It rained yesterday in Lake Louise which would have made for very icy conditions today during the loppet. Fortunately there was already 5 cm of new snow by race time at 11 a.m. Unfortunately it was wet snow which made for challenging waxing conditions.
I started out on Moraine Lake road at 11:05 a.m., knowing that hundreds of ski racers would be breathing down my neck shortly. The air temperature was -1°C with lots of fresh snow in the tracks. I didn’t have to ponder too long about which skis to use. These were perfect conditions for the skintecs.
Besides myself, there were already a few recreational skiers on MLR skiing in the tracks. I stopped at the Fairview junction and talked to race volunteers Greg and Florrie, acquaintances from my Calgary Ski Club days.
I made it to the top of the Fairview hill where volunteers Sylvia and Mike Carleton were stationed. It was nice to finally meet Mike after talking about him on this blog last year. Mike actually lived his first five years in the little house near the end of the Cascade Valley ski trail.
Still no skiers in sight so I continued along Fairview. Near the 8K mark of the race course, India McIsaac caught up and passed me in the blink of an eye. She was the overall fastest in the 10K race with a time of 42:36.
I was expecting to see a lot of racers over the final 2k but only one more passed me before I reached the lake(the finish line) where I took some photos and talked to skiers about their waxing situation. I don’t know if anyone found the perfect recipe for grip and glide today. I would like to hear your waxing stories if you’d care to leave a comment.
The 20K winner was Brian McKeever who didn’t use any grip wax, as he double-poled the entire race. When I ran into Brian later, he said if he had used wax it would have been Rode Super Blue. Brian’s time was 1:09:09 and was over four minutes ahead of the second place finisher.
It snowed the entire time that the race was on, and was still snowing when I left for home. The temperature was zero. Near Castle junction, the snow turned to rain. It was +6 when I reached Canmore and it was not raining.
You can see all the Lake Louise Loppet results on Zone4.
I have dozens of photos of ski racers to post, so check back tomorrow for those.