6 January 2010 US Nationals Classic 20/30k
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Liz Stephen 5th place and Rebecca Dussault 4th place
Caitlin Compton 3rd place, Liz Stephen 5th place, Rebecca Dussault 4th place
Liz Stephen 5th place, Rebecca Dussault 4th place, Caitlin Compton 3rd place
Kris Freeman 2nd place
Bryan Cook 3rd place
David Norris 4th place (as a junior!)
Brian Gregg 5th place
Tad Elliott 7th place
Reese Hanneman 9th place
Leif Zimmermann 11th place
It was 27-28F and snowing during both events. Shortly before the finish of the men's race, it stopped. The snow was pretty dry for Anchorage at this temperature and the tracks were not glazing.
Our waxes of the day were for glide: LF Moly followed by HF Red covered by JetStream Red. For kick: a thin coat of BaseWax Green covered by Carbon Grip Red. In these non abrasive conditions, ironed in Carbon Grip Blue would have also been a fine base layer. The snow breaking under foot was a factor today. This is when the snow sticks to the wax on the ski OK, but breaks underneath creating a slip. In this situation, it is good to wax a little longer than normal to increase the contact area of the wax to the snow which ought to minimize the shearing (breaking) of the snow. Some of the women who did quite well added some Carbon Grip Yellow in under foot and were very happy with it.