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Word From The Wax Bench...

Rex Clinic Recap

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting the Hecker family on behalf of Rex Ski Wax for a liquid wax clinic at the Samuel Johnson Nordic Center at OO (in our fancy smancy New Moon Wax Room no less!) Another perk of the job is that I was able to get out for a short bit to enjoy a bit of top notch spring skiing.
We sprayed, we brushed, we conquered. It was a great way to showcase what is turning out to be a paradigm shift in waxing. Jeremy Hecker led the demo, representing not only the Rex brand, but his new role as the Head Nordic Ski Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The event was well attended, and we had our hands full during the whole demo, waxing skis and getting everyone up to speed on how to apply these new waxes. The trail had just been groomed on Friday, so the skiing conditions were excellent. It was ideal spring skiing with a firm and fast deck, but not so icy that you couldn’t get an edge.
Later in the afternoon we headed back to the shop for a “happy hour” with some apres ski snacks, beverages, and further wax wisdom. It was a great event to host as a follow up to our success with Rex over Birkie. Thank you to the whole Hecker family, Mike, Connie, Chris, and Jeremy for being great partners and representatives, but also for all they do in the Nordic community in our region and abroad on the World Cup circuit.
We will definitely do this event again next ski season, so keep your eyes on our events calendar in the Fall. In case this was the last weekend of truly great skiing for the season, I hope you enjoyed this winter as much as I did! -Ian

Big Fun at the ’19 Fat Bike Birkie!

Yes, the Fat Bike Birkie is a race, but like the American Birkebeiner, it’s so much more. The more, in this case, is FUN – pure and silly fun.

Rollin out in the 2019 FBB! Photo: American Birkie (ABSF)
Keep ‘er movin… Photo: ABSF

 

Ian,  Dusty, and LJ from the shop took on the 21K race. Each had a unique approach to their plan, fashion plan, that is. Dusty stormed his way to 13th overall and 2nd in age with a conservative and safe outfit. Next, LJ donned the semi-retro, early 2000s, New Moon ski suit for a speedy 34th overall and 3 in age. Last and certainly not least, Ian busted out an awesome mustache and the uber-retro, early 90s, New Moon ski suit in a truly bold fashion statement. Ian breezed his way through the hilly course to the top spot in the biggest smile category.

Ian is so ready… and so retro.
Ooh la la!
LJ is all smiles after the 21K.
Not too shabby on a borrowed bike.
The Dale bros and Kristina Morse chillin’ before awards.

Mild temps made for tricky conditions for many with the firm track breaking down for later riders. Exhaustion however gave way to a festive atmosphere as good food and beverage refueled racers. Of particular interest were demo bikes from fat bike companies, energy food samples, and New Moon’s S’mores Tent. In Keeping with cycling tradition, podium presentations were grand, complete with ceremonial champagne for the champions!

Scary. Photo: ABSF
21K women’s Champ, Kristina Morse atop the podium. Photo: ABSF
Refueling time. Photo: ABSF
47K lead pack passes through Boedecker checkpoint. Photo: Kelly Randolph
Fast food. Photo: ABSF
New Moon S’mores crew.
So many flavors…
Mmmm good!
It couldn’t happen without them! Photo: ABSF

Later that evening, CAMBA held another highly successful annual, Fat Bike Birkie Fundraiser at the Sawmill Saloon. Thanks to dozens of prize donations from vendors and sponsors, over $11,000 was raised for the CAMBA Fat Bike Fund, ensuring world-class fat bike grooming for next season in our area.

Birkie Events Director, Kristy Maki, wins the Specialized Fatbike at the CAMBA fundraiser.

To cap off the weekend, New Moon held a Sunday-Funday Beer and Brat session back at the shop celebrating the launch of the all-new GU Energy Gel flavor, Hoppy Trails. This will be a fave for craft beer lovers!

LJ gives beer and brats two thumbs up.

If weather holds, CAMBA Fat Bike Trails should have good, late-season fat biking for a while. If you want to give this fat thing a try, we’re still renting fat bikes as long as trail conditions allow. Or, pull the trigger and buy one of our rental fat bikes now! These 2019 Specialized Fatboy SE rentals are reduced to $1100 and are ready to tackle the trails, snow or dirt. Call us to check 715-634-8685 availability.

Rent – buy – enjoy a fat bike today!

 

 

Lumi Experiences – Amazing Nordic Ski Adventures

 

All photos courtesy of LumiExperiences.com

Back in the fall, we featured an article about Lumi Experiences, a company founded by New Moon alum and cross country Olympian Garrott Kuzzy. Lumi Experiences offers cross country ski vacations to some of the world’s renowned destinations and events. All photos are courtesy of  LumiExperiences.com

Just in case you’ve been dreaming of a fully-curated Nordic Ski vacation of your own, take a look at some of these amazing photos of Lumi’s trip to the 2019 Nordic World Championships. Caution, skier or not, these pics are normally the stuff of dreams. But they are all, indeed, up close and very real! Look closely and you might recognize a few faces. Enjoy!

 

 

Upcoming trips for 2020 include Dresden to the Dolomites and the Ober Trip, which includes the Oberstdorf World Cup and the Konig Ludwig Lauf Worldloppet. The Ober Trip benefits the National Nordic Foundation, an organization that makes sure up-and-coming skiers have the high-quality racing and training opportunities required to be successful. Lumi Experiences has been able to donate over $16,000 to the NNF, supporting athletic excellence in developing US Nordic athletes.

They can even plan a custom trip just for you and include the places and events you’ve always wanted to visit. Here’s what New Moon customers Mike and Jane Mandli said about their trip to Tyrol with Lumi Experiences:

“The trip had an exceptionally talented group of trip leaders. It was well-planned and full of fun surprises that enhanced the experience. Sledding was a hoot, and skiing to our hotel afterwards was awesome. I love the Dolomites and the Tyrol. Austrian curling was a blast. First class care and attention to detail made this a trip of a lifetime for us.” 

 

You can find Lumi Experiences on their website or Facebook page. If 2020 is the year you want to experience amazing race access, rub shoulders with WC coaches and athletes, and ski on fresh corduroy under snow-capped peaks, contact Garrott (at left).

Take advantage of Lumi’s expertise in cross country skiing and professional travel design. They take care of the details and logistics so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Have fun…and send back pics!

 

2019 FAT BIKE BIRKIE Preview!

Oh yeah, it’s time for that annual, bouncy-tire, bike party we all know as the FAT BIKE BIRKIE! There are some new twists this year and even more fun, prizes, yummies to be had. Here are a few notable items. Lets roll with Joe V, Ben Popp and yours truly…

1. Bib pick and Expo – Great Hall, Birkie Start Area. New Moon will be on hand Friday and Saturday supporting our great partners TOKO Gloves,  GU Energy Labs, and new this year, Anderson’s Maple Syrup Pure Fuel energy food.

TOKO: Take advantage of great deals on premier TOKO fat biking gloves and accessories. Keep those paws warm & have more fun! Meet US TOKO brand manager, Ian Harvey, one of the nicest, most knowledgeable people in the world of aerobic winter fun!

GU ENERGY: Dennis Porter from GU will help you formulate an energy plan for your race day. GU features a wide variety of energy nutrition focused on aerobic athletes. What’s your race energy plan?

ANDERSON’S PURE FUEL: New Moon is proud to partner with Wisconsin’s leading Maple Syrup producer, Anderson’s. Pure Fuel is 100% pure, USDA Organic Maple Syrup specially packaged in convenient, biker and skier-friendly packets, like other popular energy gels. Pure Fuel is the natural (and yummy) way to fuel your race!

2. New Moon FREE DIY S’MORES TENT. That’s right – S’mores. We’re bustin’ out the fire ring and the marshmallows for some tasty, sweet treats. Why, you ask? Because we can! Look for the New Moon tent right outside the Great Hall Friday and Saturday. We can gather ’round the fire and share our race stories!

 

3. All new, non-competitive “10K FAT BIKE TOUR”: In attrition to the popular, 47K and 21K races, a fun 10K has been added for newer riders or those looking for a less demanding option. The Tour will surely be a hit! Don’t be fooled though, it’s still a hilly course!

4. Specialized Fat Bike Demo Tent: Just like candy, but you get to ride it. Test out some sweet, carbon-fiber, 1X12, FAT-TIRE goodness from global bike leader, Specialized. On hand will be FATBOY Comp and FATBOY Experts in all sized. Be sure to reserve a test time! 5. After Party Fundraiser: New Moon and Specialized have teamed up to offer a lucky raffle winner a 2019 Specialized FATBOY SE! This FATBOY is snow-ready with tubeless-ready rims, 4.6″ tires and a 1X drivetrain ready to gobble the steepest climbs! A $1600 value! Just one of many other great prizes to be given away or auctioned that evening! All proceeds go directly to CAMBA FAT grooming efforts. It will be a blast!

6. Free Beer and Brats With GU & New Moon. And if all this fun isn’t qiute enough, Stop in at New Moon Sunday to help us celebrate the launch of GU’s all-new, craft-beer-centric energy gel flavor, “Hoppy Trails”! We’ll be sampling the new flavor along with Wisconsin Brats and Beer from local brewmeisters, Angry Minnow Brewery – all for FREE! Our resident beer expert, Ian Finch, noted that Hoppy Trails is “…quite delicious and sure to motivate thirsty, beer-loving racers to the finish line!” See you at New Moon Sunday!

One last look at the amazing 2018 race:

Good luck and see you at the start!

– Chris

 

Trail to the Birkie Wrap Up

Hopefully you’ve been watching Trail to the Birkie along with all of us. The video series was created to share our passion for cross country skiing and the admiration we have for our customers and friends. After each video, find out how our skiers fared this past weekend.

Ashley Shuman

Ashley was looking forward to skiing the Korte, but unfortunately did not get clearance from her PT to ski in this year’s event. “I was really bummed, but was able to enjoy Birkie week as a spectator without the stress of preparing to race, and that was a pretty fun experience,” Ashley says. “Now I’m looking forward to being able to fully participate in the Fat Bike Birkie next weekend and to get to experience another facet of Birkie Fever!”

 

Dakota Dale

Dakota made his way from the 6th Wave through the throngs of skiers last year to secure himself a Wave 1 start in the 2019 Birkie. How did this year go for him? “Birkie week went well. I felt a bit sluggish during the race but that is okay.” Unfortunately, Dakota just missed placement in the elite wave for next year. “Pretty disappointed I missed my elite wave, but I have next year!”

Lauren Harrison

Lauren had a tough, but really meaningful race. “I had a good experience racing, especially considering my lack of training,” she says…”it was tough skating conditions with how choppy the trail got, which makes me even prouder that I finished and excited  for next year to hopefully improve upon my time. It was so rewarding to go over the bridge and see the finish line and hear everybody cheering you in. Can’t wait for next year!”

Roger Burger

“By all accounts, the weekend was a great success,” Roger says about the event. “Warm temperatures for athletes, spectators and volunteers really felt like a gift. The fresh snow made for more work than my current fitness level was ready for and things changed from racing to hard work at about 35K.” He was particularly glad there wasn’t a strong headwind on the lake! “Thanks to all the volunteers and the Birkie staff!!” Roger is now looking forward to some warm spring skiing on fast transformed snow.

We at New Moon hope however you celebrated the Birkie, whether it was on the trail or live-streaming from home you had an awesome, inspiring weekend. Remember, the Birkie lifestyle doesn’t just happen during Birkie week—appreciate the outdoors, strive to be your best, and be proud of your accomplishments no matter how you race or recreate. See ya on the trail!

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