Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from Scotland: – It’s one of the toughest areas in the World. And thats on a dry day! Mix in a persistent rain and the Trossachs becomes about as tough as it gets. Marsh, rock, heather, crags, streams and hills. Lots of hills. But the courses are the same for everyone, so the toughest will win [from a report from the Senior Home Internationals in 2004]. The chosen leg is leg number 2 in the mens elite course from the “Trossachs” WRE event on March 28th 2010.
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). You find the results from the event here. See also this training map from Øystein Kvaal Østerbø from the Trossachs map. Updated information! Note that on the race map the road was out of bounds up to the car park by the Loch (from the comments below).
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. As you can see, there are not big differences in running time for the different straight-on options – but the runner going to the left along the road looses a lot of time. Of all runners drawing their routechoice, this is the only runner going all the way down to the road. Updated information! Note that the road was out of bounds up to the car park by the Loch (from the comments below).
Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com
You find the complete map and Routegadget info in omaps.worldofo.com at this location – and can see the position of the map in the map to the right.
The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O was very popular the last years – and I’ve therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget from 2010-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.
There will be no analysis about the best routechoice for each leg – you can provide that yourself in the comments or in the Webroute. 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.