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Birkie Week Special Guests

Birkie Week at the Moon is always full of surprises, and 2019 is no exception. Outrageous sales…check; great camaraderie…check. We’ve even got some special guests you’re gonna definitely hang out with.

 

First up, is Leena Peltonen, CEO and Co-Owner of Rex Ski Wax. Rex is one of the most successful wax companies in Nordic, and with her at the helm, Rex has been on the cutting edge of wax technology. Leena will be in and out Weds. through Fri. talking wax, but will be sitting down with customers on THURSDAY FROM 3-6 for more of an in-depth audience.

 

Next, on FRIDAY FROM 4-6, JOIN GU Energy Labs for an inspiring and fun evening with ultra runner Rob Krar and cyclist Willie Stewart. Rob and Willie will both be competing in the Birkie on Saturday. Come learn how they fuel for endurance events. Enjoy beer from Angry Minnow and get a sneak preview of GU’s newest energy gel, launching March 1.

Lastly, on Sunday, New Moon invites you to be our special guests! Bring in your bib for a beverage and brat. Tell us your Birkie story, and enjoy some Birkie Love!

Can’t wait to see you here at New Moon over Birkie Week!

 

Birkie ’19: “Year of the Volunteer”

Each Birkie seems to take on a life of its own – the Blizzard Birkie, and Half Birkie, The Non-Birkie, etc. Getting ahead of the game this year, organizers have set out to preordain the 2019 event and “the Year of the Volunteer.”.And rightly so; there are 2500 of them, in fact! These are the tireless foot soldiers which make the Birkie possible. Envelope stuffers, parking marshalls, medics, food station workers, and on and on.

In the spirit of the Year of the Volunteer, New Moon sought to add a little, special thank you to the effort. This year, each and every Birkie volunteer  will receive a gift card from New Moon. “Volunteerism is really the true legacy of the Hayward/Cable Area events – Birkie, Chequamegon Fat Tire, Lumberjack World Champs… it defines what makes our communities so special.” says New Moon co-owner, Chris Young… “We always have wanted to do something special for the (Birkie) volunteers and this just felt right.”

last week, New Moon owners, staff, and friends gathered at a favorite local Birkie hangout, Coops Pizza, and prepared 2500 gift cards for each and every Birkie volunteer. “It’s just a small thank you, and we’re lucky to have the opportunity to do this.” Chris reiterates: “We hope to do something like this again!”

While out skiing or spectating at this year’s Birkie events, look around at all of the special folks that make this the greatest show on snow—give them a tip of the hat and pass along a quick “Thanks!”

Trail To The Birkie Video Series, Part 2: Dakota

Next in our Trail To The Birkie Series we meet Dakota, up and coming masters elite. Dakota shares some training tips, why he loves classic technique, and a look at the twin Dale brothers rivalry.

If you missed Part 1 last week, take a minute to view that segment featuring Ashley Shuman HERE.

Enjoy, and let’s get Birkie Fever goin’!

Wax Report for Pre-Birkie

Weather Forecast:

Overnight low 19 below zero; late afternoon high 11 above. Race start is delayed until 11am so air temps will be warming into single digits above zero – expect some cold air in the frost pockets! Approximate start temp. 5 below zero.

Situation:

Cold, fresh snow; course has been moved to north of OO from Lake Hayward.
Kick Wax:
A winter of multiple rain evens means we’ve used a lot of klister; however, there is a lot of new snow from Wednesday and Thursday. Expect 6″ or more of fresh snow with the older, icy stuff piston-bullied and tilled in.
We recommend a very thin klister binder like Six KR20 or Rex Liquid Base Klister. Layer must be thin and shorter than the regular kick zone by about 3″ in front and 1 1/2″ in back. Allow to harden fully before applying kick wax.
Hard Wax:
one layer of Swix V40 Extra Blue, think and lightly cork to cover klister. The cover and go longer with Swix VR30. Make sure not to go too long or thick with the klister and V40. Cover with colder kicker and you’re good. Go long with the cover wax.
Other Options – Start Oslo, Rex pro Grip, Start Terva Green or Black. Binder is very important in this context.
Glide Wax:
Expect a generous helping of fresh powder; uphills should soften up during the race traffic. Some ice tilled in should increase speed on the flats and downhills.
Favorite glide waxes for cold: Swix LF4, Start Green, especially MF10, Rex HF 31, FastWax White, Vauhti Polar HF
Fluor Top coats of Rex Tk-73 or Tk-820 or Toko Jetstream Blue, Start SFR 75 will be possibilities due to mixed snow type.

Trail to the Birkie Video Series, Part 1: Ashley

“Trail To The Birkie” is a 4-part series by the New Moon team that features some our favorite everyday athletes from the local community talking about their journey to compete in what some call the Greatest Show on Snow! At New Moon, we are a family of dedicated and passionate cross country skiers located in Hayward, Wisconsin, home of the Slumberland American Birkebeiner—the “Birkie.”  We began serving the Nordic skiing community back in 1976 alongside the fledgling but growing Birkie ski race. Over the years we have watched many of our customers and our families grow up with and experience Birkie Fever—many for the first time and others for more than 25 years. We  highlight a beginning Birkie skier, a mom challenging herself in the Kortelopet, an elite classic style skier, and a skier who has evolved from top age-grouper to proud father skiing with his family and the next generation of Birkie competitors.

First up is Ashley Shuman, local mom and area silent sports enthusiast. Her story will inspire you to try new things and follow your path to help others, no matter where you are in life’s journey.

Our purpose in creating this series was simple—share with everyone why we live our sport every day and love our customers. We hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing you at the shop or on the trails!

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