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Old 01-27-08, 09:10 AM   #1
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Year rounder competitions and route plotting

I've entered a year rounder mileage competition, and so far have been collecting ATM receipts to verify my routes. I'm finding it a bit tedious, however.

I've heard that some randos use a Garmin system and then upload their route to a website for verification. This seems much more appealing to me.

Would anyone know which Garmin model offers this feature, and if this feature is relatively reliable?

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The Garmin Edge 305 can do this. You might need an extra battery pack if you go more than about 13 hours between charges.
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Any of the Garmin GPS units will store a track log that you can use. I have a Garmin Legend and after a long ride, I upload the track to motionbased.com (I use the free subscription) which will plot the track as well as provide various statistics. For the Year-Rounder, I copy the URL to the uploaded data and submit that to UMCA. Works like a champ and much easier than mailing in receipts.

The Legend, as well as any of the general purpose GPS units from Garmin, use replaceable AA batteries. I find that one set of Alkaline batteries is good for up to 400Km, depending on how much I use the backlight. But, even if the batteries do run low during a ride, it's trivial to replace them.
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I don't submit any personal rides for my Year-Rounder. For events, if the results are published online I submit the url through the UMCA's website, otherwise I mail them the cue sheet.
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Any of the Garmin GPS units will store a track log that you can use. I have a Garmin Legend and after a long ride, I upload the track to motionbased.com (I use the free subscription) which will plot the track as well as provide various statistics. For the Year-Rounder, I copy the URL to the uploaded data and submit that to UMCA. Works like a champ and much easier than mailing in receipts.

The Legend, as well as any of the general purpose GPS units from Garmin, use replaceable AA batteries. I find that one set of Alkaline batteries is good for up to 400Km, depending on how much I use the backlight. But, even if the batteries do run low during a ride, it's trivial to replace them.
Thanks for the information -- don't know what a track log looks like, but it sounds like what I need. Have you ever found your Legend to be faulty; I mean, you do a long ride, attempt to download/upload the route, and have problems? I've heard the 305 Edge can be a bit finicky in this regard.
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The Garmin Edge 305 can do this. You might need an extra battery pack if you go more than about 13 hours between charges.
My experience has been a maximum run time of 9-hours. Run times decline in temperature extremes, with the worst run time in cold weather (3-hours at 15 degrees F).

I use a quick charger for an I-pod for an in-use recharge. I bought the charger off e-bay for $10 shipped. It uses four AA batteries (I use rechargeable NIMH).

Edit: I would much prefer to have a traditional GPS, like the Garmin E-trex Legend, for UMCA rides. The Edge series really is targeted at recreational and racing cyclists that think of a century as a long ride. Ultra cyclists benefit from the long run times from the e-trex, the larger memory, and the availability of basemaps and other features present in a true GPS.

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Thanks for the information -- don't know what a track log looks like, but it sounds like what I need. Have you ever found your Legend to be faulty; I mean, you do a long ride, attempt to download/upload the route, and have problems? I've heard the 305 Edge can be a bit finicky in this regard.
I have no problems downloading data from my Legend. It's a pretty rock solid piece of equipment.
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Ended up going with a 205 Edge. I don't really need the heart rate information -- as a seasoned racer I figure I know my heart rate; and no need for the cadence or altimeter functions either. If I can get my rides up on motionbased.com I'll be happy!
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