In today’s edition of Route to Christmas we travel to Australia to a leg featured at the second day of Australia 3 Days 2021 last easter.
The competitors were challenged physically, technically, and mentally by some of the best granite terrain and – according to the organizers – one of Australia’s best granite maps.
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. There were only 7 runners with GPS-tracking on this leg – and only one of them taking the route to the right, so it is difficult to know from the GPS-tracking if going around to the right might be a good option. However, as all the best orienteers chose to run to the left, this is probably the best choice here.
Of the various left/straight choices, it looks like key here is to avoid the stony areas and areas with cliffs, and also avoid extra climb – in addition to running as sort as possible. This is typically a leg were good execution is key – and to execute well you need to choose a route where the orienteering is not too difficult. This definitely looks like a leg which it would have been a lot of fun to run!
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 2021-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!