SLIGHT UPDATE - WAX TIP: 2014 American Birkiebeiner

Duane - one of the waxing gurus at Cyclova XC, makes some Birkie Flourocarbon (Toko Jetstream Blue) magic happen!

Following is the UPDATED Cyclova XC Racing Service 2014 Birkie 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 created based on my 16+ years of professional experience in creating race wax tips. 

Note that only a few minor tweaks have been made to this wax tip, which was originally published on February 12.  Note that anything that was changed from the original is highlighted in RED

For the full scoop on how to follow wax tips, check out MY ARTICLE on the topic. 

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Event:  American Birkiebeiner, from Cable to Hayward, WI.

When:  23k, 52k, or 50k Freestyle / Classic. 10 waves, with the elites starting at 8AM at Telemark on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Want More Details???  I expect the conditions of the 2013 Birkie to be quite similar to the 2014 Birkie, therefore, my wax tip is very similar to last years.  See a very detailed commentary on the logic behind last year's Birkie Wax Tip, which again, is quite similar to the 2014 Birkie.  This will help the most hard core ski dorks (yes, we're proud dorks) understand the reasoning behind the below information.  There is also a wealth of ski tech info on the Cyclova XC Ski Tech page.

Forecast & Conditions:  Overnight low of -8'F, with a temp in the single digits above zero at the start.  Daytime high will be in the mid teens above zero, with a mix of sun and overcast sky.  A Heavy Winter Storm will dump between 10" and 20" of fresh snow in the 60 hours leading up to the event.  

The snow will fall at relatively warm temps (moist large snow crystals), and then will abruptly cool down - creating very sharp/hard snow crystals - these conditions illustrate how important it is to generally error on the cold / hard end of the spectrum when it comes to glide waxing.  The snow temp will be cold, with sharp snow crystals at race time.  Expect packed powder conditions, with the snow pack loosening up in further back waves.  Classic tracks will be firm and somewhat glazed.

Ski Flex Tips:  Soft flexed skis for packed powder conditions.  This is the single most important aspect of having optimum skis in this year's Birkie!

Structure Tips:
Structure (Elite through wave 3):  Cold SuperFine Grind or a fine structure (1 pass with the Blue Toko Structure-Rite tool).  
Structure (Wave 4 and back):  Cold Universal Grind or a medium structure (1 pass with the Red Toko Structure-Rite tool).  

Glide Wax Tips:
Fast Wax (Elite through wave 3): HS-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush, HSLF-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush, HSF-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush.  Apply Flite #11 Arctic (White) Flourocarbon ironed (using the Fast Wax Base Saver) or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad.  **NOTE:  As a more affordable alternative to Flite Flourocarbon, try the NEW Fast Wax Race Pro Arctic Arctic Paste - in stock at Cyclova XC**
Fast Wax (Wave 4 and later): HS-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush, HSLF-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush, HSF-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush.  Apply Flite #11 Arctic or Cold (White or Blue) Flourocarbon ironed (using the Fast Wax Base Saver) or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad **NOTE:  As a more affordable alternative to Flite Flourocarbon, try the NEW Fast Wax Race Pro Cold Paste - in stock at Cyclova XC**
Swix (Elite through Wave 3):  LF-4, Scrape, Brush, HF-4, Scrape, Brush, FC-7 (Cold Cera F) ironed in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad
Swix (Wave 4 and later)  LF-4, Scrape, Brush, HF-4, Scrape, Brush, FC-7 (Cold Cera F) ironed in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad
Toko (Elite through Wave 3):  Tribloc LF Black / Tribloc LF Blue mix (1 : 1 Ratio) Scrape, Brush, Tribloc HF Blue / Nordlite Cold Powder Mixed & ironed in together, scrape, brush, Jetstream Blue ironed or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad
Toko (Wave 4 and later):   Tribloc LF Black / Tribloc LF Blue mix (1 : 1 Ratio), Scrape, Brush, Tribloc HF Blue, scrape, brush, Jetstream Blue ironed or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad.

Grip Wax Tips:
Swix:  Roughen grip zone with 150 grit sandpaper.  Apply Swix VR-35 Base Binder, iron, and smoothen with cork.  Wait to apply your grip wax of the day until Friday night, and check wax reports / weather.    The optimal grip wax of the day will likely be 3 thin smoothly corked layers of Swix VR-40 lightly covered with Swix VR-30.
Toko:  Roughen grip zone with 150 grit sandpaper.  Apply Toko Base Green, iron, and smoothen with your thumb while still warm.  Wait to apply your grip wax of the day until Friday night, and check wax reports / weather.    The optimal grip wax of the day will likely be 3-4 thin, smoothly corked layers of Toko Blue (later wave skiers who want more grip will likely enjoy 3-4 thin, smoothly corked layers of Toko Red).


Should you have any questions on Birkie ski prep, feel free to stop by or contact the expert ski technicians at Cyclova XC.  If you're interested in having us wax your skis, ensuring lightning fast skis, check our our Birkie Ski Service Program HERE.  Give a fun shout out to all of the Cyclova XC Team Skiers on the trail - as well as everyone wearing the Ski Like Landgraf Hats!


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