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Route to Christmas: Day 1 2016

The first day of Route to Christmas 2016 takes us to Italy – to the Italian Championships Long distance in some interesting karst terrain at September 24th 2016. Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is leg 4 in the M21 course.

Thanks a lot to Matjaz Stanfel for the tip! Please help me making Route to Christmas as interesting as possible by sending me tips about good legs to jan@kocbach.net!

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). The terrain is hilly, so you’ll have to choose whether you want to take all the ups-and-downs or try to take the paths around. What is your choice?


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 (only the five fastest runners are shown).

From this comparison it is not easy to see who is fastest, as there is less than half a minute between the 5 fastest on the leg – with quite different routechoices.

However, taking a closer comparison between the two best (see below), it might seem that left route is faster as Caraglio running left is faster on the second part of the leg while being slower on the first leg.


However, as the following comparison between Schgaguler and Stanfel shows, Schgaguler actually loses nearly a minute in the middle part of the leg due to losing control(?) over a small hill. So finally straight looks fastest on the last part of the leg afterall.

Conclusion for now (but please add your comment if you don’t agree): Schgaguler’s route is the fastest, expect for the hill where Schgaguler loses nearly a minute, there you should follow Stanfel/Caraglio’s route.


Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far (density map will be available after 10 AM).

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 – giving the readers the opportunity to do one Route Choice Challenge each day from December 1st until December 24th. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2016-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!

About Jan Kocbach

Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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