Speaking of conditions, there was plenty of snow that had just a bit of transformation from what had been pretty much new snow conditions for two weeks, to a more frozen and faster type. Some of the course was rocket fast, but some sections were still cold and grippy. The day before was fairly warm, but it froze up hard overnight and didn't warm up much during the race, keeping things firm and fast.
It was a day to apply a slightly warmer grip wax, somewhere in the violet/purple range, or a very thin and short section of universal klister - that's what I opted to use, but very thin and very short under my foot. It provided solid kick when my technique was good, while also allowing my skis to glide well. The snow was the type that would have allowed a pretty good range of things to work, depending on where on the course you really wanted the best kick.
The track was set in a "best line" path in the trail, which made for a smooth course that is quite a bit easier to ski than when it is groomed for both skate and classic (classic track way over on the low side of the trail). It skis quite a bit differently when it is set like that with wider turns and straighter lines. It was kinda sad to go groom it out after the day was over.
So, here is the tale of the tape. Great job to everyone who came out to enjoy pretty much perfect classic conditions. You've achieved your New Year's Resolution!
2020 Resolution Classic Tourace
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