Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Best Birkebeiner Ever: CXC Takes 1-2-4-6-1

The Birke was great this year. It was a full house of skiers stapling energy gels to bibs and getting everything ready for the big race. Mom, Dad, Chad, Alieta and Hons flew out for the big event. Alieta and one of her girlfriends cheered us all in at several points along the course. I think I had the biggest cheering section of the race on main street with another 11 Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. The extra cheering helped me win the sprint for 4th place. I would have liked to be on the podium with my teammates, but last year I was 5th and I am moving in the right direction.

The Gregg's Race the Birkie: Chad, Dad, Mom, Brian.
Tara is in Ecuador but we were able to talk to her about the race.

Heather on her way to 2nd in the CXC Elite Sprints Semi Final.
Sorry JoJo for including this picture, but I thought it was a good one.

CXC taking control of the race 100m off of the line

My dad put together a great little slide show of the 2009 event. There are a number of great pictures in it so check it out. Slide Show (Click Here).

Also, Congratulations to the 2009 American Birkebeiner Champion Matt Liebsch. Check out his review of the race and some of his pictures on his web site at We made a number of planned attacks as a team, so it was great to see them work and have all the men finish in the top 6.

Gus Kaeding made it an even better day for CXC, winning the 54k Classical Birkebeiner over skiing legend Bjorn Dahle. Gus does an excellent job telling the story of his first marathon here.

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