Mac Brennan, back home in East Jordan for the holidays from Michigan Tech, narrowly beat Williamsburg's Milan Baic to win the Holiday Cup 9 km Classic at the Boyne Valley Lodge in Walloon Lake. Brennan finished in 24:15, 18 seconds ahead of Baic. Jeff Kock of Elk Rapids skied in third, just 5 seconds behind Baic.
Brendan Baic on his was to 2nd place finsh for the OJ males.
(All photos by Bridget Foltz)
Ann Wager of Gaylord was the fastest women in the 9 km classic, winning in 35:39. Laura Webb of Traverse City and Catarina Gulledge, back home to Roscommon from school at the University of Michigan, were second and third in 38:43 and 38:44.
In the 5km junior classic race, the more experienced junior, OJ Maria Frick of Williamsburg, easily skied away from the competition, winning by over 4 minutes in 16:01. J3 Sarah Goble of Harbor Springs was second in 19:09, with J1 Brady Brennan (Mac's sister) third in 19:54.
For the boys 5k, J2 Mark Smith was first in 19:36, followed by J3 Reid Goble (19:36) and Traverse City's J2 Sean Brownell (20:13).
Hap Wright leads John Britton down the hill into the stadium.
The race was was groomed best-line single track, with an interval start. Racers took off individually at 15 second intervals. The junior 5km race was allowed to finish before the 9km race started. The race began with a kilometer lap around the stadium area. The lap featured two climbs (one quite steep) a short but very fast downhill, and a longer downhill with a quick left turn. The course then continued onto a 4km loop with lots of long gentle climbs, one screamer downhill, and lots fun and fast turns. The snow was soft so corners were relatively easy to negotiate and speed controllable. The 9km race did and extra lap around the 4km loop.
For those who have never skied at the Boyne Valley Lodge, the stadium area is a great spectator area. Skiers in the 9km race passes through the stadium 7 times. And it's out of the wind!
Jon Foltz says it all on his way to a 9th place finish overall.
Many racers in the longer race expected the tracks to be glazed after the junior 5km race. It was not to be. Instead, the tracks softened with a layer of powder. Skiers who waxed too short experienced snow-shear, where the ski grabs the top layer of snow, but that layer slips over lower layers. Racers who waxed long had better kick. Although the temperature was in the low 20's, most skiers glide waxed colder and kick waxed warmer than the temperature called for. For example, Toko Red kick wax with a range from 25-30F worked very well in the older snow because of the flakes were not sharp and humidity was high.
A chili lunch afterwards during the awards ceremony left everyone warm and cozy after the race.
|AGE PLACE||OVERALL||BIB||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||CITY||TIME|
|J3 Female 13 & Under - 5 Km|
|J1 Female 16-17 - 5 Km|
|OJ Female 18-19 - 5 Km|
|J3 Male 13 & Under - 5 Km|
|J2 Male 14-15 - 5 Km|
|9 KM CLASSIC|
|Female 20 To 44 - 9 Km|
|Female 45 & Over - 9 Km|
|OJ Male 18-19 - 9 Km|
|Male 20 To 44 - 9 Km|
|Male 45 To 49 - 9 Km|
|Male 50 To 54 - 9 Km|
|Male 55 To 59 - 9 Km|
|Male 60 To 69 - 9 Km|