Tonight at 22:00 CET the final in the second World Cup race of the season is held in the Capital City of New Zealand, Wellington. The qualification was held on an interesting and technical terrain yesterday. – It was an interesting course, with some narrow streets (not as narrow as in Italy), impassable walls, fences and so on, Gerrot Kerschbaumer writes about the sprint qualification at his webpage
The qualification was held on on parliament grounds and surrounding buildings. 50 women and 64 men were on the start, and the qualification was run in one heat for men and one for women. Qualifying was quite easy with 40 men and 40 women going on to the finals. Of the top names it can be noted that the second placed on the middle distance, Johan Runesson, failed to qualify for the finals.
Among the men the winner of the middle distance, Fabian Hertner (SUI), was fastest also in the sprint qualification. Among the women, Tove Alexandersson (SWE) took the victory. However, many of the top runners took it easy – saving energy for the finals.
- Live stream and live results. First start is at 22:00 CET (note that the live results were unstable on World Cup 1)
- Oceania 2013 / World Cup Round 1 2013 webpage – official results will be posted here
– Situated on the side of Mount Victoria
– The terrain is not as complex as today but will still have a lot of route choice
– Tomorrows race will be held at a mixture of 2 schools and a heritage building where the queens representative lives, Duncan Morrison explains about the sprint final.
– This map has less building details and more gardens and other impassable features [than the qualification]. It will be quit a fun race I think.
The hilly area makes it possible to make some interesting route choice challenges.
– The terrain is not as complex as today but will still have a lot of route choice and be very testing at speed. There is also a reasonable amount of climb as the schools and buildings are situated on the side of Mount Victoria.
First start is at 22:00 CET for the women and 22:50 CET for men (corresponding to 10 am and 10:50 am local time).
Above you see the first part of the second loop (after the map exchange) from the sprint qualification. The route choice drawn is the route choice of Austrian Gernot Kerschbaumer.
- Map part 1 (Øystein Kvaal Østerbø) and Gernot Kerschbaumer
- Map part 2 (Øystein Kvaal Østerbø) and Gernot Kerschbaumer
Note that these are unofficial results.