The Jackson XC staff and their trails put on an amazing show for the 2018 running of the White Mountain Classic. Racers awoke to sunshine and warming, but seasonable temperatures and a beautifully groomed and truly cross country track. Throughout the course competitors experienced varied conditions, which rewarded both proper waxing and adaptable technique.
We are pleased to offer you an account of the race by guest master writer, Damian Bolduc, from NWVE. Damian offers colorful insight into the race and the healthy rivalries that exist between some skiers in New England. Complete results are available on our Results Page and updated Zak and Club rankings can be found on our Rankings Page. If you are looking for more pictures visit us on facebook.
We look forward to continued Marathon Racing next weekend at the 2018 Craftsbury Marathon Ski Festival presented by Fischer. Click here for registration.
In the meantime enjoy Mr. Bolduc’s recap of the 2018 White Mountain Classic and see you on the trails.
After a little fun with the plaques, we got down to business with testing wax. Testing went a little better this week. The reminders from the Geschmossel kept us on task and gave us confidence in our choices. As with last week, several options were working fine, though with the tough climbs this week not many were up for a double pole. I believe the only person on the starting line with no kick wax was Kris Freeman (Caldwell Sport). That is not to say that others did not have limited kick, but that was by accident. It was fun to see all the different decisions on wax. NWVE stuck with the predicted wax of alternating layers of purple and red hard wax for the most part. It was working good, had little consequence and covered the rapid warm up.
While we were warming up so did the temps. It seemed as though within a matter of 5 minutes it went from the low-twenties to the mid-thirties. The snow was slower to warm-up, but there was a lot of variabilities depending on if the sun was hitting it, it was windblown, wind-swept, if the river jumped the banks, in the woods, in the fields or littered with tree debris. I found my skis to have reasonable kick everywhere throughoutthe race. They were slow for the second half of the first lap but improved with the warming.