Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Haywood NorAm Cup - Day 1

NorAm Cup #2The drive up was a lot shorter than I thought. It is 1,000 km from Halifax to Quebec City, but it only took 9.5 hours of driving. Not realizing it would be so short, we stopped at Chateau Edmonston in Edmonston, NB. It turns out:

1. Edmontson is only 3 hours away from Quebec City, so the stop isn't really worth it if you leave early enough, and

2. The beds at this hotel are terrible, so we didn't sleep anyway. We would have been better off driving straight through.

Fortunately, the Hotel Normandin in Quebec City is much, much nicer!

The Haywood NorAm Cup is being held at the Myriam-B├ędard Biathlon Center. This is my first NorAm cup as ATD and what a great place to get in this season's "first tracks! It was quite cold, but the snow was fresh and there is a nice, solid base down. Grooming today should set the base up quite nicely for the sprints tomorrow. The organizing committee has things well in hand. I'm sure they've done this more than once!. I had a chance to pop up and meet them ahead of the first Captain's meeting as well as take a peek at the team wax rooms. Quite an impressive facility.

NorAm Cup #1

It will be an early morning tomorrow. The OC is on site from 6:00 a.m. onwards. I'm looking forward to the event, which will run from 9:30 to about 3:00. Hopefully the athletes will have fun.

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