I wasn’t sure how the dog bones would work, but now I think I would have liked that element. It adds an interesting strategy requirement. Having streets in play is also interesting.
I think I’ll try the series next year, at least races held when I’m in the country.
Yay! It is always a fun morning, and the races are all a little different.
I’m glad you had fun Barb!
I spend so much time course designing that I’m kinda disappointed that the variance was a little off.
To be honest, I made a couple last minute changes that probably contributed to it. Should’ve trusted my gut.
Another factor was that it wasn’t a super technical area. Easier navigation, good visibility, simple topography, and lots of handrails to give ‘er - favouring the ultra-nimble.
It was a great course, your hard work was obvious, and you deserve to be proud of it! It looked like you had a decent mix of handicaps in the top 10.
In a park with a big lake in the middle of it, it is really hard to set the course so that a racer with handicap 6 is running half as far as handicap 0. As soon as you put mandatory controls around the lake (which you pretty much have to!), it becomes difficult to double the distance for the elites. As you say, it was fast terrain (plus or minus some snow slogging), which is what the target distance ratios are intended for. As the course gets more physically difficult (steep hills, super deep snow), it tends to slow down the higher handicappers more so their course needs to be shorter. It was *not* one of those days though. It really was a picture perfect O Cup race day. :) Thanks again.