Loppet Foundation

LNR Competition Team

About LNR Competition Team (Comp Team)

The LNR competition team – focused on 17-19 year olds (YOB  2002, 2001, 2000), focused on year round training with the goal of competing regionally and nationally.  This is an experienced ski group committed to year round training. During the summer, the Comp Team will meet 6-7 times per week.    Athletes with YOB 2003 can petition to train with Competition team if they have exceptional results (eg. top 10 at JN’s). Competition Team weekly schedule for Spring and Summer will be very similar to what is was last year.

LNR Spring and Summer Training Principles

  1. To keep training varied, challenging, and having the opportunity to explore new places

  2. To make sure training in spring and summer is focused on making you a better all around athlete: coordination, speed, and running/movement mechanics

  3. To make sure that the environment at LNR is one that stresses being a good person, not just a good athlete.  We will focus on working well as part of a group, and we’ll have a number of volunteer projects throughout the year.  Note that volunteer projects (trail improvements, erosion control) will periodically happen during training time.

Year Round Competition Team Includes:

  • Training program running from April 10th – March 10th.
  • 1 spring, 3 Summer, 1 Fall Camp and Thanksgiving On Snow Training Camps are all included
  • Year round training plan, time trials and field testing, lactate profiles
  • 3-7 organized training sessions per week unless otherwise noted

Training Details/Schedule:

Training will combine regular local training sessions with 5 training camps to be held in the summer, fall, and early winter. Camps are an integral part of high level ski training, and they are a lot of fun.

Required equipment: watch (with stopwatch function), heart rate monitor, classic and skate rollerskis, and road bike/bike shoes. Optional equipment: mountain bike.

Spring Training Schedule 2019

LNR Development and Comp Team  (same schedule)

Starting, April 8th runs through May 31st (8 weeks)

-Mondays, 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm at the Trailhead. Running mechanics, games, strength/flexibility in weight room

-Tuesdays: 3:45pm at the Trailhead. Road bike or MTB starting with approx 90 min, but will extend to 2:00-3:00hr rides.   **note that Tuesday workouts won’t start till April 23rd or later, depending on weather**

-Wednesdays: 3:45pm at the Trailhead.  Running and flexibility – mix of distance and intensity workouts.

-Thursdays:  3:45pm – 6:00 pm at the Trailhead. Running mechanics, games, strength/flexibility in weight room

Summer Training Schedule: (non-camp weeks)
Subject to change based on training hours for the week

Competition Team, starts June 17th, does not run weeks of training camps, lighter schedule 4th of July 4th week.   There is a 3 session/week or 7 session/week option.

-Mondays-  7am Dread Scott Park, Bloomington, Rollerski

-Tuesday 7am  Town of Afton, Rollerski Intensity (occasionally will meet near French Park)

-Tuesday 4:30pm Wirth Trailhead,  strength

-Wednesday- 7am Wirth Park, Rollerski or foot

-Thursday- 8am Wirth Trailhead, various (on low volume weeks we will NOT meet Thursday AM)

-Thursday- 4:30pm Wirth Park, foot and strength

-Friday- 7am Hyland Park Alpine,   bounding, foot

-Weekend-  occasional special workouts

LNR 2019 Competition Team Camps

  • June Camp – June 10-15th, Ironwood MI
  • July Destination Camp – July 21-31, Frisco, CO
  • October MEA Camp Oct 16-20th, Cable WI
  • Thanksgiving On Snow Camp Nov 22nd-31st

2018- 2019 Race trips are not included in price, but will be coordinated by LNR:

  • Early December: Midwest JNQ Qualifiers (coaching/waxing fee covered in price)
  • Early January: USSA Senior Nationals Trip, Houghton, MI (approx $800) – Invite Only
  • Mid-January: Midwest JNQ Qualifiers (coaching/waxing fee covered in price)
  • Early March: Junior Nationals, Truckee California (Midwest Team organized)

Competition Team Handbook: Click to Download the Team Handbook PDF

Annual Cost & Registration:

LNR Competition Team is $4,500. The team fee can be paid in full or paid in installments of $1,125 on May 1, Aug 1, Nov 1, and Feb. 1. You can Pay in Full with Check or Installment Option with Checks. All interested athletes need to inquire with Comp Team Head Coach Chris Harvey, harvey@loppet.org, if they are eligible for Comp Team training and training camps.  Note, this year’s year round fee includes all costs for the July Destination Camp in Frisco, CO and there is no August camp for the Competition Team.

Note that although fees for the Year-Round Competition Team are substantial, they include six training camps, spring, summer, fall and winter training sessions, as well as training plans, lactate testing, and race support. The Competition Team fees are actually highly subsidized in order to encourage and reward athletes who are making the commitment to train full-time for cross-country skiing.

2019-2020 Competition Team – Full Year


Competition Team by Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall and Camp Options

From left to right: Ingrid Thyr, Hannah Rudd, Sarah Bezdicek, and Amanda Kautzer still smiling after 5.5 hours of skiing.Athletes may choose to enroll by season rather than the YEAR ROUND option: note that all Competition Team sessions registration require prior approval by LNR coaching staff.  We need to make sure that each level has an appropriate background for the amount and difficulty of the training.  This is especially important for the Training Camp registrations- please do not register for summer training camps without prior approval of LNR coaching staff.

2019-20 Competition Team – Spring Training

2019-20 Competition Team – Spring and Summer Training

2019-20 Competition Team – Summer Training

2019-20 Competition Team – Fall Training

2019-20 Competition Team – Winter Training

2019-20 Competition Team – June Camp

2019-20 Competition Team – July Camp

2019-20 Competition Team – MEA Camp

2019-20 Competition Team – Thanksgiving Camp

Scholarships available on a need based from the Loppet Foundation. Please contact coach Bednarski for more information at bednarski@loppet.org.


Competition Team – Biathlon Training Options:

LNR works in cooperation with Minnesota Biathlon and the US Biathlon Association to provide biathlon training camps and racing opportunities during the summer,fall, and winter. A complete camp schedule of camps is not yet available, but Biathlon training camps may be substituted for FAST/LNR camps in the LNR Competition Team annual plan, and athletes may do a combination for XC and Biathlon camps. Note that USBA training camps are only open by application to athletes with excellent xc skiing results.