The final day of the 2012 United States Cross Country Ski Championships once again challenged the techs as they needed to dial in the perfect kick without sacrificing too much glide as fast skis were critical today. Here is what some of the top brand industry wax techs were recommending.
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The temperatures overnight dropped allowing Black Mountain to start their snow guns around 9:00PM last night and as we arrived on the course early this morning it was clear that winter had arrived, manmade at least. The morning temperature was holding around 18ºF and there is a strong wind out of the south. The course is hard and firm.
As the athletes start to pour on the warmup laps the wax techs at this point have made their choices for the skis. Here is what some of them are saying:
Individual start races don’t get much more exciting than this. Tad Elliott (CXC) started out of the gate fast and did not take his foot off the gas until he crossed the finish line 1:10:16 later just one-tenth of a second faster than APU’s Lars Flora.
Elliott, who held a margin over his nearest competitors throughout the race, skied most of the race by himself, working his way through the field, while Flora shared the work with third place finisher Noah Hoffman (USST, 1:10:19) and others in a relatively large pack. Elliott may have captured the title with his final lunge at the line, which brought him crashing to the firmly packed snow.
Michael Sinnott (SVSEF), who was the first racer on course, came through the lap and picked up Brian Gregg (CXC). The two remained together for most of the race and ended up finishing fourth and fifth both in a time of 1:11:13.
Complete results will be found here when available.
Check back later for a complete race report and photos.
Lars Flora took top honors in today’s 15km classic race at the US National Cross-Country Skiing Championships in Rumford, ME over his APU teammate James Southam. Flora’s time of 43:29 was 18 seconds quicker than that of Southam, who had chipped into Flora’s lead over the final laps of the six lap race.
UAF’s David Norris grabbed the final step on the podium, finishing third in a time of 44:10 with teammate Alexander Treinen another nine seconds back.
Chris Cook (Steinbock Racing) and Torin Koos (MODP) finished 5th and 6th both with a time of 44:28.
Check back soon for a full race report.
FasterSkier caught up with Noah Hoffman just after the qualifying round of the classic sprint at the US Nationals in Rumford. He weighs in on the course, conditions and his goals for the day.
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APU’s Lars Flora sets the fastest time in this mornings soggy sprint qualifications at the US Nationals Championships in Rumford, ME. Torin Koos, Michael Sinnott, Reese Hanneman and Skyler Davis round out the top five. These results are not yet sorted so please be sure to look at the ‘overall’ column.
More to come.