Today’s leg in Route to O-Season 2020 is from the night orienteering veteran relay “Oslo Rundt på Stive Bein” in Oslo (Around Oslo on Stiff Legs), Norway two days ago – we are looking at the 5th control on the first leg (mass start).
Yes, that’s right – a night orienteering relay this Friday (thanks a lot to Arild Andersen for the tip)! We also had some other local races around Norway with some 100-150 runners this weekend. Does this mean that the orienteering season has started and we can stop the “Route To O-Season 2020″ after 64 days? For now I am in the “maybe” category, at least I’ll keep going until I’ve finished my backlog of tips (mostly the tricky cases which required some extra work), and then we’ll see. I’m still happy for tips, as long as good tips with analysis keep coming, I’ll try to keep it up for a bit more.
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. It is a big tricky to do the analysis here as the runners have very varying level, but it does seem like the route to the right (either all the way to the right or partially to the right) is the fastest here, but it is somewhat surprising that none of the slower runners chose this route so I might be missing something in the analysis here….? Any thought on the leg, please add in the comments!
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!