Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is a really intricate sprint leg from Czech Republic – which includes some interesting bridge crossings. The chosen leg is leg 5 in the M21 course from a World Ranking race in Plzen in May 2018. Thanks a lot to Ales Henja for the tip, including links to relevant information about the competition.
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). Note that it can be useful to take a special look at the river crossings – for your convenience those are included in larger size below:
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 we can look at the solution of the leg. The main variants are drawn below, but a multitude of variants were ran in the actual competition. Clearly it was kind of tricky understanding the river crossing, but for both crossings you could find good variants (red and green).
Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. Somewhat surprisingly the 5 fastest runners took variant A above – with the fastest runner on the B-variant Jan Prochazka losing 20 seconds to Nykodym who was fastest on the B-variant. The runners on the C and D variants lost from 37 seconds and more.
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 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 GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2018-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!