For today’s leg in Route to Christmas we are back in Europe – to a long leg in hilly terrain in Switzerland. Todays leg in Route to Christmas is leg 14 in the Men Elite course from the first day of the Swiss O-week 2011, organized at July 31th 2011.
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. Based on the ones drawing their routes, it looks like the best option is to first run down into the valley and then follow the road around the hill (Hägler’s choice). As you can, all of these runners choose to run around the hill on the right side – whereas there is also a possibility to go left. I toook a look at the GPS-routes posted on 3DRerun/Omaps.worldofo.com from the race, and found an interesting comparison of some other runners (see below – you can also open the leg in the alpha-version of 2DRerun here – you need Google Chrome, Firefox or an iPad for that). One of these runners run left around the hill – and it looks like he looses some time by doing that. Note that these runners don’t run in the same course, but they do all three have a very similar leg here.
See below for what the nearly 400 people drawing their choice thought in a density map.
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 has been 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 2011-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.