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Maclean and Hardin take Black Mountain Classic

Michigan Cup: Black Mountain Classic

Sun, Mar  7, 2010 - By Mike Muha

Waxing and ski selection played its roll in Saturday's Black Mountain 31K Classic. With day temperatures well above freezing most of the preceding week, everyone expected klister conditions. What was not expected was an overnight low of 9F warming to over 40F on the day of the race. Would a warm klister be too sticky at the start of the race? Would a colder klister lose it's grip as the weather warmed?

Adding to the quandary: deep in the Black Mountain Forest Recreation area, hidden from the sun and warmth by dense trees, the snow was substantially cooler and less transformed than in more open areas. Would hard wax suffice? Would klister ice?

Tracy Hardin double poles to the finish of the 2010 Black Mountain Classic cross country ski race

Champion Tracy Hardin double poles to the finish of the 2010 Black Mountain 31K Classic. (photo: Mike Muha)

Waxing was all over the map. The leading waxing choice was Pete Edwards' recommendation of Swix KR50 "FLEXI" Klister over a cold klister binder. Other skiers mixed Toko Universal with Toko Orange.

Several racers eschewed klister altogether and went the hard wax route. The most popular choice was Rex Power Grip ("For normal, but also for icy, coarse, and extremely hard tracks. In temperatures around 0°C it can be used instead of klisters. Does not stain and run like klisters"). Other racers went with straight hard wax like Swix VR60 or VR65.

Then there was the subgroup of skiers who thought, "31K and variable conditions? Waxing will be a nightmare. Waxless is the way to go..."

Hairies were tested but rejected by several skiers.

Who was right?

Everyone and no one. Waxless skis were slow and not grippy enough on the hard tracks for the first 10K then suddenly sped up and gripped as the snow softened. Hard wax work well in more shaded areas but slipped in the sun. Klister worked well in most conditions, but had a tendency to ice as the ski went from a sun-soaked (and wet) patches of snow into a shaded, cold snow tracks. More than one racer was thrown to the ground more than once as the skis caught and the skier kept on going....

Ann Wagar negotiates the last fast downhill corner at the  2010 Black Mountain Classic cross country ski race

Second place Ann Wagar negotiates the last fast downhill corner before the finish. (Photo: Mike Muha)

 

But it was fitness over skis...

So everyone had a few issues with their skis. So that meant fitness was the winner of the day. And who were the fittest? Dave Maclean and Tracy Hardin.

Straits Strider Tracy Hardin, skiing on her home course, finished the 31K classic course first in 2:16:11. Eight minutes back was Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop's Ann Wagar in 2:24:06. And finishing her first marathon distance ever was Catarina Gulledge in 2:36:03 for third.

In the men's race, Grand Rapids Nordic's David Maclean finished in a blazing 1:45:47, four minutes ahead of Straits Strider (and Black Mountain Classic race director) Denny Paull (1:49:56). Steve Smiegel Jr. of Grand Rapid Nordic was just 15 seconds behind, taking third in 1:50:11.

Catarina Gulledge climbs the last big hill at the  2010 Black Mountain Classic cross country ski race

Catarina Gulledge, third women overall, herringbones up the last big hill. (Photo: Carole Mueller-Brumbaugh)

10K Freestyle

For the first time in the Black Mountain Classic's history, a 10K freestyle (classic or skate) was offered for skiers wanted to ski a shorter distance. The top two women were Jean VanDam and Renee Bancroft. The top three men were Nicholas Johnson, Steve VanDam and Matt Dunkel.

Let eat

The newly renovated Black Mountain Lodge put on a tremendous feast, perhaps the best post-race lunch of the season.

31K Classic Results

Women

Overall By
Gender
By Age
Class
Time Bib Last Name First Name City State Team

F20-29
48 3 1 2:36:03 113 Gulledge Catarina Roscommon MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
51 4 2 2:41:30 125 Witbrodt Hilary Auburn MI  

F40-49
37 2 1 2:24:06 156 Wager Ann Gaylord MI HHCCSS
53 5 2 2:47:56 181 Karas Bonnie Grayling MI HHCCSS
66 7 3
3:07:08 104 Junker Chris Rapid City MI  
70 9 4
3:13:34 112 Kirt Karen Lake Leelanaw MI  
74 11 5
3:43:03 177 Riehl Pam Milford MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
76 12 6
3:53:50 178 Joslin Susan Troy MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters

F50-59
28 1 1 2:16:11 102 Hardin Tracy Cheboygan MI Straits Striders
68 8 2 3:11:37 151 Fairbanks Mary Rogers City MI  
72 10 3 3:20:38 106 Thompson Dolores Sumner MI  

F60-69
55 6 1 2:49:03 170 Lund Lorraine Harbor Springs MI Straits Striders
81 14 2 5:09:01 124 Wilks Amelia Mancelona MI Straits Striders

F70-79
78 13 1 4:14:13 180 Murray Jean Mt Pleasant MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Men

Overall By
Gender
By Age
Class
Time Bib Last Name First Name City State Team

Juniors 18-19
5 5 1 1:55:25 136 Hegan Spencer Sault Sainte Marie Ontario  
20 20 2 2:05:58 182 Harris Ryan Grayling MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters

M20-29
9 9 1 1:58:44 167 Yankus Daniel Commerce MI Nordic Ski Racer
56 50 2 2:49:04 157 Paul John Traverse City MI VASA

M30-39
27 27 1 2:16:02 144 Coulter Melzar Grand Rapids MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
30 29 2 2:20:25 187 Smith Robert Roscommon MI HHCCSS
47 45 3 2:35:36 150 Oberman Mark Cheboygan MI  

M40-49
2 2 1 1:49:56 116 Paull Denny Cheboygan MI Straits Striders
3 3 2 1:50:11 117 Smigiel Steve Cedar Springs MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
6 6 3 1:56:52 158 Vigland Todd Traverse City MI VASA
8 8 4 1:57:01 122 Dufour Yvon Brighton MI Nordic Ski Racer
12 12 5 2:00:25 141 Todd Dell Grand Rapids MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
16 16 6 2:04:02 176 Foltz Jon Boyne City MI Straits Striders
17 17 7 2:04:12 137 Goodman Glenn Bellaire MI HHCCSS
18 18 8 2:04:19 118 Kanaby Larry Bad Axe MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
21 21 9 2:09:05 149 Pietila Jukka Rockford MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
22 22 10 2:11:16 133 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
31 30 11 2:22:02 192 Steffke Steve Weidman MI HH/CCSS
32 31 12 2:22:05 168 Webb Jon Hubbard Lake MI HHCCSS
34 33 13 2:23:43 161 Knight Kip Elk Rapids MI VASA
42 40 14 2:30:01 169 Reeves Mathew East Lansing MI  
58 52 15 2:56:25 121 Ernst Dale Sandusky MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
62 56 16 2:57:36 135 Soule Todd Holland MI  
73 63 17 3:24:09 190 Chimner Patrick Cheboygan MI  

M50-59
1 1 1 1:45:47 173 MacLean David Ludington MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
4 4 2 1:54:48 153 Gravlin John Linwood MI HHCCSS
7 7 3 1:56:58 132 Bladel Randal Granger IN Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
10 10 4 1:59:06 110 Weingartz Chris Petoskey MI Straits Striders
11 11 5 1:59:14 155 Camp Don Grand Haven MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
13 13 6 2:00:54 130 Heady Doug Ann Arbor MI Nordic Ski Racer
14 14 7 2:03:50 159 Dawson Ken Farmington Hills MI Nordic Ski Racer
15 15 8 2:03:52 128 Muha Mike Wixom MI Nordic Ski Racer
19 19 9 2:04:33 188 Fairman Robert Ann Arbor MI Hanson Hills
23 23 10 2:11:38 172 Doull James Petoskey MI Straits Striders
25 25 11 2:14:56 120 Pryor Jim Saginaw MI HH/CCSS
26 26 12 2:15:40 142 Luce Robin Central Lake MI HHCCSS
29 28 13 2:18:29 127 Cornell Doug Corunna MI Nordic Ski Racer
35 34 14 2:24:02 138 Neier Rick Tawas City MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
36 35 15 2:24:03 162 Dreeszen Bryce Interlochen MI VASA
38 36 16 2:26:26 129 Nolan Dan Holland MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
39 37 17 2:27:22 147 Madorski Mark Leonard MI Nordic Ski Racer
40 38 18 2:28:43 174 Finstad Mark Empire MI VASA
43 41 19 2:31:17 164 Call Vince Alpena MI Straits Striders
49 46 20 2:37:40 146 Picard Stuart Greenville MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
50 47 21 2:40:57 119 Rynalski Frank Bay City MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
52 48 22 2:45:27 103 Ahrenberg Bill Cheboygan MI Straits Striders
57 51 23 2:54:49 175 Thielfoldt Devan Troy MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
59 53 24 2:57:06 105 Eifler Bob Rapid City MI  
60 54 25 2:57:08 131 Vandekopple Bob Pellston MI Straits Striders
63 57 26 3:00:06 107 Thompson Gary Sumner MI  
65 59 27 3:06:13 163 Danly Peter Traverse City MI VASA
67 60 28 3:11:01 191 Dewey Maurice Detroit MI  
69 61 29 3:13:05 183 Felski George Cheboygan MI Straits Striders
71 62 30 3:15:40 101 Trost Karl Cheboygan MI Straits Striders
77 65 31 4:10:52 111 Dzuba Russell Lake Leelanaw MI  
79 66 32 4:26:47 186 Siniff Daniel Bay City MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters

M60-69
24 24 1 2:12:59 126 Kaltz William Pinckney MI Nordic Ski Racer
41 39 2 2:28:47 193 Wright Hap Boyne MI Straits Striders
44 42 3 2:33:00 152 Christopherson Wayne Alpena MI Straits Striders
45 43 4 2:33:12 165 Brumbaugh Ernie Rockford MI Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
46 44 5 2:33:49 160 Schmekel Ray Traverse City MI VASA
54 49 6 2:48:05 179 Beal Elllis Charlevoix MI  
61 55 7 2:57:31 123 Whitlock Dave Mancelona MI Straits Striders
64 58 8 3:05:34 139 Blumenthal Dave Alpena MI Straits Striders
75 64 9 3:50:52 109 Wells Richard Hamtramck MI Cross Country Ski Headquarters
82 68 10 9:99:99 145 Johnson Max Brutus MI  
83 69 11 9:99:99 114 Wellman Cy Erie PA  

M70-79
33 32 1 2:23:42 115 Haefner Bill Clarkston MI Nordic Ski Racer
80 67 2 4:33:18 154 Hervela Douglas Gaylord MI  

 

 

10K Freestyle Results

Overall Time Bib Last Name First Name City State Division
1 0:36:10 148 Johnson Nicholas Rogers City MI M20-29
2 0:37:28 185 VanDam Steve Boyne City MI M50-59
3 0:40:33 143 Dunkel Matt Ossineke MI M40-49
4 0:44:47 184 VanDam Jean Boyne City MI F60-69
5 0:46:29 166 Kelly Kevin Empire MI M50-59
6 1:02:53 140 Butler Hal Alpena MI M50-59
7 1:05:41 171 Taratuta Neil Ossineke MI M40-49
8 1:17:10 134 Bancroft Renee Mount Pleasant MI F20-29
9 1:26:45 189 Kinney Mark Presque Isle MI M60-69
10 9:99:99 108 Paul Sr John Traverse City MI M50-59