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WOC Long Qual: Routes of Heat winners and Brief analysis

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Looking at the routes and races of the top runners in the qualification may give an indication of what to expect in the long distance final on Thursday. Below routes of the heat winners in the Long Qualification and some selected favourites and/or outsiders are shown.

In addition to the complete routes shown towards the bottom of this article, I have taken a look at some specific legs.

Note that as this is a qualification, runners will run in varying speed in varying parts of the course. Also, some runners take safe route choices – typically avoiding green and risky places in qualification races while others treat it like “the real thing”. Thus it is difficult to make any real conclusions. Also, based on the terrain description, the terrain for the final is expected to be much less of a “run direct” terrain than the qualification – with poorer runnability and more height differences.

10-11, Mens Heat A

One of the few legs which invited (some) to take a long detour was the leg from 10 to 11 in men’s heat A shown below. As you can see Kerschbaumer tried a long left route while Lundanes and Hertner run direct.

– It was fast to run around and did not look very good direct, so it felt like a good route choice, Kerschbaumer said after the race. – But I am very interested to look at the splits to see if it was better to go direct, the Austrian runner continued.

As you can see from the map, Kerschbaumer lost significant time on this leg – even to Hertner who did a mistake on the control. Thus in this terrain type this type of detour seems to be too long.

15-16, Mens Heat A

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15-16 was another leg where some runners tried to go around. The longest detour was made by Hertner – and he also lost the most time here.

18-19, Mens Heat A

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Another long route around by Hertner – another time time lost. Most of the others seem to run direct here.

Brief conclusion

The brief conclusion from a look at some routes is that in this long qual you should go as direct as possible and use all paths which go approximately in your direction. Break the rule only if there is Green 2 or similar very low runnability. But this was the qualification terrain – the finals will probably be a completely different story ….

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Routes of Heat Winners and other selected runners

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Below you find the routes of the 6 heat winners along with routes of some other selected runners based on possible favourites on the long distance (it was not easy to find all the ones I wanted in the big stack of maps, so e.g. routes of Nordberg, Jansson, Billstam and others are missing.

Note! Routes are photographs of the routes drawn by the runners (as there was no GPS tracking), and therefore quality is not the very best. Still it is more than good enough to be well readable.

July 15th 2012 – Philippe Adamski

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Tone Wigemyr

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Frederic Tranchand

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Jan Sedivy

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Tania Riabkina

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Valentin Novikov

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Simone Niggli

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Matthias Merz

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Olav Lundanes

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Andrey Khramov

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Gernot Kerschbaumer

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Minna Kauppi

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Fabian Hertner

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Scott Fraser

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Dana Brozkova

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Ida Bobach

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Edgard Bertuks

WOC 2012 Long Qual


July 15th 2012 – Gustav Bergman

WOC 2012 Long Qual

Results

All 45 runners going to the finals are listed below – 15 in each heat.

1   Olav Lundanes NOR 59:03 0:00 Qualified
2   Dmitriy Tsvetkov RUS 1:01:13 +2:10 Qualified
3   Fabian Hertner SUI 1:01:23 +2:20 Qualified
4   Gernot Kerschbaumer AUT 1:02:20 +3:17 Qualified
5   Tue Lassen DEN 1:02:42 +3:39 Qualified
6   Mikhail Mamleev ITA 1:02:58 +3:55 Qualified
7   Julian Dent AUS 1:04:35 +5:32 Qualified
8   Fredric Portin FIN 1:04:54 +5:51 Qualified
9   Gustav Bergman SWE 1:05:02 +5:59 Qualified
10   Peeter Pihl EST 1:05:15 +6:12 Qualified
11   Vilius Aleliunas LTU 1:05:18 +6:15 Qualified
12   Aleksei Alekseyonok BLR 1:05:31 +6:28 Qualified
13   Diogo Miguel POR 1:05:43 +6:40 Qualified
14   Štepán Kodeda CZE 1:05:52 +6:49 Qualified
15   Nicolas Simonin IRL 1:06:01 +6:58 Qualified

Men A

1   Olav Lundanes NOR 59:03 0:00 Qualified

2   Dmitriy Tsvetkov RUS 1:01:13 +2:10 Qualified

3   Fabian Hertner SUI 1:01:23 +2:20 Qualified

4   Gernot Kerschbaumer AUT 1:02:20 +3:17 Qualified

5   Tue Lassen DEN 1:02:42 +3:39 Qualified

6   Mikhail Mamleev ITA 1:02:58 +3:55 Qualified

7   Julian Dent AUS 1:04:35 +5:32 Qualified

8   Fredric Portin FIN 1:04:54 +5:51 Qualified

9   Gustav Bergman SWE 1:05:02 +5:59 Qualified

10   Peeter Pihl EST 1:05:15 +6:12 Qualified

11   Vilius Aleliunas LTU 1:05:18 +6:15 Qualified

12   Aleksei Alekseyonok BLR 1:05:31 +6:28 Qualified

13   Diogo Miguel POR 1:05:43 +6:40 Qualified

14   Štepán Kodeda CZE 1:05:52 +6:49 Qualified

15   Nicolas Simonin IRL 1:06:01 +6:58 Qualified

Men B

1   Matthias Merz SUI 59:22 0:00 Qualified

2   Valentin Novikov RUS 59:42 +0:20 Qualified

3   Frederic Tranchand FRA 1:02:15 +2:53 Qualified

4   Lauri Sild EST 1:02:17 +2:55 Qualified

5   Anders Holmberg SWE 1:03:09 +3:47 Qualified

6   Ionut Zinca ROU 1:03:10 +3:48 Qualified

7   Hans Gunnar Omdal NOR 1:04:41 +5:19 Qualified

8   Yury Tambasov BLR 1:04:46 +5:24 Qualified

9   Tomáš Dlabaja CZE 1:05:07 +5:45 Qualified

10   Adam Kovacs HUN 1:05:25 +6:03 Qualified

11   Rasmus Djurhuus DEN 1:06:20 +6:58 Qualified

12   Artem Panchenko UKR 1:06:21 +6:59 Qualified

13   Kalvis Mihailovs LAT 1:06:29 +7:07 Qualified

13   Bartosz Pawlak POL 1:06:29 +7:07 Qualified

15   Alessio Tenani ITA 1:07:41 +8:19 Qualified

Men C

1   Edgars Bertuks LAT 58:13 0:00 Qualified

2   Jan Šedivý CZE 59:27 +1:14 Qualified

3   Philippe Adamski FRA 1:00:54 +2:41 Qualified

4   Matthias Kyburz SUI 1:00:58 +2:45 Qualified

5   Wojciech Kowalski POL 1:01:09 +2:56 Qualified

6   Kiril Nikolov BUL 1:01:15 +3:02 Qualified

7   Anders Nordberg NOR 1:01:36 +3:23 Qualified

8   Yannick Michiels BEL 1:02:38 +4:25 Qualified

9   Scott Fraser GBR 1:02:42 +4:29 Qualified

10   Erik Rost SWE 1:03:15 +5:02 Qualified

11   Pavlo Ushkvarok UKR 1:03:17 +5:04 Qualified

12   Tuomas Tervo FIN 1:04:01 +5:48 Qualified

13   Vytautas Beliunas LTU 1:04:47 +6:34 Qualified

14   Andrey Khramov RUS 1:04:52 +6:39 Qualified

15   Rasmus Thrane Hansen DEN 1:05:41 +7:28 Qualified

Women A

1   Tatyana Riabkina RUS 50:00 0:00 Qualified

2   Eva Jureníková CZE 50:44 +0:44 Qualified

3   Helena Jansson SWE 51:03 +1:03 Qualified

4   Claire Ward GBR 51:58 +1:58 Qualified

5   Ines Brodmann SUI 52:56 +2:56 Qualified

6   Lena Eliasson SWE 53:38 +3:38 Qualified

7   Svetlana Mironova RUS 54:05 +4:05 Qualified

8   Ildiko Szerencsi HUN 54:31 +4:31 Qualified

9   Kristina Rybakovaite LTU 54:48 +4:48 Qualified

10   Tone Wigemyr NOR 56:00 +6:00 Qualified

11   Venla Niemi FIN 56:44 +6:44 Qualified

12   Kirti Rebane EST 57:19 +7:19 Qualified

13   Samantha Saeger USA 57:37 +7:37 Qualified

14   Aislinn Prendergast AUS 58:02 +8:02 Qualified

15   Antoniya Grigorova-Burgova BUL 59:01 +9:01 Qualified

16   Elisa Elstner AUT 1:00:04 +10:04 Qualified

Women B

1   Simone Niggli-Luder SUI 47:39 0:00 Qualified

2   Celine Dodin FRA 50:26 +2:47 Qualified

3   Ursula Kadan AUT 50:38 +2:59 Qualified

4   Dana Šafka Brožková CZE 50:47 +3:08 Qualified

5   Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg NOR 51:10 +3:31 Qualified

6   Merja Rantanen FIN 51:37 +3:58 Qualified

7   Lina Strand SWE 52:09 +4:30 Qualified

8   Signe Klinting DEN 53:27 +5:48 Qualified

9   Annika Rihma EST 54:12 +6:33 Qualified

10   Inga Kazlauskaite LTU 54:40 +7:01 Qualified

11   Olga Sluta UKR 56:09 +8:30 Qualified

12   Sarah Rollins GBR 56:17 +8:38 Qualified

13   Kim Geypen BEL 57:00 +9:21 Qualified

13   Louise Oram CAN 57:00 +9:21 Qualified

15   Anna Serrallonga Arqués ESP 59:17 +11:38 Qualified

Women C

1   Minna Kauppi FIN 49:34 0:00 Qualified

2   Ida Bobach DEN 49:40 +0:06 Qualified

3   Sara Lüscher SUI 50:17 +0:43 Qualified

4   Inga Dambe LAT 51:46 +2:12 Qualified

5   Annika Billstam SWE 51:50 +2:16 Qualified

6   Mari Fasting NOR 53:15 +3:41 Qualified

7   Anastasiya Tikhonova RUS 53:27 +3:53 Qualified

8   Vendula Klechová CZE 54:25 +4:51 Qualified

9   Miek Fabré BEL 54:29 +4:55 Qualified

10   Ausrine Kutkaite LTU 54:49 +5:15 Qualified

11   Nadiya Volynska UKR 55:35 +6:01 Qualified

12   Fanni Gyurko HUN 55:38 +6:04 Qualified

12   Daria Lajn POL 55:38 +6:04 Qualified

14   Helen Bridle GBR 56:20 +6:46 Qualified

15   Lea Vercellotti FRA 57:05 +7:31 Qualified

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