The second bonus leg in the 2016 edition of Route to Christmas is a sprint leg from the Norwegian Championships sprint, organized in Bergen in May 2016. The chosen leg was used both in the mens’ and womens’ courses towards the very end of the course.
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.
Here is the length of the variants for the leg:
The GPS-data is not good enough to see exactly where all runners ran, but the tool SPAS was used for the analysis, giving quite accurate information about which route was the best and where runners lost time. As you can see from the below analysis, A/D is clearly faster whereas you lose time on B/C due to extra length AND extra climb. The women seem to lose more on B/C than the men, and the medals where actually decided here in the women’s course. Time loss for B/C is around 5-6 seconds for the men and 10-12 seconds for the women.
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!