|Marg (in navy) and Joy (in red tiger suit) heading down to the riverside start - photo Vermilion paper|
The course is mostly shaded and along the riverbank so stays cool. I could feel the windchill and was happy wearing the gear.
Waxing was easy. The tracks were a little abrasive though snowy not icy. I had on a super thin klister base binder covered with many layers of VR45 to VR55. Anything works here as it is mostly double pole or HERRINGBONE - lots of it!
|Joy Mekechuk, Wieske Eikelenboom, Marg|
This year, the hillclimb was included at the finish of each 10 km loop. The trail at the top then reconnected to the course with a nice descending merge. After the first loop, the skiers I was with peeled off at the finish line as they were only racing 1 loop 10 km.
Loop 2 was super lonely with me wondering where everyone was.
Loop 3, I started passing slower skiers. With 2 km to go to the finish, a young guy from the Vikings came roaring by with a strong double pole.
|fun photo with Miles sneaking in|
Fun trails and moments of tucking and enjoying. Only two scary step turn corners. The herringbone climbs got tougher each loop!