The Forest Terrain.
Without beating about the bush - it's rough as a badger's arse and about as technical as it gets!
|Swedish test race on Le Revard II, neighbouring the competition areas. From Olle Karner (Estonian runner) webpage.|
However, with estimated winning speeds being much less than those seen in test races, coupled with new mapping of the WOC areas by the Romanian Marian Cotirta, suggest that the actual race areas are that bit kinder physically and the maps (hopefully!) a better representation of the terrain than experienced previously.
|La Feclaz - part of the area used for the Middle and Long finals and the Relay - more open ground (both meadow and ski-slopes) on the map than in the surrounding training areas suggests WOC competitors will experience slightly easier running, although the forest still looks green, rough and rocky! (all old maps of WOC2011 areas are here).|
|2010 Sprint Gold Medalist Matthias Muller (Sui). Picture courtesy of WorldofO.com|
|Sprint Quali area - parkland and woodland.|
|Part of the sprint final area, Chambery old town. 'Traboules' is the French version of gynel (sp).|
WOC starts with Long and Middle distance Qualification on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th, respectively. The Sprint races will be on Tuesday 16th, qualification in the morning, finals in the afternoon/evening. The Long Distance final is on Wednesday 17th, Middle on Friday 19th before the champs are wound up with the usual finale of the relays on Saturday 20th, before the post-WOC banquet...
Coming soon - some conjecture as to who may win, and British team hopes (they're the same things, right?!)