In the high Arctic lies a small barren rocky outcrop called Hans Island. It lies between Canada’s Ellesmere Island and Denmark’s Greenland. The governments of both Canada and Denmark claim sovereignty over Hans Island; an island that has, over the past few years, been subject to “footprint visits”, flag waving and planting, flyovers, “excercises” and “studies”.
For five days Canada and Denmark will put aside their differences on the tiny Arctic Island and join together, to compete as a team (Hans Islanders) against the best in the world for top prize in the most unique sporting event of 2008 this June in Nova Scotia — Ride The Lobster — reports Doug Dockrill of the RTL World Media Headquarters. It’s a time when Canada and Denmark will compare their beers and their seafood recipes, not their lines on a map.
Doug writes, “Signe Gjerding Jensen and Thomas Olsen [of Denmark] will join Todd Sankey from Vancouver [Canada]” and support member Neville Sankey from Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, to form Team Hans Islanders in a gesture of cooperation and friendship as they unicycle the 800-kilometre, 5-day route.
Canadians and Danes make “unicycle peace” over disputed Hans Island
4 April 2008 by ridethelobster