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Route to Christmas: Day 6 2016

In today’s Route to Christmas we are travelling to Sweden to a Long distance Swedish League event in May 2016. The leg is the 9th leg from the men’s junior elite course.  

The tip for this leg comes from Swedish junior Simon Hector. Hector writes that he wants to highlight this leg because it is from his home terrain in Sandviken where the final races of Swedish League 2016 were organized. The terrain is varied with some parts which are quite flat with very good runnability and other parts which are either stony, hilly or marshy where you run slower. This kind of terrain can give some interesting routechoices were you have to figure out if the terrain is too slow to go quite direct as you would usually do with the runnability you find in the good parts of the terrain.

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. Here you see that the part on road towards the end of the leg to the right is enough to make right be the best choice.


You see it even better here were the two best on each main routechoices are compared.


Or in the dot plot which shows that the routes are actually very equal until both runners are a few houndred meters from the control – from there and on it is fast running to the right and rather slow to the left.

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 – 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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