I'm becoming a big fan of watching major orienteering events play out on the computer monitor, those spermatozoa- like figures are intriguing as they move across the map or take unexpected routes and frustrating when they suddenly drop off the screen because a GPS connection has been lost.
So I wanted to show a friend a replay of a recent race, any race, just to show what it looks like. But where do I look? Can anyone point me to where I can see a replay of a WOC or WC event?
The Men's middle distance or the Women's relay from the WOC in France are both superb. (Do I have links handy? No...)
You might like this one Gord because it has your old Ottawa clubmate --#21 on the list
By the way, those European sprints are really tough in comparison to ours.
By the way, maybe you know this but if not, you can have a mass start from any control by pausing the play. click on the control you want the mass start and press "shift" + "alt" at the same time and than clicking play again. I do this at a number of the route choice controls and then slow the speed down near the end of the leg to see which route is faster.
Thanks folks. I now have the links I need.
Carl, what do you mean 'old Ottawa club mate'? I'm still with Ottawa and we'll NEVER let Emily off our list
As to European sprints being harder than North American. That has to be true. The only city in NA that could compare to the Europeans for street complexity is Quebec City. But why do they close off so many streets. Yes it becomes difficult to find a route. They seem to close streets so the participants have to choose one wide route or the other. You know those two routes are going to be about equal so as Emily said in an interview - just find a route and run as fast as you can. Don't waste any time figuring which is best and don't let self-doubt slow you down. Just run.
It is NOT the case that you normally have two approximately equal options.
Even in the Oslo City Cup series we had several route choice legs with at least 10-15 sec difference between 3-4 alternatives, and where it was hard to figure out which one would be faster.
OTOH I do agree that when you cannot immediately see what the obvious best route is, then it is better to just find something reasonable and go for it instead of hesitating. :-)
A sprint in Quebec City? Now there's an idea....(although there's probably still a few above it on my list of fantasy sprint venues, starting with Marrakech).
Without wanting to give too much away, one of the things I usually do as a sprint course-setter or controller is to test-run multiple options on key legs - you want to strike a balance between rewarding those who make the right choice, and not making the right choice too obvious.
@blair: I agree with your approach, but you did not mention another key issue:
You have to make sure that it is in fact _possible_ to deduce what the best route is!
I.e. how to maintain the fairness requirement?
For sprint O this means that the map must show all relevant runnability issues, like stairs, passable walls and steps, steepness (contours), and the map must be readable, which mostly means maintaining minimum feature separation, and even for sprint O, some generalization.
@blairtrewin: As far as I know, the idea of applying for a sprint WOC in Quebec City has been discussed, but I don't know how far the discussions have progressed.
Ironically, Quebec City is the largest metropolitan area in Canada without an orienteering club.
A sprint in Marrakech would be mind-blowing!
For interesting sprints try Timbuktu
For an aerial view search for "Sankore Mosque" in Google Maps.