Birkie Notes

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?