Waiting for the late flight back to Manchester, after Joop De Wel had kindly given me a lift back from the Ardennes.
I strolled up and down Terminal B. Coughed at the ridiculous price of Talisker. 60 Euros a bottle! It's supposed to be duty free! So I bought some Belgian chocolate champagne truffles and a bottle of Amarula cream instead.
I had plenty of time to reflect upon the weekend's action on The Legends Trails race. There was never any doubt that this year's second edition would not live up to the racing adventures set by the 2016 event. Race Directors Tim De Vriendt and Stef Schuermans had invested significant efforts into The Legends. Several racers had returned, either to wipe clean the record of previous DNF, or with their sights on being the first legend of 2017.
|Tim, Stef and racers gathering at the start.|
|Wim in Race HQ|
Joop De Wel and Mich Van Deun looked after the Legends racer tracking system, providing quality data and visual displays for the race organisation and spectators in the common room.
|Joop, Mich and Patrick taking care of business.|
|Safety Team Coordinators occasionally sleep too!|
Also, for UK racers, the Belgium mapping system is very different to the Ordnance Survey we are used to...
- Belgium maps are highly pictorial rather than symbolic as the OS.
- Contours interval is 5m with index contours at 20m. Can make the map look quite busy in steep terrain.
- The map grid uses Mercator Projection therefore is not as intuitive as OS Grid. Hence Belgian navigators do not use the grid as much as we do in the UK.
- The scale is 1:20,000 so at 1km = 5cm there is detail in the built up areas at least as good as 1:25,000 OS.