Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is a leg from the second day of the Swedish 3-day race Kvarnsjötrippeln with some top names on the start list.
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. You can clearly see that the majority of runners take the route to the right, but on the other hand a clear best time is run on a route to the left by Simon Hector. Based on the overall times it may look like Hector is a lot slower than Von Krusenstierna (who is the fastest to the right) on this day, but Hector was actually a bit faster on the first part of the course but made a big mistake towards the end of the course. Still, his speed was not as much higher as his speed on this particular leg. The reason for the quite big time difference is partly because Von Krusenstierna does a bad first part of the leg, losing around 20 seconds there (especially when crossing the first marsh); without this the time difference would have been much smaller. It does, however, still look like going to the left can be faster, probably due to some more path running and less climb. What do you think about this leg?
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!