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The Marcialonga: Brushes-with-greatness at Italy’s most famous ski marathon

March 10, 2015

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Here’s another post for the xc ski and endurance sports enthusiasts among you. Back in January I traveled to northern Italy to compete in the Marcialonga xc ski race. I enjoyed a fabulous few days of skiing, sightseeing and soaking up the scenery and hospitality of the Dolomite region, and managed to rub shoulders with […]

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Racing the Worldloppet circuit in Europe: the Dolomitenlauf, the Transjurassienne, and the Engadin Ski Marathon

August 21, 2014

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This is a post for my xc ski buddies (who are no doubt thinking about xc skiing – in August). As a competitive xc skier I have long fantasized about participating in one of the big Worldloppet series xc ski races in Europe, ever since setting eyes on photos of thousands of skiers snaking across […]

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“What doesn’t kill me …”: Channeling Nietzsche in the Engadin Ski Marathon

May 27, 2013

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The following post is primarily for the cross country ski nerds (you know who you are), but if you enjoy beautiful mountain scenery and/or German philosophy, there’s something here for you too. Confused? Read on. Back in early March, Graham traveled to the Engadin Valley in the far southeastern corner of Switzerland to participate in […]

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World Cup Weekend in France

March 19, 2013

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As many readers know, I am a huge fan of competitive cross country skiing and have been involved in the sport as a competitor for many years and, more recently, as a coach with Team Hardwood. While I miss my Team Hardwood family a great deal, as well as the adrenaline and excitement of race […]

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