Looking at the splits, more than half of the elite women, and a huge chunk of the whole field blew number 1 on Red Long.
Given that it was so close to a bend in the trail, what happened is a bit of a mystery to me.
What made people make such huge mistakes on such a short leg?
At first I thought the change of scale from 1:10 000 to 1:15 000, but then there are enough men that also blew that control that I dont think the scale can be blamed (the men remained on 1:10 000 while the women were given 1:15 000 for the WRE).
A few points I can think of, but I'd be curious to hear other people's theories...
- did anyone actually look for a 7m tall cliff? (that was on the description sheet (clue sheet)
- the start triangle on the ground was right near the edge of the marked triangle on the map, making the first bend in the trail a lot closer than expected
- it was pretty green in there...
- first control of the 3rd day, people tired?
It just seems very odd to me to see a ton of 10' splits on that one, and a lot of 6min+ in the elite woman....
Anybody has any theories on that or was it just a strange fluke?