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Route to Christmas: Bonus 1 2011

For today’s bonus leg in Route to Christmas we are back to the Sandstone terrain in the Czech Republic and the course set by Czech National Team trainer Radek Novotny.

The leg we consider today is the leg from control 7 to control 8. 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. First the Czech National Team runners – then the Varsity match runners. As yesterday it is interesting to see how a different route is faster among the Varsity match runners than among the Czech National Team runners.


Finally we offer the analysis by Radek Novotny (see illustration below regarding the colors for the routes).

– As you can see, straight (red/yellow) and right (blue) is the same here – you probably spare some strength when running right (blue). This leg offers also left alternative (green), which is quite realistic as well. Ben Stevens from Varsity match did 6:19 there and I am quite convinced that the best Czech men would easily make it under 6min there as well.


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.

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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