Sunday, December 28, 2008

Koos Rounds Up Win at Mazama Ski Rodeo

Torin Koos of Rossignol/USST from Leavenworth, WA, won the Ski Rodeo by a comfortable margin on Saturday. Twenty seconds behind was 2nd place finisher Sam Naney.

Koos, a US National Team World Cup skier and two time olympian, on a short break from racing in Europe, is training in the Methow Valley and joined the fun at the Ski Rodeo for his 4th consecutive year.
Torin was challenged during the first few kilometers of the 10K event, before surging across the open Foster's Field, and dashing solo into the woods to take the 3km intermediate prime, and continuing on for the solo win.

Results for the 10km race can be found on the MVSTA webpage, but were in this order:
  1. Torin Koos
  2. Sam Naney
  3. Brad Bauer
  4. Kent Murdoch
  5. Sol Woras
  6. Laura McCabe
After a few inches of new snow overnight, the skies cleared and the sun was out. It was a perfect day for skiing in Mazama.
In the 5km event, local skiers on Christmas break from Montana State University took the top two spots. Jamie Devin and Casey Kutz finished 1st and 2nd in a foot-lunging sprint finish. Both women are freshmen at MSU, and used the short event as a tune-up for the upcoming USSA National Championship events.

Friday, December 12, 2008

High Performance with SOLDA Glide Waxes

There was a clinic at Nordic Ultratune on Tuesday Dec 16th at 7:00 p.m. If you were there, thanks for coming - it was a good group of well-informed skiers with good questions and insights. Here's a pic from the Drye/Smith duo; pop over to the MVSTA blog to see what's up.

Solda glide waxes have been a favorite of Methow Valley skiers as well as World Cup skiers for many years. Solda updated their line of products last year with the introduction of the F40 series of highly fluorinated glide waxes. It's an all-new series. I'll discuss the following:

Description of the Solda F40 waxes

  • What temperatures and conditions to use them
  • How to apply them
  • Where do these products fit in compared to other brands?

Other Solda products

  • HP04 & HP05 powders
  • Block fluoros - Powerjet 1& 4
  • Additives S20 & S30
  • Building a "race kit" with Solda glide waxes

Additional discussion of "tips, tools, and techniques" will be included. I'll discuss new products that are being used at the World Cup and can be used easily at home to make your work more effective or easier. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions about waxing and testing strategies.

Intended group: Skiers who are familiar with the basics of glide waxing. Progressive beginners, older Juniors, Intermediate and Advanced skiers, and Coaches will find useful information. Space is limited; call or email to reserve a spot.

There will be some in-store special discounts on wax and tools for MV Nordic participants. And some treats as well.