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Discussion: Virtual Birkie

in: kensr; kensr > 2021-02-22

Feb 22, 2021 7:29 PM # 
Nice! You definitely didn't go for elevation gain... I'm still debating where to do my virtual C'bury marathon, leaning toward Prospect. Tough to find a day where it won't be super soft with all this new accumulation we keep picking up!

Did the virtual Birkie say no fluoros?
Feb 22, 2021 10:09 PM # 
Yes, a winter with tons of snow is so hard to handle! Our forecasted 2" snowfall today is already double that and still coming down.

This was my chance to do the Birkie without hills and I definitely took advantage of the course choice!

"Birkie Wax Policy
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has joined U.S. Ski and Snowboard in banning the use of fluorinated ski wax in competition beginning the 2020-2021 season. We encourage all competitors to abide by this policy for all events on the Birkie Trail and at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead. All athletes are subject to random ski testing at events and penalties will apply to any US Ski and Snowboard licensed or citizen skier that is found to be non-compliant."

So no fluoros on their trail, but I guess okay elsewhere. However, I'm trying to figure out how to survive without it. For this I used a base of old Swix Marathon, plus Star Cold powder melted in and then Star Medium block fleeced in.
Feb 23, 2021 12:58 AM # 
How is the virtual aspect conducted? Is there an app on your phone like for MRR?
Feb 23, 2021 1:05 AM # 
Nothing that fancy. You send in your time and they may ask for a confirmation by phone, gps device or a witness. No official timed results except for the in person elites.
Feb 23, 2021 4:55 PM # 
You can put all those leftover fluoros on your DH skis.
Feb 23, 2021 9:43 PM # 
Maybe true.

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