Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is leg 2 in the LongMiddle course from Kjempesprekken 2016 – a long distance race in the Oslo-area in Norway. Thanks to Terje Mathisen for the tip!
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). This is a long leg where you have to make up your opinion about some “micro routechoices” before choosing which overall route to take – so take some time deciding, and draw carefully your complete route.
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.
The three main routechoices on this leg is going left or right as shown below, or choosing some kind of straight option. When leaving the control, the course setter has made it challenging to take the leftmost routechoice (red in the illustration below), and therefore it may be easy to take a variant more to the right. However, the long piece of road running to the left probably makes this the best choice, although you have to fight at the start. A variant to the right (as shown in blue) may also be quite good, especially if the terrain is dry and you can run fast on the tracks/ski tracks to the right. You have to do some fighting at the end of the leg, though. It is difficult to find really good straight options, but maybe you can see some?
Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. Note that the runners are on very different levels, so it is tricky to do direct comparison between them. The left variant does, however, seem to be a good route to choose on this leg.
See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.
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!