This third Bonus Leg in the 2016 edition of Route to Christmas is from Austria – from the Austrian Championships Long 2016 organized at June 4th 2016. Thanks to course setter Martin Veitsberger 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). The race area is between 850 and 950 masl, and is known as “the Scandinavia of Austria”. The terrain is very varied – some very runnable areas and some slow areas. In addition there are many paths and roads. A lot of rain in the period before the race made the ground wet and heavy, and there is partly quite high blueberry-bushes in the terrain making running slower.
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.
The course setter comments that a lot of different routes were chosen, but several of the routes can be run in approximately equal time, i.e. it is more about making a choice which you can execute well with your abilities as an orienteer. It is interesting to see that you can go that far around to the left, and still run the leg well.
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!