– The first control on the M20/M18 and W20/W18 caused the runners some headache, our tipster wrote us in an e-mail about today’s leg in Route to Christmas – which is the first leg in the Jugendcupstaffel (a youth relay) organized in Switzerland at August 17th 2013. Thanks a lot to Marcel Schiess for the tip!
And this is indeed an interesting leg – such a long route choice leg at the first leg of a relay can be very challenging – especially for youths who don’t have too much experience. 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 have solved this leg below. I have included several illustrations (note however that there is something strange with the GPS-data, so don’t trust the names given – the times should be OK though) – but you get the idea already from the first one: Going around to the left seems to be faster – at least based on the runners for which we have GPS-data. The reason is that even it is longer, you save some height and the running is faster on the road. The last of the illustrations compares the speed the runners have held on the leg with a color scale going from green at below 3:40 min/km to read at above 5:00 min/km.
See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.
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 2013-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.