Ever wondered how your race weighs up against some of the toughest races in the world?

How do you measure a race effort? Was my race more difficult than yours? Do I deserve to brag more about my 100 miler than about your 100 miler? Our creative director Julie Freeman is Swiss. “When I moved to England, I had no idea that the concept of ‘effort-kilometre’ is not universal.” In Switzerland, it is used to measure a route’s ‘effort’ by combining its distance with its positive elevation. Although very simplistic, the resulting measure correlates quite nicely to the race’s course record.

Our interactive guide allows to sort races by distance, elevation, country, winning time and calculated effort. You can also add your own race by dropping us an email.

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Click on the image above or on the following link Ode to the “Kilometre-effort”.


Design by Julie Freeman, interaction by digital artist and data visualization engineer Nikita Rokotyan. Nikita creates enriched data-driven experiences exploring visual beauty of information and algorithms.
The original article entitled ‘Ode au Kilometre-Effort’ appears in Like the Wind Issue #8 which is available to purchase now in the shop.

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