Google Map Routes

Google Map Routes

If you’re one of my legion of rabid fans of everything I do, you’ve already noticed by now the improvements I’ve made over at UCSDCycling.org. For the rest of you, here’s an overview.

Ever since I saw the Google mapified routes for the Tour of California (here’s an example), I’ve wanted to do the same thing on the UCSD Cycling routes page.

I recently stumbled across GPS Visualizer.com. It’s an amazing website full of all kinds of GPS tools. The one I found to be useful was the Google map tool. It can take all kinds of GPS data files, and it outputs the route superimposed on a draggable Google map. Since I use a Garmin Forerunner 301, I can use the GPS data to make a Google map route.

There are two ways I can go about this:

  • Upload my data to Motionbased.com, which then allows me to download the route as either a KML or GPX file. I then give that to GPS Visualizer.
  • Use LoadMyTracks to download the data off my GPS to my iMac, and then (after some parsing) upload that file to GPS Visualizer.

So far I’ve only done a few of the routes, but here are some examples. So for all you fans of me out there in cyberspace, keep checking back for new Google map cycling routes!

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