Introducing the 2DRerun CoursePlanning Module

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 26 Feb 2015@5:00

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The 2DRerun CoursePlanning Module is a brand new tool for planning orienteering courses – with special emphasis on sprint courses. Focus has been on giving the course setter a fun way to plan courses – which again hopefully will lead to better sprint courses.

The basic functionality has been available in 2DRerun for a long time, but with the separate CoursePlanning module it is now a lot easier to use, you can use local maps without uploading to the server, you no longer have to calibrate the map (it is enough to enter DPI and scale), and there are several simplifications and improvements to the course planning functionality. This tool will not replace OCAD (or your favourite course planning software) – this is a tool which makes it easier to compare lengths for different variants in a nice and visual way.

Quick instructions

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See below for an instruction video guiding you through the basics. In short, this is how you use the module:

  1. Drag a map file (JPG/PNG, GIF should also work) onto the browser window – please use the Google Chrome browser to ensure that everything works as it should.  Note that the map never leaves your computer – this is completely safe to use even if you are organizing a major championships and are afraid of the map suddenly surfacing on the Internet.
  2. Set the DPI and scale of the map. You can change this later on if you find out that you set the wrong DPI/scale.
  3. Draw a course (or redraw the course if there is already a course on the map)
  4. Draw route choice alternatives for each leg. For each alternative you get the length of the alternative, and can use this to balance the leg and make better sprint courses.
  5. In the CoursePlanning module there are function to automatically name the alternatives A, B, C… There is also functionality to modify the course or the variants. See the video for more details – or just open the tool and try without instructions as I would do…
  6. Finally you can save the course and alternatives. Note that this will NOT save the map. To reload your work, you have to (a) drag the same map over the browser, (b) set the DPI/Scale again, and (c) load the course/alternatives. This might be a bit cumbersome, but there are technical restrictions which make this the preferred way for now.

Developed during Bergen Sprint Camp course planning work

This tool has been developed during the course planning work for Bergen Sprint Camp – and is adapted to the needs you have when planning a sprint course. During the planning of the courses, the main course setters used the measuing tools in OCAD to analyze the legs. The way we could use the 2DRerun CoursePlanning module to measure leg lengths did however make the job a lot easier. Now it is time to give other course setters the same opportunities.

It you have any questions or comments about the 2DRerun CoursePlanning module, please add a comment below. The tools is of course not restricted to sprint courses, but comparing lengths of alternatives is especially important for sprint.

POM 2015 Day 3 WRE: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 17 Feb 2015@5:00

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Gernot Kerschbaumer (Austria) and Minna Kauppi (Finland) took the victories in the highlight of this year’s Portugal O Meeting – the World Ranking Long distance race at Day 3.

Kerschbaumer – from start until finish

Gernot Kerschbaumer had a steady race, in the end beating Albin Ridefeldt (Sweden) with 1:07 and Aaro Asikainen (Finland) with 1:09. The below split graph shows how the top runners compared in the race. Kerschbaumer has the lead nearly from start until finish. Asikainen is less than 30 seconds behind at the arena passage, but loses time towards the end. Baptiste Rollier (Switzerland) has a good middle part of the race, being in a clear 2nd place before doing a mistake to control 18. Frederic Tranchand (see the lower splitsbrowser) did very well on parts of the course, but big mistakes on the first two controls and on control 22 cost him the possibility for a top result.

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Kauppi in her own class

In the women’s class Minna Kauppi was in her own class – winning with more than 3:30 down to Saila Kinni (also Finland) in second. Galina Vinogradova finished 3rd at 4:27 down from Kauppi. Based on the splits, Kauppi did simply have better speed than the others today. This looks very good for Kauppi after many injury problems last season.

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Maps

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The terrain was typical Portuguese Sand Dune terrain. There were not too many real route choice challenges – the leg with the largest differences in route choices was the leg from 5 to 6 shown above. Although there are some differences between the top runners here, the routes were not the decisive today. Rather it was to keep pushing all the way – without doing any mistakes.

Results

Men SuperElite

1. Gernot Kerschbaumer OKPanKristians -OPORSWE 01:26:11
2. Albin Ridefelt OK Linné – OPORSWE 01:27:18
3. Aaro Asikainen KRFIN 01:27:20
4. Valentin Novikov RUSRUS 01:28:19
5. Rollier Baptiste Swiss O Team – OPORSUI 01:28:23
6. Kiril Nikolov KRFIN 01:29:01
7. Hubmann Martin Swiss O Team – OPORSUI 01:29:26
8. Robert Merl Austria O Team- OPORAUT 01:29:28
9. Scott Fraser Interlopers – OPORGBR 01:29:49
10. Severi Kymäläinen TPFIN 01:30:11
11. Magne Dæhli Halden SK O-PORNOR 01:30:16
12. Bartosz Pawlak SNOSWE 01:30:28
13. BASSET Lucas Pôles France U -OPORFRA 01:31:27
14. Hector Haines Interlopers – OPORGBR 01:31:52
15. Jakob Enmark SNOSWE 01:32:12

Women Elite

1. Minna Kauppi Individual FINFIN 01:11:43
2. Saila Kinni TPFIN 01:15:20
3. Galina Vinogradova RUSRUS 01:16:10
4. Catherine Taylor OK LinnéSWE 01:17:07
5. Yulia Novikova RUSRUS 01:17:10
6. Ida Marie Næss Bjørgul Halden SK O-PORNOR 01:17:29
7. Eva Jurenikova Halden SK O-PORNOR 01:17:42
8. Riina Kuuselo OK LinnéSWE 01:18:22
9. Venla Niemi Individual FINFIN 01:19:41
10. Sofia Haajanen Individual FINFIN 01:20:02
11. Ingjerd Myhre Järla Orienteri-OPORSWE 01:20:12
12. MARIA MAGNUSSON SävedalensAIK – OPORSWE 01:20:14
13. SILJE EKROLL JAHREN SävedalensAIK – OPORSWE 01:20:23
14. Hollie Orr Lakeland OC – OPORGBR 01:20:27
15. Anastasia Denisova Savedalens AIKSWE 01:20:38

POM Day 2: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 16 Feb 2015@5:00

POM Day 2

Lucas Basset (France) and Catherine Taylor (Great Britain) took the victories in the middle distance race  at the second day of Porgual O-Meeting 2015.

Monday’s third day of Portugal O Meeting is the main event of Portugal O Meeting – a long distance World Ranking Event. Expect all runners to give a maximum Monday – giving a more real picture about the standing between the World Elite.

Basset with strong finish

France’s Basset had an excellent finish of his race, taking the win 16 seconds ahead of Valentin Novikov (Russia) with Baptiste Rollier (Switzerland) in third. Martin Hubmann (Switzerland) and Aaro Asikainen (Finland) were in the lead in the early parts of the race, but lost too much time towards the end. Edgars Bertuks also showed some of his old class for a while, but did not manage to finish in style all the way to the finish. Saturday’s winner Gustav Bergman did not start on Sunday’s middle distance – becoming ill with fever.

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Taylor in her own class

In the women’s class Catherine Taylor had a great race – winning 11 of the 21 legs in today’s middle distance course – simply having a different speed than the others. Closest in this middle distance race was Saila Kinni (Finland) with Kamilla Olaussen (Norway) in third.

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Results

Men SuperElite

1 16 BASSET Lucas 91 [7532] P�les France U -OPOR 36:11
2 14 Valentin Novikov 74 [7878] RUS 36:27
3 3 Rollier Baptiste 82 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 36:33
4 12 Kiril Nikolov 82 [7571] KR 36:47
5 6 Edgars Bertuks 85 [7756] TuMe 36:48
6 18 Aaro Asikainen 88 [7571] KR 36:58
7 8 Fr�d�ric Tranchand 88 [7943] PR 37:05
8 7 Hubmann Martin 89 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 37:14
9 5 Carl Godager Kaas 82 [7930] BSK 37:25
10 106 Murray Strain 83 [7904] Interlopers – OPOR 37:39
11 57 Daniel Stenlund 89 [7943] PR 38:03
12 42 Scott Fraser 86 [7904] Interlopers – OPOR 38:11
13 45 Aleksi Anttolainen 93 [6874] LS-37 38:17
14 21 Bartosz Pawlak 90 [7873] SNO 38:29
15 41 Antti Parjanne 82 [7756] TuMe 38:30

Women Elite

1 212 Catherine Taylor 89 [7790] OK Linn� 33:08
2 202 Saila Kinni 87 [7635] TP 34:51
3 220 Kamilla Olaussen 93 [7555] Fredrikstad SK – OPO 35:08
4 214 Galina Vinogradova 79 [7878] RUS 35:12
5 230 Anastasia Denisova 93 [7881] Savedalens AIK 35:43
6 201 Mari Fasting 85 [7557] Halden SK O-POR 35:49
7 207 Minna Kauppi 82 [1835] Individual FIN 36:07
8 241 Charlotte Watson 93 [7901] Edinburgh Univ – OPO 36:24
9 217 Hollie Orr 89 [7905] Lakeland OC – OPOR 36:32
10 222 BASSET Isia 93 [7532] P�les France U -OPOR 37:05
11 210 Heidi Bagstevold 87 [7555] Fredrikstad SK – OPO 37:10
12 215 Yulia Novikova 80 [7878] RUS 37:11
13 235 Jessica Tullie 87 [7899] Bad. & Straths OPOR 37:15
14 204 Sofia Haajanen 87 [1835] Individual FIN 37:21
15 211 Karolin Ohlsson 91 [7765] J�rla Orienteri-OPOR 37

POM Day 1: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 15 Feb 2015@5:00

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Minna Kauppi (Finland) and Gustav Bergman (Sweden) took the victories in the long distance race in the sand dunes in Portugal at the first day of Porgual O-Meeting 2015.

Bergman was 90 seconds faster than Frederic Tranchand (France) with Baptiste Rollier (Switzerland) in third.

- It was a demanding race, both physically and mentally, second placed Tranchand said after the race. - It was necessary to stay really concentrated during the whole race, because the elements seemed very similar everywhere. Because of that, I did a couple of mistakes around the 13th control and for the 22nd control. I’ve been training the whole week but I didn’t have anything to compare to today’s course, so physically I can’t say that I ran full speed the whole race but it was nice. For the rest of the Portugal O’ Meeting, I didn’t point any goals. It’s just the beginning of the season, it’s just training and regain some competition routines.

Minna Kauppi had 40 seconds down to British long distance specialist Catherine Taylor – with Sofia Haajanen (Finland) in third.

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Results

Men SuperElite

1 2 Gustav Bergman 90 [7526] OK Ravinen – OPOR 1:18:20
2 8 Frédéric Tranchand 88 [7943] PR 1:19:50
3 3 Rollier Baptiste 82 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 1:21:43
4 11 Albin Ridefelt 91 [7664] OK Linné – OPOR 1:22:38
5 7 Hubmann Martin 89 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 1:24:17
6 18 Aaro Asikainen 88 [7571] KR 1:24:55
7 81 Ralph Street 90 [7873] SNO 1:25:20
8 16 BASSET Lucas 91 [7532] Pôles France U -OPOR 1:25:30
9 14 Valentin Novikov 74 [7878] RUS 1:25:44
10 10 Gernot Kerschbaumer 83 [7621] OKPanKristians -OPOR 1:26:21
11 17 Thomas Natvig Årstad 89 [7527] NTNUI – OPOR 1:27:02
12 21 Bartosz Pawlak 90 [7873] SNO 1:27:04
13 32 Jere Pajunen 86 [7571] KR 1:28:21
14 29 Denzler Alain 92 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 1:28:23
15 12 Kiril Nikolov 82 [7571] KR 1:28:46

Women Elite

1 207 Minna Kauppi 82 [1835] Individual FIN 1:09:52
2 212 Catherine Taylor 89 [7790] OK Linné 1:10:32
3 204 Sofia Haajanen 87 [1835] Individual FIN 1:12:12
4 208 Eva Jurenikova 78 [7557] Halden SK O-POR 1:12:16
5 228 Liga Arniece 83 [7870] Espoon Suunta 1:13:27
6 209 Venla Niemi 90 [1835] Individual FIN 1:13:51
7 214 Galina Vinogradova 79 [7878] RUS 1:14:06
8 205 MARIA MAGNUSSON 82 [7622] SävedalensAIK – OPOR 1:14:09
9 225 Lea Vercellotti 89 [5327] Maximus 1:14:50
10 215 Yulia Novikova 80 [7878] RUS 1:14:51
11 232 SILJE EKROLL JAHREN 88 [7622] SävedalensAIK – OPOR 1:15:00
12 211 Karolin Ohlsson 91 [7765] Järla Orienteri-OPOR 1:15:02
13 217 Hollie Orr 89 [7905] Lakeland OC – OPOR 1:15:36
14 216 Emily KEMP 92 [7761] NOSE 1:17:05
15 213 Riina Kuuselo 78 [7790] OK Linné 1:17:07

Portugal O-Meeting: Live This Weekend

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 13 Feb 2015@5:00

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Long Saturday, Middle Sunday, Long WRE Monday and a chasing start Long on Tuesday. Live GPS tracking on Monday – live results and speaker sound planned for all foud races. This is the program and the live services of Portugal O-Meeting – the largest elite event in Portugal annually. This year the event will for the first time pass 2000 participants – it broke the previous record of entries with more than 400 entries.

The start list is strong as always – although the early World Cup start in Australia and the terrain choice for POM this year might have reduced the number of top names a bit compared to earlier years. Of the Top 15 in the World Ranking (as of early February), 5 men are on the starting list; Olav Lundanes (1st), Gustav Bergman (7th), Baptiste Rollier (8th), Magne Dæhlie (9th) and Carl Godager Kaas (15th). For the women four from the Top 15 are on the start list; Mari Fasting (5th), Saila Kinni (8th), Annika Billstam (10th) and Sofia Haajanen (12th). Still the start fields are very strong, and the elite field is divided into SuperElite and regular Elite.

Useful links:

Terrain: Sand dunes

The terrain is described as typical Portuguese sand dunes terrain, with pine forest and some very small open areas. Several small green areas/dots and some undergrowth vegetation areas. Good/very good visibility and runnability. Thus the terrain is not the technical, stony parts which we have seen in some editions of POM, but rather the fast ones near the coast.

Parts of the area for day 1 and 2 has been visited by quite a few orienteers before (Old map POM 2015 Stage 1 + 2) – stages 3 and 4 seems to be a more novel area (Dunas de Vagos, map from 2014).

WRE Spain & Portugal: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 10 Feb 2015@18:00

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Antonio Martínez Pérez (Spain)  and Jana Knapova (Czech Republic) took the WRE victories in Spain (see map above) and Kiril Nikolov (Bulgaria) and Nadiya Volynska (Ukraine) took the WRE victories in Portugal. Two WRE races were organized this past weekend; Saturday’s middle distance race of the XIV Trofeo Costa Blanca in the Alicante area at the east coast of Spain and Saturday’s middle distance race of the Idanha-a-Nova international meeting in Portugal.

Both the races in Portugal and Spain had an accompanying long distance race on Sunday. Especially the Costa Blanca long distance race in Spain showed many interesting route choice options in a terrain which was a bit different from what you often meet in Spain and Portugal.

Note! The Portugal WRE results are not yet available in IOF Eventor, and according to an e-mail sent to me it may not get WRE status as parts of the race was not in line with Guidelines for World Ranking Events.

Spanish win in Spain

In the men’s class in Spain, Spanish winner Martinez Perez got the toughest fight from Norwegian Gaute Hallan Steiwer (34 seconds behind) and Swedes Kent Ohlsson (+54) and Jonas Lenadersson (+1:03). Leandersson showed his strength on the tough long distance on Sunday in the same terrain – a race which he won with several minutes. In the women’s class another Czech, Vendula Horcickova, was closest to Knapova more than a minute behind. Lea Vercelotti (France) was third. Reigning, Svetlana Mironova, was far behind on the middle distance on Saturday – however whe won the long distance by more than 6 minutes.

Nikolov versus Kratov in Portugal

The fight for victory at the WRE race in Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal in the men’s class featured several top elite runners; Oleksandr Kratov (Ukraine), Philippe Adamski (France), David Andersson (Sweden), Hannu Airila (Finland), Valentin Novikov (Russia) and Scott Fraser (Great Britain) were some of the runners who fought with Bulgarian Nikolov for the victory. In the end Nikolov was 8 seconds faster than Kratov with Andersson in third another 2 seconds down. Kratov was on the lead at the 16th control, but lost 20 seconds to Nikolov to control 17, and could never catch up after that (see the final part of the course below).  In the women’s class Nadiya Volynska continued where she stopped last weekend, winning clear victories both in Saturday’s WRE and Sunday. Top names were there to give her fight for the victory though; Venla Niemi (2nd), Yulia Novikova (3rd), Silje Ekroll Jahren, Maria Magnussen, Lena Eliasson, Galina Vinogradova.

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Illustration above: Final part of Idanha-a-Nova Middle Men (WRE)

Maps WRE weekend Spain/Portugal

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Illustration above: First part of Idanha-a-Nova Middle Men (WRE)

Use the following links for maps and GPS-tracking from the WRE races:

Accompanying races:

Below is an example leg from the middle WRE in Spain with routechoices (click for larger). This was probably the most interesting leg of the middle distance – but the long distance offered several legs with similar characteristics – some of them also more interesting.

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POM coming up

The biggest of Spain/Portugal WRE events in the winter season is usually Portugal O-Meeting, which is organized the coming weekend with many top runners on the start list. This weekend’s races were just a warmup ahead of POM for many.

Results Idanha-a-Nova WRE, Portugal

Men
1 Kiril Nikolov 82 [7841] Kalevan Rasti FIN 35:35 0:00
2 Oleksander Kratov 85 [7885] OK-ORION UKR 35:43 0:08
3 David Andersson 81 [7812] OP Malungs OK SWE 35:45 0:10
4 Hannu Airila 85 [7841] Kalevan Rasti FIN 36:26 0:51
5 Lauri Nenonen 93 [7841] Kalevan Rasti FIN 37:09 1:34
6 Alasdair McLeod 90 [7909] OP Clydeside Oriente GBR 37:44 2:09
7 Aaro Asikainen 88 [7841] Kalevan Rasti FIN 37:45 2:10
7 Philippe Adamski 85 [7841] Kalevan Rasti FIN 37:45 2:10
9 Scott Fraser 86 [7911] OP Interlopers GBR 38:20 2:45
10 Ivan Nikolaev Sirakov 88 [7603] OPVariant5 Targovish BUL 38:27 2:52
11 Hector Haines 89 [7911] OP Interlopers GBR 39:44 4:09
12 James Tullie 86 [7913] OP Baden & Straths GBR 40:50 5:15
13 Valentin Novikov 74 [7789] RUSSIA RUS 42:38 7:03
14 Evgeny Popov 89 [7640] URAL RUS 43:44 8:09
15 Manuel Horta 90 [151] GafanhOri POR 43:51 8:16

Women
1 Nadiya Volynska 84 [7885] OK-ORION UKR 32:35 0:00
2 Venla Niemi 90 [1835] Individual FIN FIN 34:15 1:40
3 Yulia Novikova 80 [7789] RUSSIA RUS 34:35 2:00
4 Silj Ekroll Jahren 88 [7604] OP Sävedalens AIK SWE 35:06 2:31
5 Panchenko Olha 87 [7896] IFK MORA UKR 35:46 3:11
6 Maria Magnusson 82 [7604] OP Sävedalens AIK SWE 36:32 3:57
7 Lena Eliasson 81 [7813] OP Domnarvets GoIF SWE 37:19 4:44
8 Ekaterina Savkina 94 [7684] ESSU FIN 39:46 7:11
9 Stepanka Betkova 87 [166] ADM Ori-Mondego POR 43:42 11:07
10 Mariana Moreira 92 [094] CPOC POR 43:58 11:23
11 Michela Guizzardi 82 [7803] CUS BOLOGNA ITA 46:11 13:36
12 Hollie Orr 89 [7910] OP Lakeland OC GBR 48:33 15:58
13 Galina Vinogradova 79 [7789] RUSSIA RUS 51:17 18:42
14 Vera Alvarez 94 [094] CPOC POR 55:57 23:22
15 Rita Rodrigues 93 [151] GafanhOri POR 56:38 24:03

Results Costa Blanca WRE, Spain

Men
1 Antonio Martínez Pérez COLIVENC Alicante 36:53 6:46
2 Gaute Hallan Steiwer Lillomarka OL Lillomarka OL 37:27 +0:34 6:53
3 Kent Ohlsson Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 37:47 +0:54 6:56
4 Jonas Leandersson Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 37:56 +1:03 6:58
5 Ralph Street Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 38:10 +1:17 7:00
6 Roger Casal Fernández COLIVENC Alicante 38:30 +1:37 7:04
7 Bartoz Pawlak Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 38:41 +1:48 7:06
8 Yngve Skogstad Frol IL Frol IL 39:33 +2:40 7:16
9 Dmitrii Poliakov NORD WEST NORD WEST 39:54 +3:01 7:20
10 Pau Llorens Caellas COB Barcelona 40:44 +3:51 7:29
11 Jakob Enmark Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 40:50 +3:57 7:30
12 Ulf Forseth Indgaard Frol IL Frol IL 41:14 +4:21 7:34
13 Nikita Stepanov NORD WEST NORD WEST 41:22 +4:29 7:36
14 Michal Olejnik Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 42:01 +5:08 7:43
14 Ivar Lundanes Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 42:01 +5:08 7:43

Women
1 Jana Knapova Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 35:36 8:56
2 Vendula Horcickova Södertälje-Nykva Södertälje 36:44 +1:08 9:13
3 Lea Vercellotti MAXIMUS Madrid 38:07 +2:31 9:34
4 Alicia Gil Sánchez COLIVENC Alicante 41:38 +6:02 10:27
5 Esther Gil i Brotons COLIVENC Alicante 42:30 +6:54 10:40
6 Svetlana Mironova Koovee Koovee 43:22 +7:46 10:53
7 Tatiana Bevza NORD WEST NORD WEST 43:34 +7:58 10:56
8 Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan COLIVENC Alicante 44:41 +9:05 11:13
9 Annabel Valledor Fernández BADALONA-O Barcelona 46:29 +10:53 11:40
10 Anne-mari Leskinen Lynx Lynx 47:39 +12:03 11:58
11 Sara Karvonen Lynx Lynx 48:47 +13:11 12:15
12 Natalia Gurchenkova COLIVENC Alicante 49:37 +14:01 12:27
13 Laura López García LORCA-O Murcia 52:10 +16:34 13:06
14 Rose Kowalski ALIGOTS Girona 52:59 +17:23 13:18
15 Carmen Patiño Déniz TOLEDO-O Toledo 53:07 +17:31 13:20

NAOM 2015: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 03 Feb 2015@10:00

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Two of the big names in international orienteering last year, Olav Lundanes of Oleksandr Kratov, had a tight fight for victory at Norte Alentejano O’ Meeting in Portugal last weekend. Finally Kratov won the NAOM overall while Lundanes won the World Ranking sprint race. In the women’s class Nadiya Volynska took the overall victory ahead of Olha Panchenko – the two sharing the victories in the individual races.

Most of the orienteering elite visits Portugal/Spain as part of their winter training between January and March – and NAOM is the first of the bigger races this season. 700 runners from 15 countries participated in this edition. As these races are part of a tough training period for all athletes, you can not put too much into the results. However, these top athletes usually want to win when they stand at the start line. NAOM has usually been a playground for Thierry Gueorgiou, but Gueorgiou destroyed his toe during a training camp in Spain in early January and might not be fully recovered.

Men: Kratov against Lundanes

- It’s really pure joy to run and read it. It was a perfect period in the winter training.

Oleksandr Kratov has spent a lot of time in Lundanes’ Halden lately to exploit Halden’s excellent training opportunities and to prepare for the World Championships in Sweden 2016 – just over the border from Halden. In Portugal the two had a friendly fight over three races; two middle distance races and one sprint race. In the technical middle distance races in the forest the two took one victory each – but Kratov’s victory in the second middle distance race was so clear that the Ukrainian also took the overall victory.

- As always, I’ve got a really nice experience and good competitions. I enjoyed the races, the terrain as well and the maps, Kratov said after his overall win. – It’s really pure joy to run and read it. It was a perfect period in the winter training.

Women: Volynska against Panchenko

- I was really upset with my result yesterday

In the women’s class the fight for overall victory was between Nadiya Volynska and Olha Panchenko. The favourite Volynska failed in the first stage – being beaten by Panchenko with 8 seconds. This made Volynska give it all on stage 2.

- To win it was very motivating, especially because I was really upset with my result yesterday, Nadiya Volynska commented. – It was time to take a more serious test race, pushing hard most of the time and I think this was the right time to do that and I succeeded well.

This was enough for a nearly two minute win at stage 2 – and a clear overall victory.

Sprint victory for Lundanes and Volynska

As the World Ranking gets more and more important in international orienteering – determining the starting order – traditional forest specialists like Olav Lundanes who seldom run sprint races when they don’t have to – need to use opportunities like the World Ranking sprint race at NAOM to improve their rating. Olav Lundanes did this to perfection, winning the sprint race at NAOM with more than a minute. In the women’s class Volynskat won ahead of Lea Vercelotti.

Maps
Results Stage 1 (Middle)

Men (6,5 km)
1. Olav Lundanes (NOR Halden SK) 33:47
2. Oleksandr Kratov (UKR OK Orion) 34:42
3. Artem Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 35:19
4. Valentin Novikov (Russia) 35:24
5. Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) 38:23
6. Eduardo Gil (ESP Frontela-O) 39:46
7. Fábio Kuczkoski (BRA ADAAN) 40:14
8. Daniel Portal (ESP CODAN Extremadura) 40:19
9. Pedro Nogueira (ADFA) 41:26
10. Sergei Rjabyshkin (RUS Paimion Rasti) 41:40

Women (5,1 km)
1. Olha Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 34:04
2. Nadiya Volynska (UKR OK Orion) 34:12
3. Lea Vercellotti (FRA Maximus) 38:47
4. Yulia Novikova (Russia) 40:46
5. Magalie Mendes (COC) 43:21
6. Ekaterina Savkina (RUS ESSU) 43:33
7. Patricia Casalinho (COC) 43:47
8. Stepanka Betkova (ADM Ori-Mondego) 46:50
9. Andreia Silva (COC) 51:27
10. Inês Pinto (GafarnhOri) 53:29

Results Stage 2 (Middle)

Men (6,0 km)
1. Oleksandr Kratov (UKR OK Orion) 32:33
2. Valentin Novikov (Russia) 34:20
3. Olav Lundanes (NOR Halden SK) 34:29
4. Tiago Romão (GafanhOri) 35:46
5. Eduardo Gil (ESP Frontela-O) 38:02
6. Artem Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 36:06
7. Tiago Martins Aires (GafanhOri) 38:36
8. Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) 39:17
8. Sergei Rjabyshkin (EST Paimion Rasti) 39:17
10. Miguel Reis e Silva (CMo Funchal) 41:45

Women (4,5 km)
1. Nadiya Volynska (UKR OK Orion) 34:47
2. Olha Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 36:28
3. Yulia Novikova (Russia) 37:17
4. Léa Vercellotti (FRA Maximus) 39:54
5. Stepanka Betkova (ADM Ori-Mondego) 45:12
6. Magalie Cordeiro Mendes (COC) 46:12
7. Ekaterina Savkina (RUS ESSU) 46:46
8. Patricia Casalinho (COC) 53:00
9. Andreia Silva (COC) 54:24
10. Elaine Lenz (COC) 59:58

NAOM 2015 overall (counting two middle distance races)

Men Elite class
1. Oleksandr Kratov (UKR OK Orion) 1:07:15
2. Olav Lundanes (NOR Halden SK) 1:08:16
3. Valentin Novikov (Russia) 1:09:44
4. Artem Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 1:13:25
5. Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) 1:17:40
6. Eduardo Gil (ESP Frontela-O) 1:17:48
7. Sergei Rjabyshkin (EST Paimion Rasti) 1:20:57
8. Tiago Romão (COC) 1:21:27
9. Pedro Nogueira (ADFA) 1:23:58
10. Diogo Miguel (Ori-Estarreja) 1:24:52

Women Elite class
1. Nadiya Volynska (UKR OK Orion) 1:08:59
2. OLha Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 1:10:32
3. Yulia Novikova (Russia) 1:18:03
4. Léa Vercellotti (FRA Maximus) 1:18:41
5. Magalie Cordeiro Mendes (COC) 1:29:33
6. Ekaterina Savkina (RUS ESSU) 1:30:19
7. Stepanka Betkova (ADM Ori-Mondego) 1:32:02
8. Patricia Casalinho (COC) 1:36:47
9. Andreia Silva (COC) 1:45:51
10. Catarina Ruivo (COC) 1:54:04

NAOM 2015 WRE Sprint (not counting in overall)

Men (3,0 km)
1. Olav Lundanes (NOR Halden SK) 14:58
2. Eduardo Gil (ESP Frontela-O) 15:58
3. Sergei Rjabyshkin (EST Paimion Rasti) 16:10
4. Artem Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 16:27
5. Daniel Portal (ESP CODAN Extremadura) 16:48
6. Tiago Romão (GafanhOri) 16:57
7. Miguel Silva (CMo Funchal) 17:01
8. Valentin Novikov (Russia) 17:20
9. Paulo Franco (COC) 18:06
10. Alvaro Prieto (ESP Malarruta) 18:20
10. Diogo Miguel (Ori-Estarreja) 18:20

Women (2,4 km)
1. Nadiya Volynska (UKR OK Orion) 15:06
2. Léa Vercellotti (FRA Maximus) 15:21
3. Olha Panchenko (UKR IFK Mora) 15:36
4. Yulia Novikova (Russia) 16:28
5. Patricia Casalinho (COC) 17:53
6. Ekaterina Savkina (RUS ESSU) 18:17
7. Magalie Mendes (COC) 19:08
8. Yevheniya Chystyakova (Maximus) 20:25
9. Catarina Ruivo (COC) 20:37
10. Maiki Jaadmaa (EST OK Võru) 20:47

Thanks to Joaquim Margarido for providing maps and information.

World Cup Long Tasmania: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 10 Jan 2015@9:00

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[Updated with split time analysis] Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) were strongest in today’s long distance World Cup race in Tasmania. With 13.2 km for the men and 9.4 km for the women in very hilly terrain – described as “cool” by the athletes. This was a very tough race – again dominated by Swedish and Swiss athletes.

Matthias Kyburz also won the World Cup sprint race one week ago – and showed with the victory in today’s long distance that he still masters tough forest orienteering. Thursday’s winner from the World Cup middle distance – Daniel Hubmann (also Switzerland) – took second place, 1:17 behind Kyburz. Gustav Bergman (Sweden) finished third at +1:52. These three were in their own league today – Olav Lundanes in fourth was more than 4 minutes behind.

In the women’s class Tove Alexandersson took the third World Cup win in a row – this time nearly 4 minutes ahead of Swiss Sara Lüscher witn Swedish Emma Johansson in third. The big name on the long distance last year – Svetlana Mironovo – finished 7th, more than 9 minutes behind Alexandersson. Mari Fasting – second in the middle distance – ran the second best time but was disqualified after forgetting to punch the refreshment control. With her third victory Alexandersson showed that she is on a completely different level than the other athletes. As a ski-orienteer  with competition season both summer and winter Alexandersson is used to being in shape at this time of year – still her domination in the Tasmania World Cup races have been extraordinary.

The next World Cup race is June 3rd(!) in Halden. The shape of the athletes might have changed a bit in the next 5 months, but Alexandersson has nevertheless got a solid lead.

Terrain World Cup Long Distance - photo by Lilian Forsgren

Terrain photo World Cup Long distance. Photo from Lilian Forsgren @ Instagram

Analysis Men

With no GPS-tracking available for this race, a full analysis will have to wait until the athletes publish their route choices. For now it is possible to do a split time analysis to understand where the race was decided. As expected the long leg to the third control (see separate article here) was very decisive. Today’s winner Matthias Kyburz was 51 seconds faster than Fredrik Johansson in 2nd – with Daniel Hubmann and Gustav Bergman both losing more than a minute. Only 9 runners lost less than 3 minutes to Kyburz on this leg.

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Even though this long leg takes a lot of attention, the fight for victory in this 3rd World Cup race of the season was decided just as much on the short, tricky legs as on this long one. Comparing Kyburz and Hubmann, Hubmann loses more than a minute to control 9 and half a minute to control 12.

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Looking at the splits graph for the top 6, it looks quite evident that Matthias Kyburz had very high speed with many flat sections indicating that he has the best split time of all athletes at this section. Kuburz did some mistakes though – notably on the short leg to control 18 and on the route choice leg to 21. Daniel Hubmann in second lost more to the best split time than the two minutes he is behind Kyburz in the part of the course with middle distance characteristics between control 7 and 12 (see map for this part of the course below), but Kyburz definitely did a better race overall and deserved the victory.

Swedish Fredrik Johansson was in second place until the 15th control and was on his way to a very good race, but lost time towards the end of the race – especially on the long leg to control 21 – and in the end had to settle for 5th spot. Gustav Bergman had a bad start – losing nearly two minutes on the first two control – but a steady race on the rest of the course brought him up to third in the end. Reigning World Champion middle distance, Olav Lundanes has a curve going steady downwards – and either didn’t have a top day in this terrain, or did small mistakes all the way through the race.

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Analysis Women

The women had two long legs – the 2.2 km long leg to the 3rd control being the longest. This leg was not as complex as the men’s, and the time differences among the top runners were not very big. Down to Svetlana Mironovo in 14th there was less than 2 minutes on this leg. Tove Alexandersson did not run well on this leg – losing 20 seconds to Helena Karlsson’s best time. A left variant seems to be the best on this leg (see quick analysis here), but again we will have to wait for the athletes to make any firm conclusions.

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The leg to the 16th control was the other long leg. Again the leg is not very complex – and again Tove Alexandersson loses time. Mari Fasting (disqualified) run a very strong performance here, winning the leg with more than 40 seconds – with 1:35 to Sabine Hauswirth in 3rd. The leg seems simple – the obvious choice is to use the track to the left – but there are micro routechoices with respect to how you solve the areas with poor runnability. According to Fasting’s coach Kenneth Buch, Fasting did not do anything out of the ordinary on this leg: “Left out of the control, then along the yellow to the path, the path and then along the green at the hill side, trough the green straight.”

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Looking at the splits graph, you can see that the race for victory is quite tight between Tove Alexandersson, Emma Johansson and Ida Bobach until the 9th control. At this point in the course Alexandersson catches Sara Lüscher with 3 minutes – and turns on the turbo. This takes Alexandersson to a 4 minute win. Lüscher manages to nearly run with Alexandersson in all of the technical part of the course until control 15; this strong middle part of the race is enough to take Lüscher into second position overall.

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Maps

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Results men

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Results women

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3.8 km: No good solutions?

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 10 Jan 2015@1:00

The toughest leg of the year? Good luck finding a solution you are really happy with on this one. The long leg to the third control in the men’s course at the Tasmania World Cup race long distance is not an easy one. Try to solve it yourself below!

See also complete courses for men and women here (click to open course in new window):
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The LONG leg

The leg is 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.

When the athletes start putting up their routes we will try to do a real analysis on this one. For now just a few alternatives here. I didn’t find any good ones though. Did you find a good one? Any of these – or another one?

Update: According to Kenneth Buch (see Tweet below), the two fastest on the leg, Matthias Kyburz and Fredrik Johansson, went left similar to the D option (there are several micro route choices here, so it is probably not exactly the D option). Lundanes and Dæhlie went C-A and then straight over the last hill. As GPS-watches are not allowed in World Cup races, we will probably never get to know exactly where on the leg the time was won & lost.

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Density map

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

World Cup Middle: Maps, Results and Analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 08 Jan 2015@8:00

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Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) were the best in the tough and tricky middle distance World Cup race in Tasmania today. Alexandersson did an amazing performance and was nearly 3 minutes ahead of Mari Fasting (Norway) in second. In the men’s class the race was much closer – in the end the reigning World Champion middle distance, Olav Lundanes (Norway), was 55 seconds behind Hubmann.

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The stony terrain with many branches proved to be very tricky for the athletes. Very few of the athletes mastered the terrain – and one has seldom seen that many big mistakes in a World Cup race. For example in the women’s class nearly half of the start field lost more than 3 minutes to the second control, many losing 5-6 minutes – a leg which Tove Alexandersson won in 4:37. In the men’s class 10 runners lost more than 3 minutes to this control.

Lena Eliasson, the strong Swedish runner with one World Cup win last year, was one of the runners who really did have problems today.

- Big fail in todays race :-(. Really struggle to get details sorted out, but keep doing mistakes. Years biggest “bom” Done! #funcoursebutfail

Her Tweet after the race tells part of the story. The split times showing a 13 minute mistake to the 16th control tell the rest of the story. But Eliasson was not alone in putting in a 10+ minute detour today.

Hubmann strong

Daniel Hubmann mastered the tricky terrain best today – doing a steady race and finishing the course without any significant mistakes – around 2 minutes behind the “Superman” time which is the sum of the best splits on all legs in the course (see splits graph further down). Olav Lundanes looked like a winner for a long time – leading the race until the 9th control. But a 30 second mistake at the short leg to the 10th control cost the Norwegian the lead – and toward the end of the course mistakes at control 17 and 20 made the victory very clear for Hubmann.
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The below splits graph shows the development between the Top6 in the men’s class. It was a quite tight race until the 9th control with 6 runners within one minute – but from there on Hubmann’s stable performance secured him a very clear victory. Third placed Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) had high speed, but struggled with the orienteering and did two mistakes of around 1 minutes (control 3 and 9). Swiss Florian Howald had a very good start, but also got technical problems.

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A few runners outside the Top6 had the speed for a top result but did big mistakes in the first half of the course – some of these are shown in the splits graph below. Notably  Gustav Bergman had compass trouble and finished only 12th after several mistakes around 2 minutes.  Fabian Hertner, Mårten Boström and Anton Östlin destroyed there promising races with a bit mistake in the first part of the course.

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Alexandersson fantastic – Wyder loses

- It was fun running orienteering in tricky terrain in Tasmania (Mari Fasting)

In the women’s class Tove Alexandersson again showed that she is the best when she has a top race – winning 12 of the 19 legs. In today’s World Cup race her race was close to perfect except for a period between control 5 and 8 where she lost around a minute. The Swedish runner simply had a different speed than the others in the field – the splits graph for the other runners show many lines going steadily downwards, indicating steady time losses. Mari Fasting was fastest of the rest of the field with a speed somewhat slower than Alexandersson – but with a very steady race except for a mistake towards the end of the race (control 18).  Maria Magnusson and (3rd) and Tatiana Riabkina (4th) also did steady – but slower – races. Sara Lüscher (4th), Emma Johansson (5th) and Ida Bobach (6th) all had higher speed than Magnusson – but did at least one big mistake.

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Ahead of the race reigning World Champions Judith Wyder and Svetlana Mironova were among the big favourites in today’s race. They did however lost 8 and 9 minutes to Alexandersson, respectively – and from the splits it looks like it was the speed (either running or orienteering speed) which cost them this much time rather than mistakes at single controls.

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Notably also in the women’s class: Quite a lot of runners seeing in other in the forest and some pack running. Below is a pack running graph of the 9 last starters. Note also how Alexandersson passes both Judith Wyder, Ida Bobach and Lena Eliasson in the forest – leaving them there without a chance to follow.

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Maps and courses

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Results

Men

Daniel Hubmann SUI 0:31:48
2 Olav Lundanes NOR 0:32:43
3 Matthias Kyburz SUI 0:33:12
4 Florian Howald SUI 0:33:39
5 Andreas Rueedlinger SUI 0:33:40
6 Albin Ridefelt SWE 0:33:50
7 William Lind SWE 0:33:56
8 Magne Dæhli NOR 0:33:57
9 Jan Prochazka CZE 0:35:31
10 Anton Ostlin SWE 0:35:36
11 Tero Föhr FIN 0:35:50
12 Gustav Bergman SWE 0:35:53
13 Matthew Ogden NZL 0:36:00
14 Oskar Sjöberg SWE 0:36:07
15 Mårten Boström FIN 0:36:12

Daniel Hubmann SUI 0:31:48

2 Olav Lundanes NOR 0:32:43

3 Matthias Kyburz SUI 0:33:12

4 Florian Howald SUI 0:33:39

5 Andreas Rueedlinger SUI 0:33:40

6 Albin Ridefelt SWE 0:33:50

7 William Lind SWE 0:33:56

8 Magne Dæhli NOR 0:33:57

9 Jan Prochazka CZE 0:35:31

10 Anton Ostlin SWE 0:35:36

11 Tero Föhr FIN 0:35:50

12 Gustav Bergman SWE 0:35:53

13 Matthew Ogden NZL 0:36:00

14 Oskar Sjöberg SWE 0:36:07

15 Mårten Boström FIN 0:36:12

Women

1 Tove Alexandersson SWE 0:29:40

2 Mari Fasting NOR 0:32:18

3 Maria Magnusson SWE 0:33:42

4 Tatiana Ryabkina RUS 0:34:11

5 Sara Luescher SUI 0:34:19

5 Emma Johansson SWE 0:34:19

7 Ida Bobach DEN 0:34:58

8 Alva Olsson SWE 0:35:42

9 Judith Wyder SUI 0:36:12

10 Sarina Jenzer SUI 0:36:45

11 Svetlana Mironova RUS 0:37:19

12 Lizzie Ingham NZL 0:37:33

13 Lilian Forsgren SWE 0:37:57

14 Sabine Hauswirth SUI 0:38:07

15 Julia Gross SUI 0:40:06

Full results

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