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Route To O-Season 2020: Day 42

Today’s leg in Route to O-Season 20202 is another leg from WOC long distance in Italy in 2014. This time we take a look at the interesting 4th leg in the men’s class, after studying the 15th leg at day 35.

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.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. The first route which you saw when looking at the leg is probably the one using the road to the left. However, running first to the right of the line and then in an S-shape over to the left of the line was run by the four fastest runners on the leg. Fastest of the S-variant was Thierry Gueorgiou with 10:57 while Filip Dahlgren was fastest to the left with 11:39 and Olav Lundanes a few seconds behind. The reason for the S-shape being faster is mainly that the S-route is 150-200 meters shorter then the route to the left. In addition you have to take the climb in a tough, steep uphill without paths instead of more gradually and mostly on paths on the S-route.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far (available during the day when some readers have drawn their route).

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to O-Season 2020 series

Route Choice Challenges while waiting for the real action: With the upcoming orienteering season indefinitely on hold in large parts of the the world due to COVID-19, regular orienteering route choice challenges may be one way to make sure those orienteering skills don’t get completely rusty. I’ll try to keep these coming daily, but need help from all of you out there to keep them coming and to keep up a certain quality.

Tips on good route choice challenges – either from races/trainings (even cancelled ones) or theoretical ones with accompanying analysis – are very welcome (please e-mail to jan@kocbach.net).

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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