Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from Latvia – from the long distance championships. This is very marshy terrain – as you often meet in Latvia – and a combination of small hills and some paths/roads makes this an interesting area from some route choice leg.
The event was held on June 6th 2011. The chosen leg is leg number 2 in the Men 21 Elite course. 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). Note that the leg is run from the top and down on the map.
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 direct variant which uses the road for a while in the middle of the leg is fastest. None of the runners drawing their route took the rightmost variant which has most path and road – I am quite sure that many of the Route to Christmas visitors have chosen this variant as it has little uphill, a lot of road/path and is not much longer. I suspect that the road is sandy and therefore slow – and also that the semi-open areas have bad runnability – although it is interesting to see how the light blue route of Kivlenie is the second fastest route even if it uses a lot of semi-open areas.
Did you run this event? Can you contribute to the analysis?
Note! There is an error with the total times regaring time behind due to a DSQ runner.
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.