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Route to Christmas: Day 15 2010

Today we are back to Switzerland for some hilly terrain in the Swiss test races this spring. The chosen event for today is the 4th National Swiss event of the year organized on May 9th 2010. There are interesting legs in several of the courses – but the category H18 is chosen as 16 runners(!) – including most of the top runners – have drawn their route in this category. That makes the routes & splits more representative – which again gives more fun for you.

Thanks a lot to Severin Howald for the tip! 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):


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, the routes taken by the top runners vary significantly. Fastest of all is Aschwanden who choose the lower variant – whereas Truttman choosing the upper variant is 10 seconds slower. The route which seems slowest is the more direct route which involves a lot of up and down.

Updated 15/12/2010 22:00 CET: Finally here is also the density map of the more than 200 people who have drawn their route. As you can see, quite a few went into the trap of taking a direct route – while most choose either the upper route or the lower route. Again: Thanks for all drawing their route!


Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com

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

Giveaway winner day 14: Jan Palas!

We have been lucky enough to be able to give away a free copy of the book “O-Boka 2010″ (including shipping to wherever you live) to one drawing their route in yesterday’s edition of Route to Christmas. And the winner is Jan Palas! An email has been sent to Jan Palas. “O-Boka 2010″ is a book in Norwegian language about the orienteering season 2010 including nearly 50 maps with routes (see review at OPN.no here). A nice book even if you don’t speak the language – and also a nice Christmas present.
For the record: This is a giveaway directly from the publisher to the readers of World of O as a service to the readers ; I do not receive any payment from the publisher. If you have a similar giveaway for the visitors for another day of Route to Christmas, please send an email to jan@kocbach.net with your suggestions.


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.

About Jan Kocbach

Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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