#2 Det här är O-Ringen 2020 i Uppsala
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#2 Det här är O-Ringen 2020 i Uppsala


Hi Jens. Hi. How are you getting along? I’m good thanks. By the way, hi to all of you out there watching. Welcome to video number 2 in O-Ringen TV. Now, how about that for a name. Sounds great. Today we are going to talk about the concept of O-Ringen 2020 in Uppsala. Sounds fun, right? Yes, it’s a lot of fun, exactly what we want to talk about The next O-Ringen takes place right here which is amazing just to think about that. Yes, and all the material has been delivered here now also. The next stage will be here, in Uppsala It is exciting. Let us start by looking at the map behind us. We can see how we have planned this adventure. Right Jens, how do you travel to Uppsala next year? It is a good idea to tell everybody because even though we both live here and know exactly where everything is in relation to the rest of Sweden and the World but our viewers may not be so well informed. We are in the middle of everything. It is easy to fly here since Arlanda airport is only 15 minutes away by train. And we are also going to show exactly how close everything is The E4 motorway provides easy access to Uppsala but we should promote the train as a practical alternative since Uppsala is on Sweden’s mainline. The main railway goes through north-south It is only 3 to 4 kilometres from the station to the O-Ringen central. That is 10 to 15 minutes by bike, which you can take with you on the train. Buses from the station take 10 minutes. That is very close and easy access to get here. That brings us to one of the central points in our concept, the closeness of everything. Close proximity has been a goal from the start. Let’s move over to the large map and see how its all located in Uppsala. Looking at the map, we can see how the compact plan is centred on Uppsala with a small town feeling. Everything is concentrated around the O-Ringen central. I’m going to try to explain the map a bit Central Uppsala is up here where the train station is and buses that go to the O-Ringen central. The camping area opens on Thursday the 16th of July 2020. It all starts with the opening ceremony at the newly built Studenternas arena. The arena is not quite finished yet so we will not only celebrating the start of O-Ringen but even the inauguration of the arena. We hope to exceed previous records for attendance in the old arena although a national football match is difficult to beat. It is great to invite the inhabitants of Uppsala and the O-Ringen competitors to the opening of the arena and to see the Bagheera relay race, which starts the O-Ringen week. So come out and help us beat the record on the opening ceremony Yes, absolutely! After the opening ceremony, we move on to… …the first arena, we continue with competition days 1 and 2, which are 10 minutes away from the O-Ringen central by bike, about 3½-4 kilometres away or in the close proximity if you have found another place to stay, but the O-Ringen Central is the heart of the event. The competition area is called Nåsten with an arena in Patons Hage. More about the name of the arena later, but it is a very nice place for an arena, close to the city. If you arrive by car and the E4 motorway, you park your car in a designated area on the outskirts and take a special bus to Patons Hage. If you are living in Stockholm, it is convenient to take the commuter train from the central station to Uppsala. Even those living on the outskirts of Stockholm can take the train or come by car. Buses will take you from Uppsala station directly to the arena. So we can get this closeness Yes, and we hope that many will bring their bikes, and we are prepared for 10000 biking from O-Ringen central to the arena. So bring your bike, it’s going to be an excellent way of transportation. And then, after the first and second stage, we continue to… …day 3, which is a 20 minutes bus ride from O-Ringen central at Östuna, which is part of Knivsta county. So we are happy to have them on board. This competition area is well known for those who competed on day 2 in 2001 when the O-Ringen central was in Märsta. This was a popular area, which we return to, but not with the same courses of course. So a bit of an excursion to see something else yes! This area is more densely wooded with lots of variation, compared to the more detailed maps of the other stages So, a normal O-Ringen bus stage during day three. yes, right, and then… …maybe the best? Yes, but before we go on to the best area we must mention the Elite Sprint. Yes, right, that’s true The Elite competitors do not compete on day 2 but on day 3 they partake in the sprint in central Uppsala with Studenternas as the arena. Orienteering takes over the arena for this one. The competition area is full of character with small passages, paths and roads in the older part of town. This area was used for the Sprint SM in 2014 with the Palace grounds as arena. Back then the arena was in the castle yard, but we don’t want to say too much about this, let’s keep it a secret This is the activities day so there will be plenty of supporters along the course to applaud the competitors. This day is of course an opportunity for tourist attractions and excursions. There are a multitude of choices for cultural and nature events. Uppsala is a place for summer activities and there are many lakeside beaches and a large waterpark with both outdoor and indoor pools. Finally, what everybody has been waiting for, the infamous Lunsen where event days 4 and 5 take place. We have been allowed to use this fantastic forest This is the first time an event of this magnitude has been allowed in the nature reserve. A chance for those orienteerer with Lunsen on their bucket list to check it out. amazing Day 4 is an area with few paths for the more difficult courses and with many fine details. Day 5 is in an outdoor recreational area, which will be a fantastic finish to the week, in on Flottsund Which is located in a beautiful area next to Mälaren the big lake On these two days, you must be more careful as we know from experience that it is too easy to miss a feature. Yes, the final start will be especially interesting with those small marshes and knolls. But we don’t want to scare anyone away, it is going to be fun orienteering It’s a fantastic map We have this as our favourite map but the other areas are just as good. It’s a map you want to frame and put on your wall afterwards. It’s going to be something very special to look forward to. All three areas are very nice, I can’t really see a weakness in the map we have chosen. Nåsten and Östuna are also very special. But of course, Lunsen is something very special. These three different areas complement each other in a good way. But also with a quite flat elevation profile. That can be pretty nice also Yes, as a vacation it can be pretty nice with an easy grade on the hills. We are standing right now… We are standing right now in the middle of the O-Ringen central, the heart of the event where between eight to ten thousand competitors will be staying on 2475 camping plots. On a very compact area, nearness being our goal Those with a plot farthest from the central point are no more than five hundred meters away. So it’s close to the square in the middle with all the activities. We’re right now standing at the square, should we take a look around and see the map in reality? Yes, I think so, we’ve seen it on the map, but it’s always fun to see it in reality How about showing the camping area, the central square and two of the arenas, Nåsten and maybe Lunsen later on. Yes, let’s go! Well Jens, where are we now? This is the central square and we have just left the competitors service centre where you fetch your bib and ask questions about everything. The service centre is the hub of the central square. The square is the hub of the O-Ringen Central. Behind our cameraman will be the entrance to the Alewalds tent where everything to do with orienteering will be on sale. Behind us in this long narrow area you will find the stage, activities and facilities. Today it’s empty, but we will fill it with plenty of meeting places like cafes and restaurants to encourage the central theme of O-Ringen which is friendship and euphoria. Sounds very nice, and it is, as we said before, close to the camping Yes, once again, it is always close to everything with not more than 500 meters to a camping plot. You can just see if you look behind us we can see it, so let’s take the audience with us Yes, let’s do that! This is the ten-point question, where are we now? Yes, we are right now on the camping And you can see here for example, we are now in the middle of O-Ringen camping area B on plot 132 which has been booked by the Bengtsson family. No, I’m joking, but we are here on these meadows surrounding the state veterinary medical institution. Just next to the O-Ringen Central we will have the camping plots located. From Dag Hammarskjölds Väg behind us and away to Kronåsen behind the cameraman. Yes, and it’s a fantastic location, the area is surrounded by the woodlands on three sides, and it’s very green and nice. Yes, really, and the grass will be cut back for the vehicles For caravan owners the BIG question is the availability of electricity. yes, you said the ten-point question, then this is the ten thousand point question We have planned for at least 1000 points with electricity and possibly more. Experience tells us that around 1100 to 1200 electrical outlets will meet the demand. The important question of keeping club members close to one another has the utmost priority. It’s about being able to provide the electricity on all availible camping plots So, we’re going to look into that during the upcoming winter 1000 outlets will most certainly be booked so if you want an outlet you are advisable to book one early, preferably not later than November first. Yes, so don’t miss it! Now it is time to take out bikes to Patons Hage. Yes, that is 3½ kilometres in that direction on a flat surface so you will not be tired before you get there which also applies to arena Flottsund on event days 4 and 5 with a slightly downhill path. Right, off we go! Here we are at the arena sitting on a hay ball, enjoying the surroundings Yes, on Pattons hage The bike trip took less than 15 minutes and you are not sweating Simon. So, that seemed to be nice and easy, but there will also be busses if you don’t want to take the bike There will even be buses to the arena both from the O-Ringen central and from the outskirts parking area. This is Patons Hage a good starting point for nature walks that many living in Uppsala make use of. It is named after a general on a military exercise after the Second World War. A nice meadow for the first two event days Yes, and let’s show the arena to the audience also Yes, let’s jump down and show it! We are now standing in front of the last curve before the finish. The last control is just down there next to the trees. And the finish will be here within sight So a small uphill first and then a nice downhill when you turn around for the last meters. Tell you what, i’ll try the sprint to the finish There is the last curve… Now And now the last part and raise your arms at the finish. that’s good That was nice How about a winner interview. Yes, I can do that, how did that feel Simon? Yeah, it was nice, a tough sprint, but… I had to push all the way But a very nice sprint Felt that this will be really nice A good start for O-Ringen then? Yes, definitley How was the going in the woods? Not the best with a few mistakes but that happens. We hope that the weather and the sprint will be just as fine next year. Yes, definitley You told me that this arena will host the first and second stages, will everybody be in Paton’s Hage? That is correct, orienteering, mountain bike and precision orienteering will all be in the same arena. Everyone on the same arena to share the joy, maybe with a bit of a time difference between the mountain bikes and precision orienteering who shares the same competition area It’s very nice to be able to invite everyone. Even event days 4 and 5 have the same agenda on Flottsund. For stage 3 in Östuna it’s a bit special with orienteering on its own but Mountain Bike and Precision orienteering will be sharing the arena at Stadsskogen. That means that Mountain Bike and Precision orienteering always have a short path to the arena all 5 event days. That sounds like a super concept. Now I would like to thank you Jens for your presentation of how O-Ringen will be next year. Yes, thank you, and welcome to our viewers to Uppsala 2020. Now you have heard and seen everything about the concept. Next week we will be visiting Lunsen. Be sure to come back then, and don’t forget to follow this channel so that you do not miss anything and we will see you next week. Bye for now.

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