Today’s Route to Christmas features a long leg in the elite women’s class. As on day 4 we travel to Sweden and the Swedish Championships long distance, but whereas the featured men’s leg was a simple “straight or around on the road” leg, this one is more complex where it may be tricky to see any really good solutions in the broken terrain.
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. As you can see, the key to the leg is understanding that you need to go to the right out of the control like Sara Hagström does – with this route you can run very fast all the way down to the big marsh halfways on the leg. From there the fastest option is to go further right than Hagström does to avoid some wet areas and small climbs (see e.g. the route og Bjessmo), and then finally follow Hagström’s route into the control. Going around to the left is definitely much too long. Even if you can run 5:30 min/km on the path, you lose so much time getting to the path that you lose a lot of time by going around to the left. Also a route slightly left of the straight line (see e.g. Lösch) is much too slow as you use between a minute and two extra to get to the level of the end of the big march (in the first big valley).
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 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 2020-competitions, or old forgotten ones which are still interesting, please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll consider including 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!