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Route to Christmas: Day 19 2012

Today we take another trip to France and the WOC 2011 terrain in Route to Christmas. This time a regional long distance event in the long distance terrain from WOC 2011 – and the leg in question is leg 14 in the H21E course from OTomne en Savoie 2012 at September 30th.

Again the tip comes from Mathieu Kern-Gillard – thank you very much for the tip!

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.


The first thing to note is that this is a tricky control! Even following your chosen route may be very tricky – depending on which route you choose. Due to the quite significant mistakes by some of the runners at the control, the comparison is taken until the runners are in the region of the control, and not until they found the control (as this is what is most important for comparing the route choices). As you can see, the route choice of TG using paths to the right are is the fastest one. It also seems to be a safer route choice than the two alternatives run. The direct choice of VC is very offensive – you have to be very careful to find the control well here. The choice of LB is not more secure than the choice of TG – and it is also longer and involves some extra height to be gained.

Or do you have another opinion?

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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