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Route To O-Season 2020: Day 88

Jukola time! In 3 day’s Jukola 2020 should have been organized – to celebrate Jukola we will take a look at interesting legs from the Jukola and Venla relay in the coming days in Route to O-Season 2020.

We start in 2014 on the last leg. It is up to you were we continue tomorrow! Please send me tips about good and interesting routechoice legs from Jukola or Venla – if you have a good story and/or an analysis to go with the leg it is even better.

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. As you can see,  left is clearly faster – mainly due to the possibility to run on the path for significant parts of the leg. Halden’s Olav Lundanes loses 40-45 seconds to Kalevan Rasti’s Thierry Gueorgiou on this leg.


The below autOanalysis shows a comparison between Kalevan Rasti’s Thierry Gueorgiou and Halden’s Olav Lundanes on the last loop of the 7th leg in Jukola 2014. Compared to everyone on this leg except Gueorgiou, Lundanes did a good race on this part of the course (except for losing some time on the route choice to 17 which was not optimal). This shows what a great race Gueorgiou did on this last leg – winning the leg with nearly 3 minutes down to Lidingö’s Fredrik Johansson (who was a few meters behind Gueorgiou for large parts of the leg) and with nearly 6 minutes down to the rest of the field. One of Gueorgiou’s best races the last years, for sure.


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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