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WAX TIP UPDATE: Sisu Ski Festival, Ironwood, MI

Fast skis are a key part of racing your best.  Rely on Cyclova XC to ensure your skis are flying!  Photo Courtesy of Julie Wenner

Mother nature is a unpredictable one at times, and this weekend is no exception.  Will we get snow or rain?  Will it be warm or cold?  Will it be windy or not?  The forecast has been spastically gyrating over the past few days, but now seems to have settled down a bit - looking like the temperatures will be drastically cooling with gale force winds out of the west as the events start on Saturday morning.  One thing is for sure - this will be an EPIC DAY we won't forget!  Following is the updated tip as of Thursday, 10 January at 5:30PM.  

Disclaimer:  Following is the Cyclova XC Racing Service Wax tip for the 4 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 created based on my 12+ years of professional experience in creating race wax tips.


When:  42k race starting at 9AM, 21k race starting at 11:30AM, Jr race and Taste 'n Tour events starting later on Saturday, 12 January at the fabulous ABR Trails in Ironwood.
Forecast & Conditions:  UPDATE:  Here is the very complicated weather scenario:  Very warm "melty" conditions and rain are expected in the 2 days leading up to the event - likely with significant dirt present in the snow.  Note that the snow coverage should still be adequate - just dirt mixed in with the snow.  Friday day time temps will exceed 40'F and temps will remain in the mid 30's through most of Friday night.  As day breaks on Saturday morning, the temperature will begin to plummet along with a very strong westerly wind blowing in (gusting to 40mph).  This westerly wind may pick up moisture off of Lake Superior, perhaps delivering lake effect snow.  BOTTOM LINE:  On race morning, expect wet / dirty track conditions, transitioning to icy conditions as temperatures drop.  There is a chance that the firm icy track will be covered in fresh "lake effect" snow.  Click HERE for the very dorky but info packed hourly weather graphs published by the National Weather Service.

Ski Flex:  Moderate to firm flexed ski for firm machined track conditions. 
Structure:  Warm Universal Stonegrind or a coarse linear rill.  Having moderate structure will be critical and more important than wax at this race.  If using a roller type structure tool, apply your structure after your paraffin hot waxes, but before your flourocarbon overlay.  If using a cutting type / riller bar structure tool, apply structure before you begin hot waxing.

Glide Wax Tips: 
Fast Wax:  HS-20 Blue, Scrape, Brush, HSF-20 Tan, Scrape, Brush, Flite Cold (ironed using the Base Saver, Brushed with dedicated Nylon brush, Polish with Speed Block
Holmenkol:  Clean skis using Nano CFC Cleaner, Matrix Red, Scrape, Brush, Mid Speed Block or Powder ironed, Brushed using dedicated nylon brush, Polished with polishing pad
Swix:  CH-7, Scrape, Brush, HF-7, Scrape, Brush, Cera-F FC-8 ironed, brushed with dedicated Nylon Brush, Polished with polishing pad
Toko:  Tribloc LF Black , Scrape, Brush, Tribloc HF Red, scrape, brush, Jetstream Red ironed, brushed with dedicated Nylon Brush, Polished with Thermo Pad

Grip Wax Tips:
Swix:  Roughen grip zone with 180 grit sandpaper.  Apply  KX-20 Klister Base Binder, iron, and smoothen with cork.  Wait to apply grip wax of the day until race morning - being sure to follow published wax tips by wax companies.  I anticipate that the likely grip wax of the day will be KX-35 Violet Special Klister covered with a very thin layer of VR-40 hard wax.
Toko:  Roughen grip zone with 180 grit sandpaper.  Apply Base Green Klister, iron,  smoothen with thumb, and allow to cool.  Wait to apply grip wax of the day until race morning - being sure to follow published wax tips by wax companies.  I anticipate that the likely grip wax of the day will be Red Klister covered with a very thin layer of Red Hard Wax.  

Have fun and see you out there!

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