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Wax Tips: SISU Ski Festival, Ironwood, MI

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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, 21k, Jr race, and Taste 'n Tour events starting between 9AM & 1PM on Saturday, 12 January at the fabulous ABR Trails in Ironwood
Forecast & Conditions:  Very warm "melty" conditions and rain are expected in the 2 days leading up to the event, which will result in the snow conditions being wet - likely with significant dirt present in the snow.  Note that the snow coverage should still be adequate - just dirt mixed in with the snow.  Overnight lows friday night will be in the low to mid 30's with a temp of about 35'F at the start of the 21k/42k events.  Daytime high will be in the upper 30's, with snow showers and sleet possible.  Expect wet machined track conditions with some dirt (tree leaves, tree sap, and plain old dirt) present.
Ski Flex:  Moderately flexed ski for machined conditions.  Better yet, if you have warm weather "wet /  corn snow skis", this is the event to use them!
Structure:  Corn L/NL Stonegrind or a very agressive linear rill.  Having enough structure will be critical and more important than wax at this race.  You want A LOT of structure for this event!  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-30 Red, Scrape, Brush, HSF-40 Bronze, Scrape, Brush, Flite Warm (ironed using the Base Saver, Brushed with dedicated Nylon brush, Polish with Speed Block
Holmenkol:  Clean skis using Nano CFC Cleaner, Alpha Mix Yellow, Scrape, Brush, Matrix Yellow / Matrix Black mixed (1:1 ratio),  Matrix Speed Block / Powder ironed, Brushed using dedicated nylon brush, Polished with polishing pad
Swix:  CH-8, Scrape, Brush, HF-10BW/BD, Scrape, Brush, Cera F FC-10 ironed, brushed with dedicated Nylon Brush, Polished with polishing pad
Toko:  NF Yellow, Scrape, Brush, Tribloc LF Black , Scrape, Brush, Tribloc HF Yellow / HF Black Mix (2:1 ratio), 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-65 Red Klister.
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 Yellow Klister mixed with Red Klister (2:1 ratio).  

Have fun and see you out there!

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