Today’s leg in Route to Christmas 2022 is from the European Championships Middle distance in Estonia this summer. This was a very interesting race, with many mistakes being done in the dense, tricky forest. Thanks again to Arild Andersen for the tip!
The chosen leg is the 6th leg in the men’s course. I first planned to use the women’s leg, but in my opionion the men’s leg is even more interesting as it gives some additional options and interpretations. 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.[iframe style=’width:450px; height:350px;border:none;margin:0; padding:0; overflow:hidden; z-index:999999;’ frameborder=’0′ src=’https://www.google.com/maps/embed/v1/place?zoom=7&q=59.281912%2C26.6253233&key=AIzaSyCL3exkRzZ97v6Ggg62cw0LeQhcn18eQcg’ allowfullscreen][/iframe]
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, running around to the left is clearly faster, but still quite a few runners chose to run more straight or slightly to the right – it may actually look tempting when looking at the map. This is what I wrote in my analysis of the leg right after the race:
Definitely the most decisive leg on the course. You lost at least a minute by not running around to the left – many runners lost even more by going through the dense forest either straight or to the right. Of the medalists only Bergman did not run left.
The women’s leg was similar (see below), but I think going right or straight looks less tempting here when looking at the map. Of course, here it was just as important (or even more important) to run to the left. See below for the analysis illustrations – here is the text from the analysis article:
The women’s long leg to control 5 had the same challenge as the men’s long leg – and here it was even more important to run around to the left, as typically is the case in the women’s course. The top three on the leg actually finished top 4 in the race, with gold medalist Aebersold ahead of silver medalist Kaasiku.
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, 3DRerun or Livelox from 2022-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!