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Route planning with an elevation goal?

Old 07-13-19, 11:46 AM
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Route planning with an elevation goal?

I don't pre-plan rides on a computer very often. There's probably a tool for this, but I'm not sure what it is. The route planner in Garmin Connect looks a lot better than the last time I used it. To be honest I like the give me a random route feature.

Tomorrow is going to be a long and strenuous day. I need to take it easy today, but still want to get out. So as little elevation as possible, for a light spin. I can see a few options looking at the terrain map, but I don't want to click a bunch of points or even care about the details. I just want to say give me something 30 to 50 miles, as flat as possible.

Is there something out there that can do that?
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I don't pre-plan rides on a computer very often. There's probably a tool for this, but I'm not sure what it is. The route planner in Garmin Connect looks a lot better than the last time I used it. To be honest I like the give me a random route feature.

Tomorrow is going to be a long and strenuous day. I need to take it easy today, but still want to get out. So as little elevation as possible, for a light spin. I can see a few options looking at the terrain map, but I don't want to click a bunch of points or even care about the details. I just want to say give me something 30 to 50 miles, as flat as possible.

Is there something out there that can do that?
Being a ride leader, I've planned many, many routes using RidewithGPS.com. I have hundreds of them for this area. PM me. I've ridden so many roads in this area, that I just know about where to plot to get whatever elevation gain per mile. There really isn't another way. Connect is a POS IMO. I only want to ride on the roads I want to ride on, for very good reasons. RWGPS is a piece of art, really. If you get to using it, go premium to keep it going.

Tomorrow's group ride won't be flat: 114 miles, 8000'. I don't feel ready, but then I never do.
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+1 Ridewithgps

Plot a route, backtrack or juggle until it has the numbers (wind direction, water stops etc.) that you want,

save for later if you want.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I don't pre-plan rides on a computer very often. There's probably a tool for this, but I'm not sure what it is. The route planner in Garmin Connect looks a lot better than the last time I used it. To be honest I like the give me a random route feature.

Tomorrow is going to be a long and strenuous day. I need to take it easy today, but still want to get out. So as little elevation as possible, for a light spin. I can see a few options looking at the terrain map, but I don't want to click a bunch of points or even care about the details. I just want to say give me something 30 to 50 miles, as flat as possible.

Is there something out there that can do that?
Google maps for something quick and somewhat inaccurate.

Ride with GPS for something a bit more detailed and accurate.
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Old 07-13-19, 10:28 PM
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Go ride around. If you see a hill, go the other way.
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I was my clubís ride coordinator for the last two years and also endorse RidewithGPS. Itís really pretty easy to use, especially if you are just mapping out something for yourself and just want a general idea of elevation. I had to be a bit more precise since riders would download the routes to their bike computers. Even so, not difficult to learn.
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If you donít mind driving, start in SODO and go south. It is flat until you get to Orting. Thatís probably around 75 miles of flat riding round trip.
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Thanks to everyone who replied. Send line RwGPS is the consensus. I'll check it out (it's been a while) to be ready for next time.
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
If you donít mind driving, start in SODO and go south. It is flat until you get to Orting. Thatís probably around 75 miles of flat riding round trip.
I drove to Darrington and did about 25 miles of gravel doubletrack. I planned a route ahead of time and the ele chart was flat like a waffle, not flat like a pancake. The road I planned to take was decommissioned about halfway, it just stops being recognizable as a road. I explored some other dead ends, and stopped for a meth burger on the way home.
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