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Route To O-Season 2020: Day 86

Today’s leg in Route to O-Season 2020 is again from Norway (lot’s of small, interesting competitions in Norway these days) – a long distance training in the Oslo area. Thanks a lot to Isak Jonsson 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):

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. Isak Jonsson’s comment is as follows:

It looks like it is quite clearly faster to go around to the right, even if is is one kilometer longer than straight. Both Anders Haga and Elias Jonsson [running straight and left, respectively] beat me [Isak Jonsson, running around to the right] with quite overall, and would probably have run 30-60 seconds faster than me if they took my route [around to the right]. It is also interesting that it seems to be faster to go straight than to try to follow the smaller paths to the right.

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!

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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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