Lucky voters: Check if you won!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 19 Dec 2014@8:00

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Check here if you won any of the prizes worth nearly 4000 Euros in total in your voting for “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″! 8 great sponsors – nearly 4000 votes! Even if you did not win – please support the sponsors and see if the races and services they offer is something for you.

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 are Five+Five days Tuscany 2015 (Italy), Sun-o Barbate Training Camp 2015 (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Scottish O-Week 2015 (Scotland), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia) and Sälen 3+3 2015 (Sweden). See who won which prize in the sponsor section below.

More about the “Orienteering Achievement of 2014″ here:

In addition some websites who helped spread the news about the poll have been awarded with free ads. Check at the bottom of this page if your website took home one of those prizes!

Thanks to sponsors and voters

Before announcing the prize winners, I would like to thank all of you for voting – in total nearly 4000 unique votes were given this year – making the results very representative for the orienteering community. We would also like to thank the sponsors warmly for sponsoring “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″. Thanks to the sponsors World of O was able to draw lucky prize winners among those who voted in this years election.

Prize winners will be contacted by e-mail (but please contact Jan at jan@kocbach.net if you are listed as a winner but did not receive an email).


Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.
  • Winner: Guillermo Castro


Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.
  • Winner: Desmond Franssen


Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv
  • Winner: Paul Lützkendorf


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.
  • Winner: Barbra Zebrowska


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015
  • Winner: Harri Luchsinger


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.
  • Winners: Mads Larsen and Henny Bidstrup


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.
  • Winners: Clive Allen and Wolfgang Pötsch


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.
  • Winner: Daniel Berg


Pages linking to the poll

Pages linking to the poll for “Orienteering Achievement of the Year are important for spreading the news about the great achievement of the nominies. This year as always some prizes are drawn among the websites linking:

  • AndyBary.com
  • OL-Sport.at
  • British Orienteering

Each of these pages have the right to get a free “Sponsored Link” for a month at World of O for an orienteering related race/product/cause. Please contact Jan Kocbach at jan@kocbach.net for more information.

Route to Christmas: Day 19 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 19 Dec 2014@5:00

Today we offer a 23 year old “classic” leg – which has been used as an example in the Norwegian course setting book (”Løypeleggerboka”) as an example of a good leg according to my source. The special thing about this leg – and the reason for it appearing in Route To Christmas in 2014 – is that the leg was reused at a regional championship in 2014.  The leg in question is 11th leg in the M21 course from KM Lang 2014 for the “Sør-Trøndelag” region – organized August 23rd 2014.

I received an e-mail about the leg and the course earlier this year from the course setter from 1991 (Agnar Reolen).  He told me that they decided to use the same course as in 1991 – with some modifications. You can see the complete courses from 1991 and 2014 below the analysis of today’s leg. The winning time in 1991 was 10 minutes faster than this year. In 1991 the winner was the legendary long distance orienteer Håvard Tveite – this year Øyvind Enger won with middle distance specialist Bjørn Ekeberg in third. The terrain has probably changed – and the course is not exactly equal – so with no GPS data from 1991, we can’t do a real comparison unfortunately. But still, feel free to speculate in the comments :)

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). Remember, this is quite tough Norwegian terrain – still the marshes are usually the best runnable part of the terrain – and in addition the marshes is used a lot for navigation – using the marshes extensively for navigation makes the orienteering easier.

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. The quick analysis is that direct is too slow – too much up and down. Going all the way around on the road looks like it loses you a bit of time – but actually not that much. The best route is probably a variant like Ekeberg and Solstad run – this is also the variant the course setter from 1991 thought was the best at that time according to his e-mail. However, he also says in his e-mail that today (in his current shape) it would probably be better for him to take the road, but he still took a route similar to Ekeberg’s route because all the road running hurts the legs a lot …

I didn’t have the “Løypeleggerboka” handy – maybe they write something about the best route there? What do you think?

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map with the course from 2014 in omaps.worldofo.com at this location – the course from 1991 is available here for comparison.

Results from 1991 below – from 2014 here.

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Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Haraldsson and Wyder: Orienteering Achievement of 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 18 Dec 2014@8:00

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Judith Wyder and Rune Haraldsson have been awarded with “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″ titles in the men’s and women’s class, respectively! Wyder  - the new Queen of orienteering  - won the award with more than one third of the votes. Among the men, 96 year old Rune Haraldsson has made an unforgettable impression on the orienteering world with his exceptional stamina – giving him a clear victory in “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″ .

Rune is just amazing. He really looks like he enjoys our sport! (Judith Wyder)

The vote has been decided by the big international readership of WorldofO.com – nearly 4000 unique votes from around 60 different countries have been delivered – making these results very representative for the worldwide orienteering community. Big thanks go to all voters and to the event sponsors  Five+Five days 2015, Sun-O Barbate O-Camp, Riga Orienteering Week 2015, Bergen Sprint Camp 2015, Scottish 6 Days 2015 – Highland 2015, Croatia Open 2015, OOCup 2015 and Sälen 3+3.

Photos of Rune Haraldsson:  Peter Holgersson and Ulf Bråsjö.

Results

In the Men’s class Rune Haraldsson won with 29.0% of the votes ahead of Søren Bobach with 19.5%, Daniel Hubmann with 11.5% and Tim Robertson with 10.7%. In the Womens’s class Judith Wyder won with an impressive 37.9% of the votes ahead of the OK Pan Århus with 19.2%, Svetlana Mironova with 13.2% and Tove Alexandersson with 9.0%. The fascinating stories behind each nomination can be read at the poll page for men and women, respectively.

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Interview: Judith Wyder – Achievement of 2014

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Nominated for: The new Queen of Orienteering – surprising the orienteering world with an impressive line of top performances: 3 EOC gold medals and 3 WOC gold medals for an athlete who was “one of many” in 2013.

Q: Congratulations on being awarded “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″. What an incredible season for you! What do you think was your biggest achievement this season?

The season 2014 was indeed incredible. With lots of wonderful emotions. Three of my six international gold medals were with the team. For me these achievements with the shared emotions were the biggest of the year. When I look back, I also like my stability in all the international races!

For me these achievements with the shared emotions were the biggest of the year.

Q: Can you name three key persons who were important for your achievements in 2014?

Fritz Aebi as my personal coach has been one of the most important person over the last few years. He helped me a lot with the setup of my training and supported me also in periods when everything wasn’t going with the easy flow. Secondly Vroni König-Salmi. As the coach of the Flying Swiss Girls, she was a key player for my success and all the improvements in the last years. We had lots of important conversations about orienteering technique and training setup. Last but not least, Gabriel Lombriser, my partner. He is the person I talk to and train with the most when I am at home in Bern. He supports me and helps me to have total focus on orienteering.

Q: In addition to being nominated yourself, the Swiss women team was nominated in the “Orienteering Achievement of the Year”. How much do you train with the others in the national team – and how much does the team mean for your success?

The team means a lot to me. The past years we have been a bunch of girls at a similar level who pushed each other to higher standards. We built up a super team spirit that is the key to all the relay gold medals! Normally we just train together in training camps or at trainings within the national training center in Bern.

Q: Big achievements is one thing – but to get as far as you have, I guess it is important to have fun with what you are doing as well. What is the most fun you have had during orienteering the past year?

Yes, fun is very important for me. You have to love what you are doing, to be able to achieve your goals! And on training camps we also have a lot of fun in addition to all the trainings. This spring we even droched bonnets with the girls, it might sound boring, but it was a lot of fun.

Q: What do your days look like now in the winter time?

During the winter I am working 3 days a week. A working day looks like this: Getting up at 5.30 and taking the train to Basel. After working until 12 o’clock I do a strength training before I work another 4 hours. When I am back at home in Bern, I do my second training of the day – this is usually a running training. I try to do 2 trainings every day, one running or orienteering training and one alternative training which could be deep water running, strength training or indoor cycling. And I also look forward to the first snow… Then you can also find me on the cross country ski-tracks.

Q: What are your main improvements compared to the 2013 season? Did you have any special focus in the training the past winter which you think helped you take that step up?

Before and during the season I worked intensively with my Mental Coach. On the physical side, I did the intensive trainings with the boys from the track club (ST Bern). That gave me a lot of extra power! Important was also, that I could train injury free.

Q: How much do you focus on running fast on the road compared to in the forest? And what is your PB on 3000 meters / 5000 meters?

I focused a lot on the road last year, which made me a lot faster and stronger. But I was also able to adapt the speed in the forest. Don’t ask me about my times on the track…I have actually no time whitch shows my speed on the track, and I have been faster on 5 km street races… But of course it is a thing to do in the future :-)

Do not dream your lives, live your dreams!

Q: Last year when Simone Niggli won “The Orienteering Achievement of 2013″ she was asked who would take over her place when she “retired”. She answered that she hoped for success for Helena Jansson – and that we should look out for the Swiss girls. She was definitely very right about the Swiss girls! How do you see next season? Can you manage to continue this immense success?

Thanks Simone, for the confidence! For sure I will try to perform with the same consistency as this year, and I will improve all the skills! The others won’t sleep as well! I think the whole women’s orienteering world circus moved closer together in the last year. And this will continue. There are several girls with abilities to get Top Rankings. Certainly Tove Alexandersson and the Swedes, the whole Danish Team and for sure the Swiss Girls. I bet on even more top performances for my team mates in all the disciplines. We will be even stronger!

Q: If you could choose between becoming World Champion now and being able to run orienteering the way Rune Haraldsson does more than 70 years from now when you are 96 – what would you choose?

Rune is just amazing. He really looks like he enjoys our sport. For me the most important thing is to stay healthy in old age. And if that means to not win any medals in the future, it is OK. But for me it needs not  to be just orienteering. I love to ski, for example. Or hiking is also something I would like to do more in the late years.

Q: Any final words to your fans out there?

Thank you for voting for me! It is a real honor to get the “Achievement of the Year” title for the first time! And for all orienteers out there: Do not dream your lives, live your dreams!

Interview: Rune Haraldsson – Achievement of 2014

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Nominated for: 96 years old – the oldest competitor at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Brazil – mastering both sprint and long distance and getting the gold medal in both for his performance.

Q: Congratulations on being awarded “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″. What do you think about your achievement being awarded the orienteering achievement of the year in competition with all these young World Champions?

Thank you very much. I think that this is great for the sport – to show that it is possible to compete in the sport until my age. And to get some publicity around orienteering. This would not be possible in any other sport.

I have always been healthy, always injury free and always been in good shape

Q: It is incredible to still be orienteering at the age of 96 years. For how many years have you been doing orienteering? And how many races do you run each year?

I have been orienteering for 80 years. And I have always been healthy, always injury free and always been in good shape. I have been lucky, being able to do orienteering through all these years. Nowadays I run maybe 10 races each year – this year I was at the Masters in Brazil and at O-Ringen.

But I think I will reduce the racing from now on – at least the big travels. Because I have achieved so much this year – with the two medals in Brazil and everything. I am so happy now; I think I will stop my long career.

Q: For many at your age the traveling to the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Brazil would be more than enough – you even run several races there. How was the traveling? And how was it to compete in Brazil?

I did a full check at the doctor’s before leaving, and he said I was healthy and that it would be no problem to travel by plane to Brasil. The last years when the World Masters has been in Europe, I have however been driving my own camper from Sweden to Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland and so on.

In Sweden the forest is green with blueberry bushes on the ground and many details – in Brazil there were less colors and less details in the forest. The orienteering was not as interesting as here in Sweden.

I have two Top 10-places in the Swedish Championships on elite level

Q: In how many countries have you orienteered? And what is your favourite terrain?

I have been orienteering on all continents except for Africa, including most countries in Europe. My favourite terrain is in Kolmården. Not far from where I live. This is the greatest terrain I can imagine. [Editors comment: Here is a map from Kolmårdskavlen 2014]

Q: What are your greatest achievement on the elite level?

I have two Top 10-places in the Swedish Championships on elite level. And I was close to being on the National Team at one point. But I was never in the team. For most of the time I have been an “elite amateur”.

Q: What is the biggest change which has happened in orienteering through your 80 year long career?

The biggest change is that everything is modern now – especially the maps. Now everything is exact – earlier it was all about luck. Now orienteering is an exact sport. And with all the computer systems you can get exact information about the race development.

Q: If you could choose between becoming World Champion when you were young and being able to run orienteering now at the age of 96 and winning the World Masters title – what would you choose?

I would choose to win the Masters now. I have had such a rich life, being able to do orienteering for 80 years.

Q: Thank you very much for your time! What is your plan going forward now?
Thank you. Now I will be driving to the mountains for 3 months of skiing.



Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.


Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.


Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.

Route to Christmas: Day 18 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 18 Dec 2014@5:00

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is one of those legs where it feels like there is no route which is really good. A long leg in very stony terrain. The paths looks like they are too far away from the line – but on the other hand the more direct routes look very stony. What would you do here?

The leg is from Czech Republic – found through RouteGadget. The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger):

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners who have drawn their route choice solved this leg. It is difficult to make any clear conclusions based on the RouteGadget material available due to the variation in level of the runners, but it may look like going quite straight like Pavel Hradec does is the best choice – even with the stony ground. What do you think?

Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com

You find the complete map and Routegadget info in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location. See also Split times here.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Route to Christmas: Day 17 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 17 Dec 2014@5:00

The most tricky sprint leg of the year? This leg has been requested by several both on Twitter and in the comments, and thus today is the day for you all. Todays leg in Route to Christmas is leg 8 in the M21E course from Imatra Sprint at June 11th 2014.

Some think that the Imatra World Cup sprint was overdoing it with all the artificial fences – but at least it makes a nice challenge for today’s “Route to Christmas”. Note that there might have been an extra barrier somewhere at the right in the actual competition map as somebody commented on that earlier – I could not find a competition map to confirm though. Still I can’t see this “destroying” the leg.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger):

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. The split times given here are the actual split times. As you can see, Jonas Leandersson did exceptionally well on this leg. However, his route is not that different from the routes of Hubmann and Vytautas – does runner a few meters shorter and cutting a few corners earn the Swede 7 seconds? Or was his orienteering more secure and the running speed as well?


Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location. See also Split times here.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Route to Christmas: Day 16 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 16 Dec 2014@5:00

Today we have got some really exotic terrain in Route to Christmas. This Croatian terrain on the island of Krk looks very special because of all the stone walls. The varying runnability in addition to all these stone walls also makes the route choice challenges quite interesting. Should you go for the ski-orienteering/MTB-O thinking here and only use the big paths – or use the Bergman/Lundanes “the shortest route is always straight” routine?

Thanks a lot to Matjaz Stanfel for collecting the routes from the runners and preparing the map and splits material. Thanks also for the runners for sending their routes to Matjaz.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). Note that the contour interval is 5 meter and scale used on event were 1:15:000 so runners needed to be quite focused on map reading. To explain terrain runnability is a rather difficult task. Runnability in white area is medium good while running in green area is quite difficult. Running on stone walls/hills may be faster than running in dense forest, but running on paths on top of the walls is slower than running on wide vehicle tracks or on clear white areas. And remember: Your task here is to find the fastest route, not the most fun route (which would definitely be the direct one).

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. Here is Matjaz’s analysis:

At first sight, the analysis looks very clear: Going north on wide path is fastest while you loose time by going straight or south. However, none of runners who drew their routes took the optimal route! It is Andraž Hribar (orange color – note the mistake halfway) who was the closest to the solution, but he made an extra 300 meters due to mistake halfway on the route. It was also Ismael Röthlisberger (light green) who gained a lot on this leg comparing to percentage of time behind Hajek on this leg by running south, so it would be interesting to see GPS analysis from this leg. Unfortunately, due to World Ranking Event no GPS watches were allowed.

[Editors comment: With the most interesting races in the "smaller" countries often being WRE-races, it is quite unfortunate that these are exactly the races where the runners can't do any real analysis after the race as GPS-watches is not allowed - and thus not learn to get better. I still think this rule is not necessary for this level of events...]

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Route to Christmas: Day 15 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 15 Dec 2014@5:00

In today’s Route to Christmas we travel to the other side of the world: Australia! The chosen leg is leg number 47(!) in the M21 course from the Wildfire Sports Australian Ultra Long Championships at Kooyoora organized at August 31st 2014.

I asked for legs for more exotic places – and Neil Barr gave me this one from Australia. Thanks a lot, Neil! There is certainly more GPS-data available from legs in Scandinavia – making the analysis easier, but for most of the followers of Route to Christmas it is a lot of fun to get some route choice challenges from different places & terrains. So if anyone has more of these exotic out-of-Scandinavia legs with some GPS-data/Routegadget-data for analysis, please add a comment or send an e-mail.

In Shep’s attackpoint log about the race, the overall conclusion is “Awesome courses, great fun. Super orienteering weekend” – and from the map it indeed looks great. This is an unknown territory for me, so I can not give you that many tips before choosing your route. I did however take a look at how fast the fastest of the runners runs in different terrain types to give you an indication of the terrain: White forest around 4:30-4:40 min/km. Paths around 4:00 min/km (not too bad speed towards the end of a 20 km race). Light green is often not much slower than white, but it can go down to maybe 5:00 min/km. The stony areas or areas with patched vegetation can cost some more time, but that may partly also be because you then need to use more time for navigation.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger):

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. I’ll first give you Neil Barr’s quick comment: - The 2nd and 3rd places hinged on control 46 to 47. The left option was inferior to running direct and then right through the assembly.

Analysis in short (see all the figures below):

  • The blue, direct route seems to be the best (going through the assembly), but going right and taking it from the road does not seem to be bad either.
  • Going through the green, stony area from the bend of the road (red line below) seems to be too slow due to the runnability in this area. Keely loses 1:30 between the road and the control. On the other hand, at least 40-50 seconds of this is probably due to navigation mistake; but then again it is better to choose the other options which are easier? It does seem to be very slow there as well.
  • The green route from the road seems quite OK – you could even run the road all the way to the small path north of 49. The entrance to the control is not that easy though, so maybe it is not worth it?

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Achievement of 2014: Vote Now – Last Chance!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 14 Dec 2014@18:00

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One day to go – here is Top 3: Søren Bobach, Daniel Hubmann, Rune Haraldsson, Svetlana Mironova, OK Pan Århus and Judith Wyder are the ones fighting for the top positions in Achievement of the Year 2014 with one day to go. Voting closes at Monday December 15th at 23:59 CET. Read about the fantastic achievements, post your votes for your favourites – and be part of the drawing for prizes worth more than 4000 Euros!

The stories behind the medals and the achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating

The stories behind the medals and the great achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating! In “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” these stories are highlighted – to make it possible to get a background for the amazing achievements.

Vote here by December 15th:

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Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2013 are Five+Five days 2015 (Italy), Sun-O Barbate O-Camp (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), Scottish 6 Days 2015 – Highland 2015 (Scotland), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia) and Sälen 3+3 (Sweden). See all details about the sponsor in the sponsor section below (Hint: Scroll down and take a look to see which prize you want to win as you can mark it when you vote – there are many great prizes this year!).

Prizes valued to more than 4000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. The rules are as follows:

  1. A person can only vote once in each of the categories (if several people share one internet connection, only one can vote, as the IP address is used to identify the voter along with the email-address of the voter).
  2. Prizes from our sponsors will be drawn among all people voting.
  3. In addition some sponsor prizes will be drawn among the ones suggesting GOOD nomination texts. Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes.
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.

Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.


Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.


Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.

Route to Christmas: Day 14 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 14 Dec 2014@5:00

We have visited WOC 2014 and WOC 2016 terrain in this Route to Christmas – now we travel to some WOC 2015 relevant terrain, “Balmoral – Race the Castles”.  The chosen leg is the first leg in the M21E course – and the race was organized October 18th 2014.

This event was suggested by three different people; Murray Strain, Alexander Chepelin and Halden SK. Different legs/classes were suggested, and even if my conclusion is that there are not very big route choice differences in this terrain/course, I decided to include a leg from Balmoral in this Route to Christmas.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). This is a leg with significant climb – and there are also options to mostly run in the terrain, use paths of varying size or use the road. What is your thought behind the choice?

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. The quick analysis is that direct or right is fast – left is slow. Although direct and right look equal here, a more detailed analysis (see below) may indicate that going Bobach’s route to the right is actually faster as Bobach loses some time into the control.   The reason for left being slower (see comparison Lundanes vs Hubmann further down) seems to be that running speed on the left route is simply not significantly higher than the more direct route – and therefore the extra running length costs too much time. The fact that Bobach’s route is so competitive indicates that the green is not too bad to run in.

To go even further left is even slower, as you here need to run even longer without gaining that much with respect to runnability.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Bonus

A small bonus. Two of the legs suggested by Alexander Chepelin in the women’s course:

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balw1

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Route to Christmas: Day 13 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 13 Dec 2014@5:00

Today we move to the Baltics to a leg from the Baltic Championships with routes from several top stars. The chosen leg is leg number 5 in the M21E course – the race was organized at May 31st 2014.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). Note that the contour interval is 2.5 meter – thus it is not as steep as it may look. Runnability in white terrain is medium good – around 4:40 min/km in white, flat forest for these runners who run around 3:30 on flat paths/road on this course. This is terrain where you seldom run in the marshes, but you can afford to cross them at places where they are narrow.

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. At first sight, the analysis looks very clear: Going straight is fastest – you loose time by going left/right. This is what I found when starting to prepare the leg, and partly why I chose it. Then I started to look more in detail at the routes, and as you will see below, the picture is not that clear.

Here is a comparison between Kärner (fastest, direct) and Tambasov (going right). As you can see, although Tambasov loses 18-20 seconds to Kärner – and it may look like it is because going right is too slow, the time loss for Tambasov is actually on the first part of the leg where they run nearly the same route. Tambasov’s problem is the way he handles the first hill. For the rest of the leg, going direct or right is nearly equal. Bummer.

Then let us look at the slight left route. Bertuks runs this route, and although he is a few minutes behind Kärner in the race, it looks like his speed is at least as good as Kärner’s (based on the last part of the leg where they have approximately the same routechoice). Thus, as Bertuks loses time by going right early on the leg, Bertuks’ route is clearly slower. The problem is the extra length of 100 meters without gaining much with respect to runnability.

Finally a comparison with Vaher who goes all the way to the right – running 15 meter longer than Kärner. Again Vaher has the same speed as Kärner as you can see from the first part of the leg. And again you can clearly see how Vaher loses time because it is simply too long to go all the way around when the runnability is that good on the direct route. Actually Kärner’s route is quite flat – the route of Vaher is not flatter, and there is not that much track running (and the track is less than 1 min/km faster).

So the conclusion here is: Direct and right is good. Left loses you some time. Agree?

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

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