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Wood ski division in more events?

Postby JeffOYB » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:02 am

I see the Birkie has a Wood Ski event -- 5k. Seems kinda short.

I wonder how hard it is to add a division to an event nowadays. If it's all electronic it might be kinda easy.

Why not have "wood/trad/retro" be an option people can select.

Not sure that wood should stand on its own. I see the best wood ski guy at last year's Seeley was about 40th place, 57 yr old. Is this a full traditional standard? Or wood ski plus NNN, carbon poles, lycra suit...

The Retro Div idea would be knickers, 3-pin, bamboo poles (round baskets) ... plus wood skis. It's funny how backward all that sounds yet there are still probably thousands of people who roll that way today. And even for those who just wanna give it a try in a funky div it would have an entirely diff look and feel in every aspect. (If it's just wood ski only it might be easy to not notice any diff -- skis are down in tracks, after all, and race skis were often painted, etc.)

(Don't know if it's best to be a stickler for wool -- maybe so. But 70's apparel was often blends.)

Sure a lotta these people would ski mellow, tour-style, but others might like to see how their rigs compared to modern ones.
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Re: Wood ski division in more events?

Postby Biffbradford » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:34 am

Even when they were still racing with wood skis at the elite level, I don't think they used bamboo poles. Check some of those vintage YouTube videos from the 60's.
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Re: Wood ski division in more events?

Postby JeffOYB » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:21 am

Biffbradford wrote:Even when they were still racing with wood skis at the elite level, I don't think they used bamboo poles. Check some of those vintage YouTube videos from the 60's.


I'm sure there were phases in the evolution to modern gear. Near the end of wood it's not surprising that they had fiberglass or alum poles, also synth outfits.

A retro class would be a bit arbitrary but should also be easy to follow and easy to see. Wood ski, 'boo poles, knickers, non-lycra, 3-pin bindings: all still commonly available and see seem to clearly say "vintage" with no confusing, and are all a bit of tech handicap compared to moderns in each sector. I don't what the last year such a kit would repreesent but that might be another way to do it: "pre-60" or whatever.

The most famous vintage bike event -- L'eroica -- amazing to google -- says "exposed brake cables." Who knows what else. I do recall they try to keep it simple. (The "Classics Rendezvous" popular vintage bike e-list says "pre-83.") The event didn't have the cable rule earlier on and were at thousands of entrants so adding that rule helped them, apparently, to get the group down to a more manageable size. (What I heard.) Though folks are so nuts over it I could see that not helping.

Retro is huge in many other sporting sectors. No reason it couldn't be of significant interest in XC as well.
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