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Ransom & Manske Win 2006 CXC Masters Cup

Mon, Mar  20, 2006 - By Yuriy Gusev

Central Cross Country Skiing is pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 CXC Masters Cup series presented by Rossignol. The CXC Masters Cup is a fun new age handicap point system race series for all area master level CXC members.

The idea behind the system is to encourage citizens to become involved in the 4 consecutive weeks of CXC FIS SuperTour cross country ski races. These shorter high-speed events are the best way to develop faster times for the big ones in February and March. It gives master racers an opportunity to compete for an overall age adjusted title for the first half of the ski season.

In the men’s category the winner is Chris Ransom. Chris Ransom (52) is the National Solo 24 Hour XC Ski Champion 2001 -2005 and numerous times Masters National Champion.

In the table below you can see how the age adjusted time put Chris Ransom from 91st place overall right into the top 10 of the SuperTour field at Telemark 15km Freestyle event.

"It is a very cool system. I was finishing towards the back of the overall field but ending up in the top 10 overall after time adjustment. I would recommend that everyone participate in this program," commented Chris.

In the woman’s category the winner is Karen Manske. Karen is a Director of Community Education, past high school coach, and now coaching her kids and racing out of Bemidji, MN. In the table below Karen Manske moved from 55th place overall right in the middle of the collegiate field at then Mt.Itasca 10km Freestyle event.



Age Index

Overall Time

Overall Place

Age Adjusted Time

Age Adjusted Place

Chris Ransom







Karen Manske







"I love this idea. It was so fun to compete with the collegiate and SuperTour athletes and compare my age adjustable time to the time of the best athletes in the country. I wasn’t able to do all races but next year I will aim for it," observed Karen about the CXC Masters Cup.

These CXC Master’s Cup Gold Medallists will receive an equipment package from Rossignol that will include top of the line fitted skis, bindings, poles and boots; a $1500 value. More importantly, master level racers now have something, in addition to the Birkie, to give them regional bragging rights for the year. For more additional information about CXC Masters Cup please visit


Yuriy Gusev
Executive Director
Central Cross Country Ski Association
P.O.Box 930442
Verona, WI 53593
Tel: 608.385.8864 F
ax: 608.845.8254

Central Cross Country Skiing is the designated body for the development of cross country skiers in the 10 state Central Region of the United States. CXC Skiing oversees youth programs; supports the Junior Olympic Qualifying system, Central Collegiate Ski Association, and Senior/Master skiing; provides athletes’, coaches’ and officials’ education; coordinates competitions; and is the Midwest pipeline to the US Ski Team. CXC is a 501c3 non profit corporation and gratefully accepts tax deductible donations for program enhancement from all sources.