Birkie 2018 Recap
That was fun. The Birkie, Korte, and Haakon Races all came off this year as did the usual last-minute panic over new snow, what wax to use, lost equipment, etc. But, that's what makes it all so special. No two years are exactly the same.
The Korte and Haakon events finally got their long-over due Friday, Main Street Finish debuts only after last year's cancellation last year and a potent little snow storm just hours before the Friday morning start. Those skiers had tough trail conditions, no doubt. The groomers worked all night to pack the new snow, but it was just a bit too much to get firm for race day. Hey Korte and Haakon skiers - you earned this one, big time. Nice job on a tough race!
Aided by an extra 24 hours of grooming and a few thousand Korte racers the day before, Birkie Skiers enjoyed a considerably faster trail. Male Skate Champ, Anders Gloersen's 2:02 time backs that up. That's a FAST Birkie. So fast, in fact, that Gloersen entered the final kilometer with a huge pack of 25 other elite men and the women's elite lead group including now 5-time Womens' Birkie Champ, Caitlin Gregg! Caitlin's husband, Brian Gregg was able to ski the final Ks with Caitlin and crossed the line at her side!
The New Moon family thanks everyone that made Birkie '18 part of their life last week! Race organizers, groomers, volunteers, spectators, skiers, EMTs, ... the list goes on. Let's do it again in 2019!
In this week's newsletter Chris checks back in with our friend and World Loppet Master, Jay Weiner. A year ago, Jay offered us a look inside the pursuit of the World Loppet Nordic Ski Series. His 2018 Birkie finish, with a broken hand, no less, completes Jay's 14th World Loppet Passport. He can still claim more World Loppet finishes than any other American - 144 to be exact! Jay's finish yesterday at the Swedish Vasaloppet marks 20 years since his first World Loppet finish!
With the end of the season in sight, we're rounding up a big batch of waxable classic race skis for a special, 45% Off Sale! We have an excellent array of flexes remaining, not just oddballs. Give us a call and let's find you a new waxable classic ski!
Switching gears now... ;-) Fat Bike Birkie is coming up this weekend! Stop in at New Moon for some FAT deals on BLIZ Optics! Rush, Motion and other models! Chris from the shop will be on-hand at the Fat Bike Birkie Expo with Toko Gloves, GU energy food, and The Specialized Fat Bike Demo Van. See you at the start!
One more big thanks for the great Birkie Week! We look forward to 2019!