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Route to Christmas: Day 19 2010

Todays leg in Route to Christmas from a hilly Czech terrain – giving interesting opportunities for the course planner. The chosen leg is leg number 11 in the H21E course from the Gigasport Èeský pohár organized at May 15th 2010.

Thanks a lot to Eva Jurenikova for sending in a tip about this 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):

New: A giveaway for you!?

World of O reader Jan Palas won one edition of “O-Boka 2010″ a few days ago (on his birthday) – we have been lucky enough to be able to give away another free copy of the book (including shipping to wherever you live) to one of you who draws your suggested route for todays edition of ‘Route to Christmas’ in the Webroute below (remember to leave your e-mail address if you want to receive an email if drawn as a winner). “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.


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. Although there are many possibilities to make big curves to save some altitude, it seems like the fastest option here (if you are strong enough) is to take all the hills directly – and keep quite close to the straight line based on the routes drawn. However, the one running the left route (Roman Zbranek) seems to have had a non-optimal route the last part into the control – in addition he is quite far behind the winner in the overall race. Thus I suspect that taking a left option might nevertheless be at least as fast as the direct route if the route is run well. If you run the race or have any further information about the leg – please add a comment below!

Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com

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


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.

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  1. Note! There have been some problems with OpenLayers being down today – and as Webroute has some dependencies on the OpenLayers website, Webroute has been unstable in some periods today.

  2. My idea was to go like route by Standa Mokry. But I did paralel mistake (in valley) so I think my mistake was about 40-60 sec.