It is an exciting time of year for us Yorkshire folk as some of the best cyclists from around the world compete on our roads and show off our county to the rest of the world. Not only do we have the 3 day long men’s race we also are treated to the full women’s peloton racing the full route of the 2nd stage including World Champion and Yorkshire lass Lizzie Armitstead along with a Emma Pooley who is looking to make the Olympics squad with some Rio courses that are perfectly suited to her abilities.
Although we’d all love to be out riding/running much more often, sometimes we’re stuck, looking at a computer, pretending to work. So to make that time as engaging as possible you can now reccy new routes, swot up on all the details of a segment or relive a ride/run from the past using the new/revised Google Street View integration on VeloViewer. Combine that with the new colour gradients shown on the maps and you get a fantastic way to explore the twists, turns, ups and downs.
A while ago I built a visualisation to display the orientation of roads in a defined area and had requests to have a similar view for activities. Well, two years on (I know!) and here it is, with the added breakdown by the gradient of the roads/trails. Just head to the “Breakdown” tab on any Activity, Route or Segment Details page. Filtering the selection in the top profile (Activity & Routes) updates the visualisation appropriately.
The ability to view your Strava Routes was recently added to VeloViewer and no sooner than it went live I had requests to be able to embed those route profiles and maps on people’s own blogs. In just the same way as you can add segments using the embed scripts you can now include a full route on your own site.
It is that time of the year when we can bask in the glory of our own epicness with (hopefully) huge distances explored, mountains conquered and PBs smashed making all of the saddle sores and blisters worthwhile. Or perhaps a year of simply commuting to work or Park Runs with most likely more impressive results than my own! Whatever your achievements this year VeloViewer has stepped up to provide you with a funky infographic that hopefully you’ll all share far and wide showing everyone what you’ve been up to.
VeloViewer has always been able to show you comprehensive views of your past rides and runs but plenty of people have asked to see similar views of routes they are planning to do. Fortunately Strava have just opened up their Routing API so now I can display all the routes you have created and allow you to see their full details including the interactive 3D profiles.
VeloViewer’s Summary page is overflowing with your activity totals and scores over the years and you can set your own goals and easily monitor your progress. But many times I have been asked to see how those totals and scores compare to other VeloViewer users. Now you can.
A user recently requested on the VeloViewer Run club in Strava to be able to see an evolution of their running best times over the years, so here it is. With the filtering already available on your Summary page you can also just select a single year to easily view your season bests for each distance too.
The final timetrial of the 2016 Tour de France comes with just 2 more “proper” stages remaining and will provide a great opportunity for the final GC positons to be decided although the next day’s summit finish at Le Bettex and stage 21’s final climb of the Joux Plane. The timetrial itself takes in the classic climb from Domancy (tackled 20 times in the 1980 World Champs), up through Combloux before a couple of steep ramps and a short descent to the finish in Megève.
Who doesn’t want more power? Now with VeloViewer PRO✚ membership you get all the bits you already know and love but with no “refresh limits” on your Update and Rivals page….all for £20 a year! With PRO✚ there is no need to wait before you can check all of your segment placings, find any newly created segments and see how your Rivals are fairing. It also gives you the opportunity to show your extended support for the site by paying that little bit more than the standard PRO rate. NOTE: there are no changes to what is available to PRO users now or in the future as a result of this 🙂