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Route to Christmas: Day 20 2013

Another day – another country! Today we travel to Australia to the Victoria Championships long distance. The chosen leg in Route to Christmas is leg 10 in the M21 course from Victoria Championships long at September 1st 2013.

This looks like very interesting terrain where the route choices are based on understanding the quite complex contours in the area – and judging the ascent on the alternative routes against the better runnability on the paths.

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.

As there is GPS of “random” runners, I could not use the GPS-data to make any complete analysis. It might however look like there is an advantage in going left – the more “obvious” choice to the right on the paths having too much ascent? Or what do you think? Please add a comment it you were there or know more about the leg.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

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 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.

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  1. Quite surprise by the fact that the rightmost option is so slower than the other. How about Bruce Arthur level?

    • Not so surprizing – right choice ment at least 40 meters of climb more then left route (if I counted correctly). 80 seconds lost on 40 meters climb it’s not a big surprise.

      • I just counted 10 more meters climb to the right. But I ran there 30 years ago, and I remember the forest was very fast.

  2. And you have to take into account, that the runnability of the white in the Eucalypt forests of Victoria with its hard ground is as good as running on paths.

  3. Forgot to mention that the dark green is thorny bushes or blckberries which are IMPASSABLE. So leaving the control straight to the path (south or east) is NOT possible. You have to find the light green passage some 150m northeast of the control to reach the path (see Bruce Arthurs route).

  4. Thanks all for discussions & extra info – that adds a lot to it for the readers – and I enjoy a lot reading it. Keep it coming the next days :)