The Bogburn, located at the Haydock farm in Vermont, is one of those races “the way things used to be.” A great course with 7.5km (done twice) of single track over twisting, rolling trails. Low-key atmosphere. Six to eight inches of fresh, natural snow. I remember real snow.
I skied one of my better classic races. Good preparation, testing a number of hard wax alternatives, in tricky conditions: fresh snow, sun and shade, temperatures at freezing point. I eventually went with Rode “Fast” Extra Blue with some Rode “Fast” Red underneath to fill out the klister pocket. My kick was good over most of the course (when I could force my fatiguing body into the right positions and timing) and the wax was fast. I was able to handle the technical downhill turns at speed, albeit with a few exceptions that resulted in some face-plants. Mostly, I skied the numerous transitions far more smoothly than past races, and I was able to stride uphills with less slipping. All that time spent on reinforcing the technique is paying off.