All of the roads featured in the Roads to Ride series can now be located by map.
It’s only a map but accurately locating the position of each road and adding the URL to the piece for 40 different places has taken a lot longer than typing up 500-1000 words on a blog post. I’m not asking for a medal for the manual work… but I thought the map’s a new way to share these pieces and the links at the top of the page get widely ignored, they’re part of the furniture of the site.
With the Genting Highlands and Jebel Al Akhdar the map has a large sweep but zoom in for a map of all the famous cycling climbs and roads in Europe. Zoom more and you’ll see the pinpoints are typically located at the start point of the climb in question rather than the top of the pass. This is for practical reasons, you can easily search for the top of Mont Ventoux or the Passo Stelvio but to copy the route described in the piece the map shows where things begin.
In case you have something you’d like to map for a personal project then have a go at https://mapsengine.google.com/map/, you’ll need a Google account.
If you don’t want the map and would prefer a list of the roads, it’s still at inrng.com/roads.
2016 Tour de France: we knew this week that the 2016 Tour de France will start near Mont St Michel in Normandy. But what mountain will the Tour de France climb for the first time in 2016? They’ll be an educated guess in this weekend’s Roads to Ride piece.