Welcome to my website! My name is Benjamin Lustgarten and I am a professional cross country ski racer for the Craftsbury Green Racing Project in Vermont. My goal is to compete successfully at the national and international level with focus on the 2020 World Cup Finals in Canada! I will be updating my progress throughout my training and racing season via blog posts and social media updates that you can access with this website. Thanks for your support!
So I made the challenging decision to decline the 2020 Tour de Ski starts I qualified for and instead to focus on US National Championships. I was hoping to be able to win or at least podium one of the distance races, but that did not work out as planned. Houghton is infamously known for … Continue reading 2020 US National Championships!
The first SuperTours of the year went well! First stop was picturesque Canmore, Alberta. I love Canmore, as do most skiers I feel like due to the gorgeous surrounding mountains, usually perfect sunshine and perfectly groomed nordic ski trails. We got to Canmore about 7 days out from the first races in order to acclimate … Continue reading First SuperTours – Canmore and Sun Valley!
The summer has come and gone again in a flurry of activity, training, and some recovery squeezed in here and there. I competed in the same New England mountain bike race series this summer as last year called the Bubbatrophy Series. It is such a great event with awesome competition. I progressed much faster and … Continue reading Summer Mountain Bike Racing and Trail Running!
After the Tour de Ski my body was fed up with all of the racing and travel and decided to force me into some much needed rest. I got very sick and was in bed in Seefeld for about 5 days. I unfortunately had to miss the first World Cup races for Period II, the … Continue reading World Cups World Championships and Spring Series