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    WEB site to determine total elevation of a route

    I've been mapping out some cycling routes for upcoming rides. Google maps is providing a couple of alternatives and I'd like to know what the total elevation gain is over each route. My Garmin mapping software won't provide this info either, though it may if I had Garmin Topo.

    Is there a mapping site that provides this info, either my mapping on their site or uploading a GPS route file or a Google maps saved file?
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    Whats wrong with reading a map? there are Map libraries in major Universities , Geography department .

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    You can plug your routes into ridewithGPS.com or mapmyride.com. Both sites accept imported routes and estimate total elevation gain and loss. Many claim that the elevation data that the the algorithms and data sets used by these sites are inaccurate, but they should at least give you a general idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EKW in DC View Post
    You can plug your routes into ridewithGPS.com or mapmyride.com. Both sites accept imported routes and estimate total elevation gain and loss. Many claim that the elevation data that the the algorithms and data sets used by these sites are inaccurate, but they should at least give you a general idea.
    Perfect, Thanx's. I just want a general idea, I can see the elevation lines with Google maps in terrain mode, but just want another data point when deciding which way to head while riding based on how I'm feeling at that point in time.
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    I highly recommend ridewithgps.

    Keep in mind that different sources will calculate elevation a little bit differently. I suggest you treat the elevations less as absolute fact and more as a general guideline for what you'll be dealing with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Whats wrong with reading a map?
    didn't people do that in like the 20th century? or something? you know, the middle ages... or something



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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Whats wrong with reading a map? there are Map libraries in major Universities , Geography department .
    They also have English departments that teach proper grammar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    I highly recommend ridewithgps.
    I like that quite a bit as well.

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    Not exactly a website, but Google Earth FINALLY added Elevation Profiles to the latest version (5.2) a couple months ago. Google Earth has always had elevation information embedded since the first version, so it baffled me that they took this long to create graphical elevation profiles. So it's pretty nice to finally have them.

    Another tip, if you have a route in Google Maps, you can click the "Link" link, copy that URL, paste it into your browser bar, append "&output=kml" to the end of it, hit ENTER, and the route will open in Google Earth. (This may be necessary because you still can't do the kind of detailed route-modification in Google Earth that you can do in Google Maps)

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    Cool to hear that about Google Earth. I don't spend nearly enough time playing around with that program anymore...

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    MapMyRide is notoriously inaccurate when it comes to elevation.

    Two others:

    bikely.com

    bikeroutetoaster.com

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