|Libor Forst, Clive Allen|
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TORUS stands for "TempO Online Races Ultimate Series" and is a series of virtual TrailO competitions in TempO discipline.
The series was invented by a group of experienced trail orienteers in spring 2020 to face the challenge of not being able to have real competitions because of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The TORUS events use the TempO Simulator created by Libor Forst in 2011 to provide realistic TempO competitions online.
The first TORUS Cup started in May/June 2020 containing 8 races within 4 weeks (Tuesdays and Thursdays) prepared by experienced TrailO athletes in 7 countries with the best 5 results counting. The premiere was a great success, with slightly less than 500 participants from all over the world, including most of the world's best TrailO athletes.
In October 2020, the second season of the cup started, with a new separation in A (Advanced) and B (Basic) category to provide more suitable courses for everyone. Therefore 2 x 8 events in 4 weeks had to be prepared. The number of participants increased to more than 550.
For the Advent time 2020, Finnish course setters prepared an Advent Calendar Series with shorter races (2-3 stations) and the number of participants raised up to more than 850.
Each season results not only consists of individual rankings, but includes also classifications for clubs (best 3 athletes counting) and countries (best 5 athletes counting).
The logo has a form of torus, it evokes a rotating orienteering flag and was made by Josef Pelikán from the Computer Graphics Group at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague.
The formula of a torus is x4 + y4 + z4 + r4 + R4 + 2x2y2 + 2x2z2 + 2y2z2 - 2x2r2 - 2x2R2 - 2y2r2 - 2y2R2 - 2z2r2 + 2z2R2 - 2r2R2 = 0
For each competition there is a 23½ hours time window to compete. During this time window you have to login at TempO Simulator, choose the current event in the event list and click on "compete".
You will see all important race information like map scale, number of stations, zero tolerance, terrain description and much more. You can decide about the width of the displayed pictures and maps and whether you want to use the zoom function (magnifying glass) or not. By clicking on "Load", you switch the application to the race mode and then by clicking on "Start" you start your race.
For each station you see the number of tasks, the time limit, the map scale and equidistance first. By clicking on "OK?" you start the first station. You see the picture with 6 flags first and have 5 seconds to allocate before the time starts and the map with the first task is shown. You can give your answer to use the mouse (clicking on the answer button of your choice) or the keybord (pressing the keys F1-F7, 1-7(0) or A-Z). Immediately after you submitted your first answer, the map with the next task of this station is shown and you have to answer as quickly as possible again. Time doesn't stop until you submitted the last answer for this station. If your time is over, you can finish the station but the last answers will not be counted.
After finishing one station you can take some time if you want before you start the next station by clicking "OK?" again.
Important: when doing the competition you have to solve all stations without pressing the "Skip" button. Also, do not make any Refresh, restart or Back of your browser. If the application has a problem with loading data of a station or uploading your results, be patient and wait, or retry (up)loading only by the Retry button directly in the application! When doing training there is no problem if you use the "Skip" button when you want to turn to the next station, or if you restart the race.
After finishing the last station you see your answers. You can review the tasks (picture and map) by clicking on a task number. You can also press the station number key or use the cursor keys left and right to switch between tasks. As long as the competition is running you can't see the solution and where you did mistakes or not. This will be displayed after the time window for this competition is closed.
During events, the results are immediately uploaded to the server and the ranks (not the time or the points) are displayed in the live results. After the competition is finished, all detailed results, answer statistics and points calculation are available.
The TORUS Executive Board (EB) is the "brain" behind the series. It is responsible for coordination and development of TORUS including rules definition, finding organizers and advisors and decision about complaints.
TORUS Executive Board members:
|Ari Tertsunen||(IOF Supervisor)|
You can contact the EB via torus(at)yq.cz
|The EB has disqualified user Alik Stepanov due to cheating.|
|2021-11-03 TORUS Season #4 Autumn 2021|
|Organizers of the first B class race made an appeal to void station 6. The newest picture was taken from slightly different place and the E flag optically touches the thicket although in fact it is at least 4 meters in front of it. Due to this illusion, many competitors were confused. The EB accepted the appeal and the station is voided.|
|The EB has disqualified user Vladimir Tomash due to cheating.|
|Since we still do not have enough course setters and advisors for the Autumn series, we cannot promise the dates of this series.|
|2021-09-30 Hungarian TORUS TempO Trophy|
There was a complaint about task 71 of the September race
of the Hungarian TempO Trophy (due to not clearly distinguishable
selection between flags A and C).
The organizers responded that it was solvable using the reference tree in the proximity of the control circle center and the EB confirmed this opinion. The complaint was rejected.
|2021-09-15 World Orienteering Day TORUS Series|
There were several complaints about the fourth race of the WOD.
A complaint against task 34 due to bad placing of the control circle was rejected. The circle is placed properly, maybe the complainant was misled by a contour covering part of the green dot.
The complaints against task 23 were rejected by organizers. The A flag was further than ZT, so the rules were not violated. However, this was not the clue for solving the problem. The flag should be at a wall corner, i.e. at the level of the sidewalk and it was clearly much higher (and further). The EB confirmed organizers' decision (after voting).
|2021-09-12 World Orienteering Day TORUS Series|
There were several complaints about the second race of the WOD.
Complaints against stations 2 and 4 were based on different angles of the map and the picture. Organizers apologize for that small differences but since it has no significant influence on solvability, they rejected the complaints. The executive board confirmed this decision.
Task 34 was my proposal which was accepted by the course setter. We tried to do our best to make the flag as realistic as possible but the result was not as good as we had hoped. Therefore, I started a discussion in the EB and the final decision after some complaints was to void the station due to insufficient graphic processing which could mislead some competitors. I apologize for that, I wanted to add a task with increased intellectual demands but the realization was not good.
|2021-08-27 Hungarian TORUS TempO Trophy|
There was a complaint about task 12 of the August race
of the Hungarian TempO Trophy (due to proximity of the right spot and
the E flag).
However, the right spot was not "behind" the E flag but on the right side of the F flag since the description was "spur" and not "spur, foot". The complaint was rejected.
|2021-07-29 Hungarian TORUS TempO Trophy|
There was a complaint about task 71 of the July race
of the Hungarian TempO Trophy (bad and confusing control description).
The organizers apologize for the mistake in the CD but they decided to reject the complaint due to low impact of the mistake for the solution of the task. The EB confirmed this decision.
|2021-06-30 Hungarian TORUS TempO Trophy|
There was a complaint about task 34 of the June race
of the Hungarian TempO Trophy.
The complaint was rejected by the organizers because the ZT was not violated and the flag was clearly misplaced (too far and too low) from the right spot (upper flat part of the terrace, near the edge). The EB confirmed this decision after a close vote — the task was not ideal for TempO but solvable.
|2021-05-28 Hungarian TORUS TempO Trophy|
There were complaints about stations 1, 2 and 6 of the May race
of the Hungarian TempO Trophy.
The organizers accepted the complaints about station 2 (Zero tolerance violation at task 23 and different rotation of the map and picture) and recommended to void the station. The Executive Board confirmed this decision.
The complaint about task 11 was rejected by the organizers since the ZT was not violated here and the flag was clearly misplaced from the right spot. The EB confirmed this decision.
The complaint about task 65 was rejected by the organizers since the ZT was not violated here. In this case the EB disagrees with the organizers and believes that the flag was added to the picture so unprecisely that it could lead many competitors to the conclusion that the flag is placed quite far from the wall. The station was voided.
The TORUS Turus Play-off is over. You can look at the races and results
through the link on the TempO Simulator page (in the Series section).
The video from the play-off is avalible on https://youtu.be/-375af56JEk. Thanx to Anne.
The TORUS Turus Play-offs for the best 32 competitors of the
TORUS Turus Tournament start on Saturday (22.5.2021)
at 10:00 AM CEST (8:00 AM GMT).
The web address of the registration to watch the play-offs is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Qqxbc8_QO-2fv8q20qcSw.
Many thanx to Anne Straube for both arranging the technical background of the show and taking the role of a commentator/interviewer.
Quarter final heats:
|2021-04-02 Hungarian TORUS TempO Trophy|
|There were several complaints about stations 1, 5 and 7 of the March race of the Hungarian TempO Trophy. The organisers accepted the complaints about station 5 (unprecise map around the D-flag tree, uncertain position of flag F, the distance of flag E from the correct position of task 22 at the level of ZT) and voided the station. With regard to the other complaints, the organizers consider that some of them are not correct and the inacurracies mentioned in others did not have a significant impact on the solvability of the tasks. EB approved all these decisions.|
|2021-03-26 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|The course setter and advisor of the 8th race in class B made an appeal to void station 5 due to a small unintentional displacement of the center of the control circle at task 51. The appeal was accepted by the EB and the station was voided.|
|2021-03-26 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
After a complaint by D. Wathey
about wrong position of the D-flag boulder
at station 7 of the 7th race in class A,
the organisers decided to void the station.
R. Miguel made a complaint about station 3 of the 7th race in class A due to style of mapping of the trees (around flags B and C). Organisers do not agree that this could significantly affect solvability and refused the complaint.
Both decisions were confirmed by the EB.
|The EB has disqualified another user, Julie Chiu, for having two accounts in the Simulator that is not allowed and opens a possibility of cheating.|
|2021-03-19 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
R. Stankevič made a complaint about station 7 of the 6th race in
class A due to a bad map quality.
Although the EB does not agree with all the statements in the complaint,
it agrees that the quality of the map there was poor but with a very
little impact on the solvability of the tasks.
The complaint was rejected.
L. Kosić made a complaint about a confusing zoom and solution of task 21 in the 6th race in class B. There was really an older picture used for the zoom and the organisers apologize for this but we don't think it had a severe impact on the solvability of the tasks there. Task 21 was correct and solvable from the basic picture (without the zoom) and the map. The complaint was rejected.
|2021-03-19 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
The misfortune of this series continues...
For technical reasons, the last station of the sixth race in both categories had to be canceled.
Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I am really very sorry and I apologize for that. LF
|2021-03-17 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|The course setter and advisor of the 5th race in class A made an appeal to void station 5 due to a poor visibility in the area of flags A and C and so too difficult exact location of the flags. The appeal was accepted by the EB and the station was voided.|
|2021-03-16 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|There is a new TORUS training from the organisers of the B class race on next Tuesday.|
|2021-03-12 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|After two complaints (by J. Wieszaczewski and R. Edis-Smith) the organisers of the 4th race in the A class suggested EB to void the station 6. The problem of e-course setting is that organisers typically have a picture much earlier than a station map and since the map is rotated by the program exactly according to the rules and this rotation cannot be changed, in fact all stations have a difference between orientation of the picture and the map. Mostly it does not make a problem but at this station the combination of a hard terrain and the rotation difference was confusing. The EB accepted voiding of this station. Organisers apologise for that.|
|2021-03-10 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|After Ben Kyd's complaint about poor visibility of the knoll in between the D and E flags at the 2nd station of the 3rd race in the A class, the station was voided.|
|2021-03-07 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|The course setter and advisor of the 2nd race in class A made an appeal to void station 4 due to slightly uncertain position of flag F comparing to the map that could lead some competitors to answer Zero at task 41. After a long discussion and vote, the appeal was rejected by the EB.|
|The Torus EB has information that some competitors share information about the race during the race. Please note that this is against the cup rules and if a similar case is found, the entire club may be disqualified.|
|2021-03-05 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
After Libor Forst's complaint about task 62, the 6th station
of the 1st race in class A was voided.
Competitors could not determine from the picture the exact position
of flag A, taking in account the 3 m Zero tolerance.
The complaint about task 23 was rejected; the artifically added flag was not well adapted to its location but the mistake was not so serious to void the whole station. The decision was taken after the vote; Libor Forst, as the complainant, of course did not take part in the vote.
However, the EB noted that both problems were caused not by course setting but by the taking and processing of the pictures.
|2021-03-04 TORUS Season #3 Spring 2021|
|Competitor Clive Cheng was disqualified due to fair play violation in the first race of class B series and his account was blocked until the end of the series.|
Don't miss the Swedish Forest Cup Series starting on Saturday Feb 13th!
Since it is not a TORUS series, it is accessible only from the TempO Simulator page.
|On Saturday, the server ran out from the swap. I managed to increase the memory and it is alive again. I apologize to everyone who had to wait...|
|2021-02-03 Central European TORUS Training Week 2021|
Station 4 of Day 2 was voided.
Organizers appologize for a mistake made at control 45. When adjusting map so that it fits the reality we have not noticed that the control circle is little bit misplaced after this change. For that reason some of the competitors may have answered incorrectly.
Several violations of fair play principles have been uncovered
in past races. Particular results were removed and accounts blocked.
Have in mind that accounts in the Simulator are strictly personal, with real names. Everyone can have only one account.
|2020-12-19 TORUS Advent Calendar 2020|
|After Libor Forst's complaint, the 1st station of the 18th race was voided in class A. Competitors could not determine from the picture the exact position of the spur foot and verify its distance from surrounding flags.|
|2020-12-18 TORUS Advent Calendar 2020|
A complaint by Dmitrii Glotov regarding buildings at station 3 in the 17th race was rejected.
There were small inaccuracies in building positions, but the tasks were solvable.
|2020-12-13 TORUS Advent Calendar 2020|
|After Alain Kyd's complaint about a wrong control description of task 35 in the 12th race, the 3rd station of the race was voided in both classes.|
|2020-12-04 TORUS Advent Calendar 2020|
Several violations of fair play principles have been uncovered
in past races.
We want to remind you that there are Cup rules that should be followed if you want to partcipate in the Cup…