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Discussion: A and AL

in: Fin5 and JWOC (Jul 9–16, 2017 - Tampere, Pirkanmaa, FI)

Apr 26, 2017 4:24 AM # 
o-maps:
Most age groups have an A class and an AL class, e.g. I need to choose between H65A and H65AL. What's the difference?

Yes I see from the listed course lengths that the A is longer than the AL, but what I'm really getting at is, what is the target audience for A vs. AL? I.e. do we choose based on experience (is there a difference in navigational difficulty?), fitness (is length the only difference?), or some other criterion?

And just curious if this A/AL dichotomy is a general Finnish thing or specific to Fin5.
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Apr 26, 2017 6:09 AM # 
W:
I'm pretty sure the L stands for "Lyhyt", which means short. At many events there is an a "A" and an "AL" class. They just have an "A" class because in some really big ones they might also have a "B", "C", "Elite" etc.

I don't believe the L classes are significantly less difficult, they're just shorter.

But, here's the routegadget for last week's Finnspring, where all the categories had an L class, even H21, so you can judge for yourself - http://routegadget.tulospalvelu.fi/2014/cgi-bin/re...

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