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Nightmare waxing condtions at Holiday Classic

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Sun, Dec  30, 2007 - By Mike Muha

Cliff Onthank surprised himself by winning the Holiday Classic in difficult waxing conditions. Onthank beat out Denny Paull and David Mclean on the 9km course. Tracy Hardin is showed she back in form by winning the women's 9K event over Michaela Harris and Amy Todd. The top junior in the men's event was Brendan Baic.

In the Great Lakes Division junior 6km event, J2 racer Maria Frick posted the fastest time. J2 Ross Williams won the boys event.

Start of 6km Great Lakes Division classic racing

Start of 6km junior event

 

Onthank did a warm up on the course to see if he could double pole it. He remarked, "I don't think I can win on this course by double poling." He decided to try anyways inn hopes of taking advantage of potential waxing woes of other racers.

And woes were many. The air and snow temperature were right around the 30-32F range leading up to the start of the 9km race. The kick wax that seemed to work during warm-up was Toko Yellow covered by the harder Toko Red. Using just Yellow caused icing. Using just Red did not provide enough kick. Several skiers also reported that Swix VR50 was working.

A moist snow fell during the warm-up, then the 6km junior event was run. During that race, the snow stopped, the temperature dropped 5 degrees and a dry snow began falling. By the time the 9km race began, conditions had changed enough that everyone's dialed-in wax was now too warm. Icing was widespread throughout the longer race, racers skiing herky-jerky as the snow buildup would bring one or the other ski to a halt at the most inopportune time.

Holiday Classic cross country ski race

Greg Brown gets around a tricky corner in a tuck.

 

The kick wax nightmare was Onthank's ticket to victory. Although other racers beat him to the top of hills, he out glided them enough on the descents to maintain a lead to the finish.

Racer Yvon Dufour decided to dump the waxable skis and went with a pair of waxless skis. He reported that he had great kick up all the hills while others were floundering with icing.

 

PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY Dist TIME RANK
J2 Female 14-15
1 48 Frick Maria Williamsburg 6 0:25:10 4
2 24 Brennan Brady East Jordan 6 0:25:51 6
3 16 Kirkwood Maggie Sault Ste. Marie 6 0:27:05 7
4 47 Ward Anna Traverse City 6 0:30:45 9
J3 Female 13 & Under
1 15 Mallinger Frances Sault Ste. Marie 6 0:29:48 8
2 14 Mihell Wendy Sault Ste. Marie 6 0:45:27 10
Female 20-45
1 64 Harris Michaela Marquette 9 0:38:55 30
2 33 Todd Amy Grand Rapids 9 0:42:01 37
3 42 Witbrodt Hilary Auburn 9 0:52:07 48
4 62 Stevenson Gwenn Oxford 9 1:00:17 53
Female 46 & Over
1 35 Hardin Tracy Cheboygan 9 0:38:40 29
2 27 McGraw Harriet Petoskey 9 0:53:31 49
3 37 Timm Cheryl Bay City 9 1:01:37 54
4 39 Dunn Mary Royal Oak 9 1:05:43 55
J2 Male 14-15
1 26 Williams Ross Williamsburg 6 0:17:18 1
2 31 Brown Greg Traverse City 6 0:20:24 2
3 58 Hauke Alex Traverse City 6 0:25:05 3
4 51 Jacobson Karl Traverse City 6 0:25:11 5
J1 Male 16-17
1 19 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 9 0:31:21 7
2 25 Brennan Mac East Jordan 9 0:33:08 15
3 57 Harris Kirk Traverse City 9 0:34:20 20
4 59 Alanson Mark Traverse City 9 0:37:12 26
5 46 Jacobson Alan Traverse City 9 0:41:41 36
6 54 Tomlinson Matt Grawn 9 0:49:20 47
7 55 LaBonte Scott Traverse City 9 0:54:09 50
OJ Male 18-19
1 49 Ward William Traverse City 9 0:32:06 11
Male 20 To 35
1 21 Stevens Andy Lansing 9 0:29:47 4
2 52 Moore Andrew Cambridge 9 0:31:37 8
3 50 Coulter Melzar Grand Rapids 9 0:31:55 10
4 29 Ivan Mikhailav Madison Heights 9 0:36:20 23
5 23 Tarnow Aaron Ann Arbor 9 0:36:54 25
6 63 Jacobs Matthew Traverse City 9 0:42:50 38
7 61 Curley Tyrone Traverse City 9 0:43:24 39
Male 36 To 49
1 3 Paull Denny Cheboygan 9 0:29:22 2
2 6 Maclean David Ludington 9 0:29:41 3
3 4 Vigland Todd Interlochen 9 0:30:43 5
4 10 Dufour Yvon Brighton 9 0:30:54 6
5 18 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 9 0:32:07 12
6 34 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 9 0:33:39 17
7 5 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant 9 0:33:42 18
8 12 Karlsen Stephen Saginaw 9 0:38:10 28
9 20 Green Jamie Gaylord 9 0:39:39 32
Male 50 To 53
1 1 Worsnop Gregory Paw Paw 9 0:31:54 9
2 41 Muha Mike Wixom 9 0:32:38 13
3 40 Gravlin John Linwood 9 0:32:45 14
4 32 Weingartz Chris Petoskey 9 0:33:16 16
5 8 Heady Doug Ann Arbor 9 0:34:04 19
6 38 Madorski Mark Leonard 9 0:40:56 35
7 53 Moore Jeff Northville 9 0:44:31 43
8 60 Baron Tom Vermilion 9 0:44:57 44
9 56 Worrel Greg Detroit 9 0:56:20 51
Male 54 To 59
1 45 Onthank Clifford Traverse City 9 0:29:02 1
2 9 Luce Robin Central Lake 9 0:35:21 21
3 65 Kostrzewa John Traverse City 9 0:37:26 27
4 44 Nolan Dan Holland 9 0:39:53 34
5 13 Gambert George Bellaire 9 0:43:33 40
6 36 Timm Larry Bay City 9 0:43:34 41
7 30 Ahrenberg Bill Cheboygan 9 0:44:01 42
8 43 Kraai Rick Holland 9 0:45:59 45
9 17 Abbe Mark Saginaw 9 0:57:38 52
Male 60 & Over
1 2 Smigiel Steve Sr Ada 9 0:35:59 22
2 11 Kaltz William Pinckney 9 0:36:48 24
3 7 Johnson Peter Whitehall 9 0:39:02 31
4 22 Tarnow Michael Traverse City 9 0:39:50 33
5 28 Meyer Jim Onaway 9 0:48:44 46