Roads to Ride Map

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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.

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Andy L November 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Great piece of work. Well done.

PT November 28, 2014 at 12:52 am

Thanks mate. Should be subtitled ” Roads to read about riding while at your desk and avoiding doing work”

Roel November 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

+1

King Boonen November 28, 2014 at 2:09 am

This is great! About a week ago I was going to try and get in touch with you to suggest something like this as I am planning a France trip next year and was wondering if you had ridden anywhere around Montpellier.

RayG November 28, 2014 at 3:24 am

Just what I was thinking would be a good idea. If your geographical knowledge for these isn’t good, but you know you’re going to be at X, you can see what’s nearby.

Anonymous November 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

perfect – thanks

Thruxmaster November 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

Looking at the map I wonder if there are only so few roads outside the classic European cycling countries which are worth to be ridden.
Nothing at all in Australia, or America? Come on readers give us suggestions.

Augie March November 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

Some of Australia’s best climbs are in Victoria and this website gives a great guide to them:

http://theclimbingcyclist.com

Andrew November 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The U.S. and Canada are, um, fairly big places, so it’s hard to list all the climbs. For the U.S., it’s best to search by state, or by the particular mountain range. Suffice it to say that there is a lot of good climbing.

Anonymous November 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I am not asking for all the rides in America, but Roads to Ride is also only a selection of interesting/significant and/or famous roads in Europe.
In Roads to Ride a larger selection of must ride places outside of Europe should be included.
For me the European ones are old hat, I would like to read about the ones in the new world.;-)

The Inner Ring November 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm

It’s because the roads included are those that have a mythical status in the sport thanks to race history or some other connection, eg a training climb like Monte Serra or the Col de la Madone. Some like the Col du Lautaret are used by the Tour de France but often aren’t roads to ride, famous for the racing but not good on an ordinary day without closed roads and crowds.

Feel free though to add links in these comments to roads that are worth riding.

Dave November 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

“…a larger selection of must ride places outside of Europe should be included.”?!

Should be?! Remind us whose blog is this exactly? If you don’t like the roads to ride features, which as I understand it are primarily based on INRNG’s own riding experiences, then start your own!

NancyA November 29, 2014 at 5:54 am

+1!

Roel November 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

Excellent, thanks for your work . Really inspirational on a Friday-morning at your desk. Same goes for all the great articles on this blog, keep it up!

P Malcolm November 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

Just checking out the ones in my locale… You may want to move the start of the Scheldepad north a little to the bridge over the river (road N469) in Merelbeke as that’s where the group ride the piece alludes to meets.

The Inner Ring December 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for this, I’d put it where I’d joined the route once but it’s better with the local info.

Anonymous November 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Anyone claiming to have done them all yet?
Elapsed time, first to last?

Anonymous November 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

… and how many could you tick in one week (British Standard Cycling Holiday)?

Dave November 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Please…don’t give people ideas!!

Jurgen 54 November 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Nice job, as usual.
It could be joined with:
http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=13&lat=51.45039&lon=-0.2382&layers=B0000
Surprise! A big Alp in Roehampton!

Sam November 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

On Wimbledon Common, no less!

Jason November 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm

You should come to Greece to ride some excellent roads!!

Chris November 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

Brilliant to have this except that, instead of daydreaming at work over these stories, I think I now have to quit my job and go ride these climbs

AJ M December 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I’m surprised you haven’t done Teide yet!

The Inner Ring December 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

One problem: I haven’t ridden up it. All the roads in the series have been ridden with two exceptions: the Ghent velodrome and the Passo delle Erbe.

Anonymous December 4, 2014 at 3:05 am

For the USA see The Complete Guide to Climbing (by bike). I know the Eastern Sierra of California well. Lots of spectacular scenery, many 5,000+ vertical gain climbs, good roads, few cars, and plenty to do for non-cyclists (as long as it’s outdoors oriented). Zero cycling history though and few services outside of the few small towns.

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