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Discussion: World Cup Pursuit

in: Orienteering; General

Sep 1, 2018 11:35 PM # 
Pursuit isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea but this was a pretty exciting finish to today's Word Cup - and the best euro flop display ever!
Sep 2, 2018 3:50 AM # 
You could post it on a running forum, Hammer.
Sep 2, 2018 5:05 AM # 
I love Joey's little shimmy to avoid falling in the finish, a beautiful dance.
Sep 2, 2018 6:23 AM # 
It was the least exiting / interesting "orienteering" TV broadcast in years. Crappy format, TV production and GPS tracking. Luckily it was here shown in TV around 1 am so general public did not see it.
Sep 2, 2018 12:49 PM # 
Pursuit not very well planned (or maybe too many equal runners not daring to do anything on their own) - exciting, yes - but for the wrong reasons.
Relay today much better with things happening from both orienteering mistakes and smart orienteering.
Sep 2, 2018 1:28 PM # 
Yeah I should qualify that I thought the finish was exciting with a nice crash at the end for extra effect.

I personally think that there should be more pursuit format championships. As a kid I always enjoyed racing the Troll Cup that used that format instead of simply having 2x classic total time. Ottawa OC are using this format at this year's Ontario Champs. Middle on Saturday and long pursuit on Sunday. There isn't the depth in North America where elaborate forking schemes are needed though.

But internationally if there was a forking system then I think it could work as first across the line type races are exciting. The men's course had too many short legs that cause the group to bunch up and no route choice to let people try to get away. Ridefelt tried it with a few controls to go but the route choice times were similar.

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