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Old 04-07-05, 02:37 PM
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Google Maps and Cycling collide

OK, by now you've probably seen the new and powerful maps.google.com thing.

But have you been doing this: searching and tracing the route of old road races?

For example, it took me 3 seconds to zoom in to the old RR course on Leelenau Peninsula. And then I spent several minutes taking a virtual lap of the course.
Then I zoomed in to find an old Crit course in Kettering Ohio that I raced in 1990.
Then I panned across to find the old West Carrolton course.
Then I zoomed out to Park City to find the 1991 National Road Course.
Then I went off in search of 30 other race courses.

Anyone else doing this?
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I gotta admit - I'm spending lots of time playing with it. I really like the satelite view. I spend a lot of time tracing out the various rides I've done.
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[QUOTE=EventServices]OK, by now you've probably seen the new and powerful maps.google.com thing.
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Never seen it until now. That is way cool. Love to see the satellite pics of areas I've wanted to explore, but didn't for fear of getting 2 or 3 km's in, only to have a quiet country road turn to a beat up gravel path. I've experienced that, not fun at all.

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Old 04-08-05, 02:22 PM
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I'm having a lot of fun with this. I've started drawing my rides on the satelite images - no idea why really, it's just fun. Here's my 50 Km ride from today.
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Originally Posted by Crashtest
I'm having a lot of fun with this. I've started drawing my rides on the satelite images - no idea why really, it's just fun. Here's my 50 Km ride from today.
The route you rode looks a little like a gun!

I wish I had known about the satellite images yesterday. I took a new route to work and found the roads to be different than the map. The road I was on turned into a mountain bike trail! When I looked at the satellite image today, it clearly shows the roads don't connect.

Mapquest, Yahoo Maps and Google Maps all mistakenly show the roads connected. The next time I plan out a new route, I will check the satellite image first.
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I've been doing this as well. All it needs now is a topographic view.
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Old 04-11-05, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Crashtest
I'm having a lot of fun with this. I've started drawing my rides on the satelite images - no idea why really, it's just fun. Here's my 50 Km ride from today.
Nice area. North Brampton? Bolton? area.

Beautiful rides North of that throught the Caledon area. Throught the escarpment there are a few nice climbs (for our area anyway).
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Old 04-11-05, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by fore0121
Nice area. North Brampton? Bolton? area.

Beautiful rides North of that throught the Caledon area. Throught the escarpment there are a few nice climbs (for our area anyway).
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Hey, good eye! Yes, that's North Brampton, starting and ending close to Heart Lake which you can see in the lower left corner of the map. It looks like an upside down heart - or actually a bike saddle. Gotta go further and further north to get away from all the new construction. I like the area up by Cheltenham and Inglewood, but the hills are a challenge for me.
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How did you draw the route onto the map? Is there anyway for the program to determine mileage of a route?
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Originally Posted by enamore22
I've been doing this as well. All it needs now is a topographic view.
Interesting how difficult it is to see topographical features, isn't it. Look at this picture (I was riding here today) Right in the center of the picture is a wicked hill. You really have to know it's there - can you see it?
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Old 04-11-05, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Leviathan
How did you draw the route onto the map? Is there anyway for the program to determine mileage of a route?
I just take a screen capture, and crop the area of interest. Then open the file in whatever paint program you have, and draw in the lines showing the route. I'm not sure if there is a way to calculate distances based on the zoom level of the satellite shot - I suppose there must be, but I just look at the cycle computer to see how far I went.
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Originally Posted by Crashtest
Hey, good eye!.
I recognized H50, easy to spot as that's where all the roads 'kink' a bit South (on the Brampton side).


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Yes, that's North Brampton, starting and ending close to Heart Lake which you can see in the lower left corner of the map. It looks like an upside down heart - or actually a bike saddle. Gotta go further and further north to get away from all the new construction. I like the area up by Cheltenham and Inglewood, but the hills are a challenge for me.
I used to live South of Heart Lake, when it was still farmland. I love the Cheltenham and Inglewood area. Keep plugging away at the hills, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I need the challenge also, and that's a great area.

In the King City area there are a few hills that used to be too much for me, now I plan my routes to them. I wouldn't be the first one up, but I'm always getting faster. Definately stronger than I was a few years ago.

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I was playing with that yesterday also... it is interesting to see the road that has the 6 percent grade for about 1 mile on there... it looks flat

I like it to plan my routes to see what is really there...
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Originally Posted by Crashtest
I'm having a lot of fun with this. I've started drawing my rides on the satelite images - no idea why really, it's just fun. Here's my 50 Km ride from today.
How fun is THAT!! Cool.
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Sure, it's fun....until it's addicting and you can't get any work done.

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I got caught out by google maps this weekend when the route i had planned out wanted to go straight through the middle of Moffett Field! I pulled out the Krebs map and got back on track.
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Heres a 30 mile route I did a week ago. Longest ride I've ever done.

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Originally Posted by platypus
I got caught out by google maps this weekend when the route i had planned out wanted to go straight through the middle of Moffett Field! I pulled out the Krebs map and got back on track.
Any chance you could haul your bike over a fence, then ride really, really fast? Uh... maybe not - scratch that idea! :-)
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Originally Posted by Crashtest
I just take a screen capture, and crop the area of interest. Then open the file in whatever paint program you have, and draw in the lines showing the route. I'm not sure if there is a way to calculate distances based on the zoom level of the satellite shot - I suppose there must be, but I just look at the cycle computer to see how far I went.
That's the only thing I can find fault with either the maps or satellite view...no mileage scale. If they can put one on, this tool would be even more awesome.
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I wonder how often the maps and satellite shots get updated? In my area the maps are a little out of date. The satellite shots are newer, but still lag a little. Based on this picture of a bridge under construction, I'd say the pictures are from last fall sometime. This bridge is now finished.
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if you have a chance, play with keyhole (that's the other software (not web-based) that google is working on). it's fully 3d focused, so you can zoom in and rotate the landscape, which is deformed according to the grade. it still makes 6% grades look flat, but at least you can see the rise. it's pretty great.

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Originally Posted by Crashtest
I wonder how often the maps and satellite shots get updated? In my area the maps are a little out of date. The satellite shots are newer, but still lag a little. Based on this picture of a bridge under construction, I'd say the pictures are from last fall sometime. This bridge is now finished.
The shot of my place is at least a year old and some area's you can not zoom in, but that said, the maps are great.
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