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World Cup Long Halden: Maps, Results and Analysis

WCup Long Men Part

Good routechoices on the long legs and good technical orienteering was the key when Matthias Kyburz and Ida Bobach won the World Cup long distance in Halden, Norway today.

The courses had some interesting long legs – and in the end the routechoices decided the races as shown in the analysis below. Scroll down for results and maps/GPS-tracking.

Crucial 2 kilometer leg

In the men’s class there was a crucial 2 kilometer route choice already to the second control. Either go straight or run 2 kilometers on asphalt around. Matthias Kyburz used his strength and took the asphalt – although he was not certain at the time.

–  The first control was diffuse, and then to the second control I decided to run 2 km on asphalt. I was unsure it was the correct choice, the Swiss winner commented after the race.

As the illustration below illustrates, the straight route choice lost you around a minute – and that is a lot.

Kyburz continued to run very fast, and on the 3.2 kilometer leg to control 6 he caught Thierry Gueorgiou who started two minutes ahead.

– On the road to the second control I had a lot of time to take the correct choice on the long leg to the 6th control, Matthias Kyburz commented.

Gueorgiou however took non-optimal routechoices both to the second and to the sixth control – making it possible for the Swiss runner to catch him. The rest of the race Gueorgiou and Kyburz were together – also catching William Lind towards the end of the course.

Nobody else got close to the duo, although Gustav Bergman did a very good race, finishing in third 2:33 behind Kyburz. Daniel Hubmann finished 4th at +3:39 and early starting Olle Boström did an excellent comeback, finishing 5th at +3:55.

Searchparty at 5th control

Tove Alexandersson had a very good start of the race, and it looked like she was heading for her fourth straight World Cup victory, building up her lead second by second even if she did not take the best routechoice on the first long leg.  However, she had to give away the lead at the 5th control were Alexandersson was one of many runners struggling in the diffuse forest. Alexandersson lost only around 1:15, but enough to let Ida Bobach take over the initiative.

– I took my time to take good choices on the long legs. Maybe I should have run a bit more around, but I think I did good routes, Ida Bobach commented after her race.

And according to the GPS, Bobach did good choices. In the following Alexandersson continued to run fast, but with Bobach running a good technical race and Alexandersson not choosing the optimal routes, the scene was set for Ida Bobach’s second World Cup victory – the first on long distance.

– I felt really strong today, Bobach commented. I did not feel really fast, but I felt strong.

Many of the women made mistakes, and in the end the gap down to Mironova in 3rd was more than 5 minutes.

Maps and GPS-tracking

World Cup Halden Long 2015 - M21

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2015 World cup long W21

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Results Men

1 (165) Kyburz, Matthias SUI 01:29:57 13:37:57
2 (164) Gueorgiou, Thierry FRA 01:31:56 +01:59 13:37:56
3 (166) Bergman, Gustav SWE 01:32:30 +02:33 13:42:30
4 (168) Hubmann, Daniel SUI 01:33:36 +03:39 13:47:36
5 (130) Bostrom, Olle SWE 01:33:52 +03:55 12:31:52
6 (163) Lind, William SWE 01:33:55 +03:58 13:37:55
7 (159) Tranchand, Frederic FRA 01:34:59 +05:02 13:30:59
8 (169) Daehli, Magne NOR 01:35:08 +05:11 13:51:08
9 (124) Portin, Fredric FIN 01:35:50 +05:53 12:21:50
10 (151) Godager Kaas, Carl NOR 01:36:37 +06:40 13:16:37
11 (148) Hubmann, Martin SUI 01:36:58 +07:01 13:10:58
12 (158) Nikolov, Kiril BUL 01:37:08 +07:11 13:31:08
13 (146) Runesson, Johan SWE 01:37:21 +07:24 13:07:21
14 (129) Glibov, Ruslan UKR 01:37:39 +07:42 12:33:39
15 (127) Sedivy, Jan CZE 01:38:07 +08:10 12:30:07
16 (135) Sjoeberg, Oskar SWE 01:38:17 +08:20 12:46:17
17 (161) Dahlgren, Filip SWE 01:38:21 +08:24 13:38:21
18 (170) Hertner, Fabian SUI 01:38:33 +08:36 13:56:33
19 (156) Ridefelt, Albin SWE 01:38:44 +08:47 13:28:44
20 (144) Basset, Lucas FRA 01:39:11 +09:14 13:05:11

Results Women

1 (382) Bobach, Ida DEN 01:07:17 14:20:17
2 (380) Alexandersson, Tove SWE 01:08:22 +01:05 14:17:22
3 (384) Mironova, Svetlana RUS 01:12:45 +05:28 14:29:45
4 (367) Volynska, Nadiya UKR 01:13:36 +06:19 13:56:36
5 (360) Naess Bjoergul, Ida Marie NOR 01:13:45 +06:28 13:42:45
6 (310) Hausken Nordberg, Anne Margrethe NOR 01:13:55 +06:38 12:02:55
7 (381) Haajanen, Sofia FIN 01:14:06 +06:49 14:25:06
8 (377) Forsgren, Lilian SWE 01:14:54 +07:37 14:17:54
9 (369) Johansson, Emma SWE 01:15:28 +08:11 14:02:28
10 (365) Gross, Julia SUI 01:15:52 +08:35 13:54:52
11 (305) Rantanen, Merja FIN 01:15:56 +08:39 11:54:56
12 (340) Lofgren, Kristin SWE 01:16:40 +09:23 13:05:40
12 (379) Wigemyr, Tone NOR 01:16:40 +09:23 14:23:40
14 (372) Bagstevold, Heidi NOR 01:16:44 +09:27 14:09:44
15 (368) Hauswirth, Sabine SUI 01:16:46 +09:29 14:01:46
16 (362) Ohlsson, Karolin SWE 01:17:14 +09:57 13:50:14
17 (351) Klingenberg, Emma DEN 01:17:27 +10:10 13:28:27
18 (385) Wyder, Judith SUI 01:17:30 +10:13 14:36:30
19 (383) Luescher, Sara SUI 01:17:32 +10:15 14:32:32
20 (354) Olaussen, Kamilla NOR 01:17:42 +10:25 13:34:42

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Knut Wiig Mathisen

    Regarding your comment on the WC long, actually, Kyburz and Gueorgiou caught Lind already into thr sixth control! Hardly “towards the end of the race!”

    • Yes, I noticed when doing the analysis and forgot to correct it. BTW, Lind did get a 30 second gap in one place (towards 15th), but was then caught again.