Thursday, 13 December 2007

Haywood NorAm Cup - Day 2

Sprints were the order of the day, as was the cold. Today was a bitterly cold day. It was -25C at 7:30, so the Jury met a couple of times to decide if we should postpone or keep on time. Fortunately, at 9:15 it was -20 and at race time (9:30), we were just under the wire at -19. The races went off with almost no issues. There was one late start that required a quick Jury decision and finish that was no more than 1 cm between two finishers, requiring a photo judging. It was my first X-C photo finish and was an indication of how close a number of the sprints were today.

Ian Murray from Nova Scotia had a good round of sprints. He finished 9th out of 31 in the Open Men class in the qualifying round, and was just edged out and finished second in the B Final. The qualifying results on the Zone4 web site are here and the final results are here. Despite the cold, the kids still found time to play in the snow, a time-honoured tradition at every ski race I've ever been to!

After a short meeting to prepare for the continuous pursuit race on Saturday, I headed down to Petite Champlain with Trish for a great meal at the Lapin Sauté. It was still very, very cold, but after a nice warm meal we went for a short walk to look at the lights. The area has wonderful character that fits nicely with the season.

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