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Nordic Orienteering Tour: All you need to know!


3 stages – 3 countries – 9 days. Already the qualification Thursday morning will be very important for the overall results – a 30-35 minute “prolonged sprint” with the race time counting in the overall results – part of the terrain being described as rather hilly and physically demanding “offering enjoyable orienteering with variable speed”.

The Nordic Orienteering Tours (NORT) marks the first part of the 2011 World Cup, and with 300 World Cup points to be won at NORT, the future 2011 overall World Cup winner will definitely have to participate at the NORT.
Stage 1 and 2 gives the half the points compared to a normal World Cup-event, i.e. 50 points to the winner of stage 1 and 2. For the total results of NORT, the winner gets 200 World Cup points.

Many top runners decided to skip the Nordic Orienteering Tour in 2010 – and we see the same trend in 2011 even if there is overall prize money of 31.000 Euro in NORT 2011. In the womens class all of the Top 5 on the WRE-ranking are not on the start – all these are however out due to injuries/childbirth. In the mens class three of the Top 10 on the WRE-list are missing – but again all are due to injuries or retirement except for Thierry Gueorgiou who does not prioritize NORT in 2011. Of the Top 30 on the WRE list in the men’s class, 12 are missing in NORT. The corresponding number in the womens class is 13 missing. You can see the full list of participants compared to the current WRE standings further down on the page.


NORT 2010 winner Audun Weltzien is among the favourites also in 2011.

NORT 2011 Program

Following the qualification Thursday morning is a regular sprint final in the afternoon. The race time for this sprint final does not count in the overall – instead bonus seconds are awarded – 120 seconds for the winner, 90 seconds for number two, and 70, 60, 55, 50, 40, 38, 36, 34, 32, 30, 18, 17, 16 and so on down to 1 second for number 30.

After stage 1 in Finland on Thursday, NORT moves to Sweden with a KnockOut-sprint in Göteborg on Tuesday. The NORT final is a chasing start south of Oslo in Norway. The full program is shown in the table below:

Stage 1 Thursday June 16th Qual 08.00 CET: Prolonged Sprint
Final 15.00 CET: Regular sprint
Stage 2 Tuesday June 21st Qual 10.00 CET: Regular Sprint
Quarterfinal 13.00 CET: KnockOut sprint
Semifinal 18.10 CET: KnockOut sprint
Final 19.10 CET: KnockOut sprint
Stage 3 Saturday June 25th Prolonged Middle distance
Chasing start based on overall standing
Start 14.00 CET (women) and 15.00 CET (men)

See also the detailed program at the bottom of this article with more information about each stage, bonus seconds etc..

Fantasy World Cup

New year – new rules – more fun! The WoO Fantasy World Cup is a ‘for-fun’ manager-type competition where you can set up a World Cup Team consisting of 10 runners (either men, women or a mix), and get points according to their performance. New in 2011! Your team must contain two runners outside the ‘Red group’ – thus giving room for some more tactics.

Old maps from the competition areas
How to follow NORT live

There will be excellent possibilities to follow the NORT races live – so look forward to some high class orienteering events the coming week (with the Jukola relay in between). Here are the live possibilities.

  • WebTV: (All WebTV available from here)
    • Live web-TV from stage 1 final (via Finnish broadcaster YLE – also available outside Finland). Broadcast from 15.00 CET.
    • Live web-TV from stage 2 final round (via SVT Playshould will also be available outside Sweden – please check back for final confirmation).
    • Live web-TV from stage 3 is planned based on the big screen production – depending on if the organizers manage to get the required bandwidth.
  • GPS-tracking: (All live tracking available from here)
    • Live GPS-tracking from stage 1 (both qualification and final)
    • There will be live GPS-tracking from stage 2 for the TV-production, and this will probably also be live on the Internet (please check back for more information).
    • Live GPS-tracking from stage 3.
  • Live results: (All live results available from here)
    • Live results from all stages – both qualifications and finals.
Useful links

Below you see the participants for NORT 2011 (as of June 14th 22:00 CET) compared to the Top 100 World Ranking list. As you see, many top names are missing – but there will still be a tough fight for the top positions. According to the NORT webpage, in the mens class all the top 10 runners from last year are coming this year. In the ladies 7 of the top 10 are going to fight about the prize money.

Men
1. Thierry Gueorgiou (DNS)
2. Daniel Hubmann
3. Olav Lundanes
4. Matthias Mueller
4. Anders Nordberg
6. Carl Waaler Kaas
7. Audun Weltzien
8. Emil Wingstedt (DNS)
9. Francois Gonon (DNS)
10. Mats Haldin
10. Øystein Kvaal Østerbø
12. Oleksandr Kratov (DNS)
13. Valentin Novikov
14. Matthias Merz
15. Graham Gristwood
16. Peter Öberg (DNS)
17. Tero Föhr
18. Baptiste Rollier
19. Pasi Ikonen
20. David Andersson (DNS)
21. Dmitriy Tsvetkov (DNS)
22. Andrey Khramov
23. Scott Fraser
24. Philippe Adamski (DNS)
25. Tuomas Tervo (DNS)
26. Fabian Hertner
27. Marc Lauenstein (DNS)
28. Lars Skjeset (DNS)
29. Marcus Millegård (DNS)
30. Tue Lassen
31. Jan Prochazka (DNS)
32. Wojciech Kowalski (DNS)
33. Jerker Lysell
34. Chris Forne (DNS)
35. Frédéric TRANCHAND
36. Mikkel Lund (DNS)
37. Tomas Dlabaja (DNS)
38. Olle Kärner (DNS)
39. Kiril Nikolov
40. Michal Smola (DNS)
41. William Lind
42. Erik Rost
43. Matthias Kyburz
44. Søren Bobach
45. Pavlo Ushkvarok (DNS)
46. Olli-Markus Taivainen
47. Hannu Airila (DNS)
47. Jonn Myhren
49. Oleksandr Starov (DNS)
50. Andreas Kyburz
51. Mikhail Mamleev (DNS)
52. Anders Holmberg
52. Gernot Kerschbaumer
54. Jan Sedivy (DNS)
55. Jonas Gvildys
56. Jarkko Huovila (DNS)
57. Zsolt Lenkei (DNS)
58. Johan Runesson
59. Mattias Millinger (DNS)
60. Jani Lakanen (DNS)
61. Mattias Karlsson (HALDEN SK) (DNS)
62. Yury Tambasov (DNS)
63. Martins Sirmais
64. Olle Boström
65. Andreas Ruedlinger
66. Ionut Zinca (DNS)
67. Matthew Crane (DNS)
68. Fabien Pasquasy (DNS)
69. Wojciech Dwojak (DNS)
70. Simonas Krepsta
71. Murray Stain
72. Roger Casal (DNS)
72. Rasmus Thrane Hansen
74. Håvard Lucasen
75. Klaus Schgaguler (DNS)
76. Edgars Bertuks (DNS)
77. Lukas Bartak (DNS)
78. Gaute Hallan Steiwer
79. Peeter Pihl (DNS)
80. Gustav Bergman
81. Severin Howald (DNS)
82. Fredrik Johansson (DNS)
83. Alexey Bortnik
84. Timo Sild (DNS)
85. Marco Seppi (DNS)
86. Stepan Kodeda (DNS)
86. Ádám Kovács (DNS)
88. Nicolas Simonin (DNS)
89. Damien Renard (DNS)
90. Julian Dent (DNS)
91. Ivaylo Kamenarov (DNS)
92. Sergey Detkov
93. Rune Olsen (DNS)
94. Ulf Forseth Indgaard (DNS)
95. Dmitry Mikhalkin (DNS)
96. Ross Morrison (DNS)
97. Rasmus Djurhuus
98. Raffael Huber (DNS)
99. Simon Uppill (DNS)
100. Vincent COUPAT
Women
1. Simone Niggli-Luder (DNS)
2. Marianne Andersen (DNS)
3. Helena Jansson (DNS)
4. Minna Kauppi (DNS)
5. Anne Margrethe Hausken (DNS)
6. Annika Billstam
7. Anni-Maija Fincke
8. Vroni Koenig-Salmi (DNS)
9. Signe Søes
10. Merja Rantanen
11. Dana Brožková (DNS)
12. Emma Claesson
13. Lena Eliasson
14. Maja Alm
15. Eva Jurenikova (DNS)
16. Mari Fasting
17. Celine Dodin (DNS)
18. Caroline Cejka (DNS)
19. Elise Egseth
20. Julia Novikova
21. Sara Lüscher (DNS)
22. Vendula Klechova (DNS)
23. Rahel Friederich
24. Maria Rantala
25. Ida Bobach (DNS)
26. Tone Wigemyr
27. Linnea Gustafsson
28. Judith Wyder
29. Angela Wild
30. Heidi Bagstevold
31. Ines Brodmann
32. Tove Alexandersson
33. Inga Kazlauskaite (DNS)
34. Pippa Archer
35. Betty Ann Bjerkreim Nilsen
36. Galina Vinogradova
37. Amélie CHATAING
37. Riina Kuuselo (DNS)
39. Sarah Rollins
40. Sofia Haajanen (DNS)
41. Sandra Pauzaite (DNS)
42. Beata Falk (DNS)
43. Ida Marie Næss Bjørgul
44. Capucine Vercellotti (DNS)
45. Aija Skrastina (DNS)
46. Saila Kinni
47. Line Hagman
48. Bodil Holmström
49. Hanna Wisniewska (DNS)
50. Emma Johansson (DNS)
51. Iveta Duchova (DNS)
52. Olga Sluta (DNS)
53. Helen Bridle (DNS)
54. Silje Ekroll Jahren
55. Martina Spurna (DNS)
56. Martina Dockalova (DNS)
57. Venla Niemi
58. Bettina Aebi
59. Karin Schmalfeld (DNS)
60. Charlotte Bouchet (DNS)
61. Michela Guizzardi (DNS)
61. Annika Rihma (DNS)
63. Rachael Elder
64. Grace Elson (DNS)
65. Merike Vanjuk (DNS)
66. Anastasiia Danylova (DNS)
67. Ursula Kadan (DNS)
67. Lina Strand
69. Louise Oram (DNS)
70. Emma Andersson (SÄVEDALEN (DNS)
71. Radka Brozkova (DNS)
72. Shuangyan Hao (DNS)
73. Brigitte Mühlemann (DNS)
74. Hollie Orr
75. Monika Gajda (DNS)
75. Helen Palmer
77. Sarka Svobodna (DNS)
78. Rasa Ptašekaite (DNS)
79. Samantha Saeger (DNS)
80. Daria Lajn (DNS)
81. Tessa Hill
82. Nicole Scalet (DNS)
83. Iliana Shandurkova (DNS)
84. Yvonne Gunell (DNS)
84. Kirti Rebane (DNS)
86. Josefine Engström (DNS)
87. Liis Johanson (DNS)
88. Sofia Adolfsson (DNS)
89. Zenia Hejlskov Mogensen (DNS)
90. Zsuzsa Fey (DNS)
91. Ona Rafols Perramon (DNS)
92. Alia Sitdikova (DNS)
93. Ulrika Uotila
94. Niamh O’Boyle
95. Kim Geypen (DNS)
96. Shannon Jones (DNS)
97. Bohdana Heczková (DNS)
98. Fanni Gyurkó (DNS)
99. Alison Crocker (DNS)
100. Christine Kirchlechner (DNS)

Stage 1

The tour starts with a qualification race on the morning. The 30 best women and men are qualified for the final in the evening. The time from the qualification race is the time that counts for the tour. In the final the winner get 120 seconds in bonus and then all the other runners get less time down to 1 second.

This stage of a prolonged Sprint as a qualification race in the morning, with a winning time of 30-35 minutes, followed by a Sprint final in the evening. The qualification race has an individual interval start with a 1 minute start interval. The start order for the qualification race is determined by the reverse standing of the official World Rankings as published at the end of May 2011. The qualification race times (less any bonus seconds) are used (together with the day two qualification race times) to calculate the start times for NORT day three. The final is for the top 30 athletes from the qualification race. The start order is the reverse order of the qualification race
results (winner starts last).

Terrain for middle distance style sprint is mainly pine and spuce mixed forest, good visibility, dense network of paths and mainly good run ability. Kokonniemi hill is 60 m above Porvoo river level on its highest point; so that part is rather hilly and physically demanding. It has sharp slopes and steeps. The hill area is partly very detailed demanding concentration and offering enjoyable orienteering with variable speed. Only minor part has a nature of park. Good visibility.

Sprint is run in urban area in the centre of the Old Town with old stone and wooden houses, mainly cobblestone roads, stairs and small alleys. The area has mainly level underfoot, thus offering good run ability. Old Porvoo Castle hill as well as parts of western side of Porvoo river with sharp slopes and wide paths are sandy and partly uneven. Some grassy areas appear. Generally very good visibility.

Stage 2

In the morning it is a qualification race, the 30 best are qualified and divided into 5 quarter finals. There are 5 consecutive mass-start quarter-finals each running the same course with a 7-9 minute winning time. The 2 best runners in each heat are qualified for semifinal and also the 2 runners with the fastest times in places 3 and 4.

The 2 semifinal-heats also have 6 runners in each heat and the qualification for the final is the same as for the semi-final. All runners that are qualified for quarter-final get bonus time from 120 to 1 second. There are 2 consecutive mass-start semi-finals each running the same course with a 6-8 minute winning time. The final will be a mass-start Sprint with a 8-10 minute winning time.

The terrain is mixed of urban areas and parks, moderately hilly, some large building complexes connected. Dry and mainly level underfoot, therefore good run ability. Generally very good visibility.

Stage 3

The last stage is a chase start where the total time and bonus time makes the ground for the start list. This makes that the runner that is first over the finish-line is the winner of NORT. Stage 3 is a prolonged Middle Distance chasing start (women 40 minutes, men 50 minutes) with the start times based on the NORT overall time standings after two days.

Only runners who started in both of the qualification races of NORT days one and two may start on day three. Runners who started but were not placed in either (or both) of the qualification races of NORT days one and two will take part in a separate interval start competition on the same course with the first runner starting 10 minutes after the last chasing start runner has departed. There will be a 2 minute start interval and individual start times are drawn at random. The first runner to the finish is the NORT winner.

The terrain is mainly old coniferous forest but also parts with mixed forest. Medium hilly with mostly good runability. Some bigger marshes and a dense network of small and bigger paths.

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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2 comments

  1. Anders Nordberg will not partecipate too, he just got a small baby orienteer yesterday. He will be at Jukola only.