The Climbs of Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France – Part 1

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Stage 1 may well have been one for the sprinters but stage 2 is being heralded as a proper, Yorkshire, Northern Classic of a stage, and that means plenty of climbs. The route takes in over 3000m of climbing along its 208km starting in North Yorkshire, passing through West Yorkshire, dipping its toe ever so slightly into Derbyshire before the grand finale in South Yorkshire. There are so many climbs that I’m splitting them up over 2 blog posts! In this post we’ll cover the route from the start at York Racecourse up to the climb of Cragg Vale so make sure you keep an eye out for part 2 next Friday on my Twitter or Facebook pages.

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41 mph? The Evidence Against the Sunday Times Article

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Today The Sunday Times newspaper (UK) had an article on page 5 of the main section entitled “City cyclists turn roads into racetracks” written by Nicholas Hellen and Georgia Graham. I was contacted by Georgia last Thursday and spoke at length to Nicholas about Strava and how it works and particularly about how you can’t trust the timings (and hence speed) of short segments. But from the beginning of the conversation it was very clear what their angle was going to be and basically wanted me (or someone) to be able to quote saying that Strava encourages me to break the law in built up areas. It doesn’t and I don’t. In this post I’ll do my best to explain why that 41 mph should actually be more like 31 mph

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Holme Moss Climb (Tour de France Stage 2, 2014)

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Holme Moss is a bit of a classic around these parts, particularly because it usually requires a fairly long loop and another major climb to get back home again, but also because it is one of the highest roads in the area and at 524m will be the highest point visited by the 2014 Tour de France during its stay in England.

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Full Screen Maps and Panoramio Integration

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Two very neat additions been added to the Segment Details and Ride Details maps: the option to go full screen and the option to overlay photos from Panoramio. Now you’re maps can go HUGE while you review your rides and check out everyone else’s pictures to see what you missed along the route, saves having to stop and take any yourself doesn’t it!

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Buttertubs Pass from Hawes (Tour de France Stage 1, 2014)

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The Buttertubs Pass from Hawes in North Yorkshire will be one of the first climbs taken in by the 2014 Tour de France in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I’m not going to attempt to regale you with tales of my epic ascent of the climb as I can only remember about 25 metres of it (and I don’t think I’ve ever regaled anything very well) so I’ll stick to what I know and provide the cold, hard stats!

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VeloViewer Mapping Options

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Seeing your rides and segments on maps is a complete no-brainer in terms of functionality for VeloViewer and the recent additions of Velo Flow and the Ride Details page along with the existing Segment Details page you now have many ways of viewing your rides. But what is the best map to display beneath your rides? Take your pick.

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