Italy – Five O Dolomiti Paganella

This years five days of Italy (moved from last year as most thinks in these times) take place in the beautiful Dolomiti Paganella area. We had good memories from ArgeAlp 2010 taking place in the same area and it was nice to have the chance to compete international again, so we entered. To have most out of the competition we entered the M21 elite course. The elite had a small but good field including former Swiss junior squad members Florian Schneider and Lukas Diener and 1972 WOC relay silver medallist Dieter Wolf.
First competition (a sprint) was scheduled for the evening, so we took the chance to go to one of the model events in the morning. The map Rifugio Meriz had some tricky parts on it that we didn´t manage very well but gave a good feeling of what to expect in the upcoming competitions.
First competition was a sprint in Fai Della Paganella. Two interesting map pars that were connected with one long leg. Course was a little long but I didn´t want miss any part of it. Results of day 1:
https://www.5daysitaly.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/split-stage-1.pdf
Day 2 was long distance in Andalo on the forest of ArgeAlp 2010. That year I wasn´t very successful but this year I had the feeling that everything was under control. Results of day 2:
https://www.5daysitaly.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/spilt-stage-2.pdf
Day 3 was middle distance and take place in the neighbouring forest to yesterday. Very detailed in the beginning and some route choices in steeper areas in the end. Route choices and orienteering were quite bad today. Results of day 3:
https://www.5daysitaly.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/split-st3.pdf
The afternoon we hiked around Lago di Molveno and added another 12 k and 350 climb to our day.
Day 4 was another middle distance an brought us up to the Chalet Forst. Steep area with technical parts. Interesting forest but hard to run. Results of day 4:
https://www.5daysitaly.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/splits-stage-4.pdf
In the afternoon we took the lift to La Selleta to hike La Paganella were you have a fantastic view. We found a lot of nice looking tracks so the hike was longer than planed and added another 11 k and 350 m climb to the day.
Final day brought us back to Fai Della Paganella. A longer middle distance race in a very technical terrain we some running in the end to come back to the arena. Orienteering went fine but running was more fight. Results of day 5:
https://www.5daysitaly.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/split-st5.pdf
We both ended in top 10:
1. Siro Corsi 4:09:15
2. Albin Alisö +0:15:10
3. Mads Møller Skaug +0:15:49

6. Jakob Schach +0:35:08

10. Steffen Hartmann +02:37:45

You can found total results here. For maps check our map archive. If you plan to orienteer in Italy check orienteering.it for upcoming events of PWT Italy. They are always worth to travel.

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