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Route to Christmas: Bonus 1 2012

As a bonus in this year’s Route to Christmas we offer a left-over leg. The leg in question is another leg from the Norwegian WOC selection races long at May 31st 2012.

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 who have drawn their route choice solved this leg below.


As this is a bonus leg – no analysis is provided. Please add a comment with YOUR analysis below!

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.

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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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One comment

  1. The main thing on this leg i think are the cliffs. They can be crossed in the upper part of the map via path and in the middle section. In the bottom part they are far to many to understand at first sight so the route choice using the asphalt is out of the picture + it is far too ling.
    If we compare Lundanes’ and Kaas’ choices we see that Kaas looses 18 sec in the first part where he goes far to the right compared to Lundanes, but runs only on roads as where half of the time Lundanes spends running through the forest and some open spaces. Then we take the second part of the leg (to the attack point) and we see that Kaas looses 3 sec which is fairly small loss for a long distance. And finally the attack of the control – Lundanes goes around the green area and the depression and gains 8 sec on Kaass who runs straight through the green area.
    Then we have Dehli’s route. For the first ~1/3 it is the same as Lundanes’ choice but then at the turn of the road he goes around to the left in order to evade the climb of the hill, where Lundanes attack the climb directly. Here Dehli looses almost 40 sec.
    Kaas – Nordberg – here we have the same route with the exception that Norberg cuts a big part of the road running in the first half of the leg and gains 3 sec to Kaas. But Nordberg looses 48 sec in the fist 3/4 of the leg, maybe little bit lower speed compared to Kaas, but in the very last part of the leg he gains some 9 sec.
    And last I will discuss Weltzien – Lindanes. Here we have completely different routes – Olav runs straight-ish and Audun goes just too far to the right and runs ~95% on paths/roads but still looses 90 sec.
    So as a conclusion after seeing the GPS analysis provided by Jan I personally think the best route is Kaas/Nordberg’s, because you run large chunk of the leg on path/road with one small part through 1/2 open spaces, 1/2 light green forest.