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Route to Christmas: Day 12 2012

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is probably the longest leg in this edition of Route to Christmas! The leg in question is leg number 5 from the H21E course in the Austrian championships long distance at September 22nd in very stony and technical terrain in Arnoldstein.

– [The] competitions were held in an exciting terrain, offering a lot of contours and plenty of stones. […]for the long distance the course setters kept the most challenging terrain, Gernot Kerschbaumer writes on his webpage.

I will give you one tip today: The straight route choice is probably not the fastest. Try searching a bit further out from the line…

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):


You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.


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 solved this leg below.


Four GPS-routes are available for this leg – using three distinct route choices. Based on the split times, it looks like the middle choice is the fastest one – it is also the shortest – and runnability is better than in the southern choice as you can see from the pace comparison (the first path criss-crossing under the line between control 4 and 5 seems to be quite slow). The northern choice seems to be about 80 seconds slower, while the southern route is at least 2-3 minutes slower – maybe even more,

How would you attack a leg of this length? From the back?

Can you guess the difference in length, in %, between the three alternatives?

Additional information

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

Route to Christmas series

The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2012-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.

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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