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Route to Christmas: Day 16 2017

Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is the second Slovenian leg in this year’s Route to Christmas. The leg was a part of M21E long course at traditional March event Lipica open 2017.  According to Ivan Nagy who suggested this leg, the terrain of Veliki dol is one of the nicest mapped orienteering areas in Slovenia. 

Thanks to Nagy for suggesting the leg, preparing the leg, collecting routes and providing an initial analysis. I still have a few days where I could need better legs than the ones I have for now, so if you have a nice one, please send it to jan@kocbach.net and I’ll take a look!

Nagy says the folllowing about the terrain: – For Slovenian karst terrain standards this is a quite fast area in average; the course with length 10.6 km and 375 meters climb was won by Bartosz Pawlak in 65:07 (6:08 min/km). 

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)

Location

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.

Webroute

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. First we look at some selected routes drawn by Ivan Nagy:

Then the routes from the GPS:

We can make the following analysis of the leg (Ivan Nagy’s analysis, with some added comments):

1. The right route is most likely the fastest or very close to the fastest one. Given the fact it is very safe (technically easy), it seems as the best choice.
2. Variants of the straight route, which were taken by many top runners can be very fast if the runner takes the right micro route choices and executes it well. Among the analyzed runners it seems that only Erik Simkovics and Áron Bakó completely succeeded in this. Simkovics run slightly to the left, avoiding the stony areas and using the open field to gain som extra speed. Bako used small paths close to the straight line more than the others on a similar route.
3. The left option should be faster than it appears, as it seems that Jubelis made a small mistake making an unwanted corner around the first third of the leg. Still, left seems to slow due to the time it takes to get to the path (on the right most leg you are fast down on the path)
The below illustration shows the speed of the runners on this leg. As you can see, there are many places to lose time on the direct routes – you really have to be careful with your orienteering to find the fast runnable areas – you also have to be a very good orienteer to be able to run where you plan in this tricky terrain.

The next illustrations is an micro-routechoice analysis which shows you were the different runners lost time on the micro-routechoices. There is a lot of learning to be made for this terrain type to study these illustration, and trying to understand if you can read the areas which slow you down from the map.

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 (or here in better quality)

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O is a pre-Christmas tradition at World of O – 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 2017-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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