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MEMBER PROFILE: Dave Landgraf

The name Dave Landgraf is well known among many XC Skiing circles, where to even start...

Perhaps Dave is most known in the ski community as a "Founder of the American Birkiebeiner". Dave is one of only 4 people that have skied every single Birkie (the first one being in 1973), which is a super human feat! Not only has Dave completed each Birkie, he literally seems to get faster each year. He always finishes in the top 200 men, with his 2009 finish being in a speedy 2:21:52, good for 192nd place!


Log on to the Birkie hompage, you'll see Dave on the upper right corner every day!

In addition to skiing the Birkie, Dave can be found at many other ski races, across the Midwest and beyond. This past January, he traveled to Sweden for the World Master's Championships with fellow Cyclova XC team member Alan Lindsley. With many US Master's National Championship Titles to his credit, he gave the world's best Master Skiers a true run for their money!


Cyclova XC Team members Dave Landgraf and Alan Lindsley at the 2010 World Master's XC Ski Championships

In addition to being a passionate skier, Dave gives much back to the XC Ski Community. For many years, Dave has been instrumental in the development of the Hickory Ridge Ski Trails, near Bloomer, WI.

During the off season, Dave can be found enjoying the outdoors and frequently is out training usually focusing on roller skiing, hill bounding, and cycling. While not focused on training, Dave enjoys spending time with his great family, whom all also enjoy XC Skiing.

Watch out, Dave is only getting faster as he now perhaps has more time to train due to his recent retirement from teaching!

Get to know Dave, he's a true gentleman of the sport, has a wealth of experience, and likely can out ski you any day of the week :)

Dave, we're thrilled to have you!

1 comment:

  1. Keep Dave in your prayers, as he was struck by a car while bicycling on Friday and is in critical condition...

    I was a former student of Dave's and will always remember the cross country skiing each year...

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