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Silent Auction for $5,000 Bike

Sun, Jul  22, 2007 - By CXC Skiing

CXC Skiing will auction titanium hand build custom sized Eriksen road and mountain bikes with a value exceeding $5,000 each to support the CXC Ski Team – Olympic Development Program.

Central Cross Country Ski Association with the support of the Kent Eriksen bicycles is pleased to announce the 2007 Silent Auction to support CXC Ski Team – Olympic Development Program.

The CXC Ski Team - Olympic Development Program was developed and implemented in May 2006 to support athletes with elite aspirations. There are numerous high school and college teams in the country, but only a handful of post-collegiate programs for aspiring Olympic athletes. The CXC Team’s goal is to provide coaching, training and financial support to a select few individuals that possess the skill, drive and dedication to pursue a goal to represent the US in upcoming World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitions. A simultaneous goal is to develop athletes that are ambassadors for spreading awareness, knowledge and enthusiasm, to promote healthy lifestyles, and increase cross country ski participation.

The CXC Team had great results in their first year. The United States Ski Association nationally recognized CXC with the Cross Country Club of the Year Award for 2007. Caitlin Compton and Laura Valaas made up the women’s team; they finished first and second overall, respectively, on the SuperTour. Collectively, their greatest performance was winning the team sprint at US Senior Nationals. Both women were named to the US Team for the World Championships in Sapporo, Japan. They were the only non-Olympians named to the World Championship team. Laura made US Nordic Skiing history by becoming the first US female to podium at a World Championship event. Laura finished second overall in the World Under Twenty-Three World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. Laura has been named to the US Ski Team for 2007 and Caitlin has been named to the US Biathlon Team. Bryan Cook, Brian Gregg, Matt Liebsch, Garrott Kuzzy and Andre Watt comprised the men’s team. Garrott Kuzzy finished third overall on the SuperTour and third overall in the fifty kilometer freestyle and thirty kilometer pursuit at US Distance Nationals in Presque Isle, Maine. The men placed tenth, twelfth, sixteenth and nineteenth at the 2007 American Birkebeiner.

In support of CXC Team, a titanium custom sized hand build Eriksen road bike will be sold by silent auction and announced at the Fire House 50 August 4th in Grandview, WI. The titanium custom sized hand build Eriksen mountain bike will be announced on September 15th at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival in Hayward/Cable, WI.

The silent auction will take place on the The last seven days will also be posted on In order to place a bid please send an e-mail to with your bid, name, mailing address and phone number. Starting bid for each bike must be at least $1000.

The highest bid will be listed on the main page of the at 8:00am every morning.

“This is a great fundraising opportunity for our organization to support our Olympic hopefuls. I can’t thank Kent Eriksen enough for supporting CXC in this effort” said Yuriy Gusev, CXC Skiing Chief Executive Officer.

About the Bikes

Titanium is among the strongest, lightest metals on Earth. Titanium tubes are formable, corrosion-proof, highly resistant to fatigue and smooth in nature. Translated to riding, this means a responsive, durable and lightweight frame offering exceptional comfort while delivering performance and style. With a titanium frame, you cannot go wrong. Hand built in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Road Bike Components:

  • Eriksen custom titanium seat post
  • FSA saddle
  • FSA carbon crank SL K Compact 50/34
  • FSA wheels RD 220 rims
  • Reynolds carbon fork Ouzo Pro
  • FSA front derailleur
  • FSA brakes Energy silver
  • Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur
  • Shimano Ultegra 10 speed cassette 12-25
  • Shimano Ultegra levers
  • FSA handlebars and stem OS 150 Alloy
  • Schwalbe Stelvio Blue tread 700-23 tires
  • No peddles

Hard Tail Mountain Bike Components:

  • TBD

“…I can’t believe how intuitive it is to ride—it’s graceful and agile, even over rough pavement. The bike compresses into tight turns, and springs to life when you accelerate through the apex.…” Brian Vaughan, President of Gu Sports

Kent Eriksen will correspond directly with the winners to determine sizing and other specifics following each auction.

CXC Ski Team at SuperTour in Madison, WI