SKI TECH: Early Cyclova XC Birkie Wax Tip

Being an avid ski waxer (and skier too) and a former professional wax tip creater, I'm always thinking about what the wax job will be for the coming races.


So, based on popular demand, I'm putting out the preliminary Cyclova XC Wax tip for the 3 major wax brands of the region. Note that these are not officially endorsed wax tips by the wax companies, rather these are tips that I have personally put together based on my 11+ years of professional experience in creating race wax tips.


Following you'll see data on anticipated track conditions, weather, ski selection, structure, glide wax, and grip wax. Additionally, this will be updated on Thursday, should that be necessary.

Anticipated Trail Conditions: The leaders of the race can expect nearly perfect machined snow conditions, composed of a tilled mix of older snow crystals and some new flakes that are expected to fall in the week leading up to the race. As thousands of skiers go over the course, the track will become skied in, glazed, and likely a bit faster than for the leaders. With the cold overnight temperatures, the track should remain very firm and hold up well, even for late wave skiers. Classic tracks should be firm, fast, and ideal.

Anticipated Weather:
A stable weather patter in is place that will likely yeild cold overnight temps in the single digits in the days leading up to the race. Daytime highs should be consistently in the mid 20's to low 30's throughout the week. We can expect a few minor snow falls over the course of the week, just enough to freshen up the trail a bit (nothing major). This weather pattern looks to continue straight through to race day. Generally forecasts are calling for an overnight low of about 10'F with a race day high in the low 30's with mostly sunny skies. A perfect Birkie Race Day!

Ski Selection: With a firm skate lane and classic track expected, a relatively stiff ski will be optimal for both techniques. Stiff skate skis will provide stability and the stiff classic skis will ensure that your grip wax lasts the duration of the race.

Structure: A Cold Universal Stonegrind (fine non-linear) wil be optimal. If in doubt, take 1 pass with a non-linear (broken lines) strcuture tool. A diagonal or v pattern will be ideal.

Cyclova XC Glide Wax Tips by brand:


Fast Wax:
  1. 2 layers of HS-20 Sport Blue (scraping and brushng each layer)
  2. 1 layer of HSF-20 Tan (scrape and brush)
  3. 1-2 layers of Flite 11 Cold (1 layer ironed in or 2 layers polished in)
Toko:
  1. 1 layer Dibloc LF Grey (Moly) (scrape and brush)
  2. 1 layer Dibloc HF Blue for Elite & wave 1 or 1 layer Dibloc HF Red for wave 2 and back (scrape and brush)
  3. Jetstream Blue for Elite & wave 1 or Jestream Red for wave 2 and back (1 layer ironed in or 2 layers polished in)
Swix:
  1. 1 layer LF4 (scrape and brush)
  2. 1 layer HF6 (scrape and brush)
  3. Cera F FC-7 for Elite & Wave 1 or Cera F FC-8 for wave 2 and back (1 layer ironed in or 2 layers polished in)
Cyclova XC Grip Wax Tips by brand:

Toko:
  1. Roughen grip zone with 120 grit sandpaper
  2. Apply Base Green Klister, iron, and smoothen with you thumb. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  3. For Elite through Wave 2: Apply 2 layers Carbon Violet with 1 layer Carbon Blue on top, thoroughly corking each layer. For Wave 2 and back: Apply 2 layers Carbon Red with 1 layer Carbon Violet on top, thoroughly corking each layer. If you're concerned about losing your grip, you may want to carry a Carbon Red and a cork for possible re-waxing on the course.
Swix:
  1. Roughen grip zone with 120 grit sandpaper
  2. Apply a thin layer of Base Green KR-20 Klister, iron, and smoothen with your thumb. Allow to cool at room temperature
  3. For Elite through Wave 2: Apply 2 layers Extra Blue (V40) with 1 layer VR40 on top, thoroughly corking each layer. For Wave 2 and back: Apply 2 layers Violet V50 with 1 layer VR-40 on top, thoroughly corking each layer. If you're concerned about losing your grip, you may want to carry a V50 or VR50 and a cork for possible re-waxing on the course.

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