[Updated with info about best way to find race results&information] The Orienteering World Cup 2016 starts this Saturday – Monday with three races in Poland; a Middle distance on Saturday, a Sprint on Sunday and a Sprint Relay on Monday. This is a the same program as in World Games in 2017 in Poland, and can thus be viewed upon as a preparation for World Games.
The races are organized in the Wroclaw area in the southwestern corner of Poland – quite close to the Czech and German border. In total 154 men and 110 women are registered for the events. Of the Top 10 ranked runners in the World, the 6 best men and women are at the start. Notably absent are reigning World Champions long distance Thierry Gueorgiou and Ida Bobach.
- Saturday April 30th. 10:00 – 13:45 Middle distance.
- Sunday May 1st. 09:00 Sprint Qual Women. 10:00 Sprint Qual Men. 17:00 Sprint Final Women. 18:00 Sprint Final Men
- Monday May 2nd. 14:00 Sprint Relay
There was a lot of trouble with the event webpage and GPS-tracking during Saturday’s middle distance. Below are links to information about the event along with information about where you might have the best chances to find information:
- World Cup Poland Live center (start lists, live results, etc.). Direct link to live results
World Cup Poland webpage
- World Cup Round 1 in Eventor – Start lists and official results will be available here
- IOF Live Center
- IOFs Twitter account
- Old maps and embargoed areas
- Bulletin 4 – detailed information about the events
You can follow the live stream from Middle Distance, Sprint Final and Sprint Relay. Link to streaming, live results and GPS Tracking will be available via the IOF Live Center or via the World Cup website.
Registered athletes – sorted according to WRE position
|WRE pos||Name (Men)||Country|
|13||Carl Godager Kaas||NOR|
|28||Marten B Bostrom||FIN|
|WRE pos||Name (Women)||Country|
Middle distance April 30th
The middle distance terrain is located approx. 190-450m above sea level on slope of Ślęża mountain. It consists of two main parts: steep slope with a partly stony ground and erosive forms of relief with complex contour details, ravines and deep valleys. Slope of mountain with moderate height difference, in some parts erosive forms of relief with complex contour details, ravines and deep valleys. Mixed forest with deciduous and coniferous trees. There are some thicket area. A dense network of roads and paths, however they can vary in runnability. No qualification or A/B-final is organized for the middle distance – that means very big start fields.
The Sprint distance will be organized in partly urban area with very good runability on paved surface and irregular buildings. Another part is semi-open area with undergrowth. Terrain for both sprint races is flat. Runnability is good to poor in open and semi-open area, excellent in urban area. For the qualification there is 50% hard surface, 50% softer ground. For the final there is 90% hard surface, 10% softer ground (grass).
The Sprint relay will be organized in urban area with very good runability, mostly on paved surface and irregular buildings. The terrain is moderately hilly. Mostly public areas with grass with some bushes. Small park area with high trees. Runnability is from good to very good. 75% hard surface, 25% grass.