It’s kind of surprising that I’ve been in LLN for the 24-hour biking event for three years in a row, and this year was the only year that I didn’t go and cheer for the IMCN team 😦 This morning I noticed (the remains of) the IMCN team bike beside the elevator, still standing after being abused by the non-stop rain.
The 24 heures vélo event is the main annual beer festival in Louvain-la-Neuve (and in all of Belgium), where students come from all around the country to participate in a 24-hour relay bike race. There are two types of bikes: the regular fast bikes and the funky “folkloric” bikes designed by each team. The event is said to be the second largest beer festival in Europe, after Oktoberfest, and there are concerts and activities happening all around the city throughout the entire night. I was here for the event last year and am lucky to be around this year as well, before I say goodbye to Louvain-la-Neuve! Our institute (Institut de la matière condensée et des nanosciences) had quite a team, and while I didn’t participate in the race itself (I would have been so slow they’d think I were dead), I was there at the relay station to show my support. Here’s Amir on our folkloric bike (right) coming back from one lap around the course. Good job team! (I haven’t uploaded pictures from this year’s race yet, but you can see last year’s event album here.)