NewsRacingUS NationalsToko’s Perspective on the 2010 US Nationals Classic Sprint

FasterSkier FasterSkierJanuary 9, 20107
Reese Hanneman 4th place.
Reese Hanneman 4th place.

The conditions made for some great skiing conditions. It was fast and the snow was easy to kick on. Wax selection was not so important today as pretty much every product out there performed well. Far more important (as very often is the case when classic waxing) was how well the wax was applied and with what strategy. Glide was at a premium especially as the last 1/2 of the sprint course was pretty much downhill or flat. Kick wax needed to be applied strategically and not at all the way it may have been done for a distance race on a difficult course. The course was a good uphill followed by lots of downhill and flats (and another pretty short uphill that could be double poled if necessary).

FAST's Tyson Flaharty.
FAST's Tyson Flaharty.

The better a classic skier a person is, the easier it is to organize superb skis for him or her. A great skier can ski on stiffer skis than other skiers who may be the same weight. They can also ski on less kick wax (or a harder kick wax). Both of these positive scenarios yield faster gliding skis than the not so proficient or fit classic skier. For this reason, the solutions that a waxer had before him varied somewhat based on the ability of the skier as it usually does.

Steinbock Racing's Chris Cook.
Steinbock Racing's Chris Cook.

For qualifiying, for a traditional solution, Carbon Grip Blue was the best option. Air was dry and 22F pretty much all day. We finally got some blue sky. Viola was also OK, but not as fast gliding as the Blue. So, one option was to ski on Blue on some hard track skis. Another option was to put straight Base Green very short on a stiff pair of skis which would keep them completely off the snow. The straight Base Green option is super grippy and slow gliding, but if you can keep it off the snow like this, and the skier is able to get the camber down, you can achieve rollerski kick and skating ski glide. The issue is whether or not the skier is capable of getting the camber down or not.

Mike Hinckely 3rd place.
Mike Hinckely 3rd place.

In the afternoon, some switched to Viola as it warmed some momentarily, but then it seemed to cool and dry slightly and Blue continued to be best for most.

FAST's David Norris and CXC/USST Garrott Kuzzy.
FAST's David Norris and CXC/USST Garrott Kuzzy.

For glide, we ran LF Moly, HF Blue/Red mix covered by JetStream Blue/Red mix all day. Again, the main factor was how people waxed with the idea of getting adequate kick with maximum glide. The better skiers were able to achieve this better than the less able skiers.

Laura Valaas 2nd place.
Laura Valaas 2nd place.
Rebecca Dussault 5th place.
Rebecca Dussault 5th place.

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