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Route To Christmas: Day 4 2023

Today’s leg in Route to Christmas 2023 is from one of the hightlights on the international orienteering scene in 2023 – the long distance World Cup race in sandstone terrain in Czech Republic. Here we take a look at the 4th leg in the women’s course – the first real challenge on the course.

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 runners spread out on a large number of different routes – with Alexandersson winning the leg with more than a minute on a fairly straight route.   Alexandersson’s speed is so much higher than the others, but in addition it looks like the Swede managed to find the best route. Going straight does not give much extra climb, but is significantly shorter than going to the right (Gemperle’s route) and also shorter than going to the left (Aebersold’s route).

Here is the route of the fastest runners in the race compared.

Density map

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).

Additional information

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 2023-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!

About Jan Kocbach

Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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One comment

  1. It might be good to give a bit more space at the top of the map to draw your route for this one – so you could actually draw Gemperle’s route.
    Thanks so much for route to xmas!