I've been getting phone reports from the American Birkebeiner this morning.
Congratulations to Caitlin and Brian Gregg - Caitlin was 2nd in the women's race and Brian was 3rd in the men's event. Brian and Caitlin both felt that they were skiing on rockets; both were on Ultratune grinds today, as is normal for both of them.
I also talked to Laura McCabe right after she finished her race. Laura is an incredible dynamo, and she pulled off a big race to finish 4th in the women's field. Laura was super stoked with her i5 grind today and said she had great skis.
Conditions were typical for the Birkie - cold at the start and warming through the morning. This puts a premium on versatile cold grinds that can ski up into the teens and low twenties without getting draggy or sticky.
For a low snowpack year, the snow was fast, firm, but not icy today. Great conditions for a ski race!
How was your race?