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Wax recos, Mora tips, Birkie wax service deadlines

Wax Recommendations for the Mora Vasaloppet and the Pre-Birkie, Saturday February 11

Glide Wax:
Rex: Base layer – Rex RCF pink; 2nd layer – Rex HF11 Yellow; Powder – Rex TK-245 Fluor powder; Top coat: Rex Sapporo Gel.
Optiwax: Base layer – Optiwax L3; Race wax – Opti Glidetape 1; Top coat: FluorPowder +/- 0 ironed and brushed followed by Fluor Block 1 handcorked and brushed.Kick Wax:
Rex: Rex Base Klister + 1 coat of Rex Gold Klister topped with Red special klister.
Optiwax: Optiwax Universal Klister, add a Red klister on top if more kick is needed. Test Gripwax 0 as a cover as well.

 

Advice from 2015’s Winner of the Mora 42km Men’s Classic Race, our own Devin Arenz:
We ran Devin’s tips last year, but his advice is still holds. And the photo is a classic!– The North End trails are rolling, not steep, so wax for glide, not kick.
– Try to stay with a pack so there is someone to block the wind.
– When passing, find a fast place to make your move. Look for an icy track because they are always fast.
– Don’t assume the people around you are any less tired than you are.
– Say thanks to all the course controllers and feeders.
– Come up with one joke per lap.
– People will be friendlier if you don’t step on their poles.
Race Wax Service Deadlines
If you are racing Mora or the Pre Birkie, get them in now!
For Birkie weekend, we need Korte skis by Monday, February 20th at noon and Birkie skis by Tuesday, February 21st at noon.
Let us take waxing your skis off your to-do list. Our expert wax team will analyze the track conditions and apply the fastest waxes for race day. We will add structure as needed, which was a huge benefit last year and looks to be again this year. We’ve got three levels of service depending on the amount of fluoro wax in the mix: Good, Better and Best. From $30 to $85. Call with any questions: 651-645-2443.
Stonegrind musings
If your formerly fast skis are slowing down, or you want the perfect grind for your next race, stop by with your skis or give Tom Novak a call: 651-645-2443.
More insight into Tom’s methods:
“So with a new Wintersteiger Omega RS 150 machine and all its bells and whistles, I wanted to see if I could come up with another ‘uni’ grind idea.”  More here.
Upcoming events
Birkie Wax clinic, Monday, February 13
@ 6:30 pm
The forecast looks warm, so start thinking fluros! Get advice from our wax guru Fred Kueffer on your best strategy for the big race.
See you on the trail!

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