Still a long time until Christmas, but ‘Route to Christmas’ makes a quick visit in the middle of the summer today. The interesting World Cup sprint course in Imatra yesterday is the occasion – leg number 8 in the men’s course is the chosen leg.
The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look
The first day of Route to Christmas 2014 takes us to Norway – to one of the nominated courses for “Course of the Year 2014″ – the World Cup Long distance in Kongsberg.
The chosen leg this time is the 16th leg in the men’s course – the most challenging route choice leg in the race which was quite decisive for the over
Already on the second day of Route to Christmas 2014 we visit Czech Republic for a long leg in hilly terrain. Czech Republic is famous for its many interesting route choice legs on long distance courses – today’s leg in Route to Christmas is leg 16 in the M21 course from the Czech Championships Long distance 2014 organized at September
Today: Long and complex from the “Long distance Course of the Year 2014″! In today’s edition of Route to Christmas we are travelling to Spain – to the World Cup race long distance for men. The men’s class in this race was unfortunately cancelled after some controls were removed before all runners had finished the cours
Today we move to Portugal – and take a look at a long leg from the course placed 4th in the Course of the Year 2014 – the Mediterranean Championships Long, organized February 23rd 2014. The chosen leg is the 8th leg in the M21E course.
There were several top names on the startlist – with Thierry Gueorgiou and Edgars Bertuks being
Today we travel to Finland for a really tough long distance competition: The Finnish Championships long distance. Already to the second control the runners met the longest leg of the day – a more than 2 kilometer long leg in a hilly terrain with many routechoice options. The race was organized at September 7th 2014
Thanks to “Ege”
Todays we travel to a “Paradise of Rocks” – to Fontainebleau close to Paris. The leg in question is taken from a long distance training from second training weekend of the winter for the French Team. The leg chosen for Route to Christmas is the 4th leg in the mens course.
Fontainebleau – Paradise of Rocks
Thanks to Théo F
Today we visit Switzerland for some tough alpine orienteering! The chosen leg is a very decisive long route choice leg from the M21E course in the last national race in Switzerland in the 2014 season – organized at October 19th 2014. Starring are Swiss world stars like Daniel Hubmann, Matthias Kyburz and Florian Howald.
Daniel Hubmann and Flo
In today’s edition of Route to Christmas the challenge we have got this year’s first sprint leg – a leg from the Women 21 course in Vårsprinten in Halden, Norway in April this year. The chosen leg is the 7th leg in a course prepared by former sprint World Champion Emil Wingstedt.
The leg is as usually first provided without rout
Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from the last leg of the World’s lagest orienteering relay – Jukola. The chosen control is the 17th control – a leg towards the end of the course where all teams are running in full daylight.
The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about h
Today we travel all the way to USA to a nice, long leg in the US Championships Ultralong which was organized less than a month ago close to Washington. The area for the first part of the course were we found today’s leg has never been used for orienteering before. The chosen leg is the 10th leg in the blue course (M21) and 9th leg in the red
Today’s leg in Route to Christmas takes us to the WOC 2016 area – we are only one kilometer away on the other side of the fjord. That is probably also part of the reason why we have so many top names on the startlist on a cold November day.
Thanks to Eva Jurenikova for the tip – which was accompanied with a small analysis of the
Today we have got a great leg from Slovenia in early spring – with several world class runners participating. The race is Lipicia Open, the terrain is both hilly and stony – and you have got several paths of various size to choose from. The leg in question is the 14th leg from the M21E course.
Thanks to Matija Razum for the tip! The cou
Today we move to the Baltics to a leg from the Baltic Championships with routes from several top stars. The chosen leg is leg number 5 in the M21E course – the race was organized at May 31st 2014.
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 i
We have visited WOC 2014 and WOC 2016 terrain in this Route to Christmas – now we travel to some WOC 2015 relevant terrain, “Balmoral – Race the Castles”. The chosen leg is the first leg in the M21E course – and the race was organized October 18th 2014.
This event was suggested by three different people; Murray Stra
In today’s Route to Christmas we travel to the other side of the world: Australia! The chosen leg is leg number 47(!) in the M21 course from the Wildfire Sports Australian Ultra Long Championships at Kooyoora organized at August 31st 2014.
I asked for legs for more exotic places – and Neil Barr gave me this one from Australia. Thanks a
Today we have got some really exotic terrain in Route to Christmas. This Croatian terrain on the island of Krk looks very special because of all the stone walls. The varying runnability in addition to all these stone walls also makes the route choice challenges quite interesting. Should you go for the ski-orienteering/MTB-O thinking here and only u
The most tricky sprint leg of the year? This leg has been requested by several both on Twitter and in the comments, and thus today is the day for you all. Todays leg in Route to Christmas is leg 8 in the M21E course from Imatra Sprint at June 11th 2014.
Some think that the Imatra World Cup sprint was overdoing it with all the artificial fences
Todays leg in Route to Christmas is one of those legs where it feels like there is no route which is really good. A long leg in very stony terrain. The paths looks like they are too far away from the line – but on the other hand the more direct routes look very stony. What would you do here?
The leg is from Czech Republic – found throug
Today we offer a 23 year old “classic” leg – which has been used as an example in the Norwegian course setting book (”Løypeleggerboka”) as an example of a good leg according to my source. The special thing about this leg – and the reason for it appearing in Route To Christmas in 2014 – is that the leg was
Today Route to Christmas travels to Tasmania for the 2015 World Cup terrain. We do however do something out of the ordinary in Route to Christmas today: Instead of using an actual course from 2014 as is the usual requirement, we have made a fictitious leg in the terrain where the World Cup race is to be organized early in 2015.
The disadvantage by
Todays leg in Route to Christmas is leg 11 in the M21E course from a race in France – NationalSE. Thanks a lot to Mathieu Kern-Gillard for the tip and for course setter Franck Dechavanne for the analysis.
This is how the course setter describes this leg: – Indeed, 10-11 is a kind of special leg. With this big hill under the red line it
- I have the feeling that this was the leg this year were i spent most time. Today we take a look at a leg from the sprint course of the year – the PWT Stirling Race the Castles in Scotland. The chosen leg is leg number 14 in the M21E course – and the race was organized at October 12th 2014.
This leg has been suggested by several –
Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from the women’s class in the long distance race “Blodslitet” – organized in the Fredrikstad area every autumn. The chosen leg is the second leg on the last loop in the W21 course.
Thanks to Terje Mathisen for the tip! The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may tak
Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from France – and as this is the last day of this year’s Route to Christmas we let the women take the center of the stage. The chosen leg is leg 4 in the W21E course from a National French/Swiss race in the Jura mountains – organized at June 1st 2014.
Thanks a lot to Jurg Niggli for the tip! Thi