Bulletin 1

Luxembourg Orienteering Club welcomes you to its 2021 City Race Euro Tour weekend. Enjoy the experience of orienteering in the Grand Duchy – this time a two-day event with forest and urban orienteering, on October 23 and 24, 2021.

Covid-19 measures

In accordance with procedures agreed with the Luxembourg Ministry of Health in order to allow the event to take place, to be permitted either to run at the event and/or to be permitted to enter either of the event centres, a valid EU COVID Certificate (in Luxembourg known as "CovidCheck certificate") with a QR code will be required, on paper or in digital form. The only certificates that can be accepted without a QR code are those issued in Luxembourg by persons authorised to do so (e.g. a school or local authority; usually restricted to Luxembourg residents). All participants need to be either fully vaccinated, recovered or negatively tested. This applies to all participants 6 years and older.

The organisers will not be able to provide rapid antigenic tests.

Please note the Luxembourg rules for the CovidCheck certificate as published here: https://covid19.public.lu/en/covidcheck/certificate.html  

More generally, please note the Covid-19 related measures currently in force in Luxembourg published here: https://covid19.public.lu/en/sanitary-measures.html

By 17 October we expect to know with certainty if the race can take place according to the pandemic-related government restrictions in force at that time.

The Race

Two days event, each day counts as a separate race, results are not combined.

Saturday – a Middle Distance forest race, in the Bambësch forest 3km from the Luxembourg city centre (Start and Finish area at the Bambësch Leisure Center, Rue de Bridel – exact details will be published in Bulletin 2 before the event, maximum distance from the Parking to Start/Finish area 1km or 20 minutes on foot). New map with valleys with sandstone rocks, dense path network.

Sunday – a Long Distance urban race part of the 2021 City Race Euro Tour in orienteering, which will take place in Luxembourg’s Old Town, and the historic Grund and Pfaffenthal areas. The exact location of the competition centre will be published in Bulletin 2 before the event (maximum distance from the Parking to Start/Finish area 1km or 20 minutes on foot). Run in Vauban fortifications and by 21st century EU institutions. Be ready for complex route choices, steep climbs and narrow alleys – find out why Luxembourg is called “the Gibraltar of the North”. New map – double the area used in our previous race in 2017.

Participants are responsible for their own physical fitness for the competition and health during the event.

Terrain

Saturday – near-city forest with a dense network of paths and tracks, predominantly beech forest with some mixed pine and fir tree areas, cut by shallow valleys enclosed sandstone rock-faces. Runnability very good to medium.

Sunday – streets and parks of the historic city with mostly paved surfaces and stairs, with several park areas. Flat in the Ville Haute (Luxembourg Old Town), with steep slopes to the valley of the Alzette river which flows through the city.

Map

Saturday (Forest Race) – 1:10 000 scale, contour interval 5 metres. To IOF standard ISSOM 2017. Mapping by Marian Cotirta in July 2020, updated in 2021.

Sunday (Urban Race) – 1:4 000 scale, contour interval 5 metres. To IOF standard ISSporM 2019. Mapping and update by Thibaut Derenne in August 2021.

Map samples:

Dates and Start Times

Saturday 23 October 2021 – First start at 14:00. Individual interval start with pre-set starting times for all age classes. Start lists to be published the week before the event at the latest.

12:00 Event Centre opens
14:00 First start time
17:00 Event Centre closes

Sunday 24 October 2021 – First start at 10:00. Individual interval start with pre-set starting times for all age classes. Start lists to be published the week before the event at the latest.

08:30 Event Centre opens
10:00 First start time
14:00 Event Centre closes

Electronic Punching/Timing System

 SPORTident punching system will be used for both days, with SI Air+ punching mode activated. SPORTident cards (but not SIAC cards) will be available to hire.

Renting: € 2, with ID or € 50 as deposit for safe return.

Classes and Entry Fees

Class

Age Group

Birth Years

Entry Fee Saturday

Entry Fee Sunday

Men Elite City Race

H21, H35 (Open)

Open

(1980 – 2000)

8 €

12 €

Women Elite City Race

D21, D35 (Open)

 

8 €

12 €

Veteran Men

H40, H45, H50

1967 - 1981

8 €

12 €

Veteran Women

D40, D45, D50

 

8 €

12 €

SuperVet Men

H55, H60

1957 - 1966

8 €

12 €

SuperVet Women

D55, D60

 

8 €

12 €

UltraVet Men

H65, H70

1947 - 1956

8 €

12 €

UltraVet Women

D65, D70

 

8 €

12 €

HyperVet Men

H75 +

1946 or earlier

8 €

12 €

HyperVet Women

D75 +

 

8 €

12 €

Junior Men

H18, H20

2001 - 2004

5 €

7 €

Junior Women

D18, D20

 

5 €

7 €

Youth Men

H14, H16

2005 - 2008

5 €

7 €

Youth Women

D14, D16

 

5 €

7 €

Children Boys

H10, H12

2009 or later

5 €

7 €

Children Girls

D10, D12

 

5 €

7 €

Open Short   Open 8 € 12 €
Open Medium   Open 8 € 12 €
Open Longer   Open 8 € 12 €

Details of course lengths, climb, and number of controls for each day will be published in Bulletin 2 before the event, and before 11 October 2021.During Sunday’s City Race the Junior and Children's courses are planned to avoid any busy road crossings.

Registration

Pre-entries are open from 1 September until 17 October via opunch.org (Sat, Sun) and orienteeringonline.net (Sat, Sun). No on-site entries will be possible.

When entering, please be sure to select the correct Age Group designation for the Class you wish to run.

Opunch.org offers club payment for for runners registered in Belgium or Luxembourg, and payment by credit card for all other runners. If you prefer a bank transfer, register via Orienteering Online. In case of a bank transfer please pay all entry fees due to the Luxembourg OC bank account:

BCEELULL, IBAN: LU22 0019 5955 5007 4000

When making your transfer, please quote the OrienteeringOnline reference (shown under the “Club fees” tab, or simply state your club's name) as well as a brief indication of family name, club and number of entries.

If you are entering from Great Britain, please contact the organiser to arrange fee-free payment.

By 17 October we expect to know with certainty if the race can take place according to pandemic-related government restrictions in force at that time. Should the event be cancelled or postponed, you will be able to choose between a full refund of the entry fee already paid by credit card or bank transfer (minus bank fee, if any) or to maintain your entry for the rescheduled date.

Event Centre

Given current circumstances, the Event Centre facilities for each day will be minimized as much as possible. A shelter (storage area), SPORTident electronic punching/timing device rental, result download, and toilet facilities will be provided. If the pandemic regulations allow, the bar will be open.

The Event Centre will not offer showers, formal changing facilities, or a crèche.

Special Attention

For Saturday Forest Race – on the way from the parking to the competition centre and to Start / Finish area, participants will have to cross some streets, please pay attention to the general traffic. There is no road crossing expected during the course.

For Sunday City Race – the competition area is mainly on old city streets. Although traffic should be light on the Sunday morning, cars are present. Please follow the “code de la route”, do not run into roads without looking, and do not obstruct the passage of any cars.

The competition area used by competitors aged over 16 has some very steep and long drops – please be careful.

All competitors take part at their own risk. Luxembourg OC does not assume any liability.

Accommodation

Event Officials

  • Planners – David Roach and Olexandr Rybakov, Luxembourg OC
  • Controller – Jonas Wolff, Luxembourg OC
  • Organiser – Luxembourg Orienteering Club – please contact for queries via weekend2021@orienteering.lu