Today’s leg in Route to Christmas 2021 is a leg from the last part of an ultralong race – Blodslitet organized in eastern Norway this autumn. The chosen leg is the 5th leg on the last, common leg – many tired legs and brains at this point of the race.
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 quite few runners had GPS units here, it is not straightforward to analyze the leg. However, the route to the right (Osmoen) is probably the better route, especially for tired legs. As you see on the autOanalysis below, here you avoid all the slower areas, and can run on tracks nearly all of the leg – very valuable at the end of an ultralong race.
Also, although the quite straight route of Arntzen may look a lot shorter, it is actually only 10-15 meters shorter, and again the S-shape of the route may tricky you into considering it as a lot shorter. With the same length of the route, the middle part of the leg (climb up in the terrain) is probably what makes this route lose.
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!