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Minnesotans on Team USA

tiff_nationals.pngUSAT AGE GROUP NATIONALS - From oldest to youngest, here are the 32 Minnesota athletes who earned "Automatic Berths" on 2017 Olympic Distance Team USA with their performances at Omaha Nationals last weekend.

Tomorrow, MTN will post the names of MInnesotans who earned spots on  Sprint Team USA.

OLYMPIC MEN:

RICK GOULLAUD, 71, Plympouth - 5th AG

LARRY STRACKE, 60, Sauk Rapids - 14th AG

TONY SCHILLER, 58, Eden Prairie - 3rd AG

JOHN MARSHALL, 57, Minneapolis - 11th AG

BRIAN BICH, 50, Duluth - 1st AG

BRETT LOVAAS, 42, Minnetonka - 10th AG (photo below)

SCOTT MYERS, 41, Plymouth - 14th AG

MIKE BUENTING, 42,  Chanhassen - 15th AG

THOMAS ANDERSON III, 40, Minneapolis - 18th AG

JOSH BLANKENHEIM, 36, Duluth - 2nd AG

MATTHEW PAYNE, 39, Golden Valley - 5th AG

ANDY WIBERG, 37, Lakeville - 7th AG ...

Casey Snaps 14 Year Streak...

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NORTHWOODS TRIATHLON - It took 14 years, but it finally happened: Someone other than BROOKS GROSSINGER managed to break 1-hour at Northwoods.

Yes, Brooks dipped under the 60-minute mark on NW's scenic .25-14.2-5K route again (58:44), doing so for the ninth time. And yes, he did win for the 12th time in as many starts here, which ties him with BRIAN BICH for the most victories at a single triathlon by a Minnesotan. (Brian has a dozen wins at Brewhouse.) ...

Weekend Boxscore...Updated...Again...

D.Hank.pngWINGMAN - On Sunday, masters star CHAP ACHEN, 47, won this event for the fourth time, outdistancing his closest rival, talented teen GARRETT WELSCH, by 3:08. MORGAN BAKER won the women's competition. The event celebrated its 8th anniversary. RESULTS

 

STEELEHEAD 70.3 - MTN congratulates Lino Lakes' DIANE HANKEE (photo L) and Chanhassen's ANGELA KIDD for placing 3rd and 4th overall in the women's 70.3 in Benton Harbor, Michigan this morning. Diane's time was 4:41:36; Angela's was 4:42:40. RESULTS

 

YWCA WOMEN'S TRI - As in 2015, HEATHER LENDWAY (pro winner), CHRISTINA ROBERTS (amateur winner) and LISA LENDWAY comprised the overall podium this morning at this annual classic. 855 women finished the race. RESULTS

 

NORTH MANKATO TRIATHLON - Lakeville's JOYCE BOURASSA, 48, appears to be on her way to garning another Master of the Year nomination. The 2002 MInnesota ...

Prolotherapy Might Be For You...

prolo.pngED. Prolotherapy may not work for everyone, but one of the MTN Guys is still running today because of it.

By Susan Lacke (triathlon.competitor.com)

Athletes are turning to injections of plasma and sugar to heal injuries.

For Jennie Hansen, prolotherapy was a Hail Mary. While sidelined with a severe high hamstring injury, the professional triathlete had endured chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and injections of anti-inflammatory medications. Nothing was working...

"Like Getting Irate at a Koala"...

cycle-art.gifED. Must have been wicked hot at NATIONALS in Omaha today. We'll have words and pics on Monday. RESULTS

Brooks Grossinger became a 12-time NORTHWOODS winner this morning. Yes, he broke the 1-hour mark, but so did Casey Miller. Mata Agre topped the women's field. Words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS

By Jason Gay (wjs.com)

Of all our wacky and agitated 21st century culture wars, the most ridiculous and unnecessary, to me, is Bike Haters vs. Bike Lovers.

Look: I get that not everyone rides a bicycle, owns a bicycle, or showers with a bicycle (what, you don’t shower with a bicycle? It’s cleansing and delightful!), but the frothing and vitriol directed at cycling seems so disproportionate to the activity. Freaking out at your price-gouging cable TV company? Sure. Air travel? Absolutely. But bicycling? Come on. It’s like getting irate at a koala.
To be fair, what irritates the public is not bicycles, but bicyclists. Here, many people have anecdotes, sometimes years old, which can be vividly recalled at town meetings, bike lane hearings and in the...

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