This past weekend saw the 8th annual 24-hour Nordic Cross event. The rules are simple - over the course of 24 hours, each participant tries to earn as many laps as possible. JP outlined a great 16km loop of frozen riverbed and riverbank single track that added up to an average lap time of around 50-55 minutes. The catch of course is that if you'd rather not be outside freezing yer nards off, you can stay inside the home base - in this case the very warm and generously donated Private Ear Recording Studio - where you must watch a music-themed movie instead. Each movie is worth one lap. Fall asleep during a movie = you lose your lap. Fall asleep during the mandatory Big Lebowski midnight lap = DNF the whole weekend.
For those who are good with math, it's immediately obvious that riding instead of watching a movie will earn you twice as many laps in the same amount of time. But riding is hard, and watching movies with your buddies and some beers is easy.
We also had the good fortune of picking the same weekend as CX Worlds, meaning there was a 4am alarm set for the Juniors, and a 8am alarm set for the Elite Men. Elite Women was replayed on Saturday morning, as well as the first few minutes of Willem's race as we couldn't find the full race online.
As the dust settled on what seemed to be a casual weekend of riding bikes, watching movies and sharing a few drinks, it looked as if I had a firm lock on the win with 5 laps and 9 movies. However, days later the whole weekend has descended into scandal as it looks as if there may be a tie with the Dark Lord afterall. Of course, who else could it be? Fingers have been pointed, allegations made, insults hurled and fists thrown and it is still unclear who will be crowned the victor.
I present my sole piece of evidence, the score board. Perhaps this was not photographed at the end of the event, I can't even remember. Looks like court is in session at TNR tonight.