, outside the elite class.
The swift skier polished off the 92-kilometer course in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 31 seconds, beating all of his biathlon team members by almost 10 minutes. Berger was satisfied with his effort in the Birkebeiner this weekend.
And Berger warmly recommends cycling as a part of dryland training. “I use cycling regularly as a part of my dryland training. Typically I will do 3 to 4 hours of biking per week in the summer” says Berger, who puts in roughly 20 hours of training per week in the dryland season.
“I like biking, and I feel like it’s a good training method for building leg strength, so I would definitely recommend biking to skiers in general,” says Berger, who is currently a part of Thomas Alsgaard’s Team LeasePlanGO.
The mountain bike race was also part of a challenge, and for the rest of the Norwegian national biathlon team, the race was the end of a weeklong training camp at Sjusjoen. Fellow Madshus racer Emil Hegle Svendsen clocked in at 2:58:42.
Seattle, WA (Aug. 26, 2014) — Madshus, the world’s leading performance Nordic ski company, is please and honored to launch the first annual Peter Hale Memorial Sponsorship Program. Each year Madshus will select one promising young male and female athlete to receive a full Madshus set up of skis, bindings, boots and poles. The inaugural sponsorship recipients will be announced Fall 2014.
Peter Hale committed his life to the Nordic skiing community through his many years as the Race Director for Madshus. After a long battle with cancer, Peter Evarts Hale (66) passed away on November 17, 2013 in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. The Nordic community lost a great influencer, but through his sponsorship program, Peter’s
legacy will leave a great mark on the racing community and Nordic
industry at large.
Throughout his career, Peter supported countless up-and-coming Nordic racers with Madshus racing equipment. He was constantly seeking out the next great talent and always there to lend support on race day. Peter had a keen eye for spotting young talent, and many of the athletes he helped sign to Madshus have gone on to achieve national and international success. “Peter had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. He believed in me from the moment he met me,” comments US Ski Team athlete Noah Hoffman. “In his role as a Madshus rep, he did everything in his power to help me be as successful as possible. He is greatly missed.”
Sponsorships will be awarded based on nominations submitted to Madshus and will take into account the following criteria:
All nominations must be submitted to the Madshus Marketing Department c/o Carmi Schulman (email@example.com) by September 30th, 2014. Madshus will announce Sponsorship recipients in early October.
The world’s oldest ski brand, Madshus’ Norwegian heritage dates back to 1906. From the original woodworking craftsmanship of its founder, to today’s state of the art production processes and materials, Madshus is the standard to which all other Nordic skis are held. Whether for World Cup level racing, fitness skiing, cruising, metal-edge touring, or cross country downhill, Madshus continues to apply that same keen craftsman’s eye to each ski, boot, and pole it produces. Over 100 years since it’s founding, Madshus’ storied commitment to the art and craft of ski making resonates today in the same consistent standard of excellence all performance Madshus skiers have come to expect.
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Earlier this week, Madshus marathon team racer Oeystein Pettersen was hospitalized after crashing during a group roller ski workout outside Oslo.
“We were lucky. Everyone was wearing a helmet, and we all needed it,” said Pettersen after the accident.
“The split seconds you have while traveling downhill at warp speed and realize this is really going south, are some of the worst. One thing is myself, but when you’re a whole group crashing, it’s terrible. I’m better than most people at roller skiing and have been for most of my life, but today I was really glad I had a helmet,” he said to Norwegian TV station NRK Tuesday evening.
The sprinter-turned-marathon-racer broke a finger that needs surgery, which means a few weeks with his hand in a cast, and also hurt his shoulder and elbow. That throws a wrench in Pettersen’s immediate plan, which was racing the roller ski event Allianzloppet in Sweden this weekend. But Pettersen will be at the event supporting his buddies in Team United Bakeries at the race today, and back in business well before the snow flies.
“This means nothing for the season, but right now it will mean a little more time at home with my family. And the crash certainly was a real wake-up call for me,” Pettersen said.
“We were doing a group workout on a stretch of road that none of us were very familiar with. We’re all good roller skiers, but this hill was just getting steeper and steeper, the pavement got worse and there was gravel and ruts all over. Then it got really twisty too, and we totally lost control,” Pettersen said of the terrain.
“There were people laying on both sides of the road. It was almost like a battle field,” he added.
Pettersen was one of three racers taken to hospital after the accident, while two additional racers were treated at the ER.
Madshus racer Thomas Alsgaard was also part of the group workout, but not among the skiers who crashed. A dozen skiers took part in the workout, which was supposed to be a 5-hour session.
Gunnar Bjertnaes, Chief of Technology at Madshus, was awarded the King’s Medal of Merit (Kongens Fortjenestemedalje) and Diploma of Loyal Service Achievement as well as an invitation to meet Harald 5th the King of Norway, at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
But despite more than 40 years of hard work to produce the best cross-country skis in the world, Bjertnaes said he never tires of the job.
“I work in such an interesting field. We make products that deliver so much joy and excitement in so many places all over the world,” Bjertnaes said enthusiastically.
“I take tremendous pride and joy in delivering on the Madshus vision ‘Innovative joy of skiing’ because without innovation, you don’t get the same drive and passion,” he explained, adding that he loves to use the products as well.
Bjertnaes has worked as the COT and in charge of research and development at Madshus since 1972. At that point, Bjertnaes took over a brand new facility, the most modern factory for manufacturing wooden skis in the world. However, in 1974 the fiberglass revolution turned the manufacturing world upside down. But while other factories folded, Bjertnaes was able to turn the Madshus factory into a top-notch fiberglass production plant.
Since then, the creative and enthusiastic COT has never rested. Bjertnaes constantly chases perfection and innovation, always wanting to bring Madshus one step ahead and collaborating with both the best researchers in the world, equipment and material suppliers, other component manufacturers such as Rottefella and securing the NIS no-screw binding patent to Madshus.
Bjertnaes latest project is the Smart Ski technology that was initiated back in 2006, resulting in the Madshus Empower technology released this season. Madshus Empower technology consists of a chip embedded into the ski and an app that lets Madshus, retailers and end users gain full control of the skis, the skis properties and optimal tuning.
On top of Bjertnaes commitment at Madshus, he also manages to share his joy and compassion with the community, serving on a large range of community organizations, including the Lillehammer Ski Club, Lillehammer yacht club, Lillehammer Animal Club and Lillehammer Diving Club.
“Bjertnaes commitment goes well above and beyond what can be expected, and this is why Bjertnaes is awarded the Kings Medal of Merit,” said Kristin Hille Valla, the governor of Oppland, as she handed him the precious medal.
Kristin Stoermer Steira, 33, once played with the idea of retiring from professional skiing. That was back in 2011, after the World Championships in Oslo.
But then she concluded that there are still some goals she’d like to chase. Like an individual gold from a major championship. Steira has three gold medals from the World Championships and one Olympic gold medal, all in the women’s 4x5km relay.
“After the 2011 World Championships on home turf, I was pretty ready to retire,” Steira says to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
“I was starting to think I had enough. And the next Olympics seemed so far away,” she explains.
But then things got better. She moved to Oslo, found new motivation and recharged. Steira headed for the 2014 Olympics in Sotchi. Now she’s gearing up for the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. And she doesn’t want to take any final decision on retirement.
But the seasoned 33-year-old is changing a few things about her training this season.
“I’ve trained a lot for over 15 years. I think I will reduce the overall volume a bit and focus on having enough energy for every workout, all the time,” Steira says.
She is also focusing more on strength and power.
“There are a lot of mass start races, and I need to be there and ready when the surge happens. I love training, but it can easily turn into a lot of long distance workouts. I need to shorter workouts and include some speedwork every time,” Steira explains, adding that she feels lucky.
“I get to train twice a day and call it work,” she says with a grin.
Or how about half price roller skis? With proper maintenance, your roller skis last much longer.
Most people know they should glide wax their skis after each workout in the winter. But what about your roller skis? After a long workout, it’s so easy to just dump the roller skis in the garage or the storage shed and forget about them until next time.
“Roller skiing is great practice for skiing, both specific technique and specific strength, but the key to getting the most out of the training time invested, you need to stay upright and injury free,” says Per Arne Baltzersen, head coach of the Norwegian roller ski group Hafrsfjord.
“Taking care of your gear and making sure it’s in working order is a good insurance for equipment mishaps leading to injury, and roller skis are no exception,” Baltzersen points out.
But what do you do to them?
Living in a climate where roller ski season lasts up to 12 months a year, Baltzersen knows what he’s talking about.
While roller ski maintenance is super easy, Baltzersen notices that a lot of skiers have no idea what to do with their roller skis. The result is that they do nothing.
“Do I need to fish out a wrench and an oil can? And how often? And so many people just say: I don’t know what to do, so I don’t dare to touch them,” he says, noting that basic care is a lot simpler than waxing.
“A clean machinery works so much better than a gunky one, and clean skis last a lot longer as the sand and grime wears down moving parts. The most important maintenance is simply clean water,” Baltzersen says.
However, don’t give in to the urge of the power washer. The pressure can damage bearings and seals.
“Just rinse the skis and wheels all over with a water hose or an outdoor tap. It doesn’t take long, but it’s probably the most important step to take in order to care for your roller skis,” he says.
After rinsing, let the skis dry completely, preferably in room temperature or on a heated floor. This helps prevent any rust. Also, try storing the skis at room temperature. Bearings and moving parts just run smoother when stored in a warmer environment than in a cool garage or shed.
When to call the shop
But what about the wrench and the oil can?
“Have a roller ski tech handle the wrench and the oil unless you really know what you’re doing. With tools involved you risk damaging your skis if you’re not careful,” Balzersen warns.
The good thing is that with regular cleaning, your skis will go a long time before they need a tuneup.
“You don’t have to get a tuneup until you feel your roller skis not performing right. For classic skis, the tell tale sign is when the ratchet doesn’t lock, and for any kind of ski when the wheels don’t seem like they spin freely despite cleaning, or make unusual noises,” Baltzersen says.
Finally, try rotating your skis between your left and your right foot. Rotating the skis gives you more even wear on the wheels, and a more stable ski throughout the wheels’ lifetime.
The bottom line:
1. Rinse well
2. Dry completely
3. Store at room temperature
4. Enjoy the dryland season! (Don’t forget helmet and sunscreen)
Bonus: It’s so much more pleasant to grab a set of clean skis when you head out for a workout.
The general registration for the 42nd Marcialonga, scheduled for January 25, 2015, opened on July 1 at 3pm CET. Within 10 minutes, all remaining spots for the 70-kilometer event in January were sold out.
Each year, more than 7,000 skiers from all over the world participate in the 70-kilometer classic ski race in Northern Italy, and the event generally sells out months before race day. This time was no exception.
The upcoming Marcialonga is a part of the FIS Marathon Cup and the 2015 Swix Ski Classics.
In addition to the main race, there are several other events scheduled throughout the weekend, including the kids “Mini Marcialonga,” the youth and junior race “Young Stars” and the “Marcialonga Story” vintage race.
La Diagonela had a brutal entry to the race schedule: The organizers were given less than a week to establish a full-fledged professional event with international broadcasting facilities and a dozen professional marathon teams. The organizers delivered on all levels, and are awarded with official Swix Ski Classics status for the 2015 season.
La Diagonela wasn’t supposed to enter the race schedule until January 2015. But when it was clear that Jizerska Padesatka (CZE) had to cancel due to lack of snow, the Swiss race crew was able to organize a 52-kilometer replacement race at the drop of a hat, including an amateur event.
La Diagonela is a long distance event close to St Moritz, Engadin Valley in southeastern Switzerland. La Diagonela 2015 is scheduled for Saturday January the 17th and is a 65-kilometer classics race. The race is open for Pro Teams as well as amateur skiers, like all Swix Ski Classics events. La Diagonela is just one race on the Swix Ski Classics 2015 calendar. The complete Swix Ski Classics 2015 calendar will be launched on August 26.
“Swix Ski Classics present La Diagonela as a permanent member of the tour. It is important for us to strengthen our presence in central Europe, and Switzerland is one of the main cross-country nations in Europe,” says David Nilsson, CEO of Swix Ski Classics.
“The event organizers have a lot of experience from organizing cross-country skiing events at the highest level, and the area surrounding St Moritz is one of Europe’s most picturesque. I am sure La Diagonela with its beautiful course through small villages surrounded by amazing mountains will be a very popular race for amateur skiers” Nilsson says.
“The race and the valley has a lot in common with the prestigious Italian Swix Ski Classics race Marcialonga, which is held the following weekend after,” he adds.
The La Diagonela race organizers are thrilled to be a part of the prestigious long-distance series.
“We are happy and proud to be part of Swix Ski Classics. When we organized the replacement of Jizérska in January, we were able to show the cross-country community that we have the ability to put on a professional event,” says co-president of La Diagonela, Ramun Ratti, noting that January is a great time for a classic ski race in the region.
“This is a time where the Engadin St. Moritz valley shows itself from his best side with perfect snow conditions. The race track will pass the nicest places of our beautiful region,” he says.
“Crossing the lake of world-famous St. Moritz will be a highlight for all participants.”
Ratti also says that during the week of La Diagonela, there is a lot going on in the valley other than the Ski Classics race.
“There are several interesting side events in our host city, which is located in the historical village of Zuoz. We will work hard in order to make the participants feel welcome in the region Engadin St. Moritz and find ideal training conditions for the race,” he says.