Today’s leg in Route to Christmas 2021 is a women’s leg from the Finnish Long distance championships. Another real routechoice leg – and this time with many runners losing time on a slower routechoice. Can you spot the fastest route?
Thanks a lot to Agnar Reolen 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):
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, the left option seems to be clearly slower (although partly also because most of the top runners take the route to the right). The reason for left being slower can be seen in the figures further down (and also probably directly from the map) : There is less running in slow terrain and more running on road and path to the right, making it slower to take the left option. It is kind of tempting to run left due to the road on the middle of the leg having a very nice angle, but it takes too much time to get to this nice piece of road…
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!